Who would be a bowler?
Pacific v Crossbats at Gonville & Caius  Sun 30-May-2010 at 11am
Won 6 wickets
 

A two day game that really was a tale of a game of two days. A rain soaked first day saw wickets tumble before a long sun baked windswept Sunday saw a run fest. Pacific lost the toss and were made to field on an overcast drizzly Saturday morning.

Gleadow struck in the first over before a rain break after six overs. On resumption Gleadow and Smith keep bowled tightly without making great inroads. Hess came on and his extra pace was able to generate some real bounce on an increasingly soaked and inconsistent wicket. Korgaonkar bowled well in very difficult conditions for a spinner. At lunch the score was about 70/6. Rain at lunch delayed matters for two hours and necessitated a change of wicket. On resumption and inbetween further rain breaks Hess was far too fiery for the Crossbats tail although Fraser hit a couple of sixes of Korgaonkar.

There was talk of an innings victory at this point but as the poor weather continued Pacific folded to 77/7 at the close. Only Parkinson showed the needed resolve although Lay was seemingly unlucky to be out to a bump ball.

The evening was spent in disparate locations although a core went to a dodgy Chinese and then ten pin bowling apparently.

There was an early restart at 10am on a very windy morning. Pacific's tail was quickly wrapped up although Gleadow and Korgaonkar did show some resistance on a still lively freshly rolled wicket in their last wicket partnership. Crossbats led by 19 runs.

There was still some life in the wicket at the start of Crossbats 2nd innings and Hess bagged a couple more wickets in a good opening spell. Holliday bagged a second super stumping of the game off Gleadow to remove the big hitter Dunbar and at lunch the score was effectively 95/4. The wind ensured the wicket was dry and a road by the time the match resumed after lunch. Winch and Fraser assumed command as the game seemed to drift with the skipper rotating the bowling and strangely reluctant to call on Smith to bowl whilst Crossbats did not seem to show much urgency. Eventually Winch opened his shoulders and Gleadow went for 40 off 3 overs (including a couple of sixes into the road over deep midwicket from balls a foot outside off) before Smith returned to take a wicket and force a run out and the declaration.

Croft was bowled before tea was taken and Pacific thoughts seemed to focus on a draw. However, Webley and Shamsuddin got off to a fluent start and managed to lose the new ball in the ball magnet vacuum that was the hedge. Their running did not inspire confidence though and eventually Saif was the victim. Webley survived an early drop at cover and was superb on the back foot in pulling sixes to the short boundary and was at his fluent best. Once Parkinson joined him the chase always looked achievable (130 off the last 20). Crossbats heads dropped and they had basically given up the ghost by the time the score got to 220. Webley powered on to 151 not out and Parkinson, fortunate to survive a run out appeal, made a thumping 65.


Crossbats v Pacific
 
Crossbats innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Collier c Holliday b Gleadow  0  0  0  0  0  
  Wright lbw b Gleadow  11  0  0  1  0  
  Spiro b Hess  13  0  0  1  0  
  Dunbar c Webley b Hess  26  0  0  4  0  
  Chalk c & b Korgaonkar  8  0  0  0  0  
  Fraser not out  38  0  0  0  0  
  Thompson st Holliday b Korgaonkar  4  0  0  1  0  
  Crockford c Webley b Hess  1  0  0  0  0  
  McKeow b Hess  1  0  0  0  0  
  Spiteri c & b Hess  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ekblom c Holliday b Hess  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (40.4 Overs) 114    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-1 , 2-13 , 3-52 , 4-57 , 5-67 , 6-71 , 7-73 , 8-89 , 9-93
 
Bowling O M R W  
 James Gleadow 9 4 15 2  
 James Smith 13 2 35 0  
 Justin Hess 11.4 3 26 6  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 7 1 29 2  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Vincent Croft c Crockford b Crockford  3  42  38  0  0  
  Saif Shamsuddin c & b Spiro  8  30  20  1  0  
  Jon Webley c & b Crockford  0  7  3  0  0  
  Rob Bastin c & b Thompson  9  40  25  1  0  
  Sam Parkinson c & b Thompson  17  48  49  1  0  
  Steve Lay c & b Collier  6  49  40  0  0  
  Matt Holliday c & b Thompson  0  9  3  0  0  
  Justin Hess c & b Van Vuuren  10  30  27  2  0  
  James Smith b Van Vuuren  2  18  19  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar not out  7  35  21  0  0  
  James Gleadow c & b Dunbar  8  22  21  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 4, w 8, nb 9) 27    
 TOTAL (45.2 Overs) 95    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-11 , 2-20 , 3-23 , 4-40 , 5-53 , 6-55 , 7-77 , 8-77 , 9-82
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Dunbar 10.2 3 17 1  
 Van Vuuren 7 1 21 2  
 Spiro 7 1 15 1  
 Crockford 3 0 7 2  
 Thompson 9 3 19 3  
 Collier 9 5 6 1  
 
 
Crossbats innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Collier b Hess  10  0  0  0  0  
  Wright c Bastin b Hess  1  0  0  0  0  
  Winch not out  153  0  0  0  0  
  Dunbar st Holliday b Gleadow  7  0  0  0  0  
  Spiro b Webley  2  0  0  0  0  
  Fraser run out Bastin  57  0  0  0  0  
  Schalk b Smith  0  0  0  0  0  
  Goody not out  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rupert did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Crockford did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Spiteri did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 9, nb 3) 19    
 TOTAL (54.0 Overs) 251/6    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Justin Hess 11 0 41 2  
 James Smith 3 0 9 1  
 James Gleadow 14 3 64 1  
 Rob Bastin 3 0 15 0  
 Jon Webley 8 0 32 1  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 6 1 27 0  
 Sam Parkinson 9 0 27 0  
 Saif Shamsuddin 6 0 23 0  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Vincent Croft b Dunbar  1  8  6  0  0  
  Saif Shamsuddin run out  35  86  62  4  0  
  Jon Webley not out  151  176  142  9  8  
  Steve Lay c & b Rupert  3  27  19  0  0  
  Sam Parkinson c Thompson b Collier  65  73  54  8  1  
  Rob Bastin not out  0  1  0  0  0  
  James Smith did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Matt Holliday did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Justin Hess did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  James Gleadow did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 6, nb 2) 16    
 TOTAL (48.1 Overs) 271/4    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-2 , 2-99 , 3-124 , 4-268
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Dunbar 11 4 42 1  
 Van Vuuren 8 1 42 0  
 Spiro 1 0 14 0  
 Collier 11 1 58 1  
 Rupert 10 1 48 1  
 Thompson 4 0 27 0  
 Chris 2 0 19 0  
 Wright 1.1 0 14 0  
 
 

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