Jon Webley scored a majestic century, as nine man Pacific completed a
fantastic run chase to beat North Middlesex IV's at Wray
Crescent. Earlier in the day, North Mid had set a competitive total of
229 off their 40 overs, with contributions throughout the lineup.
North Middlesex 229 for 9 (40 overs) Teesdale 55, Towndrow 48, Duthie 2-26, Gleadow 2-37
Pacific 230 for 7 (38.4 overs) Webley 116*, Haill 30, Pittman 4-45, Alibhai 2-42
With a festival of cricket finishing shortly before this Wray Crescent
fixture (and delaying the start till 3pm), Pacific Captain Rob Bastin
looked to have found two keen youngsters to swell the Pacific
ranks. The promise of a relaxing afternoon away from the cricket
proved too tempting though, and the Pacific XI again became
IX. Undeterred by this setback, the Pacific players started gamely in
the field following North Mid deciding to bat on a warm sunny day.
The two Pacific openers, Darryl Roberts (8 overs, 0 mdns, 1 wicket for
35 runs) and James Gleadow (8-1-37-2), both found good lines to start,
with Gleadow getting North Mid's opener Kent caught by a diving Sammy
Purcell at Gully with his first ball. After this breakthrough, Pacific
looked to get into the top order, but good batting and some strong
strokes from Teesdale (55) and Towndrow (48) especially, pushed the
North Mid total on.
Roberts was replaced by Oli Haill (8-0-41-1), playing in his first
game back from injury. The North Mid bats continued to attack on a
Wray Crescent pitch playing as well as ever, with a lightning fast
outfield and large fielderless gaps adding to the cause.
As Gleadow bowled out his overs, Purcell (5-0-43-1), Webley (7-0-44-2)
and Adrian Duthie (4-0-26-2) were used in short spells, along with the
returning Roberts, to try and keep North Mid within reach. Strong
partnerships down the order brought the North Mid innings to a close at
229 for 9 off 40 overs, a fantastic effort from the undermanned Pacific
Following tea, Vaibhav Puri (11) and Duthie (9) both started brightly,
until Puri chipped a mis-timed pull straight up for the keeper to
take. Duthie followed soon after, hitting the ball to square leg, both
breakthroughs coming from the bowling of North Mid skipper, Pittman
The stuttering Pacific reply looked to have imploded completely, when
Purcell (9) and debutant Al Korinek (1) were trapped by Pittman, with
the score on 44 for 4 off 10 overs. This brought Haill (30) and the
rapidly accelerating Webley together. An onslaught of clean hitting
was the hall mark of the next few overs, as the two batsmen played
their natural games.
Pacific's fortunes appeared to be turning for the better until Haill
snicked a ball to the keeper, to be followed by Roberts (1) lofting
one to deep square. Bastin (5) managed to provide some support to the
now flying Webley, but played round a straight one, to bring last man
Gleadow to the crease with the score on 121.
To the shock of North Mid, the final pair produced a match winning 109
partnership, with Webley finishing on 116 not out (off 88 balls) and
Gleadow (16* off 32 balls) ably contributing to the chase. The match
finished with Webley hitting the third six of his innings over deep
mid wicket, Pacific winning a hard fought game with 8 balls to
spare. All that was left was for the players to congratulate each
other on a good spirited game, and rehydrate after the long hours in
the baking sun.
Man of the match : Jon Webley, a glorius century to win a game that could so easily have drifted away
Jon Webley made light of Pacific being 2 short (again) by scoring his 2nd Wray century
We host their 4th XI. X:-Rob Bastin*, Sammy Purcell, Vaibhav Puri, Darryl Roberts, James Gleadow, Jon Webley, Al Korinek, Oli Haill & Adrian Duthie.
If anyone knows someone who might be free / interested then please can you follow this up & let me know.
FYI this is an ideal game for someone who hasn't played much before.