Double 100s ! Batters Reign in Grace with Fervour
Pacific v Graces at Wray Crescent
Sat 28 May 2005 at 1pm
Friendly fixture

Jon Webley & Martin Cowling both scored 100s - unprecedented in the same innings & the game went down to the last ball with all 4 results possible. The skipper was a little dissapointed as "we had a bad day in the field for a change & catches should have been taken" however, the unbeaten Jon Webley said "Was a great game on Saturday not very often 520 runs get score in a game we should of just pipped them though."

The Captain writes.."Few games in Pacific's history can have been closer than this struggle in the glorious summer sun. With all four results possible from the last ball of the game, a draw seemed the fair result between two strong teams.

Earlier in the day, Martin Cowling and Jon Webley became the first Pacific players to hit centuries in the same innings, setting the Graces an imposing target on the ever reliable Wray Crescent wicket.

Pacific 261-3 dec. off 38.1 overs (Jon Webley 108*, Martin Cowling 101*, Conrad Chandler 32, Curtis 2-50) Graces 259-9 off 52 overs (Rishafi 89, Mendis 75, Fitzharris 23, Jon Webley 4-14, Conrad Chandler 2-38)

On a bright summer day, Graces skipper Richard Bielby won the toss and promptly put Pacific into bat. With a number of players still on route, Pacific skipper Rob Bastin decided to go with the new opening partnership of Conrad Chandler and Martin Cowling. Bastin's faith was soon repaid as Chandler and Cowling set about attacking the Graces new ball partnership of Curtis and Fawaz, launching a number of lusty blows across the freshly cut outfield. The score advanced to 73, before Chandler was bowled by Curtis for a rapid 32.

From Pacific's strong start, a collapse looked on the cards as both Sammy Purcell (0) and Jai Rajaraman (2) followed Chandler back to the pavilion. Curtis was joined in the attack by the off breaks of Rishafi, as Graces tried to slow down the Pacific batsmen after the triple breakthrough. But the run thirst of Cowling and newcomer Jon Webley was soon to be quenched. With Cowling reaching his 50, Pacific looked to push on the run rate and set Graces a target to chase.

Graces change bowlers Bishry and Mendis were the unfortunate victims, as the Pacific batsmen played themselves into a strong position, Webley especially taking on the attack with some gloriously straight hitting. As Webley reached his half century, the stage was set for the Pacific batmen to get in the club record books. With increasing speed, Webley (108*) overtook Cowling and completed a chanceless century first, with another powerful shot down the ground. All eyes now turned to the Tasmanian all-rounder to see him follow Webley through the century mark. With a final four, Cowling (101*) brought up three figures and an attacking declaration from Bastin. The Pacific total of 261 for 3 off 38.1 overs is the 11th highest in club history.

After a good tea, the Graces openers Fitzharris and Mendis started brightly, setting out on the long road to victory. Pacific opener James Gleadow (10 ovrs, 2 mdns, 1 for 43) found a good line, but fellow new ball bowler Shane Mundie was unable to find the line that brought him four wickets the week before.

With 48 on the board, Gleadow made the breakthrough, bowling Fitzharris for 23. Any hopes of a collapse were soon ended as Mendis and the new bat Scott, continued to put away the bad ball. Bastin turned to Chinmay Marathe to try to slow the rate, but the well set Mendis took the attack to the bowlers, producing a great display of clean hitting.

The stage was set for club veterans Jim Davies and Lucius Faisal to make their mark. Both began well, Davies inducing a mistimed drive from Mendis skywards only to see a mix up at mid on allow the easy chance to fall safely. The breakthrough eventually came, Welshman Davies (8 ovrs, 2 mdns, 1 for 22) using a looping bouncer to induce a miss-timed hook from Mendis (75) with the score on 115. Faisal followed this up, getting the edge behind from Scott (18). The tidy line continued, but new bat Rishafi looked to push Graces on towards their target.

Change bowler Chandler (6 ovrs, 0 mdns, 2 for 38) took the wicket of Ross (6), to bring a well deserved drinks break at 6pm (32 overs after tea). After this, Rishafi continued to play expansive shots, but the loss of captain Bielby (clean bowled by Chandler for 15) made it anyone's game. With Cowling and Webley entering the attack, the moment had come for the centurions to try and win the day.

Graces were in sight of a remarkable victory, aided by another straight forward chance going down in the covers, this time from danger man Rishafi off the bowling of Webley. But Pacific's day was not lost, as Webley (5 ovrs, 1 mdn, 4 for 14) trapped three of the Graces tail with only 18 runs added to the total. All this left Graces needing a run a ball in the last over with two wickets in hand. The Pacific players nervously looked on, as Rishafi prepared to try to hit the winning runs. With the second to last ball, Rishafi (89) hit a shot straight towards the rope, only to see the ball fall into the waiting grasp of Rajaraman at long on.

The calculation was easy. Graces needed 3 from the last ball to win, Pacific needed a wicket; any other result was a tie or a draw. With the field spread to the far reaches, Webley bowled a dot ball to the keeper, Silva unable to make contact. A cry of relief rang out from Webley, as the tension lifted. Graces closed on 259-9 off 52 overs, their gallant chase falling just short.

Both teams congratulated each other on a fantastic game, where the true winner had been cricket itself. With that, all that was left was to congratulate the two centurions on their performances at a local drinking establishment.

MOM – Jon Webley - A century and 4 wickets. One of the great individual Pacific performances.

Packing the Kit – The whole team for some classic moments of comical Pacific fielding.

Graces opener Wayne Fitzharris said "Your guys were in top form yesterday and it was a pleasure to see your team spirit and friendly but competitive nature well done on your generous declaration and for making a game of it, it was enjoyeable all round, shame anyone had to loose, so a draw was a fitting end"

Note: Provisional club records from the game.

11th Highest Pacific Total (261-3 off 38.1 overs)

8th Highest Match Aggregate (520 runs off 88.1 overs)

Highest Score by Number 5 Batsman (Jon Webley 108* replacing Craig Jones 100*)

First Ever Innings with Two Pacific Centurions

Highest 4th Wicket Partnership (Webley/Cowling 176* replacing McDougall/Lay 159)

7th Highest Pacific Partnership (Webley/Cowling 176*)

XI:- Rob Bastin*+, Martin Cowling, Lucius Faisal, Sammy Purcell, James Gleadow, Shane Mundie, Jai Rajaraman, Jon Webley, Chinmay Marathe, Jim Davies, & Conrad Chandler.

Pacific v Graces
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Conrad Chandler   b Curtis   32  0  0  0  0  
Martin Cowling   not out    101  0  0  0  0  
Sammy Purcell   b Rashifi   0  0  0  0  0  
Jaikishan Rajaraman   c Mendis b Curtis   2  0  0  0  0  
Jon Webley   not out    108  0  0  0  0  
Jim Davies   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Shane Mundie   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Lucius Faisal   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Rob Bastin   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Chinmay Marathe   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
James Gleadow   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 7, nb 3) 18    
 TOTAL (38.1 Overs) 261-3 dec    
 Fall of wickets:  1-73 [Chandler] , 2-77 [Purcell] , 3-85 [Rajaraman]
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Curtis   10.1  0  50  2  
 Fawaz   4  0  35  0  
 Rishafi   15  0  96  1  
 Bishry   5  0  33  0  
 Mendis   4  0  39  0  
Graces innings  R  M  B  4  6
W Fitzharris   b Gleadow   23  0  0  0  0  
S Mendis   c Chandler b Davies   75  0  0  0  0  
D Scott   c Bastin b Faisal   18  0  0  0  0  
S Rishafi   c Rajaraman b Webley   89  0  0  0  0  
N Ross   c Bastin b Chandler   6  0  0  0  0  
R Bielby   b Chandler   15  0  0  0  0  
R Bishry   c Marathe b Webley   2  0  0  0  0  
Fawaz   c & b Webley   4  0  0  0  0  
L Curtis   c Faisal b Webley   3  0  0  0  0  
P Silva   not out    7  0  0  0  0  
P Forster      0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 5, w 7, nb 1) 17    
 TOTAL (52.0 Overs) 259-9    
 Fall of wickets:  1-48 , 2-115 , 3-142 , 4-159 , 5-204 , 6-220 , 7-228 , 8-238 , 9-259
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 James Gleadow   10  2  43  1  
 Shane Mundie   4  0  30  0  
 Chinmay Marathe   3  0  22  0  
 Jim Davies   8  2  22  1  
 Lucius Faisal   8  0  31  1  
 Conrad Chandler   6  0  38  2  
 Martin Cowling   8  0  49  0  
 Jon Webley   5  1  14  4  

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