DeKeller and Davies produce the goods
Pacific v Tower Ravens at Wray Crescent
Sat 20 Apr 2002 at 2pm
Friendly fixture

Pacific almost pulled off a remarkable victory at Wray Crescent on Saturday.

Pacific 223-5, DeKeller 58 no, Davies 50 no, Holliday 33
Tower Ravens 86-9, Iain Spencer-Baird 4-17

Matt chipped in with 33Put into bat by 8-a-side rivals Tower Ravens, Matt Holliday got them off to a good start with an accomplished 33 despite Paul Attwood retiring hurt after being hit by a short pitched all (thankfully with no serious damage). However wickets fell at regular intervals, including a remarkable runner when Dave Murray and Pete Czabotar collided in the middle of the pitch, leaving Murray on his backside, and run out before he had got to his feet.

After this comic turn (though Murray failed to see the funny side), Jim Davies and Dougal DeKeller put of an unbeaten century stand to raise Pacific up to parity. The slow over rate by Tower Ravens (39 in three hours) meant that Pacific's declaration came after 5pm. On the batsman friendly pitch an early declaration against a strong Ravens batting line up would have seemed foolhardy, though with hindsight may have produced a result.

solid half century from Jim Raven never looked like successfully chasing the Pacific target and lost wickets regularly. Darryl Roberts and Lucius Faisal both bowled well, returning figures of 2 for 14 and 2 for 21 respectively. However, Pacific's progress seemed too slow. With one over left, three wickets remained, leg spinner Ian Spenser-Baird had the ball. Two balls in and a wild swipe brought one wicket through Paul Attwood's second smart stumping. Three balls later a close catch by Murray made it interesting. So one wicket left, one ball to bowl. The Tower man played a straight bat and the came ended in an exciting draw. A couple more overs may have made the difference, but then, as they say, that's cricket!

Dave Murray said after the match, "It was another terrific match. DeKeller and Davies produced the goods again, and Ian was a revelation with his spin. Unfortunately, he will be facing us next week when we take on Gracies, so hopefully this sighter will help otherwise he could be a real handful."

Pacific: P Attwood+, M Holliday, I Spencer-Baird, S Lay*, D Murray, P Czabotar, D DeKeller, J Davies, R Allum, D Roberts, L Faisal.