To win or not to win?
Pacific v Shakespeare CC at Alexandra Palace  Sun 05-Jul-2015 at 1pm
Won 5 wickets
 

Pacific found themselves in trouble chasing 186 but were saved by a superb partnership from Ravi and Pranav. The pair saw off Shakespeare's hostile bowler Alex Chadwick, then timed the chase perfectly as the pressure eased.

Earlier Nick Epstein's chinamen and newcomer Andy Collier's pace had reduced Shakespeare to 120 for 7, before their big hitting skipper led a small recovery.

After showing great patience Ravi smashed the winning runs with a few balls to spare, having reached his fifty a few overs earlier. He and Pranav showed great composure on a misbehaving pitch*.

An excellent last over finish to a game soundtracked by live music from a festival on Alexandra Park**.

*The normally sedate Ally Pally pitch is still offering the odd shooter from short of a length, but is now also offering ones that pop up alarmingly off a good length. Hurray. Skipper Ireland shrugged off a glancing blow to his melon which carried to second slip, and Ravi was floored for a few minutes after taking one in the nuts. 

**At one point Ravi was running in to bowl just as a squealing free jazz sax solo was reaching its peak. Not surprisingly the batsman missed the ball and was bowled.


Shakespeare CC v Pacific
 
Shakespeare CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Kevin c Davis b Chandramouli  12  0  6  1  0  
  Toby b Patel  7  0  6  1  0  
  Tom A b Collier  42  0  31  9  0  
  Ali b Epstein  5  0  28  1  0  
  Sexy Ali b Collier  12  0  10  2  0  
  Mohsin c & b Hussain  74  0  39  9  3  
  Jamie b Epstein  9  0  3  2  0  
  Shaffy b Epstein  0  0  4  0  0  
  Sirikant lbw b Epstein  4  0  2  0  0  
  Vicky Burt not out  0  0  12  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 11, nb 3) 20    
 TOTAL (34.0 Overs) 186    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Ravi Patel 6 1 35 1  
 Pranav Chandramouli 7 0 32 1  
 Andy Collier 6 2 30 2  
 Nick Epstein 8 0 47 4  
 Sharan Timbadia 5 1 25 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 1.1 0 2 1  
 Paul Davis 1 0 12 0  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Paul Rajkumar† c & b Sirikant  16  0  10  2  1  
  Tom Ireland* b Alex  26  0  31  5  0  
  Andy Collier c Sq leg b Alex  21  0  0  4  0  
  Ravi Patel not out  64  0  83  9  0  
  Alex Brown c keeper b Alex  0  0  0  0  0  
  Pranav Chandramouli run out  39  0  54  5  0  
  Sharan Timbadia not out  1  0  1  0  0  
  Paul Davis did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Nick Epstein did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 0, w 4, nb 1) 9    
 TOTAL (39.4 Overs) 189    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Shaffy 4 0 25 0  
 Sirikant? 5.4 0 43 1  
 Mohsin 8 1 12 0  
 Alex 8 0 29 3  
 Jamie 2 0 15 0  
 Ali 4 0 23 0  
 Tom 5 1 16 0  
 Vicky Burt 4 0 15 0