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Pacific v North Middlesex at Wray Crescent  Sat 16-Jul-2005 at 2.30pm
Won 3 wickets
 

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 fielders.

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 (8-0-45-4).

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.


North Middlesex v Pacific
 
North Middlesex innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Kent c Purcell b Gleadow  0  0  0  0  0  
  Teesdale c Haill b Webley  55  0  0  9  1  
  Shasmin c Duthie b Gleadow  28  0  0  6  0  
  Towndrow lbw b Duthie  48  0  0  10  0  
  Little c Purcell b Webley  0  0  0  0  0  
  Challinor b Purcell  0  0  0  0  0  
  Chadwick b Roberts  27  0  0  3  0  
  Pittman b Haill  4  0  0  1  0  
  Alibhai not out  23  0  0  3  0  
  Barnard b Duthie  21  0  0  3  0  
  Bass not out  2  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 3, lb 1, w 18, nb 0) 22    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 229    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Darryl Roberts 8 0 35 1  
 James Gleadow 8 1 37 2  
 Oliver Haill 8 0 41 1  
 Sammy Purcell 5 0 43 1  
 Jon Webley 7 0 44 2  
 Adrian Duthie 4 0 26 2  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Vaibhav Puri c & b Pittman  11  13  11  2  0  
  Adrian Duthie c & b Pittman  9  20  16  2  0  
  Jon Webley not out  116  0  88  18  3  
  Sammy Purcell c & b Pittman  9  0  0  1  0  
  Al Korinek b Pittman  1  8  8  0  0  
  Oliver Haill c & b Barnard  30  29  23  4  2  
  Darryl Roberts c & b Alibhai  1  0  0  0  0  
  Rob Bastin b Alibhai  5  0  0  0  0  
  James Gleadow not out  16  0  0  2  0  
 Extras (b 7, lb 8, w 13, nb 5) 33    
 TOTAL (38.4 Overs) 230    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-19 [Puri] , 2-27 [Duthie] , 3-42 [Purcell] , 4-44 [Korinek] , 5-99 [Haill] , 7-121 [Bastin]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Chadwick 8 0 30 0  
 Pittman 8 1 45 4  
 Barnard 7.4 0 51 1  
 Alibhai 7 0 42 2  
 Bass 3 0 22 0  
 Challinor 3 1 14 0  
 Towndrow 2 0 14 0  
 
 

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