Rob Bastin’s first ever 5-wicket haul was the highlight of a good display in the field from Pacific as they bowled out their hosts for only 98 in little over half of their permitted 40 overs. That target was never likely to be a major problem for a strong batting line-up – and they cruised home with 8 wickets in hand – Braden Grigg engaging in some shameless jug avoidance when bowled for 46.
Weston Colville 98 All Out (J Smith 32, Rob Bastin 5 for 38, Jim Davies 2 for 10)
Pacific 101 for 2 (Braden Grigg 46, Guy Wiehahn 28*)
After last year’s heavy defeat – Pacific travelled to Cambridgeshire on a glorious sunny day with only 10 men making it to the ground. The hosts won the toss and opted to bat first against a weakened Pacific bowling attack. However burly opening bowlers – newcomer Stuart Mullin and veteran Jim Davies – started well keeping a tight line. This prompted a crazy attempt at a single to our sub fielder – whose smart return to alert keeper Matt Holliday brought about the first wicket to fall.
Davies then struck with a double wicket maiden – the first wicket an excellent slip catch from debutant Vaibav Puri. With several close leg before shouts turned down and balls regularly beating the bat – the Welshman finished his spell with 5 overs costing just 10 runs. Mullin meanwhile was unlucky to go unrewarded for his efforts at the other end.
Pacific’s Hobbit Rob Bastin replaced Mullin and immediately went for 12 in his first over as he struggled to find his bearings. Even though he continued with a liberal sprinkling of wides – Bastin also started to produce a number of wicket taking balls. Yorkers, full tosses and long hops all picked up wickets as the batsmen self-destructed. The pick of his Michelle was a beauty that swung away from the hand, pitched on a length and then darted back in to clean bowl a bamboozled batsman. A truly magical ball!
Bastin was also relieved that keeper Holliday had his eyes wide open as he Cruised to take a skyer from opener Smith – who top scored with 32. Figures of 5 for 38 from 7 overs reflected an excellent spell of bowling.
Slow bowler Ian Lay confused the batsmen so much they were even asking if he bowled leg or off spin – a question no one could answer! His flight and guile brought him his victim – clean bowled. Debutant Puri bowled a batsman with a no ball – but soon struck with a legal delivery to finish the innings on 98 all out.
Batting before tea – Pacific’s innings got off to a disastrous start as old pro Peter Hollman made a schoolboy error – failing to run his bat in – and so was needlessly run out for a duck. However his departure brought Ozzie run machine Braden Grigg to the crease – and he did not disappoint with 8 fours and a six – as he smashed 46 from only 29 balls. His departure looked suspiciously like jug avoidance to the crowd!
However it allowed diminutive opener Guy Wiehahn the chance of achieving his 9th score of over 25 in consecutive innings – since he was barely in double figures with the score on 75 at the end of Grigg’s onslaught. With skipper Steve Lay making sure the nuggety South African had his chance – he calmly stroked the winning boundary – reaching 28 at the same time. Another not out to stoke an already healthy average!
“After last year’s hammering – it was nice to get a win here.” said skipper Lay afterwards. “Our bowling looked a bit weak on paper –but Rob did a great job – which made the batsmen’s task quite straightforward.” he added.
MOM - Rob Bastin - first 5 wicket haul for the Hobbit.
Packing the Kit - Peter Hollman - the Wiz was carelessly run out for a duck when not grounding his bat!
X:- Steve Lay*, Ian Lay, Peter Hollman, Braden Grigg, Matt Holliday, Rob Bastin, Guy Wiehahn, Stuart Mullin, Jim Davies,Vaibav Puri