Pacific maintained their unbeaten home record thanks largely to a fine performance in the field - led by the Roberts brothers - and solid efforts with the bat from South African duo Guy Wiehahn and Marcel Boonaert. There was also a noteworthy all-round performance from Ian Lay.
Pacific 177 for 8 dec. (Guy Wiehahn 35, Marcel Boonaert 25)
Nuxley 117 All Out (Darryl Roberts 10-4-30-5, Allan Roberts 7-2-30-2)
Pacific have a record of 17 wins and only 5 defeats - with all of the defeats coming away from home. Not since 1985 - when the fledgling club played only 16 matches - have Pacific lost fewer than 6 matches - so much is at stake in their final two games.
On a hard dry pitch, it was significant that P's opening partnership of 45 between Guy Wiehahn (35) & Matt Holliday (21) was the largest of the match. Following a 6 minute shower the pitch livened up & Andrews in particular showed good control & steep movement. With a tight ring of fielders runs were never easy to comeby but 2 boundary shots - a late cut from Wiehahn of Russell & a straight drive from Holliday off Jones showed what could be achieved. As P sought acceleration wickets were lost including Wiehahn & Allan Roberts (12) both run out. After 40 overs the score was still only 106-4 as Hollman (18) again struggled to beat the field or hit over. His dismissal caught behind of French was the signal for attacking stroke play from the lower order lead by Boonaert (25 off 14 balls) with 2 sixes & Ian Lay (10 off 8) with 1 left P on a handy total of 177 after 50 overs.
The inform Darryl Roberts made immediate inroads & with Boonaert's extra pace always threatening when on target, N's reply struggled to impose stumbling from 16-3, recovering to 51-3 thanks to Andrews' robust 18 collapsing to 59-6. captain Wilkinson called up the spin pair of Allan Roberts 7-2-30-2 & Ian Lay 6-1-17-1. Excellent bowling then left P 12 overs to pick up the final wicket & the pace of seamer John Baglivi was introduced. Dobson (11) looked defiant & did well to farm the strike but one attempt was hard at short cover Ian Lay who held on & the win was achieved with 3 overs to spare. P had batted well, bowled superbly & fielded to an excellent level as nothing went down & Ian Lay rounded off a particularly fine all-round game with the wining catch.
XI: Paul Attwood+ John Baglivi Marcel Boonaert Peter Hollman Ian Lay Allan Roberts Darryl Roberts Nigel Wilkinson* Guy Wiehahn Matt Holiday.