Going to NELL in a handcart
Pacific v London Fields at London Fields  Sat 20 Apr 2019 at 1pm
Lost by 9 wickets
North East London Cricket League
 

This week has seen dire warnings of climate emergency from Extinction Rebellion and David Attenborough, claims from the 'new IRA' that they were behind the murder of a journalist, and, perhaps most troublingly of all, Diane Abbott having a drink on the Overground. It is important then to keep things in perspective when evaluating games of cricket. However, the extinction of all life on earth would have the silver lining of preventing any further Pacific top order batting collapses against London Fields.

 

To appropriate the words of the great Troy McClure: "Hi, I'm Toby Chasseaud, and you may remember me from such top order performances as 0-3 last year against the same oppostion". This year's three wickets (Duncan, Syed and Dinsey) may have been a little lower quality than last year's (Stanley, Ireland, Sharma), but the rescue job from the lower order didn't go as well and the resulting game doesn't really bear much writing about. We made only 59 and saw them chase the total down in embarrassingly short order, so rather than in depth coverage, you may instead enjoy a few observations:

 

  • Mutz top scored with 19 - interestingly enough he top scored in last year's Fields fiasco too, so perhaps this is all his fault in a cosmic way?
  • In the field, we were rather shown up by a spectator who collected a four and pinged in a throw from the distant deep backward square leg boundary to hit the stumps on the full
  • A quick delve into Pacific's excellent record books tells me that 59 doesn't quite merit inclusion on Pacific's list of lowest scores of all time, which currently range between 31 and 53
  • We narrowly avoided the fifth 10 wicket loss in Pacific history thanks to Fields opener Turner deciding to try and finish the game by scooping a Howes yorker. He may have been more than good enough for us, but he's not Jos Buttler and his middle stump departed the ground to give us a brief moment of enjoyment

 

The game was all done by 3:15, giving us time to entertain the sunbathers further with a 20:20 beer match in which Fields did their best to bosh every ball in both teams possession into the nearby Lido. Serious injuries were thankfully avoided while Fields put another 197 on the scoreboard, with Pacific replying with a more respectable if still distant 118 - particular mention to be made of Chairman Haill, who, no doubt put out by being carded at 11 in the main game, strolled in at 4 and put together 26* to top score. Sam Howes also got a ball that pitched on the edge of the cut strip and turned in so much that it hit middle stump about an inch off the ground. Tricky.


Pacific v London Fields
Toss won by London Fields
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Aly Duncan b Upendra  0  0  2  0  0  
  Rob Dinsey b Hitesh  0  0  10  0  0  
  Arsalan Syed c wk b Hitesh  1  0  4  0  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* c wk b Hitesh  16  0  15  2  1  
  Sumeet Sharma† b Hitesh  10  0  23  1  0  
  Murtaza Siddiqui c ? b Dhawal  19  0  26  2  0  
  John Deighan b Hitesh  0  0  1  0  0  
  James Soden b Dhawal  1  0  4  0  0  
  Tim Garrett run out ?  0  4  0  0  0  
  Sam Howes b Dhawal  6  0  7  0  1  
  Oliver Haill not out  1  0  1  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 5, nb 0) 5    
 TOTAL (17.5 Overs) 59    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-0 [Duncan] , 2-1 [Syed] , 3-3 [Dinsey] , 4-27 [Chasseaud] , 5-34 [Sharma] , 6-34 [Deighan] , 7-39 [Soden] , 8-52 [Garrett] , 9-58 [Siddiqui] , 10-59 [Howes]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Upendra 7 2 13 1  
 Hitesh 6 1 23 5  
 Carl 2 0 15 0  
 Dhawal 2.5 0 8 3  
 
 
London Fields innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Robin Friend† not out  29  0  18  4  1  
  Alex Turner b Howes  24  0  11  4  1  
  Stuart Bell not out  4  0  2  1  0  
  Vijay Shah did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Paul Teasdale* did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Dhawal Sawant did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Hiteshkumar Naik did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Troy Utz did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Oli Turner did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Upendra Gusain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Karl Death did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 3, nb 2) 5    
 TOTAL (6.0 Overs) 62    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-58 [A Turner]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 James Soden 2 0 26 0  
 Sam Howes 3 0 31 1  
 Oliver Haill 1 0 4 0  
 
 

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 'Av Sumeet That!, Sat 04 May 2019, Wray Crescent, Won by six wickets
 Harry's 40-odd not enough, Mon 21 May 2018, Victoria Park Pitch 3, Lost by 48 runs
 No recovering from 0 for 3, Sat 05 May 2018, Springfield Park, Lost by 60 runs
 Vijay tons up as Fields get their own back, Sat 21 Apr 2018, Wray Crescent, Lost by 6 wickets
 Fields of Glory for PCC in season opener , Sat 14 Apr 2018, Wray Crescent, Won by 3 wickets
 Chasseaud refinds form with family support, Sun 24 Sep 2017, London Fields, Won by 6 wickets
 Ringing but not winning, Wed 05 Jul 2017, Victoria Park Pitch 2, Lost by 3 wickets
 Fields bowling depth tips balance, Fri 14 Apr 2017, Wray Crescent, Lost by 4 wickets
 Fields washed away by Webbo 10,000, Sun 09 Oct 2016, Wray Crescent, Drawn
 Fields feel Pacific force, Sun 18 Sep 2016, London Fields, Won by 7 runs
 Sodden outfield dampens our spirits, Sat 16 Apr 2016, Wray Crescent, Cancelled
 Opening stand a hard act to follow, Sun 20 Sep 2015, London Fields, Won 90 runs
 Fields' Day, Sat 18 Apr 2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 122 runs
 The Party Balloon Popped, Sun 21 Sep 2014, London Fields, Won 123 Runs
 Sheldon superstar, Fri 18 Apr 2014, Wray Crescent, Won 78 runs
 No Tea, No Justice, Sun 22 Sep 2013, London Fields, Lost 6 wickets
 It's Miller Time, Sat 20 Apr 2013, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets
 Precipitating pooches and felines, Sun 23 Sep 2012, London Fields, Cancelled
 Toby seals a triumph for the optimists, Sat 21 Apr 2012, Wray Crescent, Won by 36 runs
 Friends Day, Sun 18 Sep 2011, London Fields, Lost 148 runs
 Haroon leads successful chase, Thu 23 Jun 2011, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 6 wickets
 Haroon hundred on debut wins game, Sat 16 Apr 2011, Wray Crescent, Won 22 Runs
 Extras Star, Sat 22 May 2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 11 runs
 Picnickers Disturbed 5 Deep, Sun 09 Aug 2009, London Fields, Won 141 Runs
 Damp squib, Tue 07 Jul 2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 3 wickets
 Lahri Steps Through Room 101, Sat 18 Apr 2009, Wray Crescent, Won 9 wickets
 Mothers Inspiration Sees Rees & Purcell Hit Heights, Mon 09 Jun 2008, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 1 Wicket
 Puck !, Tue 31 Jul 2007, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 4 Wickets
 Defeat Almost Snatched From The Jaws of Victory, Tue 16 May 2006, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 4 wickets