Pacific ended the weekend with a disappointing result in a 40 over match against Barclays Bank. With a seemingly strong bowling attack they struggled in the early overs to pin down the opening batsmen, both Ralph
and Bastin ending up with poor returns for their efforts.
Barclays 159-10 De Alvis 26, Dave 38.......L Yates 8 2 23 4, M Alexander 7.5 0 35 4.
Pacific 106-10 Matt Ralph 36......Behar 6 4 11 3, Thakur 8 1 31 3.
Barclays Bank win by 53 runs.
On a wicket with bounce ranging from the non-existent to the bouncy it was the arrival of Leon Yates at the bowling crease that led to a breakthrough. The compact spinner ended up taking four wickets off his allotted overs, beguiling the batsmen with turn and impressive flight that led to a brace of stumping's for the not so compact Marshall. At the other end Boonaert proved to be the pick of P's bowlers. With controlled pace he mesmerised the batters and will be upset not to end up with more wickets. Barclay's recovered to a respectful score before the (very) late insertion of Daryl Roberts and an exuberant Alexander picked off the tail. With fine fielding particularly by the sparkling Lay, Pacific could feel happy with chasing an achievable 160.
On a decaying wicket Pacific's run chase got off to the worst possible start with Weihahn dismissed off the third ball of the innings. Following
quickly both Lay and Yates fell to balls that bounced low and the veteran Gluckman to a rising delivery caught off the glove.
With Marshall playing an uncharacteristic anchor role the arrival of Ralph led to a flurry of boundaries and hope that the total could be achieved. But with Marshall falling unluckily to an out of the ordinary rising ball and Roberts to another ball that failed to rise at all Pacific's chase faltered. With Ralph falling to a good catch for a well hit 36, it was only Alexander that
provided any annoyance to the bank hitting a belligerent 19 before being bowled and Pacific ending up on a total of 105.
"It was hard to blame anyone except the pitch for today's defeat" said a clearly unhappy Wilkinson after the game. "We bowled and fielded admirably, and it was only the bounce that dismissed our batsmen" claimed the skipper emphasising the great team spirit on the day. "We all supported each other and played like a well oiled unit - except Darryl who almost certainly cost us the game by arriving two hours late"
Nigel added "As to the game - we agreed on a 40 over match and after we lost the toss and they batted on a pitch that had apparently had 3 games on already. it was slow, but got lower with the odd ball popping all day. Not the best! Our opening bowler - 'kitman' turned up at 2.45!! So I opened with Matt Ralph and Rob. There opening bats attacked and they were 62-0 after 8 overs. Both opening bowlers were unable to cope, so under bidding from Tim M and his bowling to me in the nest, we put Leon on. He immediately stopped the run rate and then took 4 wickets including two in two balls and BB's most dangerous batsman first ball. Marcel was at the other end and bowled the right length, was as tidy tight as usual and was unlucky not to get more wickets. At the end of 22 overs the oppo were about 78-6 and we were on top. Then BB had a nice stand we had new bowlers on - me and Mike and it was raining, so the ball got very wet (excuses..!) but we still kept it tight. At last Darryl could be brought in to the fray and bowled beautifully, but still BB edged forward. Although Mike was starting to make breakthroughs, the BB lower order took the opportunity to hit out as well and were all out for 159. A gettable total, but one that would be tricky with the pitch getting 'lower'
We started the innings in disastrous fashion with Guy bowled with no score on the board. Steve then came in and played well, cracking shots including a sumptuous square cut for 4, before getting one shooter too many and too low! We then lost wickets regularly to a combination of poor shots and the poor pitch. There was a great bit of counterattacking from Matt R who also hit the only six of the day and a gritty supporting role from Tim M until he got an unlucky 'pop' onto his gloves and then caught by a diving w'keeper.
We did manage to get the hundred up and finished 106 all out. (NVW 3 not out!!) - guess how many Marcel got?
It shows how difficult it is to play a 40 over game with 10 men in the field and the 11th being you opening bowler...That 60 odd run opening stand was not the main factor, but it put us behind and we did really well to fight back. Again, the batting is not firing on all cylinders and it was unfortunate to have Shaun Cochrane watching the match - he lives next door!!- when we needed him in the middle."
Strike bowler Marcel Boonaert concluded "We can bowl, we cant field, we cant catch, we definitely cant bat!"
XI:- Mike Alexander, Marcel Boonaert, Steve Lay, Tim Marshall, Matthew Ralph, Darryl Roberts, Guy Wiehahn, Nigel Wilkinson*, Leon Yates, Rob Bastin & David Gluckman.