Nigel's Old Balls are the Highlight of the Evening!
Mon 27 Oct 2003 
Club news item

Skipper Nigel Wilkinson grabbed two old balls – and was then presented with two bowling trophies by MC Darryl Roberts – marking both his 8 for 21 spell at Radlett and also reaching the 500 wicket milestone in his long and distinguished Pacific career.

In this year's awards – Welshman Jim Davies bagged the Player of the Season prize for the third time running. His hat trick of victories coming when he was voted in ahead of a remarkable three-way tie for second place – with Mike Alexander, burly Aussie Tim Marshall and Nimisha Karia all getting the same number of votes. Nimisha’s form clearly impressed the voters in her only outing of the season!

Veteran seamer Mike Alexander’s efforts with the ball brought him a well deserved Most Improved Player of the Season trophy – along with two awards - one for the Most Wickets in the Season and another for his 7-wicket haul at Edmonton. He finished ahead of [?]

Popular Aussie Peter Czabotar claimed a long awaited Fielder of the Season prize – having narrowly missed out on it in previous years. Sadly he has already returned to Melbourne and was not able to collect it himself. This time he was chased all the way by energetic newcomer Ollie Haill in second place.

The club’s heavyweights dominated the batting awards – left-hander Davies claiming one for the Most Runs in the Season - and another for his season’s finale ton against Chats Palace. The even bulkier Tim Marshall took the award for the highest individual score of the season for his century against Crossbats in the Middlesex Vase - Pacific will surely miss his weighty efforts next year.

Lucius Faisal deservedly won a close vote for the Victoria Park 8-a-side player of the season – the St Lucian’s all round efforts nudging him ahead of old master Peter Hollman and his promising apprentice Rob Bastin.

With cricketing matters put to one side – seasoned swinger Peter Hollman bagged the Golf trophy – along with the Pool and Ten Pin Bowling awards.

Former cricketer Steve Emmins came out of retirement to arrow in on the Darts prize – along with the slightly more energetic Squash tournament.

The Snooker trophy has yet to be decided between brothers Allan and Darryl Roberts.

Darryl also deserves praise for doing an excellent job at the awards – standing in as MC at the last minute in place of missing club Chairman - Jonathan “The Scarlet Pimpernel” Campbell.

Indeed many congratulations to Darryl and Nimisha on organising an excellent evening and to the Lord Palmerston for again doing an excellent job. It was a great night – enjoyed by all.

Finally – we are delighted to confirm that the charity raffle this year exceeded previous efforts – netting £150 for our designated charity – The Primary Club. Thanks to everyone who brought prizes and who bought tickets.

Special thanks to Adrian Duthie and for kindly donating the star prize – a £200 travel voucher – scooped by the fortunate Jim Davies.

“I was delighted to get two more old balls!” said skipper Nigel Wilkinson afterwards. “It was a mixed bag of a season – but hopefully we can draw on the positive parts for next year.” he added.

“Just to be mentioned in the same breath as JC is a great honour!” said Player of the Season winner Jim Davies – as his hat trick of awards matches the record set by the Pacific legend a decade previously. "Having played with him once or twice now - I can only imagine what a wonderful player he must have been back then." he concluded.