Korgy brings up 200 in defeat
Pacific v Roehampton Bats at Barn Elms
Sat 05 Sep 2020 at 1pm
Lost by 76 runs
Friendly fixture

Pacific were defeated on our first outing against the Roehampton Bats down in Barnes on Saturday in a match that was mostly memorable for left arm wrist spinner, raconteur and all round good egg Aroon Korgaonkar taking his 200th wicket for Pacific.

On an unusual pitch, maintained in an easy-to-miss patch of grass behind Barnes station (and indeed, Rafiq did miss it and wandered on down to Barnes High Street), scoring looked difficult from the off despite our opposition locating a roller in a hedge and giving it a gallant effort up and down for a few minutes. Sadly the main effect this had on the pitch was that the odd one now got right up off a length instead of everything staying low. 

Pacific fielded first, and the opening spell from Ed Hart and Sam Howes, both of whom bowled through, was magnificent. Aided by the pitch but comprised of high quality seam bowling, their combined figures of 14-2-47-1 do no justice to bowling that could have run through a lesser side. Unfortunately for us, the clue was in the name and Roehampton could indeed bat: particularly the top three who all reached 30s that were worth plenty more on a better pitch. 

After the opening spells, we made a double change to spin and the game changed, with runs flowing more freely but chances coming too. Aroon picked up opener Williamson (who top scored with 31) leg before to take him to 199 wickets, and it wasn't long before he reached 200, dismissing the hard hitting Da Silva, caught and bowled. 201 followed on swiftly afterwards with a good catch in the deep from Ed Hart. A brief dip into stattos corner shows Korgy has bowled 824 overs for Pacific, taking 201 wickets at an average of 23.40 and a best of 8-32. Here's to many more milestones, starting with his 1000th run - 72 to go on that count.

Back to the game and a quick mention for Rafiq Ratta, who also bowled tidily and was the unlucky victim of the only real poor moments of Pacific fielding as a couple of catches went down. Roehampton accelerated through a series of cameos, notably from captain Evans, but two wickets each for Gingell and Joe Deighan kept the score down to a good but manageable 183-8. One moment worth mentioning was one of the Roehampton Bats walking to the middle and taking guard with bat, helmet and gloves but no pads, having to be sent back to the boundary to put them on. Unusual.

The Pacific chase began with captain Mutz Siddiqui promoting himself to open, a decision that bore fruit with some excellent early play including a beautiful hook for four, before being bowled attempting to hit another leg side boundary. Unfortunately, Mutz's 19 was to be the highest score any of us managed as the value of those battling 30s became clear to anyone attempting to bat against decent bowling on a difficult pitch. Tom Williams showed the value of a strong defensive technique in grinding his way to 17, and Ed Hart the value of taking the pitch out of the equation and tonking the ball to all parts with a quickfire assault which also reached 17.

Apart from those innings there wasn't a great deal that any batsman would like us to to mention, so in as few words as possible I can tell you that Colin ran himself out, your correspondent chased a wide one and popped it up to cover and Rafiq batted deep in his crease, then deeper in his crease, then rather too deep in his crease and stood on his stumps. We limped to 117 all out with a last wicket partnership of 19 providing some entertainment if not much hope.

Overall, congratulations to Korgy for the milestone but otherwise, not one likely to be fondly remembered by many Pacificos. 


RD

 

 


Roehampton Bats v Pacific
Toss won by Roehampton Bats
 
Roehampton Bats innings  R  M  B  4  6
S Nelson   b Howes   30  0  44  4  0  
N Williamson†   lbw b Korgaonkar   31  0  60  4  0  
L Da Silva   c & b Korgaonkar   30  0  35  1  2  
C Baden   c & b Gingell   16  0  20  2  0  
E Davison   c Hart b Korgaonkar   0  0  1  0  0  
L Watson   b Deighan   12  0  19  1  0  
M Jewell   c Hart b Gingell   7  0  7  1  0  
M Evans*   c Williams b Deighan   23  0  16  2  1  
J Hulse   not out    7  0  5  1  0  
S Bhutan   not out    8  0  5  0  1  
 Extras (b 2, lb 4, w 12, nb 1) 19    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 183-8    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-44 [Nelson] , 2-92 [Williamson] , 3-110 [Da Silva] , 4-111 [Davison] , 5-124 [Baden] , 6-136 [Jewell] , 7-142 [Watson] , 8-173 [Evans]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Ed Hart   7  1  25  0  
 Sam Howes   7  1  22  1  
 Aroon Korgaonkar   7  0  40  3  
 Rafiq Ratta   6  0  32  0  
 Will Gingell   4  0  16  2  
 Joe Deighan   4  0  42  2  
 
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Tom Williams   c Nelson b Watson   17  38  41  2  0  
Murtaza Siddiqui*†   b Baden   19  26  28  3  0  
Colin Pollard   run out ?    8  21  19  0  0  
Tom Gane   c ? b S Bhutan   10  29  21  0  0  
Rob Dinsey   c cover b Watson   1  13  10  0  0  
Will Gingell   c ? b Watson   3  13  10  0  0  
Joe Deighan   run out ?    7  13  10  0  0  
Rafiq Ratta   ht wkt b Hulse   6  0  9  0  0  
Ed Hart   b Jewell   17  0  7  4  0  
Aroon Korgaonkar   not out    10  0  0  1  0  
Sam Howes   st Williamson b Davidson   6  0  0  1  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 6, nb 3) 13    
 TOTAL (31.1 Overs) 117    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-36 [Siddiqui] , 2-45 [Williams] , 3-51 [Pollard] , 4-59 [Dinsey] , 5-66 [Gane]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Baden   6  1  26  1  
 Davidson   1.1  0  5  1  
 Evans   6  1  15  0  
 Watson   6  0  15  3  
 S Bhutan   6  1  15  1  
 Hulse   4  0  19  1  
 Mystery Bowler   1  0  12  0  
 Jewell   1  0  7  1