Toby's attempt to bat like the tortoise Tavaré
Thu 09 Apr 2020 
Club news item

Pacificos were only half surprised to discover that their chairman had auditioned to play the part of the slow-scoring England opener Chris Tavaré in a Bollywood movie about the 1983 World Cup. Those who've seen Toby grinding it out for Pacific over the years might have thought he would be a shoo-in for the role. But unfortunately his audition didn't go so well. "The last ball I am supposed to strike and then celebrate as if I’ve hit the winning runs but I spoon it and, when attempting to celebrate, struggle to take my helmet off as the strap stays wedged beneath my chin," writes the hapless chairman. You can read his article in full on the Guardian website here:


Spurred into action by Rob Dinsey's sledging, a few days later Toby had another article published, this time about his newfound love of cycling to fill the cricketing vacuum brought about by Covid-19. Have we now become Pacific Cycling Club, wondered Tom Ireland? Tom was also disappointed to find that Toby had not managed to work a link to Pacific into that article. Letting the side down as usual…


Picture shows Chris Tavaré facing Rashid Khan on his way to 58 off 116 balls against Pakistan in the 1983 World Cup – an even slower run rate than Toby. Photograph: Jim Hutchison/Daily Mail/Shutterstock

Chris Tavaré facing Rashid Khan on his way to 58 off 116 balls v Pakistan in the 1983 World Cup.