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Pacific v Junoon        

Thursday 24 June 2010, Victoria Park
Junoon won by 11 runs

Junoon won the toss and chose to bat first

Junoon: 117 for 5 in 16 overs
Sunny Freed 43
Firoz Husain 28
Shayne Reece 3-21

Pacific: 106 for 6 in 16 overs
Shayne Reece 26
Pete Hollman 16
Presell 15
Nas Molvi 2-18
Sunny Freed 2-11
Ash Molvi 2-18

A good bowling effort by Pacific thanks to wicket taking spells from Lucius, Aroon & Shayne which kept the target to an attainable 118.

Unfortunately, the Junoon bowlers were better than the batters & key catches taken to dismiss Justin Roy & Sammy Purcell both at long on kept the target tantalisingly out of reach despite the Captain's late innings fireworks - (Peter Hollman of Pacific)

On a fine warm Thursday evening, Junoon CC were up against Pacific, a team unbeaten in the league this season, so far anyway. Junoon won the toss and opted to bat without hesitation, after selecting the 'orange' ball to play with. Early wickets rang alarm bells in Junoon's ears, especially when both openers were dismissed prematurely. Dot balls were increasing and the run rate was well below par.

Then, In came the ever-so-reliable Sunny to steady the ship, and he didn't waste time at that. Impetus was given to Junoons innigs with some glorious shots being played in the midst of wickets falling cheaply at the other end. The captain, Firoz then came to the crease and he joined in the party too with some fine shots, and excellent running between the wickets. Junoon finally finished on a below par total of 117.

Pacific started the batting optimistically, but Junoon knew what had to be done, by using Nas, a natural swinger of the ball. Wickets came, and at regular intervales too. Very soon, the pendulum was swinging in favour of Junoona gain, as some great catches were made, and pressure building on Pacific' batsmen to hit out.

It soon dawned upon Junoon that this could be a victory if the fielding and bowling is kept tight, and they were right. With 28 runs needed in the last over, Captain Firoz stepped up to bowl the last over, knowing that it wouldn't be easy and the pressure had to be contained.

Reece hit a few boundaries, giving a slight scare to Junoon at first, but Firoz regained his composure and confidence and bowled better line and length to make Pacific finish on 106....12 runs short of victory.

A great game played, and Junoon finally registered their first league win with a fine all-round performance, and to win with a low target to defend was always going to be tough, but Junoon managed it and the captain made sure the spirits were kept high throughout the game. Well done and good luck to both teams in the league. - (Firoz Husain of Junoon)

Submitted by peter hollman of Pacific and Firoz Husain of Junoon
 

 

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