An outstanding effort from Tim Marshall in particular and Pacifics Aussie contingent in general was not enough to beat a powerful Weston Colville side that had celebrated winning their league the previous day. Marshall showed great stamina following his exploits the night before starting off behind the stumps before taking the ball later in the innings and then producing a whirlwind 58 in the run chase.
Weston Colville 200 all out (Curtis 42, I Lay 3-62, M Ralph 2-18, J Davies 2-28)
Pacific 166 All Out (T Marshall 58, P Czabotar 24, M Ralph 21)
Weston Colville won the toss and chose to bat first in this 40 over match. Under looming grey clouds Pacifics opening pair of Matt Ralph and Mike Alexander bowled well but were met by fine batting from England Under 14 opener Tom Westley and the home skipper. It was left to Ian Lay to again provide the breakthrough claiming three wickets in between a barrage of good attacking strokes while Jim Davies kept things fairly tight at the other end.
When Ralph returned to claim two deserved wickets added to a run out and the home teams innings might have folded sooner than expected. Instead some further sensible batting brought a stand of 40 before the ever-versatile Marshall now bowling broke through. Alexander was duly rewarded for his efforts with a wicket and the return of Davies brought the final two wickets the innings closing with 7 balls unused.
The Weston Colville tea was proclaimed the best of the season by the burly Marshall who is clearly an expert in such things! It must have had an adverse affect on the Pacific top order as Guy Wiehahn (10), Jim Davies (1) and Steve Lay (10) all departed cheaply. With newcomer Jeff Babon going for 11 when beginning to get into his stride and local youngster Jake Smith falling to his own brother for 5 things looked bleak for Pacific.
There followed a magnificent passage of play as Peter Czabotar scored a 6 from his first ball and continued to 24 from 26 balls as the thick-set Marshall also cut loose after his cautious start. When Czabotar fell he was replaced by fellow Aussie Ralph who carried on the assault on the home sides spin attack.
With less than 50 needed from 8 overs with 4 wickets in hand an improbable win suddenly looked likely. However first Marshall falling for a Pacific best 58 from 57 balls and then Ralph for 21 (from only 13 balls) departed swinging across straight balls. Mike Alexander was left stranded with more than over 4 overs not used as Matt Patel (2) and Ian Lay (0) fell.
It was a very enjoyable game even though we lost! said Tim Marshall. We lived by the sword - and in the end died by the sword but it was a good day for the Pacific Aussies. I was pleased to get a maiden fifty for the club turns out to be the only maiden I managed to get all tour! added the clearly disappointed Australian later.
Ian Lay+, Steve Lay*, Matt Patel, Peter Czabotar, Tim Marshall, Matt Ralph, Mike Alexander, Jim Davies, Guy Wiehahn, Jeff Babon, Jake Smith