Another Stock-ton helps Pacific jump the Highgate
Pacific v Highgate CC at Highgate CC
Mon 06 May 2019 at 1pm
Won by 65 runs
Friendly fixture

If you havin’ bat troubles I feel bad for you son, I got 99 troubles but a bat ain’t one. - Jay Z 

At one point in this great win over Highgate, the Pacific players pitchside reminded me of the crew of the boat in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, cheering and jeering like loonies. We were no longer imprisoned by the psychiatric trauma of two embarassing collapses in the league before May. The skipper and ‘big chief’ Stockton had set us free. 

As is becoming a bit of a theme in recent seasons, our innings started chaotically, with Availabilityplease Garrett castled for a first ball duck by Michael Clarke (no, not that one) in the second over. At this point Tom Ireland, in at three and full of confidence after a 0 and a 0 in his first two games, was frantically searching for a bat – his brand new Newbury having just shattered in the nets. 

Highgate’s openers were bowling at a friendly pace but there was plenty of early swing, and after stroking two nice boundaries Mark Woodland Creatures (11) was back in his treetop den, bowled playing across his stumps. This bought Toby to the crease, who looked in good touch from the off, with several well-struck drives racing across the fast outfield. 

After an agonising 13 off over 50 deliveries – surely this author’s slowest ever knock for the club, Ireland used his borrowed bat to nick some erratic change bowling to the keeper. 

In came Ben Stockton, who was also having bat trouble. The oppo’s umpire Graem had appeared in the changing room before play with an ECB-issue bat gauge to test if our bats were of legal size. Stockton couldn’t even get the toe of his reshaped railway sleeper through.

With bat-size regulations not due to be enforced properly until 2020, the canal-dwelling Yorkshireman seemed keen to make maximum use of his forbidden cudgel while he still could. After playing himself in for a couple of overs, he was soon timing the ball sweetly down the hill and pinging it into the trees at the tennis court end.

Both Chasseaud and Stockton raced to fifty, painting multi-coloured streaks all over the wagon-wheels of every Highgate bowler, even their tall 2nd XI paceman. As the boundaries rained down, Pacific's only concerns were which batsman might reach their tonne first and which records might be broken by the partnership. Stocko eventually motored up to 123 off 96 balls, with Toby seeming to face fewer and fewer deliveries as the Yorkshire blitzkreig intensified. 

When Ben finally holed out to long-on, it bought George Moses to the crease. After creaming his first ball for four, the Poole boy with a plastic tooth was run out in an exact replica of Ireland’s run out here in 2016 – i.e. falling flat on his arse, having been sent back halfway down the pitch. Intriguingly, on both occasions, Ireland’s partner Jackie has been watching - does she bring bad luck, or have telekinetic abilities, which only affects batsmen from Poole?

After some final over violence from Riz (10), Pacific finished on 290-5, with Chasseaud stranded on 88 not out. Those not observing Ramadan enjoyed a typically tasty Highgate tea.

After the break, Highgate’s only real resistance came in the form of their two hard-hitting batsmen, wicketkeeper-opener Mathews and their No 3 Hussein, who with his helmet perched on the very top of his head looked about 7ft tall.

Mutz (1-51) enjoyed a rare eight over spell with the new ball, steadily improving after an erratic start to take the wicket of Mathews, pouched well at square leg by an on-form Ahmed.

At the other end Soden (1-27) extracted good bounce from what had been a fairly low, flat track and bowled the dangerous Hussein, who had previously launched Mutz for an absolutely megatron six down towards North Midd's ground and into Mark’s car. Sadly the big Brummie was red-carded in his final over after Umpire Graem McBatGauge deemed his third delivery over waist height was dangerous bowling.

Aroon (2-42) came on and ensured the oppo could not build any momentum, taking two valuable middle order wickets, his flighted turners dropping on a not-quite-there-to-hit length. Mark (1-18) bowled a tidy four over spell at the other end and prised out Highgate’s other opener.

With five down, Highgate fell further and further behind and after drinks the required rate ballooned towards 12 an over. Ahmed (3-36) picked up where Aroon left off, bowling with good control and effectively finishing Highgate off with three wickets, one of which was a smart stumping by George, one a sharp catch out in the deep by Stockton. When Riz (1-33) entered the attack it killed any opposition hopes that there may be some loose bowling to come.  

The game fizzled out a little as Highgate’s tail tried to bat out their overs. Under little to no pressure from the oppo, Pacific fielded tidily enough, and Moses only let one bye through compared to Highgate's 19. However, it goes without saying that Ormesher’s WagerTM remains safe. Tim sent down the final over with the oppo needing 70-odd, got blasted for six - denting his amazing average – and the game was won.

The Pacific team enjoyed a jug courtesy of the day’s centurion Stockton, and several stayed long into the night to make the most of a bank-holiday weekend which saw back to back wins for PCC.


Pacific v Highgate CC
Toss won by Highgate CC
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Mark Woodland   b G Ridder   11  16  16  2  0  
Tim Garrett   b M Clarke   0  4  1  0  0  
Tom Ireland   c M Mathews b H Turnball   13  53  37  2  0  
Toby Chasseaud*   not out    88  143  87  12  1  
Ben Stockton   c J Watts b M Clarke   123  91  96  19  4  
George Moses†   run out    4  2  2  1  0  
Rizwan Siddiqui   not out    10  6  6  2  0  
Murtaza Siddiqui   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Aroon Korgaonkar   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
James Soden   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Ahmed Hussain   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 19, lb 2, w 14, nb 5) 40    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 289    
 Fall of wickets:  1-3 [Garrett] , 2-17 [Woodland] , 3-84 [Ireland] , 4-269 [Stockton] , 5-273 [Moses]
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 G Ridder   4  1  24  1  
 M Clarke   8  0  64  2  
 S Horsler   8  1  33  0  
 H Turnball   8  1  40  1  
 J Watts   6  0  38  0  
 H Singh   3  0  37  0  
 R Gillam   3  0  32  0  
Highgate CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
P Williams   b Woodland   36  87  89  6  0  
M Mathews†   c Hussain b Siddiqui   8  6  4  2  0  
H Hussein   b Soden   33  39  22  5  1  
R Gillam   lbw b Korgaonkar   25  50  39  3  0  
J Watts   c Stockton b Hussain   24  53  29  1  1  
H Shah   lbw b Korgaonkar   0  1  2  0  0  
H Singh   b Siddiqui   18  10  11  2  2  
H Turnball   st Moses b Hussain   22  19  17  3  2  
G Ridder   c Siddiqui b Hussain   8  12  11  1  0  
S Horsler   not out    3  7  4  0  0  
M Clarke*   not out    7  5  8  0  1  
 Extras (b 1, lb 8, w 15, nb 6) 30    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 224    
 Fall of wickets:  1-11 [M Mathews] , 2-70 [H Hussein] , 3-122 [P Williams] , 4-134 [R Gillam] , 5-134 [H Shah] , 6-156 [H Singh] , 7-201 [H Turnball] , 8-213 [J Watts] , 9-215 [G Ridder]
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 James Soden   6.4  0  27  1  
 Murtaza Siddiqui   8  0  51  1  
 Toby Chasseaud   0.2  0  0  0  
 Aroon Korgaonkar   8  0  42  2  
 Mark Woodland   4  1  18  1  
 Rizwan Siddiqui   7  0  33  1  
 Ahmed Hussain   5  0  36  3  
 Tim Garrett   1  0  8  0  

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