Pacific too strong
Pacific v Palmerston at Broxbourne Sports Club
Sun 20 May 2001 at 2pm
Won by 2 wkts
Friendly fixture

Palmerston's late arrival forced Captain Nigel Wilkinson to change the format to 35 overs & with Pacific fielding such a strong balanced sided, he was not disadvantaging himself.

Palmerston 162-8 (35 overs) Iftikhar 63* M Ralph 6-0-28-3.
Pacific 163-8 (31.4) D Roberts 41*, D Murray 28 Ahmad 6.4-0-34-3

Opting to insert, Alexander bowled an excellently economical spell of 7-0-18-0, however, his opening partner Darryl Roberts made the breakthrough & Palmerston with the exception of Iftikhar who applied himself well on the good if slightly slow track, none of the batters were truly able to settle as all the change bowlers supported magnificently - Matt Ralph picking up 3 wickets Mehindar's to fine slip catch by Colin Pettet & Jim Davies' death bowling which just a commendably low 16 runs coming off his 5 overs.

Pacific started well in reply with Hollman (20) looking fluent before playing on from a bottom edged pull shot. David Murray continued the pursuit but Yates Ralph & Pettet (the latter having been injured in the field earlier) all fell cheaply as the run rate target remained in their sites. Jim Davies (23) & Murray looked to be Pacific's best hope until Davies was caught by Kirin Patel at long on off Ghaffar.

The subsequent losses of Alexander (10) & Murray left Pacific needing 32 from the final pair as Darryl Roberts was joined by his Captain. Roberts had played & missed on occasion but now his eye was in as he despatched the returning opening bowlers to all parts including 1 six directly into the River Lea. So brutal was his onslaught that his 41 not out came off 32 balls & saw Pacific home with one wicket& 20 balls to spare.

A breathtaking result in context as this was Pacific's 1st win against the Finchley based Muslim side having been soundly thrashed in 98 - when Darryl Roberts made his own Captaincy debut ! - & mostly outplayed since despite 3 draws.

Pacific: P Hollman, M Boonaert, D Murray, L Yates+, M Ralph, C Pettet, J Davies, M Alexander, D Roberts, N Wilkinson*, M Holliday.