Michaels makes the difference
Pacific v New Barbarian Weasals at Oakhill Park  Sat 02-Jun-2001 at 2pm
Lost by 65 runs

A disappointing performance all round as Pacific slipped to their second consecutive defeat. Steve Lay won the toss and chose to bowl first on a green and under prepared pitch - that desperately needs to make friends with a mower and a roller soon! Uneven bounce was the feature of the game and contributed to the very high number of byes conceded by both teams.

NBW 171-8 dec. Michaels 37. J Davies 9-0-46-4. J Baglivi 14-4-44-3
P 106-10. J Davies 34. J Baglivi 25. Michaels 18-6-35-7

Pacific's opening bowlers - Mike Alexander and Marcel Boonaert - bowled without luck - but perhaps failed to put the ball in the right spot often enough to keep the batsmen under pressure. NBW's openers [names and scores] rode their luck - both were dropped in one over from Boonaert - but also showed admirable concentration as they built a century opening stand that was to prove the difference between the sides. Pacific's fielding was a big disappointment as dropped catches and misfields contributed to NBW's progress.

A double change of bowling soon brought dividends - John Baglivi bringing one back to bowl the right handed opener and Jim Davies forcing a hurried hook from a bouncer to remove the left handed opener. From then on there was a steady procession of wickets that might easily have been more rapid - Davies finishing with 4-48 and Baglivi 3-42 - and NBW finishing on 171-8.

The lethargy that had gripped Pacific in the field carried over to their batting - Michaels opening the bowling as well as the batting getting the early breakthrough when removing Adrian Duthie for a duck. The NBW bowlers bowled at a reduced pace compared to the Pacific attack - but by finding the correct line and length immediately - caused problems for the batsmen throughout by better exploiting the conditions. There were question marks over Michaels' action and he was no-balled once for throwing - but he worked his way through a torpid Pacific top order. With 4 ducks in the innings - only Davies (34) and Baglivi (25) reached double figures - both perishing to injudicious strokes. Baglivi's dismissal 2 overs from time was the final nail in the Pacific coffin and summed up a very disappointing performance.

Plaudits however must go to NBW's star performer Michaels who finished with 7 for 35 from a marathon 16 over spell - which along with his runs was certainly the difference between the sides. Jim Davies said "The worst Pacific performance I have been involved in - we simply didn't seem to be focussed on the game. Full marks to them - they did well and made the most of the conditions - but we made it easy for them. Hopefully it was a one off - and we will be more up for it in the return game later in the year."

Pacific: A Duthie, M Ralph, S Lay*, N Wright, R Hill, J Davies, H Patel, M Alexander, J Baglivi, I Lay+, M Boonaert.


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