Tempers fray in final-over thriller
Pacific v Windermere CC at Wray Crescent  Sun 17-Sep-2017 at 1.30pm
Lost by 2 runs

After a delayed start due to the footballers being slow to vacate the pitch (they said they didn't know we'd be playing), we did well to fit in a 35-over game, though it was pretty dark at the end.

Ahmed Hussain lost the toss and, after big yellow feathers were seen sprouting from his back when it came to dealing with the footballers, we were finally able to take to the field at 2pm.

James "I don't want to opening the batting" Soden got us off to the perfect start by instead opening the bowling and taking two wickets in his first over. He finished with Gleadow-like figures of five overs for nine runs and two wickets. It looked like things might be over very quickly. (Not so!) At the other end Ben Stockton also bowled tightly, though his figures are a little ruined by later bowling another over or two at the death, when we all got a bit of tap.

The middle overs saw some nice spin from Ahmed, Rafiq Ratta, Rajesh Thind and Tim Garrett. Plus Murtaza Siddiqui, in his 19th "first class" appearance for the club, had his first bowl – some reasonable medium pace.

The comedy moment of the innings came when a batsman top-edged an Ahmed delivery. In slow motion it dollied up above Sumeet's head, who couldn't see it due to his helmet. At first slip Rajesh, not realising this, was too slow to react, meaning the ball somehow landed safely between them.

At one point a dad and his toddler daughter who were loitering on the boundary were warned to be careful of the hard ball. Then it was realised it was actually club legend Jon Webley, who said he's up for the London Fields match this coming Sunday and will be there on time.

A pretty good tea was had, but with no access to the condemned pavilion, it did suffer somewhat from a lack of plates and cutlery.

The run chase started well, with Siddiqui brothers Murtaza and Rizwan both scoring at about a run a ball and the latter helping Toby Chasseaud to keep his concentration.

Riz and Toby built a partnership of 102 until Riz hit one so high to long off that it came down with ice on it into the fielder's hands.

Sumeet Sharma played some nice shots in his 20, though did occasionally fail to keep his head down.

Ben Stockton hit a quickfire 21 off only eight balls but perhaps played a shot or two too many, almost caught at long-on until the fielder dropped it over the line, and then top-edging one and being caught by the keeper. But, as Ben later pointed out, he sensed this bowler would be taken off and wanted to capitalise while he could.

By now the gloom was gathering and the new batsmen were struggling to pick up the ball. First James and then Rajesh played and missed outside the off stump.

And so it came down to about six runs needed off the final over. A couple of runs were scampered. Raj was bowled. Tim Garrett worked a single behind square. Three runs were needed from the last delivery. Toby, who had been timing the ball well until this point, could only slice a single to the man at point and we finished two runs short. So close!

A few words were then exchanged between the teams about whether a ball had been wide or not and the subsequent reaction. It was a shame that an otherwise very good game ended this way but a tight finish can bring increased tension.

A couple of drinks were had in the WB Yeats. It might have been a couple more had we been victorious, but that's life.

Geek corner: Both sides used nine bowlers!

Thanks to Zahid Ali for being our eleventh man at the last minute after a late pull-out, to Vic for scoring, and to James for uploading the scorecard so quickly.

Windermere CC v Pacific
Toss won by Windermere CC
Windermere CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  C. Jaimish† c Sharma b Soden  6  0  9  1  0  
  W. Dhiraj b Soden  0  0  1  0  0  
  K. Rajesh b Stockton  1  0  2  0  0  
  R. Pramod c Soden b Hussain  23  0  42  3  1  
  R. Sid c Soden b Hussain  6  0  25  1  0  
  S. Amit c Siddiqui b Garrett  40  0  48  4  1  
  P. Purvesh c Siddiqui b Garrett  37  0  35  2  2  
  J. Sunil* c Sharma b Siddiqui  54  0  31  5  3  
  G. Kiran b Stockton  27  0  18  3  1  
  D. Arthur not out  1  0  1  0  0  
  M. Sahil did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 3, w 14, nb 3) 20    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 215    
 Fall of wickets:  1-2 [W.Dhiraj] , 2-7 [C. Jaimish] , 3-7 [K.Rajesh] , 4-20 [R. Sid] , 5-60 [R.Pramod] , 6-114 [S.Amit] , 7-134 [P.Purvesh] , 8-203 [J Sunil] , 9-215 [G. Kiran]
Bowling O M R W  
 Ben Stockton 7 2 34 2  
 James Soden 5 1 9 2  
 Ahmed Hussain 5 0 26 2  
 Rafiq Ratta 5 0 33 0  
 Rajesh Thind 5 0 27 0  
 Tim Garrett 5 0 38 2  
 Murtaza Siddiqui 2 0 17 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 1 0 16 0  
 Rizwan Siddiqui 1 0 12 1  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Murtaza Siddiqui c Jaimish b Kiran  14  0  16  3  0  
  Toby Chasseaud not out  88  0  98  7  1  
  Rizwan Siddiqui c Long Off b Pramod  48  0  42  6  1  
  Sumeet Sharma† c Jaimish b Amit  20  0  26  2  0  
  Ben Stockton c Jaimish b Amit  21  0  8  2  2  
  James Soden b Sunil  1  0  8  0  0  
  Rajesh Thind b Purvish  2  0  12  0  0  
  Tim Garrett not out  1  0  1  0  0  
  Zahid Ali did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rafiq Ratta did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain* did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 5, w 12, nb 1) 18    
 TOTAL (35.0 Overs) 213    
 Fall of wickets:  1-14 [Siddiqui] , 2-116 [Siddiqui] , 3-167 [Sharma] , 4-192 [Stockton] , 5-198 [Soden] , 6-211 [Thind]
Bowling O M R W  
 G Kiran 6 0 33 0  
 J Sunil 6 1 24 1  
 D Arthur 2 0 18 0  
 W Dhiraj 4 0 31 0  
 P Purvish 6 0 30 1  
 R Pramod 4 0 22 1  
 M Sahil 3 0 21 0  
 S Amit 3 0 23 2  
 R Sid 1 0 6 0  

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 Ocean's XI make waves at Windermere, Sun 03-Sep-2017, Preston Park, Wembley., Won by 6 wickets
 Football 1: Cricket nil, Sun 02-Oct-2016, Preston Park, Wembley., Cancelled
 Watershed victory for Oceans Eleven, Sun 15-May-2016, Wray Crescent, Won 14 runs
 Pacific need heads examining after dismal loss , Sun 17-May-2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 4 wickets