After turning up promptly at Springfield Park, which turned out to be the wrong venue, sadly the highlight of the day was Kieran spilling a cup of cappuccino all over himself. Wickets fell throughout Pacific's innings at such a pace that the K-dog, returning from a shop run with a frothy coffee, panicked as he realised that, instead of being able to watch a Ravi-Oli partnership, he was next in and steered his bike into a kerb.
Like Kieran's whites, Pacific's previously unbeaten record v Homerton was badly stained by yesterday's comprehensive loss.
With Pacific batting first, only Ravi (34) and debutant Ben Burnham (32) provided any real resistance to Homerton's nagging openers and loopy change bowlers. Ravi showed his usual nuggety composure and Ben had been dispatching the ball to the boundary with ease until he was bowled by the returning opener Ned. Pacific's 188 never really felt like enough on a flat, slow pitch with a fast, dry outfield.
A solid opening stand took Homerton to 70-odd without loss before Ahmed made the breakthrough, with Oli C taking a sharp catch behind the stumps. A few more wickets fell but it was all a little late – Homerton's required run rate never rose much above 5 an over, and Pacific began to flag in the baking heat.
The affable Homerton chaps cruised to victory with around six overs to spare, only four wickets down.
A couple of pints Harveys Best were sipped in The Elderfield after game, but it was a drowning of sorrows rather than a celebration. We will have a chance for vengeance in the return fixture at Wray in October, when temperatures may be a little cooler.
TI, with additional reporting by TC.