Dyer's Pace Dire for Batters.
Pacific v New Barbarian Weasals at Kings College Sports Ground
Sat 27 Aug 2005 at 2pm
Lost 48 Runs
Friendly fixture

Pacific are probably happy to see the back of August. Earlier in the month, they lost their last 2 league matches, following the regaining of the McDougal-Lindridge trophy on 31st July, thereafter, defeat followed against Fulmer, 3 further games were drawn (1 rain affected) & 2 cancellations.

Yesterday’s defeat to 9 man New Barbarian Weasels capped it off with a disappointing performance below the expected talent available on paper.

The most likely explanation was with NBW rocking up with just 7 players at the start, the prevailing mood seemed to be one of “better let them get some runs or no one will have much off a day” but once such an approach is instilled, it becomes hard to turn around. Hollman's hapless misjudgement of a skyer to long off from left hander Doug Wheldon when on 6 did not seem to make so much difference, yet the left hander who looked the best bat for the Civil Service side in the 04 fixture at Cambridge when Pacific won by 10 wickets, was always the danger man.

He was dropped twice more in the deep before reaching his century & was ably supported by the ageless John Bishop (22) – himself surviving a tough caught & bowled to James Gleadow – also early on. The pair put on 62 for the 1st wicket, stymieing Captain Nigel Wilkinson’s 5 pronged seam & swing attack of Rees, Gleadow, Roberts, Rademaker & Mundie. Wheldon also put on 68 for the 2nd wicket with Wilson (17) dominating the partnership & the innings with some big hitting – particularly against Wilkinson who seemed unable to make the ball swing as much as usual.

In fact Gleadow, Rees & Mundie had all been very economical but the surprise was how Wheldon despatched the normal strike bowlers Roberts but particularly Rademaker & Wilkinson. All the bowlers returned limited success, particularly Shane Mundie who troubled Wheldon with list late swing but fine shot selection kept the run rate tempo high as the mid order joined in . Admittedly, Pacific’s outfielding was mixed, but another display behind the stumps from Rob Bastin who ended the innings with a run out plus a fine running catch by Purcell to dismiss Wheldon on 107 were the highlights.

Pacific’s batting simply failed to emulate the shot selection & the unfussy bowling of Captain, Greg Dyer & Doug Wheldon gave NBW aspirations of victory. Following Shayne Ree’s needless run out to a brilliant shy from Gary Lynch, the batters came in & simply couldn’t adapt to Dyer's’ pace – or lack of it. Form batsman Jai Rajaraman was the main disappointment spooning to square but Hollman, Rademaker, Roberts, Mundie & later, Gleadow all went similarly as Shazad took over Dyer's end & found similar success picking up the wickets of Bastin, debutant Rob Woodcock & Shane Mundie for 24 runs.

Until Wilkinson joined him all hopes were with Sammy Purcell who scored a fine 42 but with partners coming & going & the required rate reaching 8 an over, Sammy was stumped by Pat Hurley off Wilson for 42 with the score on 93. 70 runs were still required with 10 overs remaining & so the final pair sought respectability until James Gleadow spooned up to Wilson at mid on off 7th bowler Lynch.

An ignominious defeat for Pacific & an unexpected fillip for Weasels who really gave it their all deserving a well earned win with their solid teamwork in the field.

XI:- Rob Bastin, Sammy Purcell, Darryl Roberts, Shane Mundie, Kurt Rademaker, Shayne Rees, Rob Woodcock, Jai Rajaraman, Nigel Wilkinson*, Peter Hollman & James Gleadow.


New Barbarian Weasals v Pacific
 
New Barbarian Weasals innings  R  M  B  4  6
J Bishop   b Mundie   22  0  0  3  0  
D Wheldon   c Purcell b Roberts   107  0  0  11  3  
I Wilson   c Gleadow b Roberts   17  0  0  1  0  
J Woodhead   c Rees b Rademaker   3  0  0  0  0  
G Lynch   not out    6  0  0  0  0  
P Hurley   run out Bastin    1  0  0  0  0  
G Dyer   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
T Pagan   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Shazad   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Shazam      0  0  0  0  0  
Sharon   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 3, w 2, nb 0) 5    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 162-5    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-62 [Bishop] , 2-130 [Wilson] , 3-152 [Wheldon] , 4-160 [Woodhead] , 5-162 [Hurley]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 James Gleadow   7  2  21  0  
 Shayne Rees   5  1  13  0  
 Shane Mundie   7  2  16  1  
 Kurt Rademaker   7  0  48  1  
 Darryl Roberts   7  0  32  2  
 Nigel Wilkinson   2  0  31  0  
 
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Peter Hollman   c Dyer b Dyer   11  0  21  0  0  
Shayne Rees   run out Lynch    2  0  4  0  0  
Jaikishan Rajaraman   c Lynch b Dyer   2  0  3  0  0  
Sammy Purcell   st Hurley b Wilson   42  0  30  4  1  
Kurt Rademaker   c Lynch b Dyer   0  0  1  0  0  
Rob Woodcock   b Shazad   6  0  8  0  0  
Rob Bastin   b Shazad   0  0  4  0  0  
Darryl Roberts   c Pagan b Bishop   4  0  4  0  0  
Shane Mundie   c Pagan b Shazad   0  0  4  0  0  
Nigel Wilkinson   not out    26  0  30  3  0  
James Gleadow   c Wilson b Lynch   8  0  14  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 8, nb 0) 11    
 TOTAL (31.3 Overs) 114 all out    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-9 [Rees] , 2-22 [Rajaraman] , 3-22 [Hollman] , 4-25 [Rademaker] , 5-49 [Woodcock] , 6-52 [Bastin] , 7-54 [Roberts] , 8-54 [Mundie] , 9-93 [Purcell] , 10-114 [Gleadow]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Wheldon   4  1  7  0  
 Dyer   7  2  23  3  
 Bishop   7  2  12  1  
 Shazad   7  0  24  3  
 Pagan   2  0  29  0  
 Wilson   3  0  14  1  
 Lynch   1.3  0  5  1