A quick return visit to North Middx CC following the loss there in June & it was deja vu & another heavy defeat was re-enacted with depressing similarity. First use of a hard even bounced pitch failed to see off useful rather than unplayable bowling attack. At 31-4 a defendable total seemed a long way away indeed.
At 100-8 there was a real danger that the game would be over by tea. Sean Hill intrioduced his occassional bowlers & initially Lucius Faisal & later James Smith were the 2 who did take advantage. The latter of which adding a most useful 49 runs partnership with James Gleadow to reach what had seemed an unattainable target.
After the tea interval, the fielding & bowling had to be better & all seemed to be involved in a match again when Darryl Roberts' & James Gleadow's opening spells caused real consternation. They regularly induced inside edges, leading edges, outside edges & the batsmen played & missed with regularity. Even the level of chat started to approach what had preceeded it in the first innings much to the consternation of previous perpertrators. One such diversion was the prelude to a wicket with Roberts fully fired up & immediatly finding the edge of Peter Demitri's bat going into Chris Atkin's bread basket at second slip. At 31-1 after 12 overs there was now the prospect of a close game. Sadly for Pacific, that was the highlight. First change, Paul Irons' outside edge was found with James Smith's first ball which then disected keeper & slip to much consternation. You do not give Paul Irons second chances & he made hay.
Captain Rob Bastin did his best to try all options & & even Harris who had never fully settled was able to kick on when his outside edge was also spurned off Chris Atkin.
The fielders stuck at it but the bowlers plugged away more in hope than expectation & it came as no great surprise that no further wicket fell as the lack of belief undermined what had been a fine ground fielding display & the winning runs trickled through legs to the boundary with nearly 8 overs to spare.
Not a good day at the office for most
XIs:- Chris Atkin, Rob Bastin*, Jai Rajaraman, Lucius Faisal, Ben Gibson, James Gleadow, Matt Holliday+, Peter Hollman, Shayne Rees, Darryl Roberts, & James Smith. Reserves aree:-Aroon Korgaonkar & Moses Hutchinson-Pascal.
Other matches: Sun 02-Jul-2017, North Middx CC, Euro trashed, Sun 04-Oct-2015, Wray Crescent, Won 8 wickets Sheldon rages against the dying of the light, Sat 06-Sep-2014, Wray Crescent, Lost 50 runs JR's 50 not enough to stop Wash cycle, Sat 07-Sep-2013, Wray Crescent, Lost Pacific white-Wash'd on a day to forget, Sat 08-Sep-2012, Wray Crescent, Lost 204 runs Toby and Harshdeep lead victory charge, Sat 03-Sep-2011, Wray Crescent, Won 28 Runs NM Development XI Reclaim Ground, Sun 07-Aug-2011, TBC (To Be Confirmed), Cancelled Sat 05-Jun-2010, Wray Crescent, Cancelled Hats Off To Lahri, Sun 23-Aug-2009, Wray Crescent, Won 89 runs Washout averted, Wash annihilated, Sun 06-Jul-2008, North Middx CC, Won 7 Wickets Wash Out Spares Wash Backlash, Sun 19-Aug-2007, Broxbourne Sports Club, Cancelled Wash Pass Daz Test, Sun 23-Jul-2006, Gonville & Caius, Lost 3 wickets Diminishing Availabilities Leaves No option, Sun 14-May-2006, North Middx CC, Cancelled Washout In Cambridge, Sun 24-Jul-2005, Gonville & Caius, Drawn Brilliant Braden Mangles Wash!, Sun 15-May-2005, North Middx CC, Won 35 Runs Pete Picks Off Pacific!, Sun 12-Sep-2004, Broxbourne Sports Club, Lost by 20 Runs Wilkinson's Washington Woe!, Sun 16-May-2004, North Middx CC, Lost by 1 Run Sun 14-Sep-2003, Broxbourne Sports Club, Lost by 4 wkts Pacific Wash Away the Tears!, Sun 18-May-2003, North Middx CC, Won 6 Wickets Wilkinson Strangles Washington in Dramatic Draw, Sun 15-Sep-2002, Broxbourne Sports Club, Drawn Pacific Dreadful – Walker Disgraceful, Sun 19-May-2002, Alexandra Palace, Drawn Minnion seals it, Sun 09-Sep-2001, Away, Lost by 1 wkt Brave Jim sees Pacific home, Sun 10-Jun-2001, Broxbourne Sports Club, Won by 5 wkts Barnstorming Pacific put Washington to the Sword, Sun 10-Sep-2000, Dame Alice Owens, Won by 6 wkts Woods & Cragoe set up win for Wash, Sun 11-Jun-2000, Away, Lost by 5 wkts Demetri imposes as bowling dominates, Sun 09-May-1999, Alexandra Palace, Lost by 32 runs Wilkinson bats on..., Sun 02-Aug-1998, Queens College, Drawn Pitch unfit, Sat 18-Apr-1998, Tufnell Park, Cancelled Stapleford galvanises Pacific, Sun 20-Apr-1997, Tufnell Park, Drawn