Openers Richard Lawrence and Mohinder Ranatunga put together a classy century opening stand to reduce the Flying Wickets challenge to Ashes at Wray Crescent.
Flying Wickets 198-7 dec. (Brodie 67, Richard Lawrence 9-0-36-2, Peter Hollman 7-2-36-2)
Pacific 199-4 (Richard Lawrence 63, Mahinda Ranatunga 51, Steve Lay 38*, Paul Attwood 25*, Tambyrajah 9-54-3-18
A flat unresponsive pitch proved a bowlers' graveyard & batsman's dream. With nothing to allow for deterioration, the toss was crucial as Pacific's long batting line up left Captain Steve Lay confident of chasing almost anything. Indeed such were his lack of bowling options that specialist death bowler Jim Davies opened with the now occasional slow medium Peter Hollman. The latter did strike lucky while the ball was new, removing Pearce (0) bowled off his pads & Tambyrajah (4) off the glove with one that climbed. But FW recovered well at 8-2 & with a mixture of fine stroke play & uppish shots into space Brodie (67) & Jeremy Moore (37) took the score within 5 of a 100 run partnership before 18 year old Ted Szuman picked up his maiden wicket thanks to smart slip catch from David Gluckman. Medium off breaks accounted for 2 more wickets - falling to debutant Richard Lawrence before he was to add 63 runs with a splendid opening partnership with the wristy Sri Lankan Mahinda Ranatunga (51) which took the game away from FW completely. Despite the loss of Jon Hardisty (8) & Richard Ash (0), Steve Lay & Paul Attwood were able to complete a stress free run chase as they made an unbroken partnership of 60 runs & reaching the target with 4.2 overs to spare thereby ensuring FW went throughout their season without a win.
XI: Paul Attwood+ Jim Davies Steve Lay* Ted Szuman Mahinda Ranatunga David Gluckman Richard Lawrence Matt Holliday Richard Ash Peter Hollman Jonathan Hardisty.