Openers Peter Hollman and Guy Wiehahn put on a century partnership - and Hollman went on to complete a personal best 106 - but it was not enough for Pacific to force a win against their North London opponents.
Pacific 246-4 (P Hollman 106, G Wiehahn 87, C Jones 27*)
Edmonton 182-8 (Porter 50*, I Lay 2-20, M Boonaert 2-37)
The golden summer for Pacifics batsmen continued as openers Peter Hollman (106 a career best) and Guy Wiehahn (87) put on 153 for the first wicket against their North London rivals. With Edmonton playing a cup match on the adjacent pitch the pair took advantage of a slightly under strength attack to give Pacific every chance of forcing a rare win. Only a defiant unbeaten 50 from tail-ender Porter denied them on a good track.
In a weekend of career best achievements for a couple of Pacific veterans Peter Hollman amassed 106, while Guy Wiehahn contributed 87 to an opening stand of 153. Hollman took his time at the outset his first run coming from the 21st ball he faced bringing an ironic cheer from the crowd! However he was soon beginning to keep pace with Wiehahn who dominated the attack from the outset. Other than when an attempted reverse sweep hit him on the helmet Hollman looked assured while Wiehahn enjoyed one let off when dropped at square leg. It was a surprise and a tribute to him when he walked when getting the thinnest of inside edges as the ball passed between his bat and body.
Hollman upped the tempo on losing his partner his second fifty coming in off only 43 deliveries. He lost Jim Davies (11) and Errol Mortimer (4) but found willing support in Craig Jones who struck a belligerent unbeaten 27. Hollman was out off the last ball of the innings for 106.
The home side started cautiously against the seam attack of Mike Alexander and Marcel Boonaert but once the initial breakthrough was made wickets fell at regular intervals. A marathon 13 over spell from Boonaert brought 2 wickets while the spin of Tim Marshall and Ian Lay also brought success along with two fine run outs resulting from smart fielding from Marshall and Boonaert. However veteran Porter successfully mixed defence with occasional lusty blows on his way to a match saving unbeaten 50 and the game was drawn.
Skipper Nigel Wilkinson said I was delighted with Petes efforts he was so tired we had to use a sub fielder to cover for him when they batted! They knew how to block out for the draw but we are usually in that position here so it was nice for the boot to be on the other foot. It shows how the team has improved this year.
XI: Mike Alexander, Paul Attwood +, Marcel Boonaert, Jim Davies, Craig Jones, Nigel Wilkinson*, Guy Wiehahn, Tim Marshall, Peter Hollman, Ian Lay, Errol Mortimer.