On the hottest day of the year so far - Marcel Boonaert produced two scorching spells of fast bowling to rout Radlett on a good batting strip. He finished with his best figures for Pacific picking up a very impressive 6 for 8 from 10 overs. Despite some early wobbles Pacific comfortably overhauled the Radlett total of 132 - with Jim Davies contributing a chanceless unbeaten 71.
Radlett 132 All Out (M Boonaert 10-4-6-8, A Roberts 2-32)
Pacific 134-4 (J Davies 71*)
On a baking hot day Pacific skipper Nigel Wilkinson lost the toss and unsurprisingly Radlett opted to make first use of a good-looking bone dry pitch. Boonaert struck in his first over thanks to a fine slip catch from Allan Roberts. With Mike Alexander impressing at the other end and securing an LBW decision in his favour Radlett spent some time re-grouping.
The only other excitement during this period was when a rare stray delivery from Alexander was hooked onto the nearby rail line. Shayne Rees retrieved the ball as a train sped past prompting an enquiry about stray wolves on the line from the train company!
Boonaert struggled to find his line against the two left-handed batsmen providing keeper Paul Attwood with plenty of leg side takes to practice and a nasty bruise on his hip when one ball bounced awkwardly.
Skipper Wilkinson tried his hand at one end and with Rees replacing Boonaert at the other the runs proved ever more difficult to come by. Wilkinson beat the bat regularly and found a lovely rhythm and was desperately unlucky not to take at least one wicket. Rees was disappointed to see Jim Davies spill a running catch having made good ground at midwicket - certainly a chance that should have been taken.
With a run rate barely above 2 an over after 30 overs the return of Boonaert brought immediate dividends as he bowled straight and fast hitting the stumps several times and taking an easy return catch as well - as the Radlett middle order failed. Spinner Allan Roberts offered plenty of tempting flight at the other end snaring two victims in between a few lusty blows from the tail as Craig Jones took a good catch running backwards and there was also a fine one-pawed catch from Rees at mid-on.
Having taken the surprise move of opening with two spinners Radlett soon reaped the benefits - as Dave Gluckman was clean bowled for a duck in the second over by one that kept a bit low - and Matt Holiday perished soon after for 8. The target of 132 looked some way off as Joe Bennett joined Jim Davies at the crease. Bennett mixed judicious defence with the occasional lusty blow before perishing trying one big hit too many. Craig Jones employed the same approach before some prodigious turn undid him.
However the ever reliable Paul Attwood (13*) then joined Davies in an unbeaten 50 run partnership that saw Pacific home with Davies recording his highest score of the year an unbeaten 71 that contained 11 well struck boundaries. Victory was secured with some 12 overs and 6 wickets in hand.
Skipper Wilkinson commented afterwards Marcels second spell was devastating and he thoroughly deserved the best bowling figures of the year so far. Once we had bowled them out for that total on a good pitch it was up to the batsmen to make sure of the win Jim did the business at one end - and everyone chipped in around him. Everyone played their part with either bat or ball - and we got the result we wanted as well. A great day out at a very hospitable club! he concluded.
Pacific - D Gluckman, M Holiday, J Davies, J Bennett, C Jones, P Attwood+, M Alexander, S Rees, M Boonaert, A Roberts, N Wilkinson*