Marvellous Mohan makes batting on a minefield look easy
Pacific v King's Road CC at Copthall Playing Fields (pitch C204)
Sun 19 Jun 2022 at 12:30pm
Won by 5 wickets
Friendly fixture

Come to Copthall they said.

The pitch will play well, they said.

You probably won’t even need a helmet, they said…

Oakfield Parkonians sadly had to pull out of the game due to workforce related supply-side issues. It was therefore left to Kings Road Social to valiantly mobilize an XI in time for our game on Sunday.

The disruption continued with Eppy testing positive for COVID, meaning Pacific were playing a man down.

Matchday arrived and Pacific won the toss, electing to bowl on what was an absolute minefield.

Hungin and Manav opened up for PCC, with the latter keeping things more than tight, conceding just 10 runs from his eight overs.

Kings Road’s openers navigated the openers safely, until both were dismissed after the introduction of Noor, with Kings Road finding themselves 35-2.

From then on the visitors struggled to get a partnership established and the wickets continued to fall.

Noor bagged himself another couple to get himself a four-fer, conceding just 15 runs from his five overs. Bowled Noor.

Meanwhile Ahmed chipped in with a couple of wickets, including the prized scalp of the Kings Road skipper.

At 73-7, Kings Road were struggling on what was a pretty horrible pitch to bat on. Nevertheless they managed to get their first partnership of note between their number five Brahme and number nine Tyzack, putting on 42 for the eighth wicket. But then Noor, not content with his four wickets removed Brahme with an inspired bit of fielding, running out the batter with a sublime direct hit.

Kings Road managed another 15 runs for their last two wickets and were bowled out in just under 35 overs, with Mehta completing a hat-trick of catches, whilst captain Timbo picked up a couple of wickets at the end.

After consuming a bang average Sainsbury’s meal deal, Mehta walked out to bat with Chasseaud, needing 131 to win.

A word on the pitch: as a Pacific players, it’s priced in that you’re not always going to be playing on a Day 1 pitch at the Gabba. But this was getting on for Sabina Park ’98. Full balls turning into bouncers, short ones slamming into your toes. Barnet Council, please act!

Anyway, the openers started the innings cautiously, aware that the pitch would not be their friend. However, in eighth over Kings Road struck, after Chasseaud holed out to square leg with the score on 22.

In walked Mohan (bravely, without a helmet) and from the off he seemed to be playing on a totally different pitch. He whacked three boundaries off his first eight balls and helped up Pacific’s run rate.

 

Mehta meanwhile was batting more circumspectly and poked and prodded his way into the teens. The pitch farce hit new heights when one full ball leapt up to hit the top of Mehta’s bat, hitting the handle flush on the end and almost getting caught at slip.

Anyway, as Mehta tried to up his own run rate (even though Mohan was motoring along anyway), he also holed out to midwicket. The score was  68-2, but the second wicket partnership of 46 helped give Pacific the platform they’d need to chase down the target.

In at four came Burnham, who hitherto had been enjoying a cigarette on the sidelines. In fact, he was enjoying it so much that he decided to end his innings quickly enough so he could return to it before it went out.

Noor came and went, hitting a couple of nice fours before being bowled for 11. And when Rahul went for a single, thus began a stodgy period for PCC. Runs were hard to come by and the pitch was still incredibly difficult to bat on.

Mohan was forced to put aside his attacking mentality and dig in, whilst KRS’s arsenal of left armers probed accurately on a pitch that was giving plenty of assistance. Meanwhile at the other end Hungin was delivering a Jack Leach-esque innings, hitting four from 18 balls, which included a run of 13 dot balls in a row.

Nevertheless, he did a great job of stopping the mini-collapse turning into a full on disaster. His stoicism gave time for Mohan to rekindle his attacking mojo. He made it to 50 with a lusty blow for six over mid-wicket. And not long after Pacific were over the line, passing the required 131 with just under eight overs to spare and winning by five wickets (well I guess four, as we were a man down). Mohan was the star of the show, finishing on 67 not out.

Victory was ours and the lads cruised on down to the WB Yeats in Finsbury Park.

A slightly strange incident then emerged involving a pub quiz, a certain ‘follicly challenged’ Pacifico, a well enforced ‘max 5 per team’ policy and an overzealous barman, but I’ll let you join those dots…


King's Road CC v Pacific
Toss won by Pacific
 
King's Road CC innings  R  M  B  4  6
M.Small   c Burnham b Khandwala   21  0  42  4  0  
Tim   b Khandwala   4  0  33  0  0  
A.Craigie   c Kumar Raja b Hussain   11  0  15  2  0  
J.Mahoney   c Ravikrishnan b Khandwala   4  0  4  1  0  
C.Brahme†   run out Khandwala    24  0  36  1  0  
Jonathan   c Mehta b Khandwala   1  0  6  0  0  
O,Newlove*   c Mehta b Hussain   6  0  9  1  0  
N.Venkatesh   c & b Ravikrishnan   5  0  9  1  0  
A.Tyzack   c Mehta b Garrett   24  0  33  4  0  
Rehan   not out    2  0  10  0  0  
Josh   b Garrett   0  0  2  0  0  
 Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 12, nb 6) 28    
 TOTAL (34.4 Overs) 130    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-30 [1] , 2-35 [2] , 3-39 [4] , 4-48 [3] , 5-54 [6] , 6-63 [7] , 7-73 [8] , 8-115 [5] , 9-130 [9] , 10-130 [11]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Manav Nair   8  4  10  0  
 Jonathan Hungin   7  1  28  0  
 Noor Khandwala   5  0  15  4  
 Ahmed Hussain   7  0  34  2  
 Rahul Ravikrishnan   5  0  25  1  
 Tim Garrett   2.4  0  8  2  
 
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Mark Mehta   c Unknown b Rehan   18  0  24  2  0  
Toby Chasseaud   c Square leg b M.Small   9  0  8  0  0  
Mohan Kumar Raja   not out    67  0  82  8  1  
Ben Burnham †   c Unknown b Rehan   2  0  3  0  0  
Noor Khandwala   b O.Newlove   11  0  9  2  0  
Rahul Ravikrishnan   c Unknown b N.Venkatesh   1  0  11  0  0  
Jonathan Hungin   not out    4  0  18  0  0  
Tim Garrett   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Ahmed Hussain   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Manav Nair   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 5, lb 3, w 9, nb 3) 20    
 TOTAL (32.2 Overs) 132    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-22 [Chasseaud] , 2-68 [Mehta] , 3-70 [Burnham ] , 4-86 [Khandwala] , 5-94 [Ravikrishnan]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 A.Tyzack   5  0  18  0  
 M.Small   7  0  21  1  
 O.Newlove   7  1  19  1  
 Rehan   4  0  27  2  
 N.Venkatesh   5  0  14  1  
 Josh   4  0  19  0  
 J.Mahoney   0.2  0  4  0