Pacific beat London Fields... and the Weather
Pacific v London Fields at Wray Crescent
Sat 15 Aug 2020 at 1pm
Won by 139 runs
Friendly fixture

Thanks to the unpredictable weather, there was little confidence that Saturday’s match against London Fields would produce a result. What remaining confidence that your correspondent might have had was duly crushed after watching London Fields' opening quicks warm up in the net. In any case, confidence has always been a fleeting emotion at Pacific CC and in its absence we have all learned to thrive. 

Garret won the toss and elected to bat and the opening pair of Mehta and Chasseaud made their way to the middle. Field’s first breakthrough came at the hands of Mehta (12) who had batted himself in, but fell victim to a skidder from Fields' skipper Vijay which passed the guard careered into the stumps. 

Williams (13) was the next man in. He too played a selection of fine shots and was looking comfortable at the crease until he was snagged at square leg off of Fraser’s intimidating bowling.

Faulks was next in, and questions were being asked of his confidence following last week’s early dismissal. However, in typical PCC fashion, Faulks was able to harness his lack of confidence and smash a quick 24 runs before being stumped by a wylie Teasdale.

Your correspondent was impressed by Basi’s stroke play, and the award for shot of the day goes to him - a stunning drive through the covers, splitting the field beautifully. Basi (17) was unfortunate to have been caught at slip in a passage of play that resembled “real cricket”, to quote a Fields' player. 

Faulks and Basi’s wickets fell in quick succession and in the middle now were R. Siddiqui and Luthra with the score sitting at 5-128. Quick runs were required, and the batsmen sought to pick up the pace. Luthra (12) was bowled by Fields' best quick and R. Siddiqui was joined at the crease by his brother, Mutz (17). M & R batted well together, with the latter managing to make a very quick 64* off of 36 balls. Mutz was called out by his brother after a questionable edge, but accepted his fate and marched off to be replaced by PCC debutant Hungin. And hang in, Hungin did, managing to remain not out in his first innings for the club. Fields needed to chase 228 to win.

The game in the innings' break seemed to be poised on a knife edge, but fortunes quickly turned to Pacific’s favour during the opening quick’s spell. Both Luthra and Sapp bagged three wickets apiece with the latter being aided by some extraordinary keeping by Faulks snagging two nicks down the leg side. Luthra bowled the best ball your correspondent has ever seen at Wray to dismiss Lord for a golden duck. After the opening pair had their way, the score stood at 6-37 and the game had seemingly slipped out of Fields’ hands.

Luthra and Sapp were replaced by Hungin and Garrett respectively. Garrett bowled his usual tight off spin and was rewarded with a wicket, caught by Williams at long off. Hungin was able to take three wickets himself with some great line and length, but not before some last minute drama! With one wicket remaining, the rain began to fall. A shift in mentality was perceptible amongst the Fields' batsmen who began to block out for a draw, but Hungin’s consistent line proved too much for the tail, bowling the number 10 batsmen and closing out the game. A brilliant performance from him on his debut. 

London Fields were all out for 88. Pacific won by 139 runs.

KS

Pacific v London Fields
Toss won by Pacific
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Mark Mehta   b Vijay   12  0  14  2  0  
Toby Chasseaud   c Teasdale (wk) b Fraser   46  0  46  6  1  
Tom Williams   c square leg b Fraser   13  0  25  3  0  
Archie Faulks†   st Teasdale (wk) b Stewart   24  0  25  4  0  
Jasbir Basi   c slip b Jules   17  0  20  3  0  
Rizwan Siddiqui   not out    64  0  36  8  3  
Kaleem Luthra   b Jules   12  0  13  2  0  
Murtaza Siddiqui   c Teasdale (wk) b Fraser   15  0  16  3  0  
Jonathan Hungin   not out    0  0  2  0  0  
Keyana Sapp   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Tim Garrett*   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 7, lb 0, w 18, nb 2) 27    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 227-7    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-31 [Mehta] , 2-75 [Williams] , 3-89 [Chasseaud] , 4-128 [Basi] , 5-128 [Faulks] , 6-149 [Luthra] , 7-215 [Siddiqui]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Sam   6  1  48  0  
 Vijay   7  1  24  1  
 Fraser   6  0  51  3  
 Stewart   7  0  48  1  
 Jules   7  0  34  1  
 Ruby   2  0  17  0  
 
 
London Fields innings  R  M  B  4  6
PA   c Faulks b Sapp   17  0  0  3  0  
Alec   lbw b Sapp   0  0  0  0  0  
Ruby   c Faulks b Luthra   11  0  0  2  0  
Jason Lord   b Luthra   0  0  0  0  0  
Paul Teasdale†   c Faulks b Luthra   6  0  0  1  0  
Vijay*   c Mehta b Sapp   5  0  0  1  0  
Fraser   c Williams b Garrett   4  0  0  0  0  
Jules   lbw b Hungin   6  0  0  1  0  
Sam   b Hungin   9  0  0  1  0  
Stewart   b Hungin   6  0  0  1  0  
Troy Utz   not out    2  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 13, nb 0) 21    
 TOTAL (21.4 Overs) 88    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Keyana Sapp   6  0  28  3  
 Kaleem Luthra   5  1  15  3  
 Jonathan Hungin   5.4  0  14  3  
 Tim Garrett   5  0  13  1  
 
 

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