Pacific Overwhelm Barbarian Horde!
Pacific v New Barbarian Weasals at Gonville & Caius  Sat 29-May-2004 at 11am
Won By 10 Wickets

Pacific battered New Barbarian Weasels as they sauntered to a rare 10 wicket win. Skipper Steve Lay used 9 bowlers as the Weasels' innings never really got going on a good Cambridge batting track - and he then combined with fellow veteran Peter Hollman in an unbroken 135 run opening stand. Hollman blasted an uncharacteristically belligerent 65 - while Lay secured his fifty just before the target was reached - despite initial fears that he had been left just short of the milestone.

New Barbarian Weasels 132 All Out (Wheldan 44, Braden Grigg 3 for 6, Martin Cowling 3 for 20)

Pacific 135 for 0 (Peter Hollman 65*, Steve Lay 51*)

On a muggy day at Caius College Cambridge – New Barbarian Weasels won the toss and decided to bat first in this all-day game. They got off to a disastrous start when Nigel Richards was bowled second ball by a Martin Cowling inswinger. This was soon followed by a smart caught and bowled by the same bowler.

Wheldan was showing signs of resistance – although bowler Olli Haill might have hoped one of his airborne shots could have gone to hand instead of to the boundary. However the early introduction of Braden Grigg’s left-arm spin paid dividends as first Woodhead was brilliantly caught behind by Ian Lay and then dangerman Wheldan’s slog was well held in the deep by skipper Steve Lay – the batsman departing for 44.

With Kurt Rademaker getting a wicket via a juggling Sammy Purcell at gulley – and Grigg claiming his third when Ali was comprehensively bowled – the game looked like it was coming to a premature end. The Weasels problems were compounded as they had started one short. Veteran wicketkeeper Hurley has often provided resistance in the past – and so it was left to him and Pagan to see the visitors through to lunch – effectively 7 wickets down.

During the pre-lunch session – medium pacer Colin Black bowled a spell of four consecutive maidens and Aussie Shane Mundie enjoyed his first spell for the club. Even old-timer Peter Hollman was given the pre-lunch over!

After lunch Sammy Purcell had his first ever bowl for Pacific – with Welshman Jim Davies keeping things tight at the other end. It was Davies who eventually broke through – trapping Pagan leg before. When Cowling returned to trap Hurley in front for 24 – skipper Owen enjoyed a few big hits – before anxiety about avoiding the strike led to last man Wilson being run out.

132 all out so early n the day on a good track – with 9 Pacific bowlers used – really never looked like being enough for the Weasels. It soon became clear that they also had a weakened bowling attack – and veteran pair Peter Hollman and Steve Lay were soon tucking into some buffet bowling. The old timers were soon helping themselves to runs – as with no time pressure they waited for the fairly frequent bad balls to put away.

With the rest of the batsmen green with envy – the pair batted easily either side of tea – with Lay offering the only difficult chance to slip. Otherwise they made serene progress – only in Owen’s opening spell and when Wheldan was belatedly introduced was there any pressure exerted by the bowlers. Indeed Hollman became uncharacteristically flamboyant once his fifty had been reached – mowing a ball over midwicket for four!

The only tension at the end of the game was whether the pair could bat through for an historic 10 wicket win – and whether skipper Lay would join Hollman in reaching 50. It seemed he had – only to learn on his return to the pavilion that he might only have scored 49! He bought a consolation jug – but a recount showed he had in fact scored 51!

The club’s best ever 10-wicket win was achieved – eclipsing much smaller targets against Redbats and Porlock – the only other two triumphs. However the weakened nature of the Weasels side meant the victory was slightly disappointing – with the game wrapping up more than 2 hours before the scheduled close.

“It’s great to have a 10 wicket win” said skipper Steve Lay later “But a few of our guys were left a bit frustrated not getting more of a game – even though I gave everyone except myself and the keeper a bowl!” he added.

MOM - Peter Hollman - first fifty for over a year in a welcome return to form for the veteran opener

Packing the Kit - Steve Lay - the skipper was the only outfielder not to have a bowl - and then nearly missed out on his fifty.

Stat Corner - This was only the third time in 21 years that Pacific have achieved a 10 wicket win - and it was by far the highest total overcome with no wickets down - being the first time a score of over 100 had been beaten without losing a wicket.

XI: Jim Davies, Peter Hollman, Shane Mundie, Sammy Purcell, Oli Haill, Kurt Rademaker, Colin Black, Martin Cowling, Steve Lay, Ian Lay, Braden Grigg.

New Barbarian Weasals v Pacific
New Barbarian Weasals innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  W Richards b Cowling  0  0  0  0  0  
  C Mortimer c & b Cowling  5  0  0  0  0  
  G Wheldon c Lay b Grigg  44  0  0  0  0  
  Woodhead c Lay b Grigg  0  0  0  0  0  
  T Pagan lbw b Davies  5  0  0  0  0  
  Blackley c Purcell b Rademaker  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ali b Grigg  1  0  0  0  0  
  Hurley lbw b Cowling  24  0  0  0  0  
  Owen not out  13  0  0  0  0  
  Wilson run out  0  0  0  0  0  
  Bishop absent  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 18, lb 0, w 22, nb 0) 40    
 TOTAL (51.5 Overs) 132 all out    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Martin Cowling 11 3 20 3  
 Oliver Haill 6 1 34 0  
 Braden Grigg 6.5 3 6 3  
 Kurt Rademaker 5 3 5 1  
 Colin Black 4 4 0 0  
 Shane Mundie 4 1 5 0  
 Peter Hollman 1 0 8 0  
 Sammy Purcell 6 3 18 0  
 Jim Davies 8 4 21 1  
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Steve Lay not out  51  0  100  2  0  
  Peter Hollman not out  65  0  93  7  0  
  Jim Davies did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Braden Grigg did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sammy Purcell did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Kurt Rademaker did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Shane Mundie did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Colin Black did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Oliver Haill did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Martin Cowling did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ian Lay did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 3, lb 3, w 11, nb 4) 21    
 TOTAL (39.2 Overs) 135-0    
 Fall of wickets: 
Bowling O M R W  
 Owen 6 1 13 0  
 Ali 7 1 24 0  
 Wilson 6 1 17 0  
 Pagan 7 0 28 0  
 Richards 2 0 7 0  
 Wheldan 5 0 11 0  
 Mortimer 4.2 1 26 0  

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