Arkley make Pally a bowlers' graveyard
Pacific v Arkley CC at Alexandra Palace  Sun 24-Jul-2016 at 1pm
Lost 69 runs
 

It was a day of pumping tunes and thumping defeat as a Pacific line-up, with the returning flare of Giaco Bridgett, as well as Navid and Hugh, took on a sedate but effective Arkley CC in the acoustic shadow of the Alexandra Park Festival. The opposition got off to a slow start as Giaco showed them an out-swing masterclass, beating the bat on numerous occasions, with support from Phil Smith, restricting the rate to under three until drinks. After the removal of openers Sittampazam (c Chasseaud, b Bridgett) and Morgan (ro Chowdry), Arkley upped their game and put on a massive third wicket partnership of 221no (Cawdy 118no / Lewis 102no), taking advantage of an incredibly short boundary and pacing their innings to perfection to set Pacific a daunting total of 269 runs to chase down.

The chase started well, with the run rate in check and the batsmen playing their shots against spin which was generally summed up by the waiting Pacific batsmen as "rubbish". Rubbish turned out to be an under-estimation as the opening pair of Sharma and Woodland fell, the latter hitting a massive, first ever career six before being stumped the very next ball. This became a theme for innings, with batsmen getting in, playing big shots and getting out, with wickets falling regularly. The innings of note came curtesy of Chasseaud (69), who played his regular steadying role, accumulating runs at will, as well as hitting a big six of his own. Burnham (37) entertained with some unorthodox madness before succumbing with the victory still a definite possibility. Sittampazam then returned with the ball to tear through the middle order and tail, taking 6-27, only finding resistance from a heroic innings by Macpherson (17) who played gritty, brave cricket, bringing comment from his team that they were "daring to dream" of victory. Late drama was brought about by a nasty collision as bowler and wicketkeeper, both named Phil, called for the same catch and found only each other. After a swift icing, the innings was concluded when a shooter snuck beneath the defensive bat of Chasseaud with Pacific coming up 70 runs short of the victory with 200 all out.

Match report by Sam Howes


Arkley CC v Pacific
Toss won by Arkley CC
 
Arkley CC innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Jake Sittampazam c Chasseaud b Bridgett  14  0  0  0  0  
  M Morgan run out Chowdhury  20  0  0  0  0  
  Ben Candy* not out  118  0  0  0  0  
  P Lewis not out  102  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 6, lb 3, w 3, nb 3) 15    
 TOTAL (44.0 Overs) 269    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Phil Smith 9 3 47 0  
 Giaco Bridgett 10 2 45 1  
 Vincent Croft 6 0 41 0  
 Hugh Macpherson 3 0 27 0  
 Navid Chowdhury 6 0 20 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 4 0 30 0  
 Sam Howes 3 0 30 0  
 Toby Chasseaud 3 0 20 0  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Sumeet Sharma† c G Morgan b Jega  18  0  24  2  0  
  Mark Woodland st Phil Knappett b Jega  8  0  27  0  1  
  Toby Chasseaud* b Jake  69  0  77  7  1  
  Navid Chowdhury c C Townsend b Jega  12  0  8  3  0  
  Ben Burnham b Kankerett  37  0  33  7  1  
  Sam Howes b Jake  4  0  6  1  0  
  Giaco Bridgett b Jake  4  0  8  1  0  
  Vincent Croft b Jake  0  0  1  0  0  
  Hugh Macpherson b Jake  17  0  38  2  0  
  Phil Smith b Jake  0  0  1  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain not out  0  0  1  0  0  
 Extras (b 14, lb 8, w 11, nb 2) 35    
 TOTAL (42.1 Overs) 200    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-39 , 2-44 , 3-60 , 4-125 , 5-138 , 6-144 , 7-144 , 8-199 , 9-199 , 10-200
 
Bowling O M R W  
 R Patel 6 1 15 0  
 Jega 10 0 50 3  
 A Patel 5 0 50 0  
 Narrett 10 0 44 1  
 Jake 7.1 1 27 6  
 P Townsend 4 0 12 0  
 
 

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