Pacific won by 6 wickets
Pacific lost the toss and were put into
The Pumas: 48 for 7 in 8.1 overs
Pacific: 49 for 1 in 4 overs
On a rather chilly East London evening 7 of Pacific's finest were
entrusted to do the job of 8. After losing the toss there was a real fear
that we would have to chase a large target especially as for the first 3
overs or so we only had 6 men on the pitch.
However despite the windy conditions and a lavishly swinging new
orange ball the opposition, newcomers the Pumas didn't get much of a move on
and in the second over Darryl Roberts was rewarded for some lively bowling
with a well taken catch by Forhad Ahmed.
In the next over some indecisive running between the wickets resulted
in the evening's captain, Korgaonkar swooping in from extra cover and
steaming in like a rhino to demolish the stumps and almost the bowler
Gleadow as well!
Fortunately Gleadow recovered from this almighty alarm to snare a
wicket himself and with Roberts going onto collect two more along with
another from Gleadow there seemed to be a danger the opposition wouldn t
muster more than 20.
It had to be said that several of the opposition had several guys up
the top of the order who appeared not to have much played any sort of
cricket but at least there were a few flourishing blows by the last couple
of batsmen, who appeared to have arrived late and made sure that Gleadow and
Roberts' last couple of overs caused a little consternation.
However on being given the ball on the 9th over, left arm seamer
Ireland gave his Pacific midweek career quite an introduction by castling
the Pumas last man and left Pacific a highly modest total of 48 to overcome.
The Pumas opening bowler was decidedly lively yet gave away a few
runs with wides and no balls, the latter from banging the ball in halfway
down the wicket.
This problem was exacerbated and from both ends by a few byes being
let through and apart from dismissing Ahmed in his second over there was
little for the batsmen to be worried about as Ireland came in and played a
couple of please cuts and drives to supplement the plentiful extras. It was
only into the 5th over where the first change bowler promptly delivered a
couple of wides for Pacific to seal the deal.
Although it was a little hollow to win so easily some consolation was
provided by the fact that every member of the team provided some assistance
in some way. Apart from the bowlers, Forhad completed two catches, Briley
kept tidily, and Lahrie Mohamed played sensibly at the top of the order, to
help enhance a very comfortable win.
It is to be expected that assignments will be tougher from here on in.
Submitted by Aroon Korgaonkar and Peter Hollman of Pacific