Not a Bad Day at the Office
Pacific v Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Civil Service grd, Chiswick  Sat 25 Jun 2005 at 12.30pm
Won 44 runs
Friendly fixture

Ian Noble of the FCO writes:

Another Saturday, and another under-strength FCO side made their way in dribs and drabs to Chiswick for a game against Pacific CC. Lack of enthusiasm, combined with baby-sitting duties and assorted other lame excuses were compounded by a communications failure to leave FCO CC with only 9 players for the match.

Ian Noble again took charge and, confident that the seven players at the ground at the scheduled start time would soon be swelled to 10, elected to field first, having again won the toss. The opposition only had 8 present at the time and we agreed to a short postponement of the scheduled 13.00 start. To our consternation, Pacific's opening batsmen then strode out to the wicket at 13.10! They did, to their credit, lend us 2 fielders to cover the gaping holes in the field.

Mike Welch and Ian Noble opened the bowling, the latter in the absence of Simon Shercliff, stuck in traffic somewhere in the vicinity of the ground. Simon arrived at the end of the third over, swiftly followed by Simon Qadri to bring our numbers up to 9, where they steadfastly stayed. Pacific's two fielders thus retreated back to the pavilion.

After an early break-through, the short-handed fielding side had to wait some time for further success as Pacific's batsmen steadily accumulated runs. Simon Shercliff, who had replaced Ian Noble after the latter had bowled 2 overs, again bowled well, and, having already taken one wicket, was unlucky to have a relatively straightforward catch dropped by the usually dependable Ed Dallas behind the stumps. Fortunately, however, this missed opportunity did not cost the team heavily. Simon Qadri, having replaced a limping Mike Welch at the other end, tempted the batsman with a wide-ish ball outside the off-stump which he hit more-or-less straight in Mike's big hands at mid-off. Still Pacific's batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking (albeit at a not very quick rate) and with 32-or-so overs bowled they stood at 140-odd for 6, thanks mainly to an economical spell from Jon Elliott making a welcome return to the side after a couple of years picking up lurgies in Kampala. Pacific then upped the scoring rate, taking full toll of FCO's ailing, injured and, at times, very wayward bowling attack. Mike Welch, barely able to hobble to the crease to bowl, was forced to bowl out his full quota of 8 overs in the absence of any back-up bowling. Our tenth player (Gareth Hoar) arrived to watch the game at the end of the 34th over, unaware that we had been expecting him to play! He went home again (fortunately he lives locally) to collect his whites during the tea break, and returned later to bat at the end of FCO's innings.

The skipper's inability to count properly meant that Ed Dallas had to shed his wicket-keeper's pads to bowl the final over of the innings - something which he did rather better than the rest of us, conceding only one run and picking up a wicket! Pacific ended on 202-8, out of which total 28 were wides! Again, a couple of good catches aside (step forward Matt Field and Mike Welch), not a particularly good performance in the field by FCO.

After tea, "Steady Eddie" Dallas and Simon Shercliff opened the batting for FCO against Pacific's two Australian opening bowlers, both of whom work at Australia House and who we may find ourselves facing again later in the season. Ed was undone quite early on by a ball which nipped back from just outside the off-stump and demolished middle-and-off. This brought Matt Field in, and he and Simon shared a useful 50-odd stand, keeping the scoring rate up around the required five an over. Simon was not in his usual flowing form and did not dominate the bowling in the manner to which we have been accustomed, accumulating runs gradually, whilst Matt biffed the ball to all corners.

Matt was eventually out for 38, bowled by straight one, but still there was no sense of unease in the pavilion, with Simon still there and Jon Elliott coming in to bat. Another useful stand ensued, before Simon was eventually out for 32, beaten by a yorker onto which he could only get the very bottom edge of the bat, allowing it to roll on to the stumps. With Mike Welch injured, Danny Garlick was next in. He survived a short while, mainly due to good manipulation of the strike by Jon, but was then tricked into heaving across a well pitched-up straight ball. Simon Qadri was next up - still no sense of panic with Mike still in reserve - and he stayed with Jon for a while until Jon's departure for a well-crafted 28. Mike Welch then limped out and, presumably not wanting to do too much running, thumped several boundaries before he perished to a good catch in the deep for 27. Simon Qadri, meanwhile, had provided excellent entertainment with some spectacular air-shots before calling for a new bat (presumably the one without the hole in the middle). It did not serve him well, however, as when he did finally connect, he skied the ball straight to a gleeful fielder at mid-wicket. This left Ian Noble and Bob Sharp (who had also suffered an injury in the field - his dodgy knee giving up on him as he chased a ball to the boundary). Bob's innings lasted only 3 balls before he offered a simple caught and bowled opportunity to Pacific's skipper Jim Davies who, as he had done last year, brought himself on to bowl at the tail-end rabbits [N.B. We think Mr Noble would be more fairly charecterised as a ferret - rather than a rabbit...]. He finished with 2 wickets for no runs from his 2 overs. Gareth came in at no 10 - cricketing etiquette decreed that he should not bat higher, having not fielded - and a few scrambled runs (and a couple of wides) saw FCO CC's score reach 158 before Ian demonstrated why he usually bats at no 11 as he was comprehensively beaten by a quick leg-stump yorker from one of Pacific's Aussie openers, who had also returned to the bowling attack.

Man of the match award this week goes to Jon Elliott, for his tight, effective bowling (3-21 off his 8 overs) and his good contribution with the bat.

XI:- Rob Bastin+, Martin Cowling, Jim Davies*, Matt Patel, Sammy Purcell, Kurt Rademaker, Matt Callender, Jon Webley, Jaikishan Rajaraman, Shayne Rees & Duncan Slater.

Meet at ground 12 noon. Kit & Match ball with JD. Book with RB.

Pacific v Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Martin Cowling b Welsh  0  2  2  0  0  
  Jon Webley c & b Simon H  47  71  55  8  0  
  Sammy Purcell b Simon S  16  40  34  1  0  
  Jaikishan Rajaraman b Elliott  33  44  48  2  0  
  Kurt Rademaker c & b Elliott  4  10  6  1  0  
  Jim Davies c & b Elliott  7  24  23  0  0  
  Shayne Rees st b Simon S  52  43  40  8  0  
  Rob Bastin b Dallas  11  32  32  1  0  
  Matt Callender not out  0  12  1  0  0  
  Mat Patel not out  1  2  1  0  0  
  Duncan Slater absent  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 30, nb 0) 30    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 201-8    
 Fall of wickets:  1-0 , 2-56 [Purcell] , 3-92 [Webley] , 4-101 [Rademaker] , 5-122 [Davies] , 6-149 [Rajaraman] , 7-192 [Rees] , 8-200 [Bastin]
Bowling O M R W  
 Welsh 8 0 43 1  
 Noble 8 0 43 0  
 Simon S 8 1 34 2  
 Simon H 7 0 46 1  
 Elliott 8 0 31 3  
 Dallas 1 0 1 1  
Foreign & Commonwealth Office innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Dallas b Cowling  6  0  0  0  0  
  Sheercliffe b Webley  32  0  0  0  0  
  Field b Rademaker  39  0  0  0  0  
  Elliott c Bastin b Webley  28  0  0  0  0  
  Garlick b Rees  0  0  0  0  0  
  Qadri c Webley b Davies  3  0  0  0  0  
  Wellia c Callender b Cowling  26  0  0  0  0  
  Noble b Cowling  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sharp c & b Davies  0  0  0  0  0  
  Hoar not out  3  0  0  0  0  
  Bielby absent  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 14, nb 2) 18    
 TOTAL (35.5 Overs) 157-9    
 Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 14, nb 2) 18    
 TOTAL (35.5 Overs) 157-9 (all out)    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Martin Cowling 6.5 3 17 3  
 Kurt Rademaker 8 2 26 1  
 Shayne Rees 8 0 43 1  
 Jon Webley 8 2 29 2  
 Jaikishan Rajaraman 3 0 20 0  
 Jim Davies 2 2 0 2  

Other matches:
 Civil Under Serviced, Sat 17 Jun 2006, Civil Service grd, Chiswick, Cancelled
 Welsh is All Greek to the Foreign Office!, Sat 24 Jul 2004, Civil Service grd, Chiswick, Won by 38 Runs
 Match off, Sat 27 Jul 2002, Away, Cancelled