Fields of Glory for PCC in season opener
Pacific v London Fields at Wray Crescent  Sat 14 Apr 2018 at 1pm
Won by 3 wickets
Friendly fixture
 

• Pacific beat league oppo in intriguing low-scoring contest 
• Stockton and McGinnigle dominate with ball 
• Chasseaud, Ireland and Siddique bros take Pacific over the line 
• Sam Howes sings gypsy folk with Irish music troupe in WB Yeats


Pacific arrived at a warm but muddy Wray Crescent boasting one of the strongest team line-ups this author can remember. 

After PCC lost the toss and took to the field, Ben Stockton pinned opener Hughes right in front of the sticks with just the second delivery of the match.

As the left-armer hooped the ball into the batsmen’s pads from the Playground End, James McGinnigle beat the bat outside off, at pace, from the Basketball Court end. James – described as ‘a better-looking Darren Gough’ by chirper-in-chief Riz Siddique – looks to be a great addition to the club and it wasn’t long before he took his first official Pacific wicket.

Stockton, running in with wrist cocked like the forelimb of a velociraptor (pleasingly reminiscent of Pacific legend James Gleadow’s approach), continued to trouble the Fields top order and made another breakthrough early in his economical eight-over spell, leaving the opposition struggling with three down and not many runs on the board.

It was arguably in these opening overs that the game was won. Fields went into survival mode, and with the outfield slow and Pacific fielding sharply, they simply weren’t scoring enough runs. Wickets continued to fall thanks to Oli Haill’s left-arm guile and James Soden’s bouncy seam, and at the 20-over mark Fields had only just passed 50 runs.

Skipper Tom Ireland did his best to ruin Pacific’s dreamy start with some inaccurate dross, before Riz and Toby tidied up the late middle overs. With 15 overs to go Fields started to look like they might sneak up to a decent total. Their Shane Watson look-alike Troy Turner passed fifty and their lower order started to crunch some serious maximums. Thankfully Toby snared Turner with five overs left, and McGinnigle returned to keep the death overs relatively quiet.

Fields had done well to get up to 180, but with Ireland deciding a batting order from 11 players who could all bat in the top five, Pacific ate their mid-innings picnic (chicken, brioche, melon, grapes, Pringles) with confidence.

When the game resumed James Hogg fell early to the wrong-footed eccentricity of Vincent Croft. But Toby had other ideas, crunching the former PCC man for a flurry of sixes and fours and out of the attack.

Toby eventually knicked off to the troublesome away-swing of Field’s tall seamer Sayer after his quickfire 37. Mutz showed off his classy drives and alongside Jay "Lay Jakhani" Lakhani, set about building the Pacific innings. But when Jay fell, he was followed shortly after by Stockton, Burnham and then Mutz too. Fields were jubilant and at 90-odd for 6, 181 started to look worryingly far away.

Thankfully Ireland and Riz steadied the ship, counter-attacking until the total was under 50 and then playing patiently to see off Fields’ returning openers. Although Ireland needlessly skied one with about 15 runs still required, giving Fields hope, Soden and Riz sensibly knocked off the remaining runs. The Pacific XI – who had by now been joined by Sam, Kieran, PBD, Babs and Tim – cracked some celebratory tinnies pitchside.

Fields were a good spirited and fun opposition, and not knowing that our entire tail could bat, maybe felt the game was closer than it was. They joined us in the WB Yeats for some post-match refreshments, where remarkably, Sam joined a troupe of traditional Irish folk musicians to sing "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" without any of us noticing, his Celtic crooning somehow going unwitnessed as we drank our beers less than ten feet away. 

In addition to an excellent start to the Pacific season, the day may also have resulted in the recruitment of three new Pacific players, including e-sports journalist Alastair Pusinelli and a random bloke who spotted Toby’s cricket-y get-up on the tube home.

TI

PS: Is Kieran checking a pregnancy test in Sam’s picture?



London Fields v Pacific
Toss won by London Fields
 
London Fields innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Hughes lbw b Stockton  0  0  0  0  0  
  McCrindle† c Haill b McGinnigle  3  0  0  0  0  
  Gingell c Burnham b Stockton  5  0  0  0  0  
  Alexander c Stockton b Soden  8  0  0  0  0  
  Turner c Chasseaud b Haill  53  0  0  0  0  
  Rile c & b Soden  10  0  0  0  0  
  Shah lbw b Siddiqui  31  0  0  0  0  
  Utz c Stockton b Chasseaud  17  0  0  0  0  
  Damant not out  26  0  0  0  0  
  Croft* not out  1  0  0  0  0  
  Sayer did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 14, nb 2) 24    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 180    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Ben Stockton 8 1 15 2  
 James McGinnigle 8 0 24 1  
 James Soden 6 0 24 2  
 Oliver Haill 8 1 23 1  
 Tom Ireland 4 0 30 0  
 Rizwan Siddiqui 4 0 24 1  
 Toby Chasseaud 2 0 14 1  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Toby Chasseaud c Behind b Sayer  37  0  32  2  3  
  James Hogg c ? b Croft  0  0  3  0  0  
  Murtaza Siddiqui† b Chris  31  0  35  4  0  
  Jay Lakhani c ? b Damant  16  0  25  1  0  
  Ben Stockton c Behind b Vijay  7  0  10  0  1  
  Ben Burnham st McCrindle b Chris  0  0  3  0  0  
  Tom Ireland* c ? b Sayer  28  0  37  4  0  
  Rizwan Siddiqui not out  36  0  27  3  2  
  James Soden not out  5  0  4  1  0  
  Oliver Haill did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  James McGinnigle did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 8, lb 0, w 11, nb 3) 22    
 TOTAL (36.3 Overs) 182    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Sayer 8 0 26 1  
 Croft 3.3 0 36 1  
 Damant 8 0 31 2  
 Utz 8 0 31 0  
 Vijay 4 0 25 1  
 Chris 4 0 21 2  
 McGrindle 1 0 5 0  
 
 

Other matches:
 Sun 23 Sep 2018, London Fields,
 Harry's 40-odd not enough, Mon 21 May 2018, Victoria Park Pitch 3, Lost by 48 runs
 No recovering from 0 for 3, Sat 05 May 2018, Springfield Park, Lost by 60 runs
 Vijay tons up as Fields get their own back, Sat 21 Apr 2018, Wray Crescent, Lost by 6 wickets
 Chasseaud refinds form with family support, Sun 24 Sep 2017, London Fields, Won by 6 wickets
 Ringing but not winning, Wed 05 Jul 2017, Victoria Park Pitch 2, Lost by 3 wickets
 Fields bowling depth tips balance, Fri 14 Apr 2017, Wray Crescent, Lost by 4 wickets
 Fields washed away by Webbo 10,000, Sun 09 Oct 2016, Wray Crescent, Drawn
 Fields feel Pacific force, Sun 18 Sep 2016, London Fields, Won by 7 runs
 Sodden outfield dampens our spirits, Sat 16 Apr 2016, Wray Crescent, Cancelled
 Opening stand a hard act to follow, Sun 20 Sep 2015, London Fields, Won 90 runs
 Fields' Day, Sat 18 Apr 2015, Wray Crescent, Lost 122 runs
 The Party Balloon Popped, Sun 21 Sep 2014, London Fields, Won 123 Runs
 Sheldon superstar, Fri 18 Apr 2014, Wray Crescent, Won 78 runs
 No Tea, No Justice, Sun 22 Sep 2013, London Fields, Lost 6 wickets
 It's Miller Time, Sat 20 Apr 2013, Wray Crescent, Lost 5 wickets
 Precipitating pooches and felines, Sun 23 Sep 2012, London Fields, Cancelled
 Toby seals a triumph for the optimists, Sat 21 Apr 2012, Wray Crescent, Won by 36 runs
 Friends Day, Sun 18 Sep 2011, London Fields, Lost 148 runs
 Haroon leads successful chase, Thu 23 Jun 2011, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 6 wickets
 Haroon hundred on debut wins game, Sat 16 Apr 2011, Wray Crescent, Won 22 Runs
 Extras Star, Sat 22 May 2010, Wray Crescent, Lost 11 runs
 Picnickers Disturbed 5 Deep, Sun 09 Aug 2009, London Fields, Won 141 Runs
 Damp squib, Tue 07 Jul 2009, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 3 wickets
 Lahri Steps Through Room 101, Sat 18 Apr 2009, Wray Crescent, Won 9 wickets
 Mothers Inspiration Sees Rees & Purcell Hit Heights, Mon 09 Jun 2008, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 1 Wicket
 Puck !, Tue 31 Jul 2007, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Lost 4 Wickets
 Defeat Almost Snatched From The Jaws of Victory, Tue 16 May 2006, Victoria Park Pitch 1, Won 4 wickets