Seniors XI v Juniors XI at Wray Crescent
Sat 18 Jul 2020 at 1pm
Won by Seniors, 95 runs
Intraclub fixture

Pacific last turned out on Saturday, 26th October 2019 for one innings of the 2019 President's XI game, making it 266 days between fixtures. This stat may need to be run past club historian Steve Lay, but I'd be very surprised if that isn't the longest break between games since Pacific's founding in 1983 (Later edit - Steve Lay did check, and the 'first' winter was 251 days, so we have indeed broken that record. Let us hope it now stands forever). Unsurpisingly, a lot of Pacificos have been itching to get back to it as lockdown began to ease, and despite one false start last weekend, the 2020 season was able to start in the middle of July: one weekend after the scheduled Wimbledon finals (another, similarly high profile casualty of COVID).


In these difficult, stressful times it's good to find some continuity in the world. We had plenty: the opening fixture of the season should be the Seniors v Juniors fixture, the game should be won by the Seniors, and Toby Chasseaud is good at cricket. The last success for the Juniors in this fixture was in 2014 and featured a then-junior Tom Ireland captaining the Juniors to victory.


The Seniors batted first, with Toby opening up alongside 'the indoor legend' Pat McCarthy. Toby is clearly the club's premier batsman and will shortly claim all of the batting records that he doesn't already hold, but for all his run gluttony, has been accused of scoring his hundreds at a fairly sedate pace in the past (a nice problem for the rest of us to have, to be sure). Perhaps liberated by retiring the club captaincy, Toby chose this game: in July, at a busy Wray Crescent, against our own bowling, to do a more than reasonable impression of Matthew Hayden. He annihilated the bowling, hitting five sixes including two clean out of the ground and fifteen fours before retiring on 100. He also hit 26 off a Mendel over (0, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6), for which he later apologised. When he retired, Pat at the other end had scored ten, outscored literally ten to one by the new club Chairman.


Called to retire by his skipper, Toby vacated the field to very obvious sighs of relief from the Junior bowlers. It had been his day, and sometimes, when a good batsman has a good day, there's not a great deal you can do about it. It was not, on the other hand, Ben Burnham's day. Rather startled by Toby choosing to retire, Burnham wandered out to the middle and then had the kind of innings that makes a batsman want to take another 266 days off: the first ball (from the excellent Tom Gane) struck him, audibly, clearly and firmly, in the testicles. The second bowled him. As Professor Brian Cox and pals correctly pointed out, things can only get better.


The remainder of the Seniors innings was a little less incident packed: Tom Ireland skied one and was caught by Dinsey despite losing the ball in the mid-afternoon sun, and there were very handy contributions by McCarthy (39), Mutz Siddiqui (29*) and John Deighan, whose 46 was only spoiled by being very clearly sledged out by the opposition skipper asking him if he'd scored a 50 for the club the ball before he chipped a soft catch to Hart. The regular stops to apply hand sanitiser didn't seem to slow the scoring, and an imposing total of 263-4 was set.


The Juniors proved their claims to be the 'true' Pacific by collapsing immediately to 11-3. Dinsey was first to go, caught down the leg side to a thin edge which drew no appeal and then confusion at the sign of the batsman walking off, and Basi and Dhir somewhat more convicingly bowled. By this stage, the number 5 batsman was still in the shops buying his tea, and captain Soden had to promote himsef. The middle order added more than a veneer of respectability to the score, with last year's new player of the year Rahul Ravikrishan top scoring with 42 and Mark Mehta adding 30, but it never looked like they might chase the total, with the Seniors holding all their catches and bowling well.


The end came in the 33rd over, when Ed Hart's enjoyable cameo (20 runs, all in boundaries) ended with another Chasseaud catch - his third of the innings, to add to 100 runs - off the bowling of Gingell. The captains bumped elbows together in deference to COVID protocols, and the Seniors had another win to secure their strangehold on the fixture for at least another year.


It's good to be back. 



Seniors XI v Juniors XI
Seniors XI innings  R  M  B  4  6
T Chasseaud   retired    100  0  60  15  5  
P McCarthy   b Mehta   39  0  51  7  0  
B Burnham   b Gane   0  0  2  0  0  
T Ireland   c Dinsey b Mehta   8  0  12  1  0  
J Deighan   c Hart b Gane   46  0  46  8  1  
M Siddiqui†   not out    29  0  33  4  0  
W Gingell   not out    10  0  7  2  0  
T Garrett*   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
N Epstein   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
P Smith   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 19, nb 4) 31    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 263-4    
 Fall of wickets:  1-117 [Burnham] , 2-157 [McCarthy] , 3-172 [T Ireland] , 4-241 [Deighan]
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Jack Mendel   7  0  74  0  
 Ed Hart   7  0  49  0  
 Tom Gane   6  0  29  2  
 Ben Savage   4  0  39  0  
 Rahul Ravikrishnan   4  0  22  0  
 Mark Mehta   4  0  20  2  
 James Soden   3  0  21  0  
Juniors XI innings  R  M  B  4  6
R Dinsey   c Siddiqui b Smith   1  0  5  0  0  
J Basi   b Gingell   0  0  3  0  0  
A Singh Dhir†   b Smith   6  0  5  1  0  
R Ravikrishnan   c Chasseaud b Ireland   42  0  40  5  0  
J Soden*   c Smith b Epstein   18  0  19  2  0  
M Mehta   c Chasseaud b Deighan   33  0  31  6  0  
T Gane   run out Deighan    18  0  24  1  0  
B Savage   not out    11  0  26  2  0  
J Mendel   c Epstein b Smith   9  0  14  1  0  
E Hart   c Chasseaud b Gingell   20  0  10  5  0  
 Extras (b 2, lb 9, w 11, nb 0) 22    
 TOTAL (33.4 Overs) 168    
 Fall of wickets:  1-1 [Dinsey] , 2-7 [Basi] , 3-11 [Dhir] , 4-55 [Soden] , 5-85 [Ravikrishnan] , 6-118 [Mehta] , 7-129 [Gane] , 8-138 [Mendel] , 9-174 [Hart]
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Will Gingell   7  0  43  2  
 Phil Smith   7  0  41  3  
 Nick Epstein   5  0  40  1  
 Tom Ireland   5  1  25  1  
 Tim Garrett   5  1  9  0  
 John Deighan   4  0  13  1  

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