Washington stalwart Pete Demitri picked up a ton as he batted through the entire Washington innings - ending 110 not out. With strong support from Dale Bracegirdle (47)and the rest of the Wash's strong batting line up - the Aussie veteran ensured a total of 243 and an asking rate of more than 6 an over was required.
Despite consistent batting with 3 men reaching 40 - the target proved to be just too high for Pacific. Guy Wiehahn (46), Jim Davies (40), Kurt Rademaker (37*) and the highlight innings - a spectacular 41 from Lucius Faisal - proved to be just not enough with the home side ending up on 223 for 8 from their 40 overs - still 20 runs short.
Washington 243 for 3 from 40 overs(Pete Demitri 110*, Dale Bracegirdle 47)
Pacific 223 for 8 from 40 overs (Guy Wiehahn 46, Lucius Faisal 41, Jim Davies 40, Kurt Rademaker 37*, Steve Brown 3 for 25)
Wash skipper Justin Gurney elected to bat first on winning the toss – backing his side full of batting to set a challenging total. After a poor first couple of overs from bowling legend John Baglivi – the experienced Pacific man removed dangerman Paul Irons for 18 as the South African played on when in characteristically attacking mood. Meanwhile Martin Cowling was bowling an excellent spell into the strong breeze – bowling three maidens and regularly beating the bat without getting any luck.
Aussies Pete Demitri and Dale Bracegirdle punished anything loose and – after a couple of close calls for Demitri – the pair looked solid as the accumulated runs steadily. Bracegirdle in particular was looking threatening and it took a lovely delivery from fellow Aussie Kurt Rademaker to remove him just three runs short of a deserved half-century. The departure of his partner was a signal for Demitri to take a more commanding role and he dominated a third wicket stand of 92 with Kiwi Tony Harris (27) as various bowlers at first contained but then were punished. The bowlers were not helped by a lethargic performance in the field – highlighted by a number of miss fields from skipper Nigel Wilkinson and a few half chances being spurned.
When Baglivi returned he removed Harris – but new bat Campbell was given two reprieves – including a sitter hit to the usually safe hands of Lucius Faisal at cover. Unlucky bowler Jim Davies was to suffer in his final over as Campbell dispatched the last three balls over the boundary to add gloss to an already challenging total – bringing the score up to 243 at just over 6 an over. Meanwhile Demitri was the star of the show – finishing on 110 not out.
Pacific’s innings got off to a terrible start when wizened old pro Peter Hollman edged behind in the first over without troubling the scorers. Diminutive South African Guy Wiehahn and Welsh left-hander Jim Davies set about consolidating the innings and picking off anything loose. However after one reprieve from Steve Brown – Davies fell for 40 out of a 68 run second wicket stand as he failed to clear Harris on the deep square leg boundary.
The arrival of Sammy Purcell saw another period of consolidation – all the time the asking rate continued to increase. However the nuggety Wiehahn and the classy Purcell took the score onto 117 when Wiehahn too was caught in the deep. Purcell soon followed – mistiming a drive back to Brown – giving the reluctant bowler his second important scalp.
Last week’s hero Marcel Boonaert was soon gone to a running catch – again in the deep – as Brown picked up his third wicket. Paul Irons then removed Martin Cowling for a Golden Duck and the run chase seemed to have stalled.
Enter Lucius Faisal with a display of calypso cricket that he so often promises – but this time he delivered. He was particularly harsh on the returning leg-spin of Gurney – and he was another to benefit from a missed opportunity to Brown fielding on the boundary. With burly Aussie all-rounder Kurt Rademaker’s support - 53 runs were added in double quick time – and an unlikely win suddenly seemed possible. Sadly the St Lucian abandoned his previously successful tactic of waiting for the ball from Gurney and an extravagant charge was spotted by the bowler and John Roche completed the vital stumping – ending a brilliant innings of 41 from only 25 balls.
Despite some late hitting from Rademaker – the game was effectively up for Pacific. All that was left was the departure of John Baglivi for 3 and some comic running that saw both Rob “Bilbo” Bastin and Rademaker sprinting for the same end. Bilbo ran three, Burly was lapped scoring only one – and both men survived as Paul Irons failed to touch the ball and the uprooted stump together!
It made no difference – Pacific ending 20 runs short of their target as the overs ran out – Rademaker remaining on an unbeaten 37.
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the result – but it was a great game of cricket. Both sides played well in a good spirit - and the better team on the day won.” said skipper Nigel Wilkinson afterwards.
Pacific MOM - Lucius Faisal - Brilliant Carribean calypso batting from the St Lucian almost saw Pacific home.
Packing the Kit - Nigel Wilkinson - skipper lost the toss and then set the tone by fielding dreadfully.
Stato Corner – the winning target of 243 would have been the second highest ever achieved by Pacific batting second. In the event the 223 scored was the fourth highest total the team has scored losing when batting second.
XI: Guy Wiehahn, Peter Hollman, Jim Davies, Sammy Purcell, Kurt Rademaker, Marcel Boonaert, Martin Cowling, John Baglivi, Lucius Faisal, Rob Bastin+, & Nigel Wilkinson*.
FOOTNOTE from Matt Cragoe "Brilliant - we'll look forward to it (2005 in G&C). Incidentally, Guru says the ton he
took off Pacific was the best innings he's ever played for Wash and that
your current bowling attack is awesome!"