"Palace Coup"
Pacific v Homerton CC (PKA Chats Palace) at Victoria Park Pitch 1  Thu 26-Jun-2003 at 6.30pm
Won 4 runs
VPCCL fixture

Pacific, in contrast to earlier in the season, snatched an amazing victory from the jaws of certain defeat by the margin of 4 runs against a much improved Chat's Palace team last night.

Skipper Campbell at last won a toss and put Pacific into bat. Slugger Marshall retired early after a customary frenetic start and soon he was joined in the pavilion by Lay and Cowling; all dismissed by a bowler who was unable to pitch it more than half way up the wicket. Holliday and Hardisty batted gamely to push the score into the mid 50's before they both perished. Rademeyer smote bravely before being run out by a direct hit. Skipper Campbell acknowledged his bad call immediately. Campbell then compounded the error by getting out shortly thereafter and Pacific closed on exactly 100. The wides and no balls contributing solidly.

Rademeyer and Campbell opened the attack but it was clear that Chat's opener Gary was intent on assisting Pacific as he ran out the other Chat's opener in the first over (without facing) on a suicidal push to bowler Campbell and then the No 3 was removed by an equally mad attempt at 2 to 3rd man Rademeyer (a great throw in). After 8 overs, Chats were 54-2 and cruising despite most of the runs coming from edges and slices. Fielding was tight and no misfields.

Chat's No 4 was looking dangerous having despatched Radmeyer for 6 on his first ball but the introduction of Bastin proved crucial - he yorked the danger man first ball! With Cowling on at the other end and the quality of the batsman diminishing a tight game looked in prospect as wickets continued to fall. Bastin grabbed 2 more wickets and Cowling another (all clean bowled!) and with 2 overs to go 13 were needed with 1 wicket left.

Campbell gambled by moving everyone in. Bastin was promptly dispatched for four and two and then 3 extremely controversial wides were given by the Chat's umpire leaving 4 to win of 9 balls. Chats No 8 then smashed the ball to Campbell at short point who misfielded, the ball going a few paces behind him. Campbell (in the style to which many of his admirers will know) turned slowly after the ball and Chats risked a second....but it was a ruse! On hearing the shout for 2, Campbell grabbed the ball and threw it in and Holliday effected an easy run out to leave Chats 4 runs short!

All rounder Marshall said after the game "well the Palace chat themselves for sure at the end; well done to the bowlers and fielder for not bottling it - this victory means that we have turned the corner! the boy Bastin is my man of the match" All the youngsters in the team then departed for a pub in the city frequented on a regular basis by Matt Holliday and have not been seen again!

Pacific v Homerton CC (PKA Chats Palace)
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Jonathan Campbell  15  0  0  0  0  
  Steve Lay  0  0  0  0  0  
  Jonathan Hardisty  0  0  0  0  0  
  Tim Marshall  15  0  0  0  0  
  Matt Holliday  0  0  0  0  0  
  Kurt Rademaker run out  25  0  0  0  0  
  Rob Bastin  0  0  0  0  0  
   0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (0.0 Overs) 105    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
Homerton CC (PKA Chats Palace) innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Gary Horsman b Bastin  34  0  0  0  0  
  Mr Singh run out  0  0  0  0  0  
  Robert Devaney run out  5  0  0  0  0  
  Irfan b Bastin  21  0  0  0  0  
  Sam b Bastin  9  0  0  0  0  
  Raj b  10  0  0  0  0  
  James not out  1  0  0  0  0  
  Nadeem run out Campbell  6  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 1, w 7, nb 1) 15    
 TOTAL (15.0 Overs) 101 ao    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Jonathan Campbell 4 0 25 0  
 Kurt Rademaker 4 0 26 0  
 Rob Bastin 4 0 21 3  
  3 0 15 1  

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