It was a Shakespearean tragedy that perfectly encapsulated the Pacific season of 2012. Great in patches but poor in others to record another loss from what was seemingly an overwhelmingly dominant position.The opposition arrived in dribs and drabs so we started an hour later than scheduled in a reduced 36 over contest. Old Grammarians rotated the bowling from the beginning with Lay and Chasseaud profiteering with excellent running and solid batsmanship. Lay drove well and needed oxygen as his younger opening partner piled on the quick singles, before Toby pulled a six on to the pavilion roof to bring up his milestone of 1,000 runs in the season. Toby departed in the middle of a fearsome shower and credit to the opposition for playing through, but their reward was to bring London Fields loan signing Friend to the crease. He gently eased up the gears once joined by Webley and they weilded mighty willow to smite bowlers to all corners of the outfield. The watching hordes of cricketing anoraks (no, enthusiasts - Ed.) – one was noted to have viewed 175 games of cricket in this rain-effected season! – were purring with delight as both bats showed class in reaching deserved half centuries. Friend was caught at midwicket for 98 as he played for the team and drove us on to a competitive 271 from our allocated provision. At the time this seemed an ample total in comparison to the previous weekend's efforts on the same strip.A quick tea was had to save light and we took to the field with the relatively unknown feeling of having lots of runs in the bank. Nuggsy and Smith opened the attack and bowled well in unison. The batting was optimistic on the newly relaid surface at Wray which holds up for those attempting the drive before having a few sighters. Nuggsy ran through the top order (including two in two) as a succession of aerial shots went lollipoping to hand with Lay showing form of old to snare some classics. Smith had the usual aggrieved look as wickets tumbled at the other end whilst he either shaved varnish off the stumps or got walloped through cover. Our visitors looked to be in dire trouble at 60-7 from 14 overs after Smith took a lairy one-handed grab off Soumik's well flighted leggie. That was all about to change. The incoming batsmen took the initiative away from Pacific against some unlucky change bowling. The figures will not show it but they bowled well with good lines and discipline but the new bats were top notch and proceeded to dunk our collective heads into the loo. To be fair to us we held our discipline in the field. No catches were shelled and the ground fielding was clean despite the pressure as our bowlers got bullied on a well-mown outfield. Special mention to Friend who kept with aplomb. We plugged the gaps and brought on some established Pacific stars to wrestle back control but by then the opposition confidence was high and the bats seemingly twice as wide on a surface offering nothing to the bowler. A 205 run eighth wicket partnership was justified considering the quality of the shotmaking and we lost with 7 balls to spare. Typical of the 2012 season but when we needed a gamebreaker we had no riposte to our visitors' reversed batting order on Wray the road.
Other matches: Sun 22-Oct-2017, Wray Crescent, Plenty of balls to spare, Sat 22-Oct-2016, Wray Crescent, Won 9 wickets Pacific outfox Grammarians , Sat 31-Oct-2015, Wray Crescent, Won 75 runs Sat 24-Oct-2015, Wray Crescent, Cancelled Remember remember the 1st of November, Sat 01-Nov-2014, Wray Crescent, Lost by 52 runs Bat first and enjoy the bratwurst, Sat 25-Oct-2014, Wray Crescent, Won by 156 runs Chasseaud saves his best till last, Sat 26-Oct-2013, Wray Crescent, Won 62 runs