Not enough batsmen
Pacific v Arkley CC at Chandos Avenue  Sat 17 Aug 2019 at 1.30pm
Lost by 16 runs
Friendly fixture

I woke up on Sunday morning with only two memories. That I had volunteered to write the match report for Saturday’s game vs Arkley CC the previous day, and then somehow wound up in the infamous Infernos later that evening (which unjustifiably boasts to be “South London’s most loved disco”, 


This caused a couple of problems. First, an obvious lack of memory of the match in question. Second, whichever memories I did still have were all mixed up with each other. It took me a while to realise that the odd shuffle I remember doing hadn’t been on the dance floor (thank god), but during my attempted bowling run up when approaching the crease (oh dear).


Anyway here goes.


The match was played at a lovely ground off Chandos Avenue in north London and is said to be where the England football team of the 1950s trained.


Pacific won the toss and elected to bowl. With plenty of rain the previous evening, the pitch was green and the outfield slightly soggy. The pitch looked a good one to bowl on and so it proved with inconsistent and sticky bounce on show for the first 20 overs or so.


Mark bowled with good pace, and bounce and was rewarded with a wicket bowled early on. Soon after I picked up a wicket bowled.


After the opening seamers’ spells came the left hand/right hand spin twin combination of Oli and Tim. In Derek Underwood-esque spells, both made good use of the sticky pitch by extracting plenty of turn which created problems for the batsmen, particularly after the drinks break. In a miserly spell of 19 runs conceded over 8 overs, Oli picked up a wicket bowled from a slightly quicker ball. Soon after at the other end, Tim trapped the other batsmen in front LBW.


Ahmed was never far from the action. Not only did he pick up two wickets (including a tidy catch from Toby), he also did a good Incredible Hulk impression by ripping the support off when moving the sightscreen mid-match. I should however make clear, that no liability for damage is admitted by Pacific Cricket Club, its members, agents, employees, or servants.


Mention should also go to Paddy who did a fine job as stand in wicket keeper, especially given the way the pitch was playing.


Arkley CC made 185-6 after 40 overs. A chase-able score.


The break in play brought the much anticipated tea and it lived up to the hype in both quality and quantity. A particular highlight were the scones with jam and cream.


Toby and Paddy opened up for Pacific and produced a partnership of style and substance. Both batsmen were solid in defence and not afraid of taking calculated risks by going over the top. At one point some interested ramblers at the long off boundary decided to stop and watch the exhibition being laid on. That is until I think Toby effectively told them to stop moving when the bowler was running in or get lost!


At 111-0 and at the required run rate, the only question appeared to be by how many wickets will Pacific CC win the game. And the bookies had stopped taking bets on anything above 7. 


But then….well who knows what happened. Maybe it was some improved bowling. Maybe some of the jam first/cream first scone divisions within the team which had been aired during the tea interval were exposed and exploited by the opposition. Or maybe the sightscreen which Ahmed broke was in fact an eighth horcrux and revenge was being visited upon the Pacificos.


Once Paddy was bowled for a classy 53, the run rate slowed leading the remaining batsmen to take greater risks. The bowler to profit was a loopy leg spinner who had Mark trapped in front sweeping and Sumant and me both stumped in quick succession when coming down the wicket. Just before then Alex was bowled by the oppo’s tall left armer. Toby at the other end continued to play his shots but the need to up the run rate meant he was bowled for fine 69 trying to push on.  


There were some good shots from Cancio and Oli in the final few overs of the game but by then the die was cast and those same bookies were already paying out on a Pacific loss. 


Following a reasonably good and very enjoyable performance by Pacific, we were all left scratching our heads and wondering: how did we lose that? 



Arkley CC v Pacific
Toss won by Pacific
Arkley CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  S Jega b Mehta  7  15  0  1  0  
  S Jake b Haill  39  97  0  3  1  
  K Chaudhuri b Forrest  9  14  0  1  0  
  Ben Candy* b Hussain  78  123  0  8  1  
  B Patel lbw b Garrett  1  5  0  0  0  
  J Franklin c Chasseaud b Hussain  31  44  0  4  1  
  S Duke-Giles not out  6  18  0  0  0  
  C Townsend not out  1  2  0  0  0  
  C Trebilcock did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  D Gordon did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  K Shah did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 9, lb 0, w 4, nb 0) 13    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 185-6    
 Fall of wickets:  1-9 , 2-26 , 3-85 , 4-88 , 5-160 , 6-183
Bowling O M R W  
 Hugo Forrest 8 2 20 1  
 Mark Mehta 5 1 28 1  
 Oliver Haill 8 2 19 1  
 Tim Garrett 8 0 39 1  
 Ahmed Hussain 7 0 38 2  
 Tony Tambyrajah 3 0 30 0  
 Sumant Kumar 1 0 2 0  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Tom Ireland† b Jega  53  94  0  7  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* b Jake  69  135  0  9  1  
  Mark Mehta lbw b Jega  0  8  0  0  0  
  Alex Cannon b Scott  3  16  0  0  0  
  Sumant Kumar st Clive b Jega  6  9  0  0  0  
  Hugo Forrest st Clive b Jega  2  2  0  0  0  
  Cancio Rodrigues b Candy  9  16  0  2  0  
  Oliver Haill not out  9  14  0  0  0  
  Tim Garrett did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Tony Tambyrajah did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 11, nb 0) 18    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 169-7    
 Fall of wickets:  1-111 [Ireland] , 2-115 [Mehta] , 3-131 [Cannon] , 4-146 [Kumar ] , 5-148 [Forrest] , 6-148 [Chasseaud] , 7-169 [Rodrigues]
Bowling O M R W  
 Franklin 8 2 22 0  
 Gordon 6 1 23 0  
 Chaudhuri 4 0 19 0  
 Jake 4 1 25 1  
 Scott 8 1 29 1  
 Jega 8 0 35 4  
 Candy 2 0 9 1  

Other matches:
 Sat 21 Jul 2018, Chandos Avenue, Cancelled Only 8.5 players
 Rain Spoils Prospects with Arkley 7-3, Sat 22 Jul 2017, Dame Alice Owens, Abandoned as a draw
 Arkley make Pally a bowlers' graveyard, Sun 24 Jul 2016, Alexandra Palace, Lost 69 runs