A second excellent bowling performance - following a disciplined batting effort - saw Pacific break a bank for the second day running. The Barclays Bank team struggled with the swing and accuracy of the Pacific attack - having been set a target of a touch under 4 an over in this 40 over match at the superb Wilf Slack Memorial Ground.
Pacific 157-8 from 40 overs (J Davies 40, T Marshall 34*, S Lay 22)
Barclays Bank 101 All Out (M Boonaert 8-2-9-3, N Wilkinson 8-1-24-2, T Marshall 8-1-25-2, M Alexander 8-3-20-1)
Pacific opted to bat first in this limited over encounter against Barclays Bank – on a recently used pitch with long boundaries. The hot and heavy atmosphere meant there was plenty of swing throughout and a steady start at three runs an over was established by Peter Hollman and Steve Lay. When a slower ball deceived Hollman – Jim Davies also found the going tough – taking an uncharacteristic 21 balls to get off the mark. Even that shot brought a sharp chance at square leg. With Lay equally circumspect – the rate remained at 3 an over at the halfway stage.
Wickets in hand were to prove vital as Lay was soon bowled for 22 by a ball that turned sharply – and Peter Czabotar and Matt Holliday also soon departed cheaply. Davies then upped the tempo while Tim Marshall played himself in and a good stand was being built when a mid-pitch collision with his bulky partner left Davies on the floor and run out for 40. However with only 10 overs to go and with 5 wickets left – Marshall did an excellent job of marshalling the tail – with Craig Jones (8), Marcel Boonaert (8) and Ian Lay (11*) all adding vital contributions. The burly Australian remained 34 not out at the close.
An excellent tea was followed by even better spells of bowling from Marcel Boonaert and skipper Nigel Wilkinson. Their contrasting styles both soon brought rewards – Wilkinson swinging the ball both ways – while Boonaert’s pace and control proved deadly for the second day running. Even the disappointment of seeing a catch taken from a Wilkinson no-ball could not stop them as they ripped through the Barclay’s top order – reducing them to 30 for 5 at a miserly rate of 2 an over.
Again there was no respite for the flagging opposition when change bowlers Marshall and Mike Alexander were introduced – each claiming an early wicket to all but finish the match as a contest with the score on 49 for 7. Despite a few lusty late blows – there was to be no miracle escape for the home team – who were bowled out in the 36th over for 101 – with Peter Hollman and Ian Lay both taking late wickets.
“The bowlers broke the bank today” said Jim Davies afterwards. “Batting was tricky with the ball swinging and not coming onto the bat - but the bowling effort of Marcel and Nigel at the top of the innings was still exceptional. Credit also to Tim and the lower order - they made the most of our wickets in-hand and gave the bowlers enough of a target to bowl at. Mind you - I’ll certainly try to run around Tim the next time we’re batting together – it was like being run down by a dump truck out there!” he added sorely.
Pacific : Mike Alexander, Peter Hollman, Ian Lay, Steve Lay, Nigel Wilkinson*, Tim Marshall, Marcel Boonaert, Jim Davies, Matt Holliday+, Craig Jones, Peter Czabotar