Hollman plays on despite broken nose
Pacific v Archway Graces at Dame Alice Owens
Sun 15 Jul 2001 at 2pm
Won by 10 runs
Friendly fixture

Despite being local sides, this was the 1st meeting between them, held at AG's home base in Potters Bar. Previous reports indicated a flat track & high scoring, but the pitch that greeted the sides looked underprepared & lime green covered with live grass.

P; 114-9 (ao). L Faisal 20 Richards 5-1-14-2
AG: 104-10. M Boonaert 4.5-1-15-5, J Baglivi 9-3-25-3 S Ball 19

Inevitably, Sam Ball, the AG Captain inserted & after 8 balls, opener Peter Hollman, caught the ball full in the face attempting a hook off Allem that had got big on him. Accompanied by his Captain, Nigel Wilkinson, a quick (surprisingly) check up at the nearest hospital, & he came back to resume his innings with the score 90-8 (effectively 9 following Neil Fox's unavoidable 11th hour withdrawal). In the interim, P's batting had not got to grips & fortune favoured the braver with only Lucius Faisal (20) Tim Mileham (11) & Darryl Roberts (11) making double figures. Following Marcel Boonaert's (7) dismissal, caught by Morris (1 of 3 catches he held) at wide long on, Hollman resumed his innings - this time with a helmet - & the last wicket partnership put on what was to be a crucial 24 runs ( the 3rd highest partnership).

The pitch had begun to flatten out & once the opening pairing of John Baglivi & Darryl Roberts had become playable, Captain Wilkinson brought on his change bowlers of Faisal & Boonaert. That is to say, by then though it was 56-5, AG via top scorer Sam Ball (19) having sought to regain control. Baglivi & Robert's opening salvo was devastating leaving AG reeling at 4-3, 20-4 & 25-5.. Excellent swing & seam by the pair had brought them fair rewards, backed up be generally excellent fielding especially from Baglivi himself in the slips & Matt Holliday at backward short square who caught opener Parry brilliantly to start the slide. But with Wilkinson's changes, Marcel Boonaert made an instant impression bowling Ball 1st ball & the start of a 2nd collapse 57-6, 59-7, 73-8, 82-9 . 4 wickets to Boonaert & he wasn't finished. Regular opener Morris came in last having felt unwell, again ths readdressed the balance picking up 2 4s & a 2 but then leaving the no 11 Dudley exposed. A full length dive by Mileham beyond 1st slip was superb to an edge that he couldn't quite hang on to with the home side now only 15 runs short but following 2 more 2s Dudley was back on strike & Marcel's faster straighter ball wrapped it up as he knocked back the middle.

While acknowledging the excellent all round bowling efforts of Boonaert Baglivi & Roberts, Nigel said he was glad that I had gone back out again not only to score the runs that gave us the winning margin but the runs I saved in the field. Perhaps he was feeling guilty as I hadn't wanted to open due to a slump in form. I was glad to get in & out of the hospital so quickly, & the doctor had said not to play if it started bleeding - & it didn't ! The doctor diagnosed a broken nose & heavy bruising & I am due to see the specialist re an operation next week once the swelling has subsided & an x-ray can be taken.

Pacific: P Hollman, J Baglivi, L Faisal, T Mileham+, M Holliday, J Bennett, D Roberts, M Boonaert, A Roberts, N Willkinson*, (N Fox)