Isis Too Hot For Pacific
Pacific v Isis at Queens College
Sat 26 Jul 2008 at 2.00pm
Lost  by 8 wickets
Friendly fixture

With Pacific representing an entire ocean and Isis a mere river this should never have been an even contest. However, under a sweltering sky on a wicket that was made for runs, Pacific runs dried up and their tiny total never looked enough to stifle the flow of the Isis openers.

After winning the toss the away team should have expected to exceed 200 comfortably, especially with the lack of pace or much dangerous bowling on the Isis side. However, the opening combination of Adrian Duthie's 20 from 40 balls and Peter Hollman's 46 from 100 tells the story succinctly.

Webley was the only batsman who looked like playing the run-a-ball cricket that was needed, but he played round one after only reaching his mid-thirties and Kurt Rademaker was bumped up the order to accelerate the run-rate. The burly Queenslander fell for another weak shot to Isis' crafty spinner, bringing the nominal number-nine Haill up the order as well.

Hollman was still at the crease at this point and, dehydrated and tired, finding it difficult to lift his scoring rate. After getting his eye in Haill played straight past the bowler and called two, but a leaden-footed Hollman had only crawled one by the time he sent Haill back from mid-way down the pitch to a certain run out.

Not much pinch-hitting remained in the Pacific line-up, though captain Steve Lay raised the pace of his nurdling to add 14 more and Joe Bennett swung as best he could but made only occasional contact with the ball. 159 for 5 by the end of the 40 overs.

In the field, despite an enthusiastic and tight start from Haill and Jon Brown the batsmen could not be lured into mistakes. Kurt Rademaker induced two chances from Isis's bald-headed Walter but were put down by keepers Matt Holliday and then Webley, who took the gloves half way through. Other half-chances came and went and another poor Pacific fielding performance came as no real surprise.

The wickets eventually went to Hollman and Holliday, both bowled - but Isis made the runs with 9 overs to go and only 2 wickets down to take extend their winning streak to 2 over their oceanic foes.

Pacific XI: Adrian Duthie, Oli Haill, Matt Holliday, Peter Hollman, Steve Lay, Kurt Rademaker, Ian Lay, Jon Brown, Joe Bennett, Jon Webley and Mike Alexander.


Pacific v Isis
 
Pacific innings  R  M  B  4  6
Adrian Duthie   c Walter b Nazir   20  40  42  3  0  
Peter Hollman   c Wyatt b Wyatt   46  141  100  2  0  
Jon Webley   b Appleyard   34  53  36  3  1  
Kurt Rademaker   c Blatchford b Blatchford   18  30  28  1  0  
Oliver Haill   run out    1  4  5  0  0  
Steve Lay   not out    14  0  19  2  0  
Joe Bennett   not out    7  0  14  0  0  
Matt Holliday   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Mike Alexander   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Ian Lay   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Jon Brown   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 11, nb 2) 20    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 159    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Nazir   8  0  22  1  
 Ponsford   5  1  14  0  
 Dixie   5  0  19  0  
 Wyatt   7  0  36  1  
 Appleyard   5  0  24  1  
 Blatchford   5  0  16  1  
 Walter   5  0  23  0  
 
 
Isis innings  R  M  B  4  6
Walter, O   not out    90  0  0  0  0  
Appleyard   b Hollman   42  0  0  0  0  
Dixey   b Holliday   11  0  0  0  0  
Rampcreepaul   not out    0  0  0  0  0  
Stoneman   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Walter, J   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Blatchford, L   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Ponsford   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Wyatt   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Blatchford, R   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
Nazir   did not bat    0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 7, lb 2, w 9, nb 3) 21    
 TOTAL (30.5 Overs) 160    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-107 [Appleyard] , 2-150 [Dixey]
 
Bowling  O  M  R  W  
 Oliver Haill   6.5  1  22  0  
 Jon Brown   4  0  14  0  
 Mike Alexander   5  1  21  0  
 Kurt Rademaker   6  1  30  0  
 Ian Lay   4  0  16  0  
 Peter Hollman   4  0  41  1  
 Matt Holliday   1  0  8  1