Siddiqui and Chasseaud beat 30-year record
Pacific v Highgate Taverners at Wray Crescent  Sat 14-Oct-2017 at Midday
Won by 10 wickets
 

Toby Chasseaud and Mutz Siddiqui guided Pacific to victory over Highgate Taverners in an exemplary batting display, which saw them register the highest ever batting partnership at the club.

The previous record of 211 – set more than 30 years ago – looked destined to remain unbeaten, after being matched twice in 1997 and 2016. But Saturday’s opening stand of 249 knocks Mark Sams and Steve Lay off the top spot.

While Captain Chasseaud registered his second ton in the space of three weeks, Siddiqui had never passed fifty for the club. But he battled through two nasty blows to the head – buoyed by the support of brother Riz in the crowd – to reach a sublime 124 not out.

The Pacific openers chased down 248 set by the visitors. Early wickets from Stockton, Davis and Hussain, as well as admirable ground fielding from debutant Rob Dinsey and Garrett, restricted Highgate Taverners to just 80 or so off the first 20 overs. But a composed ton from captain Thomas and 50 from Starkings – both eventually removed by Lion Luke Hollman – helped set a formidable 248 target. At the break the neutral would have perhaps thought that the Taverners just had the edge.

But Chasseud and Siddiqui calmly set about their chase, the former caressing it through cover, the latter guiding it through gully. After a sharp short delivery from opener McGuinness ricocheted off Siddiqui’s glove into his cheek bone, it looked as though his innings may come to a premature end. But with a big bruise and a little blood, Siddiqui marched on.

With victory in sight, Siddiqui suffered another hit to the head (someone buy this man a helmet!). He described it as a glancing blow, but the fact it was snaffled by second slip would suggest otherwise. Now looking like Sonny Liston after his bout with Muhammad Ali, remarkably Siddiqui soldiered on to see the team home with nine overs to spare.


Highgate Taverners v Pacific
Toss won by Highgate Taverners
 
Highgate Taverners innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  M.Sewards c Siddiqui b Stockton  0  1  4  0  0  
  S.Thomas b Hussain  13  41  37  2  0  
  T.Gladwin c Sharma b Davis  26  30  27  1  2  
  P.Statuings c Sharma b Hollman  57  61  46  6  1  
  M.Thomas st Sharma b Hollman  118  88  82  13  1  
  P.Stubbs c Davis b Hollman  4  6  12  0  0  
  G.Lee c & b Hollman  23  35  27  3  0  
  B.Milligan not out  4  7  5  0  0  
  J.Beckett not out  0  1  2  0  0  
  O.McGuiness did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  J.Gleadow did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 7, nb 2) 9    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 248    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-1 [M.Sewards] , 2-34 [T.Gladwin] , 3-43 [P.Statuings] , 4-152 [S.Thomas] , 5-160 [P.Stubbs] , 6-237 [G.Lee] , 7-247 [M.Thomas]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Ben Stockton 7 3 22 1  
 Paul Davis 6 0 41 1  
 Rizwan Siddiqui 1 0 1 0  
 Rafiq Ratta 5 0 28 0  
 Ahmed Hussain 6 0 38 1  
 Tim Garrett 7 0 52 0  
 Luke Hollman 8 0 66 4  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Toby Chasseaud* not out  111  110  99  13  3  
  Murtaza Siddiqui not out  124  110  89  14  4  
  Rizwan Siddiqui did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Sumeet Sharma† did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Luke Hollman did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ben Stockton did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rafiq Ratta did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Paul Davis did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Rob Dinsey did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Tim Garrett did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Ahmed Hussain did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 10, nb 2) 14    
 TOTAL (31.0 Overs) 249    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 O.McGuiness 7 0 43 0  
 B.Milligan 4 0 31 0  
 M.Thomas 2 0 15 0  
 T.Gladwin 3 0 22 0  
 G.Lee 3 0 23 0  
 J.Gleadow 3 0 24 0  
 P.Stubbs 3 0 18 0  
 P.Statuings 3 0 37 0  
 J.Beckett 3 0 34 0  
 
 

Other matches:
 Leg spinners to the fore, Sat 15-Oct-2016, Wray Crescent, Won by 56 runs