Despite arriving with only 8 players - Pacific's Saturday side maintained their excellent record with a 4 wicket win. They were grateful that two of Woodstock's travelling supporters were prepared to play for them - making the team up to 10.
Hostile opening spells from Marcel Boonaert and Lucius Faisal meant Woodstock were well short of a defendable total on the Wray Crescent astroturf wicket. The run chase was expertly marshalled by skipper Steve Lay with 22 not out - and even with late wickets falling to some extravagent battng - the result was never really in doubt.
With the late change of venue, the disorder at the start of this game was hardly surprising, both on Pacific's and the Council's part (at one
point a concerned Rob Bastin was outnumbered 14 to 1 by Woodstock players). However, once the pavilion was open and Pacific took to the field, all thoughts turned to the job in hand. Marcel Boonaert (3 for
12, off 6 overs) and Lucius Faisal (4 for 17, off 8 overs) opened with devastating spells, full of aggression and control. None of the Woodstock batsmen really came to terms with a Wray Crescent pitch
unusually receptive to the short ball.
There was no real recovery from being 7 for 34, with Will Barrass (1 for 19, off 4.3 overs) and Pacific debutant (and Woodstock supporter) Richie
Falloon (2 for 13, off 3 overs) maintaining the tight line. Woodstock closed on 68 all out using only 21.3 of their 40 overs.
Pacific's run chase started well with 28 coming from the first 5 overs thanks to some wayward looseners by the two Woodstock opening bowlers, and a couple of swipes by Bastin into the surrounding foliage. However,
with Bastin, Mohinda Ranatunga and Joseph Ashley all falling in quick succession, the stage was set for skipper Steve Lay (22*)to steer the Pacific batting lineup home. John Hill and Matt Patel both provided able support and some well struck shots to take Pacific within touching distance of the Woodstock score.
The final twist was Faisal striding to the crease with promises of finshing the game with a six. With only two runs needed, the St. Lucian all-rounder forced Boonaert to rapidly reapply his pads, as the mammoth
strike failed to find its mark and the bails went flying. All that was left was for Lay and Boonaert to work the ball for the winning runs in singles. Another fine win celebrated in the White Lion of Mortimer.
IX: Steve Lay*, John Hill, Rob Bastin+, Matt Patel, Mohinda Ranatunga, Marcel Boonaert, Lucius Faisal, Will Barras, Joseph Ashley, Falloon.