Another 20 runs would have made it much harder for London Fields, and probably ensured a glorius victory for Pacific. But it wasn't to be.
Some dreadfully sunny conditions and tight bowling for the first half of the innings had us on 16 for 1 off 4 overs and 36 for 2 off 8 overs, so the push required in the second half of the innings was significant. Things were looking up after Jon Webley hit an awesome (and very welcome!) 20 off Dave's 3rd over, but he was caught the next and 140-150 total looked a little too challenging from there. Unfortunately London Fields didn't drop many chances. Rees was stumped trotting down the wicket with a big swing-and-a-miss but the tail wagged a bit with Aroon and James puting on a handy 24 runs in the last 2 and bit overs. That was much to the annoyance of special guest Ian the Glaswegian ice hocky goal minder who had been taking his first ever batting practice in anticipation of cricketing glory.
Our wee weegie friend performed brilliantly behind the stumps not letting through a single bye! We looked in it for a while but unfortunately we couldn't get out London Fields opener Jason. Stiffness from an exhausting previous weekend of cricket was partially to blame for a few more runs than really necessary coming of some bowling. Alas its harder to find a scapegoat for 17 wides. We held the catches that came to us but in the end London Fields got the required 128 with an over to spare. 'Gems a bogie' as Ian the weegie would say.
So London Fields had a nice end to their VPCCL season to finish top of the division. Let's aim for the same feeling next week, lads.
Other matches: Sun 24-Sep-2017, London Fields, Fri 14-Apr-2017, Wray Crescent, Fields washed away by Webbo 10,000, Sun 09-Oct-2016, Wray Crescent, Drawn Fields feel Pacific force, Sun 18-Sep-2016, London Fields, Won by 7 runs Sodden outfield dampens our spirits, Sat 16-Apr-2016, Wray Crescent, Cancelled Opening stand a hard act to follow, Sun 20-Sep-2015, London Fields, Won 90 runs Fields' Day, Sat 18-Apr-2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 122 runs The Party Balloon Popped, Sun 21-Sep-2014, London Fields, Won 123 Runs Sheldon superstar, Fri 18-Apr-2014, Wray Crescent, Won 78 runs No Tea, No Justice, Sun 22-Sep-2013, London Fields, Lost 6 wickets It's Miller Time, Sat 20-Apr-2013, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets Precipitating pooches and felines, Sun 23-Sep-2012, London Fields, Cancelled Toby seals a triumph for the optimists, Sat 21-Apr-2012, Wray Crescent, Won by 36 runs Friends Day, Sun 18-Sep-2011, London Fields, Lost 148 runs Haroon leads successful chase, Thu 23-Jun-2011, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 6 wickets Haroon hundred on debut wins game, Sat 16-Apr-2011, Wray Crescent, Won 22 Runs Extras Star, Sat 22-May-2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 11 runs Picnickers Disturbed 5 Deep, Sun 09-Aug-2009, London Fields, Won 141 Runs Damp squib, Tue 07-Jul-2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 3 wickets Lahri Steps Through Room 101, Sat 18-Apr-2009, Wray Crescent, Won 9 wickets Mothers Inspiration Sees Rees & Purcell Hit Heights, Mon 09-Jun-2008, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 1 Wicket Defeat Almost Snatched From The Jaws of Victory, Tue 16-May-2006, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 4 wickets