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Pacific v Hackney Grasshoppers at Victoria Park Pitch 1
Tue 29 Apr 2003 at 6pm
Lost 6 wickets
Victoria Park Community Cricket League fixture

Pacific got their championship defence off to a bad start when they were beaten again by Grasshoppers - the only team to beat them last year. Bolstered by a set of new players from Highgate CC, Grasshoppers were no less a formidable a side tghan the championship winning side of 2000. And certainly plenty good enough for a weakened Pacific side.

All 4 Grasshoppers bowlers bowled superbly with the new ball, in particular Tennant & Sanderson who enjoyed good bounce & movement on the recently relaid no 1 pitch in Victoria Park.

Pacific openers Lay & Hollman struggled & 23 runs from the 1st 4 overs was not the blazing start stand in Captain Jim Davies had hoped for. With a need to accelerate, wickets fell at regular intervals with Lay ending top scorer on 23. The target then looked no challenge at all when Joe Phelan played an exquisite flick of his toes for 4 off Lucius Faisal 1st ball thereby setting the pattern & dismissing fears that Grasshoppers would struggle in the gloom.

The loss of Andy Pearson to a sublime catch to Tim Marshall, a sole shining light in the Pacific fielding, did little to stymie the impression that the better team would win & with 32 balls to spare - at a canter.

VIII P Hollman S Lay T Marshall J Davies* L Faisal M Cowling D Gluckman M Holliday+

Match reduced to 14 overs HG won toss and elected to field


Pacific v Hackney Grasshoppers
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Peter Hollman   c Duckett+ b Gillespie   8  33  16  0  0  
Steve Lay   b Tennant   21  26  27  2  0  
Tim Marshall   run out    7  12  11  1  0  
Jim Davies   c Phelan b Gillespie   13  9  9  2  0  
Lucius Faisal   b Jan   11  14  10  0  0  
  st Duckett+ b Rawson   2  7  5  0  0  
Matt Holliday   lbw b Jan   0  7  2  0  0  
David Gluckman   not out    1  4  3  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 16, nb 0) 24    
 TOTAL (14.0 Overs) 87 ao    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-37 [Lay] , 2-46 [Hollman] , 3-57 [Marshall] , 4-66 [Davies] , 5-82 , 6-86 [Faisal] , 7-87 [Holliday]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Matt Saunderson   4  0  20  0  
 Seb Tennant   4  0  25  1  
 Tom Gillespie   2  0  11  2  
 Steve Jan   3  0  12  2  
 Simon Rawson   1  0  7  0  
 
 
Hackney Grasshoppers innings  R  M  B  4  6
Joe Phelan   not out    49  0  0  0  0  
Andy Pearson   c Marshall b Faisal   14  0  0  0  0  
Tony Duckett   not out    18  0  0  0  0  
Matt Sanderson   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Seb Tennant   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Tom Gillespie   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Steve Jan   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Simon Rawson   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 0) 0    
 TOTAL (8.4 Overs) 91 for 1    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-42 [Andy Pearson]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Lucius Faisal   4  0  32  1  
 David Gluckman   1  0  17  0  
 Jim Davies   2.4  0  23  0  
    1  0  13  0