Pacific lose to JMC CC in nail-biter
Pacific v JMC CC at Hurst Avenue
Sun 12 Jun 2022 at 1pm
Lost by 1 wicket
Friendly fixture

Pacific narrowly lost out to JMCC CC in another close encounter at Hurst Avenue.

 

Captain Garratt won the toss and elected to bat, a sage mood inspecting what looked like a road in relatively balmy conditions. As the Pacificos padded up, the JMCC starting 11 donned public school boy caps and began a rather intense pre match drill. “Who are these geezers” cried Rizwan, regretting his deliveroo order. 

 

Ben O’Connor and Tom Williams got off to a good start in face of some relatively tough conditions, with both opening bowlers making good use of a typically village deck. Ben played some lovely counter attacking strokes on the off and leg-side for 4, with Tom masterfully showing the full face of the bat. However, this interlude was to be over when Ben was removed for LBW, courtesy on an in-swinging ball. That brought in PCC radio maestro Tom Gane. Gane looked in fine touch, with some lovely straight batted shots, and put on 34 with Williams for the second wicket. However, a bowling change and skidding ball removed Williams for a batting 12. 

 

That brought Basi in, who looked rather nervous and slightly out of touch. Basi was sent back to the hutch for a meek 2, toeing what should have been a trademark pull for a boundary. One brings two they say, which certainly happened in typical Pacific fashion with cameos from Riz (14) and Rahul (9), letting Patel rack up the wickets. 

 

At 91-5, pacific were certainly looking wobbly and the prospect of a warm summer's day pint at the Woodman was looking earlier than planned. However, step up Nick “the Epmeister” Epstein. Nick and Tom put on a hugely significant 70 run partnership for the 6 wicket. Some lovely attacking shots were on display from both, Tom playing a lovely series of cuts, drives and sweeps all round the ground to complete his wagon wheel, and Eppy finding the gaps neatly in the field. Gane brought up a well deserved 50 with a boundary, stepping up to the role of Pacific’s very own Jonny Bairstow. However, he was removed prematurely for 61, being undone by the spinner. 

 

That brought Ahmed (“the Guildford Wall”) to the crease. Following a tongue in cheek exchange between Riz at square leg and the oppo, the fielder shouted “this is their weak bat lads, bring the field in”. Ahmed proved them wrong by showing them his qualities, playing his trademark defence and a couple of defts touches to notch up another red inker, and thanks to Eppy’s (37 NO) efforts, left PCC on a rather tidy 175 for 6 at close.

 

The game was all to play for as the second innings began. PCC started strongly, with Phil Smith taking 2 early wickets, the first a flighted ball to remove the bails and second a catch courtesy of Basi at cover (to Shaline’s surprise). However, Phil left the field early nursing an ankle injury, to be replaced by the bare-footed Mohan who had come to watch (and had to wear one of Rahul’s many layers). Bowling at the other end, Manav continued his fine form at Hurst avenue, and following several unfortunate dropped catches (sshhh), got a wicket courtesy of an LBW. JMC bounced back however, with the middle order putting on a solid 50 run partnership. 

 

Enter Pacific’s very own spin kings. First up, Ahmed Hussain, showing his full display of magic tricks, and with support from Riz at the other end, removed the attacking number 3 with typical flight and guile. With Pacific at 85-4 at drinks, we thought, this is very much game on. Next up was Eppy, who had clearly decided he really wanted another shot at a jug. He took three wickets in relatively succession (third courtesy of some fast glovework from Gane at the stumps). Skipper Garratt followed, leaving JMCC at 141-8, needing 35 runs to win off 9 overs. It was very much an all-round effort in the field, from O'Connor's running up-style throw, to Manav's Usain-Bolt like attempts to sweep the outfield.

 

It couldn’t happen again, surely? The last few weeks have demonstrated cricket is a game of fine margins, and despite the valiant efforts of Rahul and Riz at the death, a couple of strong overs saw JMCC get the runs required with 3 overs to spare. The final overs were not without controversy though - an awesome direct hit from Garratt at the deep was deemed not out by the umpires and biased JMCC crowd - a decision that left PCC and Shaline puzzled. 

 

So another narrow defeat, but lots of positives for the Pacificos to take for the next games, as some departed for local establishments in North London. It was reported JMC CC had good chat, and so worthy of another chance, next year.

 

For now, as the adage goes, “s*** game...cricket”


Pacific v JMC CC
Toss won by Pacific
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Tom Williams†   b Patel   15  50  42  1  0  
Ben O'Connor   lbw b Rob   11  19  12  2  0  
Tom Gane   b Baz   61  119  89  0  0  
Jasbir Basi   c McMorran b Patel   2  13  16  0  0  
Rizwan Siddiqui   c & b Patel   15  9  10  3  0  
Rahul Ravikrishnan   c & b Patel   7  20  14  1  0  
Nick Epstein   not out    37  0  47  5  0  
Ahmed Hussain   not out    2  0  9  0  0  
Tim Garrett*   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Phil Smith   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Manav Nair   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 10, lb 2, w 9, nb 2) 23    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 175    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-16 [O'Connor] , 2-50 [Williams] , 3-55 [Basi] , 4-72 [Siddiqui] , 5-91 [Ravikrishnan] , 6-161 [Gane]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 
 
JMC CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
Butt   b Smith   4  0  0  0  0  
Nicholls   c Basi    8  0  0  0  0  
McMorran   b Hussain   40  0  0  0  0  
Austin   lbw b Nair   10  0  0  0  0  
P Maizonmier   b Epstein   42  0  0  0  0  
Gangajam   b Epstein   7  0  0  0  0  
Aughterson   st Williams b Epstein   2  0  0  0  0  
R. Maizonimer   not out    42  0  0  0  0  
Searle   b Garrett   0  0  0  0  0  
Patel   not out    2  0  0  0  0  
Kauffman   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 0, w 11, nb 0) 17    
 TOTAL (37.3 Overs) 179    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Phil Smith   4  0  19  2  
 Manav Nair   6  0  27  1  
 Rahul Ravikrishnan   6.3  0  38  0  
 Rizwan Siddiqui   6  1  19  0  
 Ahmed Hussain   6  0  32  1  
 Nick Epstein   5  0  32  3  
 Tim Garrett   4  1  7  1