Pacific Magic Moment #17 - Ben Burnham
Mon 01 Jun 2020 
Club news item

It's Ben Burnham's chance to share a savoured and favoured moment of Pacific cricket magic with us on this first day of June.

Since making his debut at Millfields Park v Homerton in Aug 2015, Ben has struck 1158 runs for the club, comprising entertaining, frenetic and meaty cameos and, in more recent times, some substantial at-the-crease moments. Industrious fielder. Witty and dry on and off-pitch observer.

In in his role as club social secretary, Ben has organised several end of season dinners, as well as Pacific's many winter pursuits. A scene in which he's revelled, as reigning squash and pool champion and two-time rock-rolling king pin.

His choice is the last MEIL match of the 2016 season vs Chigwell at Alexandra Park.

"The context of the game was that the winners would secure second place in the MEIL. Earlier in the season, we’d been hammered at Chigwell with their Kiwi gun batsman (Mr David Colwill) scoring an unbeaten ton, although we frustrated them by hanging on for a draw.

The return fixture saw them bat their full 50 overs at a very slow scoring rate on a tricky pitch. Tactics that are completely fair but introduce a bit of competitive needle. All the usual protagonists were present for Chigwell, and our overseas pro for that season Navid was MOTM.

I remember the team batting very unselfishly and it was an extremely close run thing at the end with a bit of a kerfuffle (last over leg bye - with Chig arguing that it was LBW plus he kicked it) requiring some stoical umpiring from Sumeet.

By hook or crook we won the game, and I remember it feeling like a real team effort - unusual in a sport so dominated by individual performances. The beer in Ally Park’s inimitable pavilion after the game tasted all the sweeter for the teams being able to leave rivalries on the pitch and enjoy the North London evening sun."

Match report and scorecard

The XI: James Collis, Toby Chasseaud, Ben Burnham, Sumeet Sharma, Kieran Mullens, Aly Duncan, Sumant Kumar, Navid Anjum Chowdhury, Sharan Timbadia, Sam Howes, Ahmed Hussain

Photo: Throwdowns with Toby's 7-year-old first cousin once removed Oscar at London Fields in 2017.