JD’s giants win silver medals in hard-fought LMS campaign
Pacific v North London Muslim at Hackney Marshes Pitch No 2
Thu 02 Sep 2021 at 6pm
Lost by 5 wickets
Last Man Stands

After an impressive Last Man Stands campaign, we came up against North London Muslim in the Grand Final at Hackney Marshes in a match reduced to 16 overs a side by the inevitable bad light of September.


With a few LMS regulars unavailable, we had a new-look side featuring Pacific LMS debuts from Nick Epstein, Jack Malnick, Phil Smith, Sandeep Nallajonnala and Humza Saeed.


John Deighan won the toss and strode out to bat with Toby Chasseaud to face some hostile bowling with plenty of short stuff. JD was beaten for pace attempting to hook the mischievous Aamir Mapara and was caught and bowled for 10. Malnick, never one to plod around, hit some lusty blows, including three sixes, before being bowled for 31. Nick Epstein (0) suffered a similar fate the very next ball, as did Randheer “Reny” Ponnamkunnath (4) not long afterwards.


Toby had withstood the barrage to retire on 52, meaning that his only LMS dismissal of the season was when he fell victim to a dreaded “double play” in our earlier fixture against NLM.


Sandeep (masquerading as Amandeep on the scorecard) was run out by a direct hit without facing a ball. Philbert produced the champagne moment of the day when he struck one of his trademark cow shots for a huge six. The following ball was a vicious full toss that he managed to hit with his bottom glove all the way to mid-on, causing him quite some discomfort – and Malnick to remark that he wished he could still bowl bouncers to give NLM a taste of their own medicine. “Unfortunately my days of trying to kill people are over,” he had earlier said.


And so we finished on 106 off our 16 overs.


Ever the pro, Philbert didn’t let the pain affect his bowling as he produced impressive figures of 3 overs for only 19 runs, picking up a wicket along the way. Reny and Sandeep also bowled with good economy, while Eppy twirled away. JD took a good catch at long-off in poor visibility, while Toby, who had been forced by Eppy to keep wicket, did a surprisingly good job and was rewarded with a stumping, standing up to the medium pacers, and a run out when he gathered in a throw by Sandeep. Humza was probably suffering a severe identity crisis, having started the match as “Ben S” and finished it as “Amandeep Dhir” but he didn’t late that faze him, taking a wicket with his only over, to add to the three that he took on his “first-class” debut on Saturday.


Still, our efforts weren’t quite enough to contain a strong opposition and NLM overhauled our total with 3.3 overs to spare after Amir had smashed 55 off 26 deliveries (including four sixes), despite complaining that he couldn’t see the ball.


After the match captain fantastic JD awarded his team with LMS runners-up medals to pose for the team photo, before cruelly taking them back from the debutants on the grounds that they hadn’t played enough.


But his efforts organising our LMS campaign throughout the season deserve recognition. In the winter of 2019 we won the Go Mammoth indoor league gold medals under his leadership and now we have silvers to add to our collection of bling.




Pacific innings (with Sandeep Nallajonnala masquerading as Amandeep, and Humza Saeed as Ben S)


North London Muslim innings (with Humza Saeed now as Amandeep!)


Worth fighting for: our Last Man Stands silver medals