Citizens Caned
Pacific v Old Citizens at Mill Hill Village CC  Sat 09 Jun 2018 at 1pm
Won by 71 runs
Friendly fixture
 

 

Contests against an ‘old foe’ are usually twice as thrilling and the Old Citizens match was no exception. We arrived at the ground, after nearly crashing into someone leaving the garden center, and were greeted with a mist of pollen oozing from treelined ground. The vista was breathtaking – not a bad way to spend a pleasant summer’s day. The pitch looked pretty flat and harmless on inspection although there was a slight slope across the ground from leg to off reminiscent of Lord’s. We didn’t realise how much of a factor the pitch would play until we actually got to see it in action.

Chasseaud and Lakhani opened the batting to find the slope was causing the ball to deviate down the slope on a consistent basis and there was some variable bounce at one end. Both openers were back in the pavilion – our line of bags next to a park bench – within no time. With the score at 13-2, we needed some stability which we duly received from Holmes and Moses. Holmes hit some meaty blows and crisp flicks, dealing only in boundaries, before his was dismissed for an entertaining, run-a-ball, 23. Rajkumar came and went, LBW to the consistent inswing of Knight. 55-4.

Moses, in a rich vein of form, meanwhile had played some gorgeous cover drives that would have pleased an in-form Joe Root and was looking set for a big score. The partnership of the innings followed between Moses and Stockton with the latter unfurling some powerful shots including two massive sixes – both resulting in lost balls. It was characteristically belligerent innings from Stockton including some attractive drives through the offside and flicks through midwicket. Moses fell one short of a well earned 50 to a ball which bowled him through the gate which brought Welsh/Australian, Davies, to the crease. Davies also struck the ball well for three good boundaries but fell for 21 when bowled by Malnick.

At 175-6 and in danger of not seeing out our overs (again!), Siddiqui came in to give Stockton solid company before the latter fell, LBW to Bardsley, for 76 off 62 (a man of the match performance when combined with his bowling later in the game). Bardsley soon had Soden LBW for 1 which left Pacific on 216-8 which a few overs to go and Mutz in need of a partner to see out the innings. Dinsey had other ideas with a charge down the pitch to spinner, Bardsley, leaning back in the shot – looking for a big six over mid on and was stumped smartly by the wicketkeeper. Dempsey fell on the last ball of the innings leaving Mutz on 20* (off 13 balls) lamenting his position in the batting order. 229 all out – a competitive total on a pitch with such variable bounce!

After a hearty tea, in which we discovered England had thrown away their strong 24-3 start in the rugby, we set about defending our total feeling relatively safe in the knowledge that the pitch would offer assistance. However, we would be limited in our potency as we had earlier agreed with Citizens to use one ball throughout the game and thus were hunting with blunted arrows.

Soden took the wicket of Knight early in the second innings, smartly taken by Dinsey. Malnick followed shortly after, bowled by Dempsey, who was impressive with his pace and accuracy. He ended his spell is 8-1-17-1 which is outstanding but his banter on the field was the more remarkable effort! 2-16 and pacific were right on top! Soden struck again in the next over with Ringer also out LBW (the game was umpired in excellent spirit by both sides with 8 umpire influenced decisions given - great to see cricket played as it is meant to be played!).

Soden was a touch expensive but made two crucial breakthroughs to end with 3-0-20-2. On came Dinsey on a pitch which suited him well and he made an immediate impact taking the wicket of Barnes with some lovely flight and guile used to beat the bat and trap him in front! Davies then struck next ball, dismissing Saldanha for a duck and claiming the batsman’s middle stump in the process! He soon struck again, dismissing Dhabi - smartly caught by Moses - before being taken off with incredible figures of 7-2-7-2 and was a strong candidate for man of the match! 5-38…. Could it be that easy?? Initial signs were good when Dinsey stuck again, bowling Millett through the gate for an uncomfortable and chance-filled 5 runs. Dinsey ended with figures of 5-0-30-2 which did not do his bowling justice but reflected his ability to take wickets.

6-50…. Surely we should think about wrapping this up shortly? Not a chance! In came batsman, C Hopkins, who was outstanding from ball one as he smashed his way, with some break taking hitting, to 78 (off 57 balls including 7 fours and five sixes). When he was finally dismissed, by Moses, he had taken his team to 156 runs. Moses and Stockton took the ninth and tenth wickets respectively wrapping up an enjoyable game of cricket.

Pacific won by 71 runs!

 


Pacific v Old Citizens
Toss won by Pacific
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Jay Lakhani b Knight  6  0  12  0  0  
  Toby Chasseaud* lbw b Saldanha  6  0  9  1  0  
  Harry Holmes lbw b Knight  23  0  23  5  0  
  George Moses b Hopkins  49  0  46  9  0  
  Paul Rajkumar lbw b Knight  0  0  2  0  0  
  Ben Stockton lbw b Bardsley  76  0  62  7  2  
  Jim Davies b Malnick  21  0  29  3  0  
  Murtaza Siddiqui† not out  20  0  13  2  0  
  James Soden lbw b Bardsley  1  0  2  0  0  
  Rob Dinsey st Keeper b Bardsley  0  0  5  0  0  
  Matt Dempsey b Dhabi  7  0  6  1  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 7, nb 2) 16    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 229    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-12 [Chasseaud] , 2-13 [Lakhani] , 3-55 [Holmes] , 4-55 [Rajkumar] , 5-130 [Moses] , 6-175 [Davies] , 7-213 [Stockton] , 8-216 [Soden] , 9-222 [Dinsey] , 10-229 [Dempsey]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Knight 8 0 26 3  
 Saldanha 5 0 35 1  
 Millet 5 0 37 0  
 Hopkins 6 0 33 1  
 Dinesh 5 0 23 0  
 Bardsley 6 0 36 3  
 Malnick 3 0 19 1  
 Dhabi 2 0 11 1  
 
 
Old Citizens innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  M Knight c Dinsey b Soden  8  0  9  1  0  
  A Dhabi c Moses b Davies  19  0  20  4  0  
  J Malnick b Dempsey  0  0  6  0  0  
  S Ringer lbw b Soden  0  0  2  0  0  
  B Barnes lbw b Dinsey  5  0  44  0  0  
  R Saldanha Davies  0  0  1  0  0  
  R Millett b Dinsey  5  0  18  0  0  
  C Hopkins b Moses  78  0  57  7  5  
  R Bardsley b Moses  9  0  0  1  0  
  R Millman not out  6  0  0  1  0  
  D Panch b Stockton  1  0  3  0  0  
 Extras (b 9, lb 3, w 9, nb 4) 25    
 TOTAL (35.1 Overs) 158    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-13 [Knight] , 2-16 [Malnick] , 3-21 [Ringer] , 4-37 [Dhabi] , 5-38 [Saldanha] , 6-50 [Millett] , 7-51 [Barnes] , 8-114 [Bardsley] , 9-156 [Hopkins] , 10-158 [Panch]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Matt Dempsey 8 1 17 1  
 James Soden 3 0 20 2  
 Jim Davies 7 2 7 2  
 Rob Dinsey 5 0 30 2  
 Jay Lakhani 2 0 16 0  
 Ben Stockton 5.1 0 16 1  
 George Moses 5 0 39 2  
 
 

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 Sat 12 Oct 2019, Wray Crescent,
 Beer match win is consolation prize, Sat 27 Aug 2016, Mill Hill Village CC, Lost 9 wickets