Raining on our parade
Pacific v Highgate CC at Highgate CC
Mon 02 May 2016 at 2pm
Friendly fixture

We were perhaps too generous in inserting Highgate who probably batted a bit too long in making 251 so as to allow the young gun William Brookes to reach his century. His was a very good knock though.

Ours was a stop-start reply with delays for tea and rain.

Player Profiles

Sumeet Sharma
In Catford nets and in warm up matches, our wicketkeeper batsman has shown an appetite for power play and in just his second ‘first class’ innings for Pacific, Sumeet delivered the goods in a lusty 30 something. Engineering his third run out of the holiday weekend on Monday, SS showed the welcome ability to get the bails off even to throw ins not directly over the stumps.

Ravi Patel
Pacific’s all rounder is laden with potential. Ravi bowls a nice full length and swings it around at decent pace, can play careful, wristy innings or big hits, and his side armed whipped throw ins are invariably tractor beam accurate. His best work on Monday was in the field but sooner rather than later this season the Ravster’s gonna do something special.

Toby Chasseaud
The skipper’s adept bowling changes tempered Highgate’s early onslaught, resulting in the run out of the eminent old club’s talented skipper Johan da Silva. Later, TC batted his way to a season’s best 46, blocking out the rain and tea interruptions to essay his finest off and cover drives. The skipper’s stay at the crease was just as much a study in application as his match fee collecting duties after the match.

Ben Burnham
BB King, as he’s been dubbed by this writer for the 2016 season, has a solidity at the crease reminding him of Yorkshire and England great Brian Close. While BB King digged the blues, BB has felt the bruise in his Pacific career, most notably in last season’s President’s match, where his 38 was reminiscent of Close’s heroic resistance against the fearsome Windies attack at Old Trafford in 1976.

On Monday, Ben played a more circumspect innings, but wholly appropriate innings. If he can marry this studious straight bat with his considerable power, his venerable, sweet spotted Titan bat will be enjoying some fine afternoons in the sun this summer.

Rizwan Siddiqui
A day of multi-tasking for the father of three, as his youngest son was playing on the pitch opposite. When he wasn’t delivering his son chocolate muffins and overseeing his progress, Riz was having a considerable impact at Shepherd’s Cot. Employing his short run up, Riz deceived elegant left hander Potter with his first ball, the ball making a reassuring ‘thunk’ on the timber as the bat was beaten all ends up. Even young Brookes, who went through the gears later in the afternoon to score a 65-ball century couldn’t get him away. Seven overs for 8 runs are a testament to his accuracy and the respect afforded to him.

Kieran Mullens
After his defiant 23 on Saturday, K Dog was hoping for equally good things on Monday. KM was deceived by the lanky Australian Jackson’s bounce, leaving the next ball on length to a ball which came in on the angle to nibble his off stump. K Dog fielded with enthusiasm, supported his teammates through 40 + overs in the fields and was watched by his father for the first time in his Pacific career. Kieran is looking forward and hopes his third Pacific and career 50 will arrive in 2016.

Ben Stockton
The lad from Skipton has slotted seamlessly into the Pacific fold, both on and off the field. Just 21, Ben shows a maturity, and an extensive film knowledge, beyond his years. Delighted to see him take his first wicket for Pacific on Monday, Ben’s day was also graced with some excellent diving stops in the field, and some assured strokes late in the day.

Oliver Haill
Oliver’s return to Pacific colours for the first time this season was pleasingly synchronized with the return of Matthew Ralph for the first time in 13 years. Back in 2003, the young Oliver’s Pacific adventure was beginning while Mr Ralph’s five years of fun in London were coming to a close, their paths crossing on an April afternoon in Edmonton some 13 years ago On Monday, the two were reunited in a day of maidens and fine memories, perhaps notable in the end for highlighting the rich history of our club. Oliver Haill is now a man - father to the lovely Connie - and he put in a mature performance - bowling his singular brand of left arm darts to pick up a wicket and swung the bat with typical abandon for several more than the 5 he was allotted by the latte supping scorer Beryl Casale.

Matthew Ralph
This was a day for Matthew ‘King’ Ralph to savour on his return to the Pacific family for the first time since 2003, the charismatic Australian seamer having returned on a business trip. Rolling back the years, Matt bowled a full spell, running up the Highgate hill and into the wind , the highlight defeating Najib with a slower ball. The best was yet to come. Clearly pepped up by a bottle of the Isagenix +, the drinks company he works for, Matt went out to bat with Pacific in a morass. But Isagenix’s potent combination of adaptogenic herbs, decreasing Matt’s cellular sensitivity to stress*, did the biz! He steered them to safety not with the dead bat of defiance, but swinging and even reverse sweeping with a brio which defines the man. A last wicket stand with Ahmed, who is now habituated to such circumstances, could not be breached. Several beers were enjoyed post match.
* not necessarily the view of the writer

Aroon Korgaonkar
It’s great to have the ‘Royal Korgy’ back in the side after his 2015 season was disrupted by injury. In the field, Aroon was as brave and as committed as ever, showcasing his love of football (and the Hammers) with a series of sliding stops to have made Julian Dicks proud. Korg is easing his way back into his bowling and, with more overs under his belt and as wickets harden under the summer sun, he will come to the party.

Ahmed Hussain
Ahmed’s coming into his own as a bowler in 2016 – thus far he’s displayed a hugely impressive consistency, mastering the most difficult cricket craft of all, leg spin, with a dedicated approach to practice and an unquenchable thirst for the game.  In days of old he might have been splayed to cow corner but this year’s model is not easily cowed; a maiden over bowled to the talented  Mr Da Silva firm evidence of this. Ahmed calmly batted out the last overs with Mr Ralph, then partook in refreshment to the tune of five pints with Kieran, Oli and Matt Ralph on a school night. All in a Bank Holiday Monday’s work for the A Bomb.

You can view Beryl's scorecard here


until our own one is uploaded. 

Special mention to the Nugget for almost taking a blinding catch, which resulted in a visit to the hospital. We hope he's OK.

Some interesting trivia for the statistically minded: one-time Pacific player Matt Ralph made a return to Pacific colours for one afternoon only (he's on a holiday over from Oz). By Kieran's reckoning, Matt last played for Pacific way back in what was to be a scorching summer of 2003, so his 2016 return might put him into second place on the 'Longest period between appearances for Pacific' section of our Stats. Presumably this choice fact will pique the interest of our stellar statistician Steve Lay.

Thieves tried to make off with Ravi's bike but his lock was like the 10th wicket partnership between Matt Ralph and Ahmed Hussain – unbreakable.


Ben and Toby go off for rain, while an umpiring Matt Ralph follows with hood up.

Highgate CC v Pacific
Toss won by Pacific
Highgate CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
Johan Da Silva*†   run out Ralph    56  0  0  0  0  
Potter   b Siddiqui   39  0  0  0  0  
Matthews   lbw b Hussain   2  0  0  0  0  
William Brookes   not out    103  0  0  0  0  
Najib   b Ralph   3  0  0  0  0  
Hardev Singh   run out Patel    0  0  0  0  0  
Shelley Smith   b Haill   21  0  0  0  0  
David Jackson   b Stockton   7  0  0  0  0  
Khalid   not out    4  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 8, nb 1) 16    
 TOTAL (43.0 Overs) 251    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Ben Stockton   8  0  48  1  
 Ravi Patel   4  0  25  0  
 Oliver Haill   6  0  43  1  
 Ahmed Hussain   8  2  45  1  
 Rizwan Siddiqui   7  3  8  1  
 Matt Ralph   7  1  34  1  
 Aroon Korgaonkar   3  0  31  0  
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Sumeet Sharma†   c Jackson b Khalid   31  0  42  4  0  
Ravi Patel   b Michael Clarke   5  0  11  1  0  
Toby Chasseaud*   c Potter b Khalid   46  0  65  5  0  
Ben Burnham   run out Johan Da Silva    15  0  24  1  0  
Kieran Mullens   b Jackson   1  0  5  0  0  
Rizwan Siddiqui   c Brookes b Khalid   4  0  7  1  0  
Ben Stockton   run out    10  0  0  1  0  
Oliver Haill   lbw b William Brookes   7  0  24  0  0  
Matt Ralph   not out    16  0  0  3  0  
Aroon Korgaonkar   b William Brookes   0  0  0  0  0  
Ahmed Hussain   not out    1  0  7  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (39.0 Overs) 154    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  

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 Pacific uncharacteristically clinical as winning streak continues, Sun 12 Sep 2021, Highgate CC, Won by 9 wickets
 All Set To Go Then? , Fri 08 May 2020, Highgate CC, Cancelled Covid-19
 Poo B.D., Sun 11 Aug 2019, Highgate CC, Won by 7 wickets
 Another Stock-ton helps Pacific jump the Highgate , Mon 06 May 2019, Highgate CC, Won by 65 runs
 Jay stars with the bat but without enough support, Mon 07 May 2018, Highgate CC, Lost by 136 runs
 Weather saves Pacific as Mayday calls for rain, Mon 01 May 2017, Highgate CC, Drawn
 Collis king in fourth successive victory, Sat 28 May 2016, Wray Crescent, Won 148 runs
 The highest Irish landmark, Mon 04 May 2015, Highgate CC, Lost 5 wickets
 Webley leads the victory chase, Mon 05 May 2014, Highgate CC, Won 7 wickets
 Holly's century puts Highgate out of reach, Mon 06 May 2013, Highgate CC, Drawn
 I regret to inform you..., Mon 07 May 2012, Highgate CC, Cancelled
 Richards leads run fest, Mon 25 Apr 2011, Highgate CC, Won 5 wickets
 Long awaited return ends with victory, Sun 08 Aug 2010, Highgate CC, Won 3 wickets
 By Mutual Agreement, Sun 27 Apr 2008, Highgate CC, Cancelled
 Highgate Social 1 Highgate Club 0. We Miss Out Again, Sun 09 Jul 2006, Highgate CC, Cancelled
 A Win To Avoid the Wooden Spoon, Sun 04 Dec 2005, Middx Ckt Academy, Won 25 Runs
 Favourites Confirm Status, Thu 09 Jun 2005, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 2 wickets
 Sun 21 Nov 2004, Middx Ckt Academy, Lost 9 runs
 Xmas dinner at the Alexanders, Thu 28 Aug 2003, Highgate CC, Abandoned As a draw