Pacific Draw Gracefully
Pacific v Graces at Wray Crescent  Sat 03 May 2003 at 2pm
Drawn 
Friendly fixture
 

Pacific and Graces played out an exciting and high scoring draw on the Wray Crescent Astroturf – 453 runs being scored with only 9 wickets falling. But it could have been so different as Pacific had their visitors struggling at 41 for 3 early on – only to see Shofiq strike a century to rescue the under strength Graces batting.

Graces 230 for 5 Dec. (N Shofiq 104, R Bielby 35*, M Alexander 10-1-51-2)

Pacific 223 for 4 (B Mears 71*, P Spearpoint 51, S Lay 45, J Davies 27)

Match Drawn

Skipper Steve Lay’s decision to insert Graces was rewarded when Darryl Roberts struck early on in an impressive opening spell of 7 overs for 9 runs. With Oliver Haill also claiming a wicket during his hostile opening burst – and then Mike Alexander claiming a wicket with the first ball of his spell – things looked rosy for the hosts.

However Shofiq was by equal measure powerful and fortunate as s sequence of chances were missed in the field – in between which he unfurled attacking shots of newcomer Findlay and veteran spinner Al Roberts in particular. Shofiq fell for 104 with the score on 174 – thanks to an excellent gully catch from Matt Patel - but Graces skipper Richard Bielby was again a thorn in Pacific’s side as he struck an invaluable 35 not out. With a weakened team he also delayed the declaration until a little after 5 pm – perfect timing as it turned out.

Bielby was forced to take the keepers gloves himself – leaving only two bowlers of note at his disposal. Luckily for him – Shofiq and Silva performed admirably – bowling 30 overs between them. Silva claimed the wicket of Matt Holliday in his first over as the wicketkeeper-batsman top edged a sweep to square leg for a duck.

Jim Davies joined Phil Spearpoint in a 70 run stand that steadied the Pacific ship – without ever really getting into full flow. The run rate was beginning to accelerate when Davies overbalanced and was stumped by Bielby off Silva for 27. With 8 an over now required – skipper Steve lay threw off the shackles in a belligerent innings – though he was soon to lose Spearpoint for 51 – his first Pacific half-century.

Debutante Brad Mears joined Lay in a century stand as the scoring rate increased. Mears passed 50 off only 42 balls with a sequence of four successive boundaries – while Lay fell for a spirited 45. Darryl Roberts was promoted to try to secure the win and he and Mears struck 13 from the penultimate over – leaving 11 needed from the final over. It was not to be as man-of the-match Shofiq restricted the scoring to only 4 – and an honourable and well-fought draw was secured.

“It’s not often a draw is that exciting” said skipper Lay afterwards “It was great to see the new boys – Brad, Phil and Ollie - doing so well.” he added.

XI:- Mike Alexander, Jim Davies, Matt Holliday+, Steve Lay*, Matt Patel, Allan Roberts, Darryl Roberts, Oliver Haill, Brad Mears, Phil Spearpoint, Nick Finlay.


Graces v Pacific
 
Graces innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  A Baird c & b Roberts  2  0  0  0  0  
  P Sopp c Holliday b Alexander  10  0  0  2  0  
  W Fitzharris b Haill  14  0  0  3  0  
  S Kert c Holliday b Alexander  12  0  0  1  0  
  N Shofiq c Patel b Roberts  104  0  0  18  1  
  R Bielby not out  35  0  0  5  0  
  P Silva not out  11  0  0  1  0  
 Extras (b 20, lb 0, w 13, nb 9) 42    
 TOTAL (41.0 Overs) 230 for 5    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-12 [Baird] , 2-29 [Fitzharris] , 3-41 [Sopp] , 4-155 [Kert] , 5-174 [Shofiq]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Darryl Roberts 9 4 17 1  
 Oliver Haill 7 1 27 1  
 Mike Alexander 10 1 51 2  
 Nick Finlay 5 0 49 0  
 Allan Roberts 6 0 46 1  
 Jim Davies 4 0 25 0  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Matt Holliday c Shofiq b Silva  0  7  8  0  0  
  Phil Spearpoint c Shofiq b Kapatanis  51  92  71  8  0  
  Jim Davies st Bielby b Silva  27  63  70  2  0  
  Steve Lay b Shofiq  45  64  46  5  0  
  Brad Mears not out  71  0  55  8  1  
  Darryl Roberts not out  9  10  5  1  0  
  Mat Patel did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Nick Finlay did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Oliver Haill did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Mike Alexander did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Allan Roberts did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 5, lb 4, w 7, nb 4) 20    
 TOTAL (42.0 Overs) 223 for 4    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-1 [Holliday] , 2-71 [Davies] , 3-96 [Spearpoint] , 4-203 [Lay]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Shofiq 12 3 27 1  
 Silva 18 1 74 2  
 Ebsworth 3 0 25 0  
 Kapatanis 8 0 69 1  
 Fitzharris 1 0 20 0  
 
 

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