Big hitting shows no Clemency
Pacific v St Clements CC at Wray Crescent  Sat 30-Apr-2016 at 1pm
Lost 3 wickets

St Clement’s (201/7 from 39.1 overs) beat Pacific CC (198/8 from 40 overs) by three wickets.

“Oranges and lemons / Say the bells of St Clement’s”

A ferocious 71 from the visitors’ number 8 denied Pacific a triumph that few would have begrudged them when a resilient performance put them on the cusp of victory, with the visitors needing 36 from the final three overs.

The oranges and lemons of the nursery rhyme could adequately sum up Pacific’s day – they savoured the 97 seventh-wicket partnership between Sumant Kumar and Kieran Mullens that salvaged their innings, fine opening spells from John Saunders and Ben Stockton, and a fine team effort in the field. But they were ultimately left with the bitter taste of missing out on a victory that those performances and more merited.

A last-over finish seemed a far-fetched notion early in Pacific’s innings – when the top order struggled to cope with some tight bowling. Of the top four, only Mark Wood, who recorded an obdurate 11, made double figures.

Riz Siddiqui started the fightback with a fluent 30, but there was much to do when Kumar and Mullens came together at 74-6. With Mullens pushing the running along and Kumar striking some impressive blows, the pair wrested the momentum from the visitors – even milking the opening bowlers when they returned.

After the partnership was broken on 97, Stockton joined Kumar and the pair continued the good work, pushing the score to a respectable 198.

Pacific took to the field buoyed by their batting performance, and their opening bowlers made life difficult for the batsmen, bowling good lines and regularly beating the outside edge.

The breakthrough was to come courtesy of Saunders, who found the edge, and wicketkeeper Sumeet Sharma, who took a handy catch. Saunders soon struck again to remove the other opener.

A third wicket soon followed, when Andy Birley snaffled a fine catch at midwicket to give Jason Baddiley his first wicket for the club, and a just reward for some tidy off-spin.

Wickets continued to fall, including an excellent run out executed by Toby Chasseaud and Sharma, and the required rate continued to rise thanks to more tight bowling from Siddiqui, Stockton in his second spell, and Mullens, to leave them needing 12 an over with three remaining.

St Clement’s needed to take risks and go for their shots. Unfortunately for Pacific, Waqas, the number 8 batsman, did just that and struck some immense blows. When his eye was in there was little the death bowlers could do and the target was achieved with five balls to go.

There were many encouraging factors for Pacific: the performance of several new players, a committed fielding performance for the full 40 overs, another first-rate tea, and even – for the most part – some glorious sunshine, so despite the result, it would be nice to reflect that:
“It was all rather pleasant / Say the bells of Wray Crescent”

Pacific v St Clements CC
Toss won by Pacific
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Sumeet Sharma† b Adnan  3  0  0  0  0  
  Mark Woodland b Waqas  11  0  45  0  0  
  Toby Chasseaud c Wkt b Hiren  9  0  0  1  0  
  Aly Duncan b Waqas  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rizwan Siddiqui c ? b Vilan  30  0  0  5  0  
  Andy Birley b Waqas  3  0  0  0  0  
  Sumant Kumar not out  88  0  0  0  2  
  Kieran Mullens* b Momeen  23  0  0  1  0  
  Ben Stockton c Wkt b Momeen  7  0  0  0  0  
  John Saunders did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Jason Baddiley did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 3, lb 3, w 13, nb 2) 21    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 198    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
St Clements CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Aslan c Sharma b Saunders  22  0  0  0  0  
  Momeen b Saunders  20  0  0  0  0  
  Stacey b Mullens  20  0  0  0  0  
  Iss c Birley b Baddiley  1  0  0  0  0  
  Javed run out Chasseaud  9  0  0  0  0  
  Janad b Chasseaud  11  0  0  0  0  
  Humz c Mullens b Chasseaud  2  0  0  0  0  
  Waqas not out  71  0  0  0  0  
  Adnan not out  15  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 12, lb 0, w 13, nb 1) 26    
 TOTAL (39.1 Overs) 199    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Ben Stockton 8 3 32 0  
 John Saunders 8 0 17 2  
 Jason Baddiley 8 0 27 1  
 Rizwan Siddiqui 8 0 32 0  
 Kieran Mullens 4.1 0 42 1  
 Toby Chasseaud 3 0 30 2  

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