Hollman Hammers Hundred In Vain
Pacific v Edmonton at Edmonton CC
Sun 21 Jul 2002 at 2pm
Friendly fixture

Openers Peter Hollman and Guy Wiehahn put on a century partnership - and Hollman went on to complete a personal best 106 - but it was not enough for Pacific to force a win against their North London opponents.

Pacific 246-4 (P Hollman 106, G Wiehahn 87, C Jones 27*)

Edmonton 182-8 (Porter 50*, I Lay 2-20, M Boonaert 2-37)

The golden summer for Pacific’s batsmen continued as openers Peter Hollman (106 – a career best) and Guy Wiehahn (87) put on 153 for the first wicket against their North London rivals. With Edmonton playing a cup match on the adjacent pitch – the pair took advantage of a slightly under strength attack to give Pacific every chance of forcing a rare win. Only a defiant unbeaten 50 from tail-ender Porter denied them on a good track.

In a weekend of career best achievements for a couple of Pacific veterans – Peter Hollman amassed 106, while Guy Wiehahn contributed 87 to an opening stand of 153. Hollman took his time at the outset – his first run coming from the 21st ball he faced – bringing an ironic cheer from the crowd! However he was soon beginning to keep pace with Wiehahn – who dominated the attack from the outset. Other than when an attempted reverse sweep hit him on the helmet – Hollman looked assured – while Wiehahn enjoyed one let off when dropped at square leg. It was a surprise – and a tribute to him – when he walked when getting the thinnest of inside edges as the ball passed between his bat and body.

Hollman upped the tempo on losing his partner – his second fifty coming in off only 43 deliveries. He lost Jim Davies (11) and Errol Mortimer (4) – but found willing support in Craig Jones – who struck a belligerent unbeaten 27. Hollman was out off the last ball of the innings for 106.

The home side started cautiously against the seam attack of Mike Alexander and Marcel Boonaert – but once the initial breakthrough was made – wickets fell at regular intervals. A marathon 13 over spell from Boonaert brought 2 wickets – while the spin of Tim Marshall and Ian Lay also brought success – along with two fine run outs resulting from smart fielding from Marshall and Boonaert. However veteran Porter successfully mixed defence with occasional lusty blows on his way to a match saving unbeaten 50 – and the game was drawn.

Skipper Nigel Wilkinson said “I was delighted with Pete’s efforts – he was so tired we had to use a sub fielder to cover for him when they batted! They knew how to block out for the draw – but we are usually in that position here – so it was nice for the boot to be on the other foot. It shows how the team has improved this year.”

XI: Mike Alexander, Paul Attwood +, Marcel Boonaert, Jim Davies, Craig Jones, Nigel Wilkinson*, Guy Wiehahn, Tim Marshall, Peter Hollman, Ian Lay, Errol Mortimer.