Weather saves Pacific as Mayday calls for rain
Pacific v Highgate CC at Highgate CC
Mon 01 May 2017 at 11:30am
Friendly fixture

On Mayday Bank Holiday Monday, a soggy Shepherd's Cot played host to one of the season's Blue Riband fixtures against a mixed Highgate XI, resulting in a losing draw for the men from N4.

With Pacific having won the toss and electing to bat, opening pair Kieran Mullens and Aly Duncan showed strong and stable leadership against the new nut until Kieran fell victim to a painful delivery to the groin, his agony being compounded when he was dismissed two balls later.  Fortunately, the inefficacy of K-Dog's abdoguard turned out to be attributable to a design defect in his new Sports Direct briefs rather than - as posited from the boundary – some sort of anatomical abnormality.  Mike Ashley truly has much to answer for.  

Duncan (39), fresh from smashing his PB in the Hackney Half Marathon, went on to see off the openers and to hit our top score of the day, supported by Ben Burnham who posted a 'good for him' 36.  Unfortunately, both batsmen ultimately succumbed to some abject dross from Highgate's first-change twirlymen, getting out to a double-bouncer and a full toss respectively. 

The rain set in and the teams took an early tea. 

We were treated to some fine Asian fusion cuisine, which provided the returning Tom Ireland (25) with the requisite power to cream the first delivery after tea for Pacific's only six of the innings. His exuberance was short-lived, however, as later that over he too was clean bowled by a full toss of barely-glacial velocity.  Our innings was rounded off by unselfish contributions from Toby (28) and Riz (27), before a generous declaration with the scoreboard reading 184 for six after 37.5 overs.

After a quick turnaround, Haill and Siddiqui bowled admirably on a slick surface but were unable to break Highgate's free-scoring opening partnership, with skipper and all-round legend Johan 'Yoda' Da Silva in particularly imperious form on his home turf, 'forcing' his way to 62 before picking out Toby with a hard sweep shot.  Enter the A Team (Aroon and Ahmed), who, aided by some sharp work in the field, snared a few wickets between them to give Pacific a glimmer of hope.  Fielding highlights included some lightning-quick stumpsmanship from keeper Aravindan for the second consecutive week, Oli procuring a run-out with his customary ruthlessness and a spectacular running catch taken at deep square leg by a rejuvenated Mullens - sparking wild airborne celebrations as he vanquished the ghost of some uncharacteristic drops from the same position at Wray only a fortnight earlier.   

Despite Pacific's spirited efforts, in truth we never looked close to bowling out the hosts or to restricting them to fewer than 185.  Fortunately, the cricketing gods looked upon us favourably and the covers came back on - this time for good - with Highgate needing only 25 more runs from the ten or so remaining overs. 

Unlucky Highgate - maybe next year!      

Post-match refreshments were every bit as enjoyable as tea, with both teams sharing a couple of good-natured beers in the pavilion notwithstanding a somewhat frustrating afternoon.  The post-match analysis session was even graced by the presence of Rizwan Siddiqui resplendent in a smart black polo shirt, as, it emerged, he was being forced to kill time prior to a dinner engagement. As the sun came back out in the early evening, Pacific's prodigal son and 2016 pool champ Giaco Bridgett swung by on his scooter, and the lads headed to the Old Dairy where the wide-ranging and erudite discussion continued until closing time. 

Many thanks to Chris Clayton for his congenial company and meticulous scorekeeping.

Dog day/afternoon

Pacific v Highgate CC
Toss won by Pacific
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Aly Duncan   c Smith b Smith   39  99  69  4  0  
Kieran Mullens   b Rajib   5  20  18  1  0  
Ben Burnham   b Smith   36  63  64  4  0  
Toby Chasseaud*   b Shelley Smith   28  67  36  1  0  
Tom Ireland   b Singh   25  44  25  2  1  
Rizwan Siddiqui   c Da Silva b Singh   27  13  17  6  0  
Aravindan Ilangovan†   not out    0  0  1  0  0  
Mark Woodland   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Oliver Haill   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Aroon Korgaonkar   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Ahmed Hussain   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 10, lb 3, w 4, nb 3) 20    
 TOTAL (37.5 Overs) 184    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
Highgate CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
Johan Da Silva*   c Chasseaud b Korgaonkar   62  0  0  0  0  
Potter   c Mullens b Hussain   39  0  0  0  0  
Macgarey   st Ilangovan b Korgaonkar   22  0  0  0  0  
Williams   run out Haill b Hussain   1  0  0  0  0  
A Khatri   not out    13  0  0  0  0  
Shelley Smith   not out    4  0  0  0  0  
Smith   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Rajib   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Graham   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Singh   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 8, lb 0, w 10, nb 0) 18    
 TOTAL (18.2 Overs) 159    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Rizwan Siddiqui   4  0  21  0  
 Oliver Haill   4  0  34  0  
 Ahmed Hussain   5.2  0  36  1  
 Tom Ireland   2  0  31  0  
 Aroon Korgaonkar   3  0  29  2