Dover Castle 116 ao. Dawood 36. Cowling 4-0-30-2 Allum 4-0-20-2
Pacific 112 ao. DeKeller 29. Hussnain 4-0-23-2 Nasser 3.5-0-34-2
Dover Castle win by 4 runs.
Pacific missed out on the chance to go top of the blue group - instead it was Dover Castle who now sit proudly there after a thriller last night dominated by the bowlers.
In another lowish scoring game - the larger outfield & copious grass cuttings played their part - it was the consistency of the 4 DC bowlers who held their nerve as P's required rate rose from under 6 an over, to 40 runs required from the last 4, & 20 from the last 2 then 12 from the final over, but with just the last pair of Cowling & Allum at the crease. Disappointingly for Pacific the over unfolded as follows:- 1st ball wicket. 2nd bowled to Allum 4 to 3rd man, 3rd 2 to cover, dot ball & then on the 5th a straight drive & a run out coming back for the 2nd - still 3 runs short of drawing level. DC's bowlers certainly held their nerve giving away just 4 wides compared to P's 11 incl. no balls.
Earlier DC 's batting was held in check despite solid knocks from Nasser (23), Dawood (36) & Hussnain (26) by another superb spell from Rob Allum & the inform Kurt Rademaker. Martin Cowling came back strongly in his 2nd spell but specialist death bowler Jim Davies couldn't transfer his refound form from the slow low pitch at Denham on Sunday to the pacy bouncy artificial here at Victoria Pk & disappeared for 45 from his 4 overs. Sadly for P & despite excellent catches from Rademaker & Grigg, unlike last week several other skied chances were either not held or the fielder didn't even get a hand to it. Last week, this was the difference & made the win. This week, those drops made for defeat. That said, the ground fielding was strong & the target far from daunting. Sadly no Pacific batsman consistently dominated although there were useful & important contributions from Braden Grigg & Dougal DeKeller, not to mention Kurt Rademaker who kept Pacific in with a shout until he was run out 1st ball of the last over. The relief that emanated from DC when they won was palpable, out shadowing their joy at winning & all credit to the last Pacific pair getting so tantalisingly close to avenging last year's mauling.
VIII: Peter Hollman*, Martin Cowling, Jim Davies, Kurt Rademaker, Jonathan Campbell+, Rob Allum, Dougal DeKeller, Braden Grigg. Res:- Simon Holliday, Lucius Faisal, Sammy Purcell.