Seven-wicket victory!
Pacific v Masiha at Victoria Park Pitch 2
Thu 26 Jul 2018 at 7pm
Won by 7 wickets
Victoria Park Community Cricket League fixture

Pacific made light work of beating Masiha, despite the opposition featuring the big names of Sheldon Greenland and Rizwan Siddiqui.

Masiha won the toss and elected to bat on a scorching hot evening as the heatwave continues.

Ben Stockton, making his Victoria Park League debut, bowled tidily first up with Greg Ayre as his new-ball partner. Both bowlers kept Masiha reasonably quiet. James Soden later caught a skyer hit by Sheldon at long-on to help Toby Chasseaud take a wicket with his first ball. Riz, who was of course looking dangerous, was then caught by Toby at long-off off Ayre to stop any acceleration of the Masiha innings. A coughing Bing Stanley, also on Vic Park debut having been busy playing posh cricket for the last month, also took a tidy catch at point and bowled some good variations.

Overall we fielded well on the lightning fast outfield and held our chances, though a certain someone's catching wasn't up to his usual high standards and a few of us struggled with some bobbles in the deep. Anthony Bradley, never afraid to get his whites dirty, did sterling work behind the stumps as usual. The selfless Aroon Korgaonkar, who has kept Pacific midweek cricket alive in recent years, marshalled his troops well, though he probably should have had a bowl himself. 

Masiha finished on 162, with Riz's son Hishaam Siddiqui on four not out.

Chasseaud and Stockton opened the batting against Greenland bowling off a short run but still with quite some pace. The other opening bowler, an Aussie, was slow by comparison and both batsmen were able to use their feet and capitalise. Stockton was first to retire on 50, followed by Chasseaud. Stanley, at No 3, caused chaos and confusion in his quickfire 33 not out. He hit some big blows square of the wicket and his dancing around the crease meant that plenty of byes went past Greenland, now keeping wicket, who should have been standing back. Mutz Siddiqui, having been besieged and bitten by maggots and flies, hit the winning runs off Hishaam, who had bowled with great accuracy and away swing. Let's get him into the Pacific side. League rules prevented Riz from bowling because he was guesting.

So we won by seven wickets with four overs to spare and retired to the People's Park Tavern, where a victorious Victoria Lounge and Tim Garrett could also be found.


The Pacific lineup went something like this:

Toby Chasseaud
Ben Stockton
Bing Stanley
Mutz Siddiqui
James Soden
Greg Ayre
Anthony Bradley+
Aroon Korgaonkar*