Pacific v Palmerston at Dame Alice Owens
Sun 21 May 2000
Friendly fixture

2 morning inspections & an indifferent forecast left the match proceeding in some doubt but the pitch had drained well & after another shower it went ahead 40 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Palmerston 169-7 dec. Ifti 60 Bharat 55. M Alexander 18-0-92-4
Pacific 98-6 P Hollman 40* P Bharat 6-0-23-2

In the end the lost time was crucial because Pacific did not get the breaks nor did the stroke players punish a variety of quality bowling on a helpful pitch characterized by inconsistent bounce.

Earlier Palmerston's batters showed some good positive all round stroke play lead by Ifti with 60 & P. Bharat with 55. The front line seamers Roberts & Alexander were affected by the pitch's benignness but both did well given the conditions. Darryl Roberts was particularly economical & Mike Alexander could pull out a jaffa at any point.

The Pacific reply survived the early loss of Mileham & with Hollman & Campbell going well the required run rate had dropped to 5 an over. A mistimed straight drive from Campbell & Dekeller's quick dismissal to a shooter from Bharat completely changed the complexion. Jim Davies 's arrival to the crease saw far greater circumspection & with Hollman also looking to play selectively, the runs began to dry up & the req. rate grew. Once Davies was out just 6 overs to go, the result was already inevitable & despite the further dismissals of Emmins & Patel, Palmerston never really looked like they had enough penetration.

Captain Peter Hollman said, "Of course I was sorry that we did not have a closer match & the result had seemed so certain for so long. Simply losing all our 4 best stroke players for a combined total of 20 runs left us with little option short of throwing the game away. The time we lost & my conservativeness to try more bowling options were also large contributory factors as to why we couldn't achieve a positive result"

P: P Hollman* T Mileham J Campbell D DeKeller J Davies S Emmins+ H Patel C O'Grady D Roberts M Alexander F Baglivi.

The previous days match against Locksbottom II in Orpington was again cancelled due to the weather.