Bloody hell
Pacific v Bloody Lads at Millfields Park  Sat 23 Jun 2018 at 1pm
Lost by 23 runs
North East London Cricket League
 

It was a warm Saturday at Millfields Park against Bloody Lads. It looked a flat pitch, a lightning fast outfield and a small boundary on one side – a run fest surely? Mutz lost the toss so wicketkeeper Sharma put on his pads… clearly the unlucky one as we fielded four keepers in the side.

We got both openers early with a great piece of fielding leading to a run out followed by a beautiful bit of fast bowling from Howes. He pitched the ball on a length, it climbed sharply, took the outside edge around the splice of the bat and was swallowed by Mutz at second slip. Cricket was the winner.

Sticking with seam most of this season, Howes bowled with good pace all day but he and opening partner Dempsey – who could be a Ryan Sidebottom impressionist without the hair - struggled a touch with the amount of swing on offer. Batsman Iqbal followed soon after to a good short ball from Dempsey – he has been set up well for the short one and was taken by specialist square leg, Pandya trying to pull. Batsman Mulvey, batting at 3, looked imperious with some lovely shots through the leg side exploiting that short boundary and making a mockery of the quality bowling on offer at times. He was eventually out to Dempsey for a classy 58.

The Lads had gotten off to a flyer but had lost wickets at regular intervals so it was difficult to tell who was on top as 155-5 at the 20 over mark. Pandya then bowled the spell of the match with 8 overs 3 maidens 2 wickets for 27 runs. He took two wickets, those of Bennett and Legbe, with excellent flight, guile and turn. Dempsey ended on figures of 3 for 53, which also deserves a mention. Pacific were set 264 runs to chase as Bloody finished on 263-9 after their 40. Pacific had done well to pull Bloody lads back from what could have been 300+. Although it might have seemed a big score at the interval, we knew we had a fighting chance.

Out come Rajkumar and Lakhani with intent to get Pacific off to a similar start. Rajku dispatched three of his first six balls for fours through the leg side before being superbly caught and bowled - for 12 off 7 balls - by expensive opening bowler Ridout. Lakhani tucked in at the other end, helping himself to some lofted cover drives off bowler Solomon before exploiting the short legside boundary off Ridout. Lakhani fell to Andrew, caught at fly slip for 32 (28). Pacific were 73-2 from 12 overs and on target.

Chasseaud meanwhile had set about building a solid innings and was in supreme touch as he hit a number of classic shots through the offside. Surely Pacific’s top scorer looked on for another hundred. Duncan came and went but Chasseaud was keeping up the pace well and found Sharma to be great company as the pair took Pacific to 166-2 before Chasseaud was unfortunate to be bowled by Andy for 69 (75).

With 100 to win off 14 overs, the NELCL debutants looked in control. Then came a flurry of wickets as Howes, Mutz and Dempsey all fell for ducks to spinner Andy and fast bowler Usman as Pacific slumped to 175-7. Enter Pandya to join Sharma, who decided to put his foot on the pedal and played some wonderful shots – the highlight of which was a huge six over long-long-off. Pandya was able to keep the score ticking over well and the pair had taken us to needing 34 off 24 balls.

Sadly, Sharma was caught trying to flick a ball over midwicket to end a magnificent innings of 70 off 57, which almost saw us home. Pandya, never wanting to do thing in a conventional way, was out soon after to a bizarre dismissal. The bowler ran up to bowl, delivered the ball and CRACK… the bat broke! Garrett called Pandya through for a single with the later responding too late and being run out. Pacific came up short by 23 runs in an exciting game.


Bloody Lads v Pacific
Toss won by Bloody Lads
 
Bloody Lads innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Alex Gibson c Siddiqui b Howes  5  0  0  0  0  
  Caius Pawson* run out Rajkumar  0  0  0  0  0  
  James Mulvey c Sharma b Dempsey  58  0  0  0  0  
  Nauman Iqbal c Pandya b Dempsey  5  0  0  0  0  
  Max Bennett† c Siddiqui b Pandya  26  0  0  0  0  
  Suleman Legbe lbw b Pandya  14  0  0  0  0  
  James McAndrew run out Sharma  30  0  0  0  0  
  Andy Collins b Dempsey  24  0  0  0  0  
  Joe Ridout c Rajkumar b Chasseaud  19  0  0  0  0  
  Stan Grant not out  14  0  0  0  0  
  Joe Galati not out  2  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 5, w 45, nb 1) 52    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 263    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Sam Howes 8 0 52 1  
 Matt Dempsey 8 0 58 3  
 Umrish Pandya 8 3 27 2  
 Tim Garrett 6 0 48 0  
 Arup Sen 5 0 28 0  
 Jay Lakhani 2 0 13 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 3 0 13 1  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Paul Rajkumar c Ridout b Ridout  12  0  7  3  0  
  Jay Lakhani c Fly slip b McAndrew  32  0  28  4  2  
  Toby Chasseaud b Collins  69  0  75  9  2  
  Aly Duncan lbw b Grant  5  0  12  1  0  
  Sumeet Sharma† c Legbe b Grant  70  0  57  8  2  
  Sam Howes c Legbe b Collins  0  0  3  0  0  
  Murtaza Siddiqui* b Collins  0  0  5  0  0  
  Matt Dempsey b Iqbal  0  0  2  0  0  
  Umrish Pandya run out  16  0  25  1  0  
  Tim Garrett c Bennett b Grant  5  0  9  0  0  
  Arup Sen not out  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 7, lb 6, w 14, nb 1) 28    
 TOTAL (39.0 Overs) 240    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Joe Ridout 5 0 43 1  
 Solomon Legbe 6 1 29 0  
 James McAndrew 5 0 25 1  
 Stan Grant 7 0 26 3  
 Joe Galati 2 0 21 0  
 Nauman Iqbal 6 0 32 1  
 Andy Collins 8 0 42 3