Pacific v Flying Wickets at Wray Crescent
Sat 23 Sep 2000
Lost by 2 wkts
Friendly fixture

On an unseasonably hot day in Stroud Green, the visitors upset the form book with a win in the last ball of their last match of the season ,thereby doubling their account in a poor year for the wandering side who are loosely based in Dulwich.

Pacific 142-9 dec. C O¹Grady 44. J Davies 25. Pearce 13-3-24-4
Flying Wickets 143-8. J Brodie 60. M Alexander 13-2-24-4. D Roberts 13-2-41-3.

With the absence of key batsman, Chris Hardie, since emigrating to Florida in February, FW had struggled all season, & P Captain, Steve Lay, would have felt rightly confident, particularly with the bowling line up at his disposal which nearly covered the cracks in the batting - but not quite.

The inform Chris O¹Grady & Jim Davies made good starts but lacked little support, particularly after the latter had given a second opportunity to Rathod to take a running catch after Davies had hooked to deep backward square off the leg spinner Tambyrajah. Chris made his highest score of the season but was out, clean bowled, just 6 runs short of his half century, to the consistent left arm seamer Jones, when trying to accelerate the pace. Indeed , once Jim Davies had been out at 80-2, wickets fell regular as only 62 runs were scored in the final 15 overs for 7 wickets. With a slow outfield, Steve would have been happier with 180 to defend but he remained confident that his bowlers could impress.

Indeed, the 2 openers Mike Alexander & Darryl Roberts bowled yards quicker than anyone else on the day & succeeded in making regular inroads. Mike in particular, by varying his length so the batters were never confident of playing him off the front foot, before bowling them with yorkers or slower balls. Left handed bat Jim Brodie took his time settling, but not until his partnership with fellow left hander Martin Jones (30) for 55 did he find a partner of substance. The support seamers Chris O¹Grady & Tony Galleon fared worst as Brodie accelerated but having been dropped twice in the 30s & 40s off the unlucky O¹Grady, the outcome would have been so different.

The return of Roberts turned the game back again from FW when on 134-5 following Brodie¹s edge to the consistent David Butler behind the stumps they slumped to 136-8 as 2 more wickets fell to Darryl in the final over. FW hade needed just 7 from it but that became 7 from 3 balls. in the descending gloom, Tambtlajah cut him 1st ball to the 3rd man boundary whilst on his hattrick . 3 were now needed off 2 balls. A single from the penultimate ball left Paul Wood 2 not out in the previous 40 mins to score 2. Roberts bowled, full length, Wood edged to 3rd man, an inaccurate throw & the batsmen were home, a full ten minutes after the sun had already set. Great game.

P: P Hollman C O¹Grady S Lay* J Davies D Butler+ M Holliday A Roberts A Galleon D Roberts M Alexander S Galvin.