Mehta’s sexy 69 not enough as Pacific feel the heat
Pacific v Palm Tree at Highgate Wood
Sun 09 Aug 2020 at 12.30pm
Lost by 4 wickets
Friendly fixture

In front of a packed crowd at Highgate Wood of at least 15, Pacific faced an unknown quantity in Palm Tree CC. In scorching conditions and on what we'd find out to be a dodgy pitch, skipper Tim Garrett won the toss and elected to bat.

At the top of the order, Mark Mehta was accompanied by Pacific's new all-time leading runscorer, Toby Chasseaud. The pair put on 49 for the first wicket with Chasseaud finding the the cover region particularly profitable. Palm Tree made the breakthrough when Chasseaud mistimed a pull shot that looped to the fielder at square leg. This triggered something of a mini-collapse with Pacific losing three wickets for 23 runs. Amandeep Dhir failed to trouble to scorers (although not yet the worst part of his afternoon), whilst Ben Burnham and Jas Basi failed to make double figures. Ed Hart, in at six, played an entertaining innings before being out stumped for 23. Meanwhile Mehta had found the start of his innings tricky; a bruise to the rib cage the result of some variable bounce from Palm Tree quick Stabbins. But despite the intense north London heat, Mehta started to find batting easier, putting on 61 for the sixth wicket with Joe Deighan who made a dogged 33 not out.

With Mehta making his first Pacific fifty and the overs dwindling, he looked to up the run run rate. But whilst attempting to reverse sweep a mouthy left arm spinner, he was given out caught behind. Television replays however showed the ball had in fact missed bat and glove and struck Mehta on the forearm. But with Pacific out of reviews, the opener had to depart for 69 with Pacific 180-6. Pacific lasted the full 40 overs, adding another 25 with Garrett and Deighan seeing Pacific to 205-8.


The heat had yet to fully (or at all) dissipate when Palm Tree came out to start their reply. It was hard work in the field, and desperately hard to keep wicket on a pitch that had more demons than usual, despite the dry weather. As alluded to earlier, Amandeep's afternoon went from bad to worse, as a slightly overpitched yorker from Ed reared up off a length and struck him just above the eye. The claret was pouring, and after a bit of first aid on the field, he was sent off to get it stitched up, accompanied by Mark Mehta. Thankfully no lasting harm seems to have been done, and we look forward to welcoming him back soon. Many have played for Pacific, but few have bled for the team – he joins an illustrious, if unwelcome club. That did make it 3 people in the last 3 matches that have had to go to hospital after or during our games – hopefully Chigwell are well prepared with the medics for Friday. Thankfully, Palm Tree could lend us one of their regular keepers, Bill, who had turned up to watch but was pressed into service. He kept very tidily, and his efforts were much appreciated.

Ed Hart bowled a very tidy spell, though without registering the wicket he deserved. He went straight through for his full eight overs, a great effort on a very hot day. At the other end, Matt Dempsey was making a nuisance of himself to the oppo – he ended the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Jody, Eppy and Ahmed were asked to bowl to set batsmen, and whilst their figures don't necessarily flatter as much as some of their other spells, all bowled well in sweltering conditions, with A- Bomb and Eppy adding to their wickets for the season. Garrett tried the old trick of bowling to the tail, but could only pick up one more wicket, his first for the season. Ultimately Palm Tree got over the line with around 6 overs to spare as dusk drew in. A good match played in excellent spirit throughout, Palm Tree invited us for a pint afterwards, and then sang us their victory song – Lovely bunch of coconuts – which was nice of them.

Pacific v Palm Tree
Toss won by Pacific
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Mark Mehta   c ? b Glazier   69  0  99  6  1  
Toby Chasseaud   c square leg b Prath   29  0  30  7  0  
Amandeep Dhir†   b R Stubbins   0  0  4  0  0  
Ben Burnham   b Prath   8  0  10  1  0  
Jasbir Basi   c ? b Prath   2  0  5  0  0  
Ed Hart   st keeper b Waite   23  0  24  2  1  
Joe Deighan   not out    33  0  44  3  0  
Nick Epstein   run out ?    4  0  5  0  0  
Matt Dempsey   b Prath   4  0  4  1  0  
Tim Garrett*   not out    1  0  3  0  0  
Ahmed Hussain   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 10, lb 3, w 18, nb 1) 32    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 205-8    
 Fall of wickets:  1-49 [Chasseaud] , 2-49 [Dhir] , 3-70 [Burnham ] , 4-72 [Basi] , 5-119 [Hart] , 6-180 [Mehta] , 7-186 [Epstein] , 8-196 [Dempsey]
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Raymond   6  0  48  0  
 G Stabbins   7  2  17  0  
 R Stabbins   8  4  20  1  
 Prath   8  4  40  4  
 Glazier   3  0  23  1  
 Waite   6  0  28  1  
 Robin   2  0  13  0  
Palm Tree innings  R  M  B  4  6
D Wood   c Garrett b Dempsey   5  0  16  0  0  
R Karuneikarin   c Sub b Epstein   47  0  48  9  0  
C Waite   b Dempsey   0  0  7  0  0  
B Allard   b Dempsey   82  0  73  10  0  
R Stabbins   c Hart b Hussain   15  19  0  0  1  
P Kamat   b Garrett   3  0  8  0  0  
M Robins   not out    12  0  25  1  0  
G Stabbins   not out    4  0  1  0  0  
 Extras (b 9, lb 3, w 22, nb 6) 40    
 TOTAL (33.3 Overs) 208-6    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Ed Hart   8  0  26  0  
 Matt Dempsey   4.3  1  20  3  
 Joe Deighan   4  0  42  0  
 Nick Epstein   4  0  34  1  
 Ahmed Hussain   8  0  62  1  
 Tim Garrett   5  0  17  1