Pacific’s record breaking season ended on a disappointing note – as a batting display reminiscent of England’s recent Ashes performances saw them yield to eventual tournament winners Hampstead at the semi final stage of the Eastern Division Middlesex Indoor Cup. This marks the furthest the club has ever reached in this competition.
Pacific 46 All Out (J Baglivi 14, J Davies 11, Mohamed 2.3-0-9-2)
Hampstead 46 for 1 from 6.3 overs (Korshen 19*, J Campbell 2.5-0-19-1)
Pacific skipper John Baglivi opted to bat first on winning the toss. A solid opening stand of 18 from 3 overs from Jim Davies and Steve Lay ended when Davies was narrowly run out for 11.
The score progressed to 28 without further loss when there was an appeal for a sharp catch off Lay at short leg. The umpires were unable to give the batsman out – but in a crucial turning point – the veteran showed typical Pacific fair play when he walked having been assured by the fielder that a clean catch had been taken.
There followed an England style collapse – as 28-1 rapidly became 33-5 – as Jonathan Campbell (5), Dave Murray (0) and Tim Marshall (2) soon departed – the burly Marshall unable to gather enough momentum to beat the fielder’s throw. This left indoor specialist Baglivi with little choice but to try to bat out the overs – his innings of 14 ending in the final over to a direct hit run out.
With such a small target – the pressure was off the Hampstead batsmen. Despite a wicket in the second over when Baglivi took a catch off Campbell’s bowling – there were no further alarms – as singles off the wall were all that were needed to see them home.
“We should focus on the positives,” said skipper Baglivi later. “Getting to the semis is a great achievement for a relatively small club and a real step forward for us – we qualified ahead of some much more fancied teams. It was a shame we saved our worst performance for the semi – but we will be back with more experience next year – aiming to do even better.” he added.
There was consolation to be had in that Pacific had at least lost to the eventual winners who went on to beat Hertford 2 in the final winning by only 4 runs
Pacific’s year ends with a tally of 19 wins and only 5 defeats in 11 a side cricket, Joint Winners of the Victoria Park 8-a-side league and a semi-final in the Middlesex Indoor Cup (Eastern Division).
“A Golden Year by any standards - which is highly appropriate as I celebrated my 50th birthday at the beginning of the season!” commented club skipper Nigel Wilkinson. “Equally importantly – we had a lot of fun along the way.” he added.
Pacific: Steve Lay