Joe's Jugs Despite Marshall's Magic Over!
Pacific v Hackney Grasshoppers at Highgate CC  Sun 20-Jul-2003 at 2pm
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Joe Phelan continued to show his liking for Pacific's bowlers as he smashed a maiden century - finishing his heavyweight batting display with consecutive sixes to reach an unbeaten 135. This despite an amazing over from Aussie leg spinner Tim Marshall - who claimed 4 wickets in an over for Pacific!

When teenage sensation Jake Sharland smashed through the Pacific top order to leave them reeling at 23 for 4 things looked grim - only for skipper Steve Lay and Welshman Jim Davies to save the day with a patient 121 run stand - before newcomer Ed Blake blasted 34 from only ten balls to bring them closer to parity.

Hackney Grasshoppers 241 for 7 (Joe Phelan 135*, Battersby 54, Tim Marshall 5-55)

Pacific 181 for 5 (Jim Davies 58, Ed Blake 34*, Steve Lay 26*, Jake Sharland 4-15)

Skipper Steve Lay opted to field first – aware that his side lacked much bowling. He was soon to regret the decision as Mike Alexander spilt an early chance at long leg off Joe Phelan. Despite some quality bowling from Ollie Haill and Alexander – there were to be no more chances as Phelan dominated an opening stand of 75 with Middlesex Schools teenager Jake Sharland – who eventually fell for 18 to a catch off the persevering Alexander.

However this only prompted an acceleration in the scoring rate as Phelan and Battersby attacked change bowlers Jim Davies and Tim Marshall. Battersby had just reached his half-century when he fell to Marshall – and dangerman Dougal de Keller fell to a good catch in the deep by Marshall off veteran spinner Alan Roberts.

However Roberts was also being plundered by Phelan as cries of “Sumo” were heard as the stocky opener approached his century.

Suddenly the match changed as Marshall produced a dream over that brought him 4 wickets – and two strong appeals from the other deliveries – and a late collapse threatened to halt the Hackney innings.

Phelan was having none of it and went to his ton with a spectacular straight six – before smashing a few more to hasten the declaration at an intimidating 241. His unbeaten innings of 135 was of the highest quality.

The Pacific innings needed to get off to a solid start to pursue such a total – but Aussie Marshall’s great day came to a premature end when he edged a Matt Sanderson delivery through to the keeper. Then Jake “Freddie Flintoff” Sharland proved too much for Phil Spearpoint – who edged one as he tried to withdraw the bat.

Sharland soon also accounted for Adrian Duthie (14) and Peter Hollman (0) – both clean bowled – leaving the innings in tatters at 23 for 4 after 10 overs.Skipper Lay and left hander Jim Davies set about the repair job – cautiously building the score on a pitch that offered variable bounce to the quicker bowlers.

Lay was in true rear guard mode and Davies also careful as hopes of a victory were soon put aside. Davies moved past 50 and the partnership to 121 when the Welshman perished with the end in sight – smashing the ball into the groin of third slip – who did well to hold onto the ball(s)!

This brought Aussie newcomer Ed Blake to the crease – who proceeded to smash 3 sixes and 4 fours in an unbeaten ten ball cameo of 34. Steve Lay’s marathon left him on 26 not out after 2 ¼ hours at the crease – and the Grasshoppers rightly feeling they had had the better of the draw.

MOM - Tim Marshall - 4 wickets in an amazing over for the burly Aussie leggie.

Packing the Kit - Mike Alexander - that dropped catch!

XI : S Lay *, M Alexander, J Davies, A Duthie, P Hollman, P Spearpoint, A Roberts, O Haill, E Blake +, P Czabotar, T Marshall

STATOS CORNER - Tim's 4 wickets in an over lies joint 3rd in the all time list of wicket taking sprees.

Ed's 34 all in boundaries lies second only to Alan's 36 in that list - and would have challenged JC's quickest ever 50 as he had taken only 10 balls to get to 34 when time ran out. For future reference Ed the target is 24 balls!

Conversely - Steve's 26* in 135 minutes off 81 balls fails to register in slow scoring from balls faced - he once took that long to score 10 - so Sunday was a mere cameo by comparison. However his % of runs scored whilst at the crease (26 out of 169 - 15%) must surely be a record!


Hackney Grasshoppers v Pacific
 
Hackney Grasshoppers innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  J Sharland c Spearpoint b Alexander  18  0  0  0  0  
  J Phelan not out  135  0  0  0  0  
  Battersby c Hollman b Marshall  54  0  0  0  0  
  D De Keller c Marshall b Roberts  1  0  0  0  0  
  Harrison lbw b Marshall  3  0  0  0  0  
  Bodie b Marshall  0  0  0  0  0  
  Gannon st b Marshall  0  0  0  0  0  
  Gillespe lbw b Marshall  0  0  0  0  0  
  Smiley not out  16  0  0  0  0  
  Sanderson did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Inkley did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 4, nb 2) 14    
 TOTAL (40.0 Overs) 241 for 7    
 
 
 Fall of wickets: 
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Oliver Haill 9 1 35 0  
 Mike Alexander 11 4 40 1  
 Jim Davies 7 0 47 0  
 Tim Marshall 8 1 55 5  
 Allan Roberts 5 0 56 1  
 
 
Pacific innings Runs Mins Balls 4s 6s
  Adrian Duthie b Sharland  14  37  27  2  0  
  Tim Marshall c Inkley b Sanderson  1  19  14  0  0  
  Phil Spearpoint c Inkley b Sharland  0  2  2  0  0  
  Steve Lay not out  26  135  81  2  0  
  Peter Hollman b Sharland  0  2  2  0  0  
  Jim Davies c & b Sharland  58  106  101  10  1  
  Ed Blake not out  34  10  10  4  3  
  Pete Czabotar did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Oliver Haill did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Allan Roberts did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
  Mike Alexander did not bat  0  0  0  0  0  
 Extras (b 33, lb 5, w 7, nb 3) 48    
 TOTAL (38.0 Overs) 181 for 5    
 
 
 Fall of wickets:  1-11 [Marshall] , 2-12 [Spearpoint] , 3-23 [Duthie] , 4-23 [Hollman] , 5-144 [Davies]
 
Bowling O M R W  
 Sanderson 8 0 26 1  
 Sharland 10 5 15 4  
 Gillespe 5 0 20 0  
 de Keller 3 0 15 0  
 Harrison 4 1 13 0  
 Battersby 3 1 2 0  
 Smiley 3 0 22 0  
 Bodie 1 0 9 0  
 Gannon 1 0 21 0  
 
 

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