Friendly Match vs Pacific CC, Fri 14th April 2017, Wray Crescent

by Kapila Perera

It was a cloudy and grey day at Wray Crescent, but the mood was good as we started the season against our old foes Pacific. We fielded first and started up with Abhinav. We knew he was quick from nets, but with a run up, a bouncy pitch, and a new ball he was a real threat, and got a deserved wicket early on with an edge to Robin. Laurie also started well, but unfortunately pulled with a hamstring injury in his third over, but valiantly carried on as a limping fielder for the rest of the match.

The second wicket was picked up with an individually brilliant piece of fielding from Michael Warner, who chased a ball down from the slips, turned, threw and got a direct hit from near the boundary to run out the other opener. Exceptional.

Troy took over from Laurie and bowled a good and testing spell. He was duly rewarded with the wickets of two batsmen who looked solid and capable, with a catch to Robin and an LBW.

Our spinners bowled well from then on. VJ bowled well and picked up a wicket. Michael also bowled well for no reward and became a handful as he got into his rhythm. With the batsmen going for their shots, Rahul bowled tightly and picked up four wickets.

Pacific finished on 220 in 40 overs, a competitive total, but with our depth in batting we felt confident as we tucked into our tea.

Michael and Kapila opened and made a steady start, with Michael looking solid. We were looking fairly steady at 59 for 1 at 12 overs, but then on came their young leggie. Michael fell leg before. Next bowl Aaron came in for his last LFCC appearance and also got trapped LBW. Robin came in and survived the hat-trick, but then got out to a freak stumping dismissal, with the ball hitting the wicket-keeper’s pads and ricocheting on to the wickets to the bemusement of the keeper.

At this point we looked vulnerable, with the game precariously placed at four down for 61. However, debutant Rahul counter-attacked with gusto. The legspinner looked a threat, but Rahul nullified him by using his feet and taking every opportunity to run down the track and spank him for four. Alex Turner played with a calm maturity, by playing the ball into gaps and putting the bad balls away. Their 80-run partnership shored up our batting and took us to near the finishing line.

Alex was dismissed, but in came Abhinav, who hit some monster sixes and finished the game off early. In the end it was a comfortable chase, and a great start to the season with the newbies putting in strong performances from the off.

Pacific CC Batting

220 for 9 in 40 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Abhinav Vasu8028128.00
2Laurie Sayer2.20130-
3Troy Utz7.4143221.50
4Vijay Shah9141141.00
5Michael Warner80420-
6Rahul Kapoor5043410.75

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Michael Warner LBWHolman23
2Kapila Perera CaughtRizla4
3Alex Turner CaughtRizla43
4Aaron James StumpedHolman0
5Robin Friend LBWHolman0
6Rahul Kapoor NotOut67
7Abhinav Vasu BowledChasseaud38
8Vijay Shah NotOut11
9James GingallDidNotBat-
10Troy UtzDidNotBat-
11Laurie SayerDidNotBat-
    Total 221 for 6

Pacific CC Bowling

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