Pacific fall short in sun-drenched chase
Pacific v Clapton & Oval CC at Millfields Park  Sat 29 Jun 2019 at 1pm
Lost by 27 runs
North East London Cricket League

Pacific's highest NELCL score this year was not enough to overhaul Clapton & Oval's imposing total at a searing Millfields Park. 

Chasing 246, Pacific fell 27 short as, despite a spirited response, they were unable to convert wickets in hand into runs with the required rate climbing. At 30 overs, with 86 required and seven wickets in hand from the, they felt a win was within their grasp but canny fielding and bowling meant it was not to be. 

Clapton had won the toss and chose to bat first, forcing Pacific to field in the 34C early afternoon sun on the year's hottest day so far. And thanks to a couple of latecomers Priyam, a regular fixture dispensing words of wisdom on the boundary to Pacific XIs this season made his debut as a sub fielder and acquitted himself well at third man. 

The Clapton openers started with purpose, but the stand was soon broken when Amir showed a little too much purpose, and was bowled by Timbadia after flashing at one in the second over. Pacific toiled well in the heat and on a parched outfield on which the softest pushes were flying to the boundary. But opener Taylor proved the limpet they could not shift, clinging to Pacific's hull until deep into the 40 overs for 111 - 90 more than the next highest score - and leaving them to rue an early dropped chance.

That and another less costly early drop aside, Pacific fielded and bowled well in the heat, and could have easily ended up chasing an even greater total. Highlights were three wickets and a superb diving catch from Tim Garrett, Jas Basi's first two catches for the club - the second a fine effort running in from the boundary to dismiss Taylor - and an economical spell from Arsalan Syed, who went for 36 in his eight overs.

With a strong batting line-up and a lightning-fast outfield, Pacific felt the score was gettable. And even after the loss of Basi and Ben Burnham, who after smashing a couple of trademark boundaries and scoring his 1,000th PCC run, succumbed to a top edge, were progressing well at the first drinks break on 15 overs, having reached 82/2 with skipper Toby Chasseaud and opener Aly Duncan at the crease and looking well set.

The partnership was soon to be broken, though, with Duncan perishing after a run out in which, depending on whose version of events you believe, he was either: 

a) Victim of his own lack of concentration for not backing up when a sharp single was on; or 

b) Victim of a kamikaze call from Chasseaud which left him with no chance of making his ground. 

Future Pacific historians will no doubt argue long into the night over the relative merits of these viewpoints. 

Duncan was replaced by his brother Chris, who along with Chasseaud did a good job of working the ball around against increasingly defensive fields to keep the scoreboard ticking over and wickets in hand. Chris Duncan was forced to retire hurt with a muscle strain and Chasseaud departed soon afterwards for 52 trying an expansive shot. 

Archie Faulks was next to the crease in the 36th over for his first Pacific innings, in which he made amends for a less distinguished debut with the ball with some powerful hitting. But by then the asking rate was well into double figures and Pacific could not find the acceleration they needed in the closing overs. 

There was no disgrace in losing to a Clapton side who have now won four in four, but Pacific will feel that had a few key moments turned in their favour the result could have been different.

Champagne/Mythos Moment

"For my money," suggests Benny B, "Archie getting taken off by the umpire after a few looseners, and Jas coming into the attack and taking a wicket with the next ball."

Also perhaps Tim's three-fer set off by a diving catch.

Clapton & Oval CC v Pacific
Toss won by Clapton & Oval CC
Clapton & Oval CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Amir b Timbadia  8  0  0  0  0  
  Taylor c Basi b McGinnigle  111  0  0  0  0  
  Raf c Siddiqui b Garrett  12  0  0  0  0  
  Ray b Garrett  14  0  0  0  0  
  Nadir c Basi b Garrett  13  0  0  0  0  
  Ish c Garrett b Basi  16  0  0  0  0  
  Abdul c Burnham b Chasseaud  21  0  0  0  0  
  Ankit run out  11  0  0  0  0  
  Iqbal not out  1  0  0  0  0  
  Taha did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sarwan did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 3, lb 1, w 20, nb 5) 29    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 246    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 James McGinnigle 8 1 48 1  
 Sharan Timbadia 7 1 40 2  
 Tim Garrett 8 0 43 3  
 Arsalan Syed 8 0 36 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 7 0 44 1  
 Archie Faulks 0.3 0 10 0  
 Jasbir Basi 1.3 0 11 1  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Jasbir Basi b Taha  2  0  0  0  0  
  Aly Duncan run out  24  0  0  5  0  
  Ben Burnham c Keeper b Sarwan  12  0  0  1  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* c & b Ish  59  0  0  6  0  
  Chris Duncan c Fielder b Ish  39  0  0  2  0  
  Archie Faulks not out  14  0  0  1  0  
  Arsalan Syed b Ish  0  0  0  0  0  
  James McGinnigle b Taha  6  0  0  0  0  
  Murtaza Siddiqui† not out  5  0  0  0  0  
  Sharan Timbadia did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Tim Garrett did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 5, lb 3, w 25, nb 3) 36    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 219    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Ish 8 0 35 3  
 Taha 8 1 35 2  
 Ankit 8 1 49 0  
 Sarwan 5 0 42 1  
 Abdul 2.5 0 15 0  
 Tom 0.1 0 2 0  

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