Oli Spins Out Saracens
Pacific v Saracen Riffs at Wray Crescent  Sat 17-Apr-2010 at 1pm
Won 3 Runs
 

A bright April day saw Pacific's up and coming skipper James Smiffy Smiff bat first and Chris Atkin, in his penultimate game for the club before touring Europe and making his Return to Oz, batted with the sort of freedom that has eluded him in recent seasons, helped by a couple of dropped catches of course.

With confident Vincent Croft making no impact, burly Aussie Kurt Rademaker run out by a direct hit from the boundary and a mid-pitch collision and a pulled hamstring, and batting legend Jon Webley only just breaking into double figures, the rock in the middle order was Brighton Frenchman Toby 'Chicken' Chasseaud, who joined Atkin with a machine-gun half century in their 95-run partnership.

Toby was late for the game having forgotten his bat, coaxing usual fellow opener Pete Hollman into driving him home to get it.

Hollman's other useful contribution to the game was to guide the team home from lower down the order than he is used to, despite Conrad 'Nipples' Chandler writhing about on the floor like his rib was broken (it wasn't, merely a torn muscle - "Where's the nearst hospital? I can't breathe") and eventually retiring hurt.

The home team's score of 266 looked especially good after super-swingers Webley removed 2 and Atkin 1 of the top four for only 20 runs.

However, a brutal century from T Green and his double-century partnership with opener Nix Patel saw the game swing violently in the visitors' favour. Green lost two balls among the smattering of huge sixes (two over the pavillion, two into nearby gardens) he heaved on the way to his 129, including an unforgiving 38 runs off the 2 overs from 9-year-old Luke Hollman, who didn't cry, bless 'im. Although dropped catches were abundant (we shan't name names for Hollman and Atkin's sake in particular), including the centurion at least twice, but shouldn’t take away from some brutal batting.

With a Pacific defeat looking assured, it was a great surprise when Oli Haill, remodeled as a slow left arm spinner, darted one under Green's bat and bowled him. In tandem with the hamstrung Rademaker, the pair kept it very tight and as the Saracen nerves began to show removed 5 wickets between them, with the Aussie also completing the winning run out on the very last ball to seal a 3-run win.

Pacific XI:-Chris Atkin, Luke Hollman, Toby Chasseaud, Oliver Haill, Peter Hollman,*James Smith, Jon Webley, Conrad Chandler, Aroon Korgaonkar, Vincent Croft+ , Kurt Rademaker.


Pacific v Saracen Riffs
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Chris Atkin b Toby  68  0  0  9  1  
  Vincent Croft b Todd  0  0  0  0  0  
  Kurt Rademaker run out Todd  30  0  0  5  0  
  Jon Webley c Tom b Nicks  10  0  0  2  0  
  Toby Chasseaud c Robin b Toby  58  0  0  7  3  
  Peter Hollman not out  23  0  0  2  0  
  Conrad Chandler retired hurt  19  0  0  2  1  
  Oliver Haill c T. Smith b Sid  4  0  0  0  0  
  James Smith not out  20  0  0  4  0  
  Aroon Korgaonkar did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Luke Hollman did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 10, lb 3, w 11, nb 7) 31    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 266/6    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-6 , 2-59 , 3-97 , 4-182 , 5-199
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Birch 4 0 31 0  
 Todd 8 1 57 1  
 Sid 8 0 46 1  
 Anio 8 0 20 0  
 Nicks 6 0 48 1  
 Toby 6 0 40 2  
 
 
Saracen Riffs innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  N Patel c Croft b Rademaker  59  0  0  0  0  
  T Smith b Webley  0  0  0  0  0  
  R Raven c Smith b Atkin  2  0  0  0  0  
  A Patel b Webley  9  0  0  0  0  
  T Green b Haill  129  0  0  0  0  
  W Todd b Haill  2  0  0  0  0  
  Peter E Rank b Rademaker  1  0  0  0  0  
  P Faber b Haill  4  0  0  0  0  
  J Birch not out  5  0  0  0  0  
  A R Rank run out Rademaker  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sid absent  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 12, lb 18, w 8, nb 2) 40    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 265    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-0 , 2-2 , 3-20 , 4-244 [T Green] , 5-250 , 6-255 , 7-258
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Jon Webley 8 0 33 2  
 Chris Atkin 8 1 46 1  
 Oliver Haill 8 0 29 3  
 Aroon Korgaonkar 2 0 33 0  
 James Smith 6 0 31 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 3 0 29 0  
 Luke Hollman 2 0 38 0  
 Kurt Rademaker 3.5 0 13 2  
 
 

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