Hoppers hold out
Pacific v Hackney Grasshoppers at Highgate CC  Sun 12 May 2002 at 2pm
Friendly fixture

Another Sunday, another exciting Pacific match. Put into bat at Highgate CC, Pacific faced a green, lively pitch and some accurate bowling from Grasshopers’ Sanderson and Schofer.

Pacific 158-7 dec (43 overs), Holliday 30, Alexander 27no, Murray 22
Hackney Grasshopers 131-9 Schofer 32, N.Wilkinson 37-4

Despite the difficult conditions, they reached 57-1 with Matt Holliday scoring a gutsy 30 and David Murray returning to form with a breezy 22. When Murray was bowled by one that kept low, and rain interrupted play shortly afterwards, momentum was lost. However, everyone battled hard to get the score up to 158, with Matt Ralph scoring 17 and Mike Alexander 27 not out thanks to some lusty hitting. Extras top scored with 42, giving some indication of how hard it was for the keeper. But it looked a fair target.

Grasshopers always looked in the game, with Schofer top scoring with a classy 32. When Mike Alexander removed both him and danger man Dougal DeKeller, Pacific were in with a shout. Regular wickets fell, with Nigel Wilkinson the pick, his accurate naggers the ideal delivery on the slowish seamer of a pitch. When Matt Ralph took the ninth wicket with 11 balls remaining, it set up a tense conclusion, but Grasshoppers held out.

Vice Captain Murray said after the match, “It was an excellent match. They had the better of the conditions, and in the end the pitch was flat enough, and had dried out enough during the day, so that we struggled to knock over the last few wickets. They were always in it up until the last couple of overs, so it could have gone either way. In the end Mike Alexander’s big hitting at the end of our innings was the difference between the teams.”


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