Weather washes out Pacific double header
Pacific v Bank of England at Away
Sat 18 Aug 2001 at 2pm
Friendly fixture

Weather washes out Pacific double header Rain - and a superb unbroken last wicket stand by Bank of England - denied Pacific a positive result in either of the weekends two attractive fixtures.

Bank of England 207-9 dec. (Eddoles 75*, White 33*, J Baglivi 4-47)
Pacific 17-1

It appeared the Pacific might deny the elements by claiming a quick win over the Bank of England at their superb Roehampton ground. Having chosen to bat - the Bank found themselves 3 wickets down without a run on the board - as both John Baglivi and Ian Crossland hit the stumps in their opening overs. Generous swing and seam movement brought an impressive Baglivi 4-47 and Crossland 2-28. With Marcel Boonaert taking 2 wickets - one via a fine catch at gully from Aussie debutant Peter Czabotar - and left arm seamer Suresh Balakrishnan claiming 1-20 in a good first spell for the club - the Bank struggled to 20-5 and 90-9.

As Pacific contemplated an early tea and a chance to beat the rain - home skipper Simon Eddoles strode to the wicket at number 11 - just as the rain began to fall. With a wet ball no longer swinging - he struck a chanceless unbeaten 75 that belied his position in the batting order. Assisted by an unbeaten 33 from number 10 White - Eddoles unexpectedly found himself in a position to declare at 207 for 9 - an unbroken stand of 117 turning the game on its head.

Despite a brief respite from the rain - Pacific started their innings with the rain falling steadily. John Rooney suffered a shooter to be bowled for a duck - leaving Paul Attwood and stand-in skipper Jim Davies to see off the bowling until ever heavier rain drove the players off. "A sad end to an entertaining and fluctuating match - we kept going for as long as we could but the rain beat us all" said Davies. "Top marks to Simon for getting them out of jail with a class innings" he added.

All that was left was for Marcel Boonaert to wonder "Who stole my pants?" after the game! With the home side failing to use the covers overnight - the heavy rain brought the cancellation of Sunday's game against Theydon Bois - a disappointment for skipper Nigel Wilkinson as Pacific had raised a strong team to challenge the Essex league opposition.