Wolfman Rees Terrorises Bayshill!
Pacific v Bayshill at The Burrows
Sun 23 Jun 2002 at 2.30pm
Won by 130 runs
Friendly fixture

Pacific surged to their second win in two days on a glorious day in Cheltenham on a perfect cricket wicket – with pace and bounce for bowlers -and reliably true bounce for batsmen.

Pacific 248 for 8 from 40 overs (J Davies 46 not out, J Campbell 39, P Hollman 28)
Bayshill 118 All Out (S Rees 5 for 27, M Boonaert 3 for 31, Shaw 62)

Batting first – Pacific lost Ian Lay and Paul Attwood early on – the latter to a dubious leg before decision from the half-bearded wonder Shayne Rees. Pete Hollman (28) and John Campbell (39) set about returning the innings on course – aided by a number of extras thrown in between otherwise fairly tight bowling.

When Campbell fell to a stunning caught and bowled – newcomer Chris Richardson and Jim Davies continued to score at around a run a ball – before Richardson fell for a well-struck 19. Shayne Rees continued in his good form from the previous day with 17 and Marcel Boonaert hit two sixes on his way to 18 – stumped off the final ball of the 40 overs. Davies remained unbeaten – with his 46 coming from 45 balls – and Pacific had set a target of over 6 an over. Bayshill conceded 35 wides and 53 extras in total.

Boonaert enjoyed early success on the bouncy track – claiming the first three wickets to fall as the home team were reduced to 14 for 3. The run rate never looked on as Bayshill then sought respectability – with a useful stand between Liley and Shaw.

Wolfman Shayne Rees then went from villain to hero with a devastating spell of (surprisingly!) quick bowling on the pacey track. It proved too much for Bayshill as he claimed a personal Pacific-Best 5 for 27 – including two fine catches behind from Attwood – the second a cracker low down to his right. The beard obviously improves Shayne’s cricket at least!

Opening bat Shaw stayed firm at the other end – managing to reach his maiden 50 before falling to the spin of Ian Lay for 62 – the last wicket to fall.

A very enjoyable way to round off another successful tour – with an overall result of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat – and with that coming off the penultimate ball of the game.

Star performers were Leon Yates for his “Ironside” impressions whilst fielding at slip, Nimisha outshining Darryl in the field, Dave Murray for his unbeaten 87 with the bat and Shayne Rees for his first 5-wicket haul for the club – though definitely not for his beard or umpiring!