A patient 41 not out from 82 balls from the redoubtable Paul Attwood saved Pacifics blushes having again been comprehensively outplayed by their Essex hosts. Only Attwood, promising Aussie newcomer Tim Marshall (46) and Jim Davies (32) reached double figures as Pacific stumbled to 137 for 8 in pursuit of an imposing target of 254 set by Theydon Bois.
Theydon Bois 254-6 dec (McIlwaine 100*, Sartoretti 80, Shipp 50, I Lay 2-33)
Pacific 137-8 (T Marshall 46, P Attwood 41*, J Davies 32, Sartoretti 3-12, Hyde 2-14)
Theydon Bois elected to bat on a damp but even pitch and soon lost Henderson run out without facing a ball by a smart throw from returning skipper Nigel Wilkinson. Sartoretti announced his intentions by getting off the mark with a straight six from Wilkinson which required a replacement new ball! He scored freely whilst riding his luck - as several chances of varying degrees of difficulty went down off the unfortunate Wilkinson. Mike Alexander persevered at the other end and was rewarded when Attwood took a smart catch behind from opening bat Smith.
This brought perennial scourge of Pacific - McIlwaine - to the crease and he and Sartoretti tucked into any loose deliveries from the tiring Alexander and Wilkinson before continuing their assault on the late arriving Darryl Roberts. It was something of a surprise when Jim Davies produced a beauty to bowl Sartoretti for 80 but after a nervous start Shipp was soon joining in the fun as the score raced along. Spinners Marshall and Ian Lay could not stem the tide but Lay was rewarded when Shipp perished having reached his 50 and he then produced a fine ball to bowl Gilbert for 7. McIlwaine reached a deserved century before a deflected fierce drive off Marshall resulted in a second batsman being run out without facing a ball and the declaration on 254 for 6.
Missing many regular top order batsmen the Pacific innings was further weakened by the unavoidable late withdrawal of Colin Pettet leaving them one top order batsman short. Guy Wiehahn was unable to repeat his heroics from the previous weekend departing bowled for 9. Stand-in opener Mike Alexander was unfortunate to be run out by a direct hit for 2 - and with Jonathan Stubbs (1) and Peter Czabotar (0) both out in an over from Hyde things looked grim for Pacific at 21 for 4. Jim Davies and Paul Attwood set about repairing the damage in their contrasting styles in a stand of 39 before Davies played a loose drive at leg spinner Pennman and was caught and bowled for 32.
However Tim Marshall then joined Attwood in what was at first a cautious but later belligerent stand of 72 in only 39 minutes. Marshall accelerated towards what appeared to be a maiden half-century for the club with a flurry of well-hit boundaries but was struck a painful blow on the arm by an accidental beamer and perished two balls later for 46.
This prompted a mini-collapse as Sartoretti took two wickets in two balls Darryl Roberts and Ian Lay both going for ducks. However skipper Nigel Wilkinson stood firm with Attwood and the sporting introduction of two 10-year-old bowlers for the last 5 overs enabled Pacific to stave off defeat in a one-sided contest.
Team : Nigel Wilkinson*, Jim Davies, Ian Lay, Guy Wiehahn, Jonathan Stubbs, Tim Marshall, Mike Alexander, Paul Attwood+, Peter Czabotar, Darryl Roberts.