Wiehahn sees Pacific home
Pacific v Hackney Grasshoppers at Broxbourne Sports Club
Sun 28 Apr 2002 at 2pm
Won by 9 wkts
Friendly fixture

A slow damp pitch with little swing due to the cold despite the overcast conditions. This was more like cricket in April in England.

HG: 116-10 L Gillespie 28*. M Boonaert 9-3-11-3
P: 119-1 G Wiehahn 61*. M Holliday 26. Berry 5-0-28-1

Inserted by Captain Steve Lay, HG simply did not get to grips with the twin needs of keeping your wicket intact & scoring off loose balls. In fairness however, P's seamers bowled straight & with menace & all picked up wickets. Hollman 2-12, Boonaert 3-11, debutante Alex Modgill 1-15, Ian Lay 2-16, Jim Davies 1-21. Off spinner Joe Cannon also picking up a wicket.

HG's largest partnership of 29 for the 6th wicket & lead by Lee Gillespie was the best they put together - this despite some very mixed Pacific fielding. All told, P dropped 6 catches & later HG dropped 2 but P also held 3 extraordinary catches, Colin Pettet high to his right in the covers, Hollman, diving forward at mid wicket & Boonaert high to his right one handed at mid on which was still rising & heading towards the River Lea for 6. Joe Phelan looked like he could not believe it. Pick of the season already?

Guy Wiehahn P's success in the field was matched by a century opening stand between Guy Wiehan & Matt Holiday. The former's shot selection was superb as he showed how to pull, hook, cut & late cut in style - ably supported by Matt Holliday's solid defence & straight driving. P's 3rd 10 wicket win seemed on the cards until Matt spooned a widish ball to Joe Phelan at extra cover but Jim Davies (11*) & Guy ensured there was no doubt as P romped home with 9 overs to spare but just minutes before what could have been the final shower to get the draw HG would not have deserved.

Pacific: G Wiehahn, M Holliday, J Davies, S Lay*, C Pettet, M Boonaert, P Attwood+, A Modgill, J Cannon, I Lay, P Hollman.