No dis-Grace in narrow defeat
Pacific v Graces at Hackney Downs
Sun 10 Oct 2021 at 12 noon
Lost by 3 runs
Friendly fixture

Graces saved the day, agreeing to the last minute fixture after the planned oppo dropped out at the last minute.

They won the toss and opted to bat, but only opener Matt Earl managed to score any runs. He said the bat was £20 from ebay but he seemed to know how to score runs with it. Some excellent opening spells from Tom Gane and Max Mortiboys. The ball was fizzing through and both bowled very economically. Only Max got wickets to show for it.

Unfortunately, Jithin got injured (the astro was a bit wet!), but the spinners managed to get the 8 wickets with excellent spells of bowling (that's Ahmed, Nick Epstein, and Mohan).

Graces were bowled out for 119 in 27.1 overs and it looked a very getable target. But collapses and run outs were afoot.

There was a total collapse at the top order, with no one in the top 4 scoring a boundary. Riz did well to pull it back, and Tom Gane fashioned a near heroic innings at the back end. With hit excellent blows in the last few overs, and there were just a few runs left in to get in the last over. But he snicked the ball behind with 4 balls to go and that was that.

Thanks again to Graces for making it to Hackney Downs last minute (two drove from Birmingham and Wales), and for being such great sports.


Graces v Pacific
Toss won by Graces
 
Graces innings  R  M  B  4  6
Matt Earl†   c Woodland b Hussain   58  0  62  0  0  
Justin   c & b Mortiboys   11  0  26  0  0  
M Pal   c Sub b Mortiboys   0  0  2  0  0  
G Jackson   b Epstein   3  0  20  0  0  
N Wijethilaka   c Chasseaud b Epstein   22  0  15  0  0  
S Anthony   c Mortiboys b Epstein   4  0  10  0  0  
Venkat   b Kumar Raja   0  0  5  0  0  
Sandeep Nallajonnala   b Epstein   0  0  3  0  0  
H Hori   lbw b Hussain   8  0  10  0  0  
A Mamun   c & b Kumar Raja   1  0  6  0  0  
R Couchman   not out    0  0  5  0  0  
 Extras (b 2, lb 0, w 9, nb 1) 12    
 TOTAL (27.1 Overs) 119    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Tom Gane   4  0  13  0  
 Max Mortiboys   4  1  9  2  
 Jithin George   1  0  3  0  
 Ahmed Hussain   7  1  28  2  
 Nick Epstein   7  1  52  4  
 Mohan Kumar Raja   4.1  1  12  2  
 
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Mark Woodland   b Wijeth   7  0  28  0  0  
Toby Chasseaud   run out Sandeep    13  0  45  0  0  
Luke de Noronha†   b Mamun   5  0  10  0  0  
Jasbir Basi   b Sandeep   0  0  6  0  0  
Rizwan Siddiqui*   b Venkat   34  0  33  4  1  
Mohan Kumar Raja   st Earl b Mamun   2  0  11  0  0  
Tom Gane   c Earl b Wijethlawa   32  0  48  2  1  
Max Mortiboys   b Hori   0  0  7  0  0  
Nick Epstein   run out Venkat    6  0  10  1  0  
Tim Garrett   run out Sandeep    6  0  10  1  0  
Ahmed Hussain   not out    0  0  0  0  0  
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Wijethlawa   6.3  1  22  2  
 M Pal   5  1  8  0  
 Mamun   7  2  19  2  
 Sandeep Nallajonnala   7  1  21  1  
 Hori   4  0  17  1  
 Venkat   5  1  25  1  
 
 

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