Pacific receive mauling from Presidents XI
Pacific v President's XI at Wray Crescent  Sat 06 Oct 2001 at 12pm
Lost by 10 wkts
Friendly fixture

Pacific succumbed to only their 4th 10 wicket defeat & the 1st since 22/8/97 when on tour against Broadway & Horton in Somerset. This was achieved by Pacific's inability to make a breakthrough & Miles Picknett & Mark Bullock putting together their unbroken partnership of 162, reaching the target with 3 overs to spare. Bullock & Picknett forged as solid a partnership as Pacific had faced all season & with Picknett adding an unbeaten half century to his 5 wicket haul earlier, thoroughly deserved his man of the match award.

A delayed start of 45 minutes due to rain did not deter Pacific Captain, Peter Hollman from batting first. But the sodden outfield & damp pitch meant scoring freely was difficult. President, John Hill's side was packed full of batting & lacked recognised strike bowlers, but ultimately, this worked in his favour as medium pacer Dougal DeKeller, & the spin trio of Joe Phelan, Miles Picknett & Guy Wiehahn all delivered the ball without pace; thereby forcing the batsman to create shots.

Nevertheless, Pacific's anchor innings was built around the Captain & opening bat's Peter Hollman's 75. Around his innings, there were several modest partnerships, 45 with Jim Davies (19) & 37 with Ted Szuman (15), but modestly it was case of wickets going down as the new batters struggled with the conditions & either being bowled playing across the line or getting caught.

Pacific's five pronged pace & seam attack did not break through & Bullock in particular cut & pulled freely with only the occasional half scare. Although Darryl Roberts 8-3-15-0 was by far the most economic & Mike Alexander did his best to contain, nothing went Pacific's way as the odd miss hit or edge went for runs & mistimed shots dropped safely. That said there were no dropped chances & given that the ball was so wet that there was no deviation, the pair did all that the President could ask.

Summary 2001

14 wins 11 draws & 10 defeats.

The target of 20 wins was not sadly achieved, but despite that, the win loss ratio is good & only 10 defeats in 35 matches is also a solid return. Additionally, 3 winnings tours incl. the 1st ever 100% in Cambs last month was a highlight. The 2nd division evening VPCCL title - unbeaten, again a highpoint. Plus there was the winning of the Lindridge -McDougall Memorial Cup & making 2 finals - the Islington 6 aside tournament in May & the Middlesex Cricket Board 200 over KO Barnet Final against Mill Hill.

Notable match winning contributions throughout the season - David Murray the only centurion back in April against Chats Palace, Tim Mileham's 4-26 v Chigwell, Darryl Robert's 42* v Palmerston, Jim Davies's 47* v UCS Old Boys in Hampstead, followed by the following week with 39* with a broken thumb & Arjen Knottnerus' 48* in the same game. On tour in June Dave Murray with 4-36 & an unbeaten 50 v Devon Dinosaurs. Then Porlock & Leon Yates 63*, followed the next day by Matthew Ralph 's 6-32 - a devastating spell & the best figures of the season. Marcel Boonaert's superb spell against Archway Graces of 4.5 overs 5 wickets for 15 runs when the game should have been lost. V UCS Old Boys a fine team performance spearheaded by Matt Ralph's opening spell of 3-21. At Radlett, it was Leon Yates again with 77 around which the total was built, while back in S Cambs Jim Davies picked up 2-23 off 14 overs & scored 41 & 39*. Then just last week, Miles Picknett's 84* was the foundation but Lucius Faisal's 3-23 & Marcel Boonaert's 24* where key features.

So many highpoints overshadow the occasional low. Statistically the best season for 5 years, but more importantly the emergence of several new key players that are match winners which bodes superbly well for the future. I'm already looking forward to 2002.

Between now & then Pacific will be competing in the MCB Indoor 6 a side tournament commencing later this month.

Thanks for all your support - your interest & coverage has been much appreciated. At the same time I hope the reports have been of sufficient quality.

Best regards PH

PCC: 160-9 (AO). P Hollman 75. M Picknett 10-0-41-5. G Wiehahn 12-0-43-3.
P XI: 162-0 M Bullock 68, M Picknett 52.


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