Washington made it two wins on the bounce on Saturday, against a Pacific side with a good mixed bag of players. After winning the toss and inserting the Wash, skipper-for-the-day Satish and fellow opening bowler Ravi found themselves up against two bats with an eye for a big shot and a determination to score quickly. Ravi was on fire from the get-go, swinging, seaming and probing all the right areas, but with no reward. Satish clearly had a lot to think about, and after a joyless spell replaced himself with Luke Hollman. Luke's impact was immediate; his second ball had Wash's #2 charging down the track only to play at thin air; Ben nearly put his back out as the dangers of stumping someone on a wet astroturf whilst wearing trainers became apparent. So began a great effort to pull the score back from what, early on, appeared to be the brink of disaster. Catches from Steve Lay and, most notably, Satish - the latter diving majestically forward to scoop a rock-hard chance - were the highlights of a solid performance in the field. Catch of the day must however be awarded to Ravi, who had about 10 minutes to position himself under a lofted shot to cow off the bowling of one Peter Hollman. The Ravster wasn't done yet though, as he returned for a second spell to snaffle a superb caught and bowled. Bowling duties were rotated well, but just about every Wash player was capable of wielding the bat, helping the visitors to a formidable 236 from 40 overs. An Asian/fusion tea was wolfed enthusiastically and Ben was partnered by Steve Lay at the crease as PCC commenced the chase. Scoring quickly was the order of the day, and Ben was typically quick out of the blocks, finding the boundary with the help of Charlie French. It was a scratchier start for Steve though, and after a couple of maiden overs Ben succumbed to the pressure and played an ill-judged and ill-timed shot to a swinging ball. Ben was replaced by Oli Creese, rarely seen of late due to a hamstring injury incurred earlier in the season. Immediately, he set about the Wash attack with a great knock typified by an easy power, ending only when caught on the boundary by long-on. Only after Steve and Quasim made way for Justin and Luke did the fireworks resume. Justin was clearly on fire; smashing fours and the odd six with gay abandon. Luke was content to wade in with some powerful strokes in between some majestically-correct batting and calling. After spending an age off the strike on 49, Justin hit one of the biggest sixes seen at Wray - seriously, the ball was immediately given up for lost as it headed somewhere in the direction of Finsbury Park. Some confusion had occurred during an earlier change of scorer, and this turned out to be the last cricketing action of the day, as Pacific ended on 196. A genial Wash side joined Pacific in the Stroud Green 'spoons, and we congratulate the Belsize Park outfit on their second consecutive win over Pacific.
Washington Sec Stuart Marsh "we thoroughly enjoyed the game and not just the winning aspect. You got a good bunch of blokes there and some very good batters particularly. We look forward to the match up next year."
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 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 Iron Basket Full After Wash day, Sun 08-Jul-2007, North Middx CC, Lost 9 wickets 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