It was another bad toss to lose. There had been rain overnight, dark clouds still lingered in the sky, but it was forecast to clear up later. South Loughton won the toss and, after some deliberation, elected to bowl - the right decision.
Lahrie and Vince opened the batting but neither lasted long. Skipper Jon Webley did the hard work to see the opening bowlers off before advancing down the track to a left-arm spinner, missing, and being stumped. Rohan ran himself out trying to take a suicidal single without calling. Toby kept his concentration despite Jon Brown stopping proceedings for about 10 minutes while he tried to find a way of keeping his box in place (did he settle on the sock method?) and a heavy rain shower stopping play for another 10 minutes. Toby's grafting 58 contained only three boundaries – one four and two sixes. He was ably supported by Jersey-raised debutant Stacey Harvey, who gave the ball a good whack to hit the only other two boundaries of the Pacific innings. Sandeep eventually came into bat, having first gone to the wrong ground, but fell in similar fashion to the skipper. A rearguard action by Aroon helped the score to 119 for nine. Not enough.
The two Jons – Webley and Brown – opened the bowling. South Loughton, batting in sunshine, played positively and progressed quickly to Pacific's low score, helped by some lazy fielding and a couple of dropped catches. Webley – unfortunately unable to repeat his unrepeatable feat of the previous year when he took six wickets for no run – was denied an LBW, but Ahmed got one. Toby, despite trying to stay out of the firing line having split his finger open taking a catch the previous week, held on to a high, swirly one at deep square leg off Aroon's bowling. Tony T lured a batsman down the track and stand-in wicketkeeper Sandeep completed the stumping. Stacey and Rohan each bowled (very) short spells of leg-spin and medium pace respectively. Rohan looked particularly good and, in hindsight, should have been on earlier. Anyway, South Loughton made light work of our total with plenty of overs and seven wickets to spare.
No beers were had because people wanted to dash off to watch the Euro 2012 quarter final, which, inevitably, England lost to Italy on penalties, adding to our sense of defeat. Must try harder to return to our winning ways.