Honours even as Pacific salvage draw
Pacific v Flying Wickets at Wray Crescent
Sat 22 Sep 2001 at 1pm
Friendly fixture

On a perfectly warm Autumnal afternoon, 22 players were grateful that the match cancelled 9 days previously had been rescheduled with a little help from various friends following the cessation of some other clubs' Summer programmes.

On a day of debuts & firsts, John Baglivi lead out a Pacific XI for the 1st time in 7 years, which included 10 changes from the 2000 match which Flying Wickets won by 2 wickets. Getting to know his line up was John's first priority however with an average of less than 5 games per player this season. Marcel Boonaert - probably the bowling finds of the season - had to keep wicket due to injury.

Another opening partnership was tried Matt Holliday (3) & Paul Alexander (4), the latter playing his 1st game of the season. Richard Bielby (33) (Graces CC/Foreign & Commonwealth CC) impressed with bat & ball & Joe Cannon (2) (Victoria Lounge CC) took what John described as a totally blinding catch at gully to dismiss the FW opener Ratunga (0) off DeKeller then later took a wicket with his 1st ball - the 1st time this had been done since 1997 & only the 5th time this has occurred, when the Captain caught Rathod (17) at the long on boundary as FW accelerated towards a declaration.

Senna Gooneratny v Scala Cinema 31.7.83
(Senna may have bowled in one previous match)
Chris Turner v Our Price 26.4.87
(Chris took wickets with his only two balls in this match)
Andrew Wood v Bramhall 26.5.92
(A Bramhall player - his only appearance for Pacific)
Evan Gard v Weston Colville 14.9.97
(A Balsham player - his only appearance for Pacific)
Joe Cannon v Flying Wickets 22.9.01

Lucius Faisal bowled very well and got deserved breakthroughs (stunning gully catch by Joe Cannon for the 1st wicket) in finishing on 2 for 28 off 10. FW built their innings around South African Guy Wiehahn (75 ) who played impressively especially off the back foot before he was dismissed chasing a wider ball to his fellow countrymen - bowled Rees, caught Boonaert.

Following the tea interval, another opening pairing played themselves in with a degree of greater caution which subsequently left the middle & lower order with more than the 5 an over P had required from the start. Wickets fell to the chase & with the FW opening pair bowling 30 overs without change, FW sought to secure a position they could not lose from before seeking out the win.

The win however, was only wicket away as captain John Baglivi (again) & left hander Shayne Rees took the side home to safety with 6 overs left. Both Captains John Baglivi & Jeremy Moores agreed that honours were even before the Wickets set off for their winter break in Dulwich. Meanwhile, Pacific cross the Thames again next weekend to play in the 28th fixture against Crossbats - having drawn the home match in Oxford back in July. FW: 199-8 dec G Wiehahn 75 L Faisal 10-2-28-2 J Baglivi 8-1-25-2
P: 137 -9. R Bielby 33 Jones 15-7-20-4