Pacific Wrench-ed asunder !
Pacific v Crossbats at Moor Mead
Sat 30 Sep 2000
Lost by 38 runs
Friendly fixture

In the return game back in April at Wray Crescent, Crossbats dug in early to secure a very dull draw. Without a tinge of irony, their Captain, Alistair Wright chose a limited over format & became the main beneficiary as he top scored in the match making a 1st wicket partnership of 147 with Alan Carter(52) before he was caught at long on to a fine running catch by Mike Alexander.

C 189-7 (40 overs). A Wright 82. A Carter 52. J Davies 8-0-54-5
P 151-10 (39.5). D Roberts 50. Wrench 6-0-15-3

Pacific¹s longest standing fixture, this was the 26th meeting (w8 d8 l10), saw Pacific¹s bowlers toll long & hard. Their stand continued, broken only by a 30 minute downpour, half an hour after the start. Darryl Roberts was the most economical bowler for Pacific (8-2-20-0) as the 4 other seamers struggled to reach consistency. Jim Davies, however, was the main beneficiary, as the new batters came & went, having underestimated the skill & judgment of the opening pair to the extent that 147-0 became 158-4 & 178-7 to make a par total, but surely less than the Crossbats would have hoped after such a fine start. Jim left the field with only his 2nd ever 5 wicket haul & he must be one of the finds of the season for Pacific.

Indeed, this season was looking to be something special indeed as until the August Bank Holliday weekend, only 3 defeats had been recorded. However since, there have been 3 defeats, 2 draws (1 abandoned due to rain), the rain also caused abandonment of the tour of Cambridgeshire & just the 1 win against Washington. A woeful Autumn indeed given that this was looking like it could have been the 2nd best season ever !

Back to Crossbats & in the antithesis of Crossbats opening partnership, Pacific lost Hollman 1st ball as the ball bounced down from bat & pad & trickled towards the stumps with just enough effort to dislodge a bail. Joe Phelan (5) soon joined him & like Joe, Jonathan Hardisty (7) too departed lbw. Steve Lay (14) & the recuperating David Murray (13) both got starts but were beaten by the flight & turn of the Australian leg spinner Wrench who also took 3 catches & a run out to add to his quick fire 21 earlier. At 71-8 the P innings was in disarray but Darryl Roberts with some belligerent strokes, a little luck where the ball dropped & some fine positive attitude scored only his second career 50. The required rate had not risen beyond 8 per over but with his dismissal the last pair of Wilkinson & Alexander did what they could despite the result no longer being in doubt before Wilkinson was run out by Wrench with just 2 minutes of daylight remaining.

P: P Hollman J Hardisty+ J Phelan S Lay D Murray J Davies+ N Wright C O¹Grady D Roberts M Alexander N Wilkinson*

Next Saturday is Pacific¹s last fixture when Pacific President, Adrian Palmer leads an XI especially invited from clubs all around London & beyond, in what will his first match of the season due to work & family commitments. Surely there cannot be too many players who make their seasonal debuts in October ?

Next Sunday (8/10) is the opening day of the MCC Indoor school 6 a side league which this year features Hackney Grasshoppers, as well as as Cherry Tree (Washington B), Washington & Pacific - the latter 2 of which face each other in their opening games on Sunday 15/10 as Pacific hope to emulate their outdoor success & find again the form which took them to the indoor cup final in 97.

Other matches:
 Sat 25 Sep 2021, Marble Hill Park,
 Cross my bat and hope to tie, Sat 26 Sep 2020, Wray Crescent, Tied
 Fossil Fuel, Sun 08 Sep 2019, Marble Hill Park, Lost by 8 wickets
 Pack Those De-Fibs Away , Sat 08 Sep 2018, Marble Hill Park, Drawn
 Sharma steers Pacific to victory in Richmond, Sat 19 Aug 2017, Marble Hill Park, Won by 85 runs
 Last ball chiller, Sat 08 Oct 2011, Wray Crescent, Won 5 wickets
 Sat 28 May 2011, Gonville & Caius, Cancelled
 Arse And Wangered, Sat 09 Oct 2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets
 Who would be a bowler?, Sun 30 May 2010, Gonville & Caius, Won 6 wickets
 Who would be a batsman?, Sat 29 May 2010, Gonville & Caius,
 Pure & Simple Every Time, Sat 10 Oct 2009, Moor Mead, Won
 Hundred not out overnight, Sat 30 May 2009, Gonville & Caius, Won 6 wickets
 Webley Continues Fine Form & Roberts Picks up Season's Best, Sat 11 Oct 2008, Moor Mead, Won 68 runs
 Sat 19 Jul 2008, TBC (To Be Confirmed), Cancelled
 The Wonder of Webley, Sat 15 Sep 2007, Hampton Wick, Won 3 Wickets
 Crossbats Rain Runs, Sun 22 Jul 2007, Gonville & Caius, Lost by 168 runs
 Carter's Steamy Fare, Sat 07 Oct 2006, Moor Mead, Lost 5 wickets
 Mud on the Crossbat, Sat 20 May 2006, Bushey Park, Won 23 Runs
 Brown Arsed!, Sat 01 Oct 2005, Moor Mead, Lost 45 Runs
 Crossbats Washed Away in Pacific Tide, Sat 04 Jun 2005, Gonville & Caius, Won 170 runs
 Sat 02 Oct 2004, Wray Crescent, Cancelled
 Braden Blasts King Ton in Kingston!, Sat 05 Jun 2004, Hawker Ground, Won By 100 Runs
 Downpour ? What Downpour ?, Sat 01 May 2004, Moor Mead, Postponed
 Close But No Cigar - Again!, Sat 04 Oct 2003, Moor Mead, Lost By 1 Run
 Cancelled, Sat 06 Sep 2003, Queens College, Cancelled
 Marshall Magic in Vain!, Mon 26 May 2003, Wray Crescent, Lost 14 Runs
 Davies Crossbats Pacific to Victory, Sat 28 Sep 2002, Moor Mead, Won by 5 Wickets
 Great Guy Breaks Crossbats Hearts, Sun 30 Jun 2002, Queens College, Won by 4 Wickets
 Picknett leads Pacific home, Sat 29 Sep 2001, Away, Won by 5 wkts
 Pacific dominate one-sided draw, Sun 01 Jul 2001, Queens College, Drawn
 Crossbats play deadbat, Sat 29 Apr 2000, Wray Crescent, Drawn
 Good starts for Roberts & Murray, Sat 24 Apr 1999, Wray Crescent, Won by 8 wkts
 Neil out-foxes Crossbats, Sat 26 Sep 1998, Moor Mead, Won by 123 runs
 Under water, Sat 25 Apr 1998, Tufnell Park, Cancelled
 Sherpa Murray returns to form, Sat 26 Apr 1997, Tufnell Park, Drawn