Friendly Match vs Pacific CC, Sat 14th April 2018, Wray Crescent

A Fair Start To The Season

London Fields (180-8) lost to Pacific CC (182-7)

by Alec McCrindle

After what has seemed an eternity of grey, cold and damp, sunshine suddenly appeared for our first game of the season against Pacific.

Everyone got there early to impress new skipper Vince, and after a little net practice, Alec and Tom Hughes opened the batting.

Tall opening bowler Stockton trapped Tom lbw with a big inswinger second ball. He followed up with the wicket of James Gingell.

The extra bounce off the wicket proved tricky and James' attempted hook was well caught.

At the other end, the author gave mid-off some catching practice with a rusty drive from a full toss, giving McGinnigle a wicket and leaving LFCC 15/3.

New batters Alex Turner and PA gave us some stability - both playing Stockton well. Until PA got out that is.

Alex stayed in, thank goodness, and along with Chris Rice, started to accumulate important runs.

As we’ve come to expect, Alex played some clever cricket, scooping to fine leg and pulling perfectly as he got to a well made 50.

After Chris (10) was out, VJ (31) played a delightful knock, featuring plenty of lovely leg-side play.

When VJ fell trying to accelerate, Troy came in and was soon playing some characteristically big shots. A highlight was a beautiful straight six of the always dangerous Riz.

The man from Brisbane perished off a full toss from occasional bowler Toby, and new Fielder Tom Damant strode out.

Tom then produced the most enjoyable first innings for LFCC I’ve seen, carting a delightful 26 not out at the close of the innings.

In over 39 he hit a fast Riz delivery for 4, then spotted the follow-up slower ball and hammered that for a massive six.

Not satisfied with those returns, he marmalised two huge sizes in the final over off returning opening bowler McGinnigle.

Tom lifted our spirits and our score - to a low but-potentially-defendable 180.

Who better to open on a fast and bouncy track than Laurie and Vince. Sayer took full advantage of the surface and generated steep bounce from a good length.

Vince started well too - removing opener Hogg. Unfortunately, we couldn’t back it up in the field. We dropped Toby twice off Laurie and sure enough, the Pacific stalwart started to find the fence regularly thereafter. Runs began to flow despite the sluggish outfield, with Pacific's Murtaza frequently chipping it into open spaces.

Sayer deservedly removed Toby at the end of his spell. Great new find Tom D entered the attack stem the tide further. Chris Rice replaced Sayer, and his big turning leggies proved difficult to handle on a bouncy track. Suddenly Rice had two wickets in two overs, Tom had his first, and we had an opening. The introducing of Troy at the other end meant a little more pressure for Pacific.

A mini battle was on. But Riz and oppo skipper Tom batted well, and it went Pacific’s way thereafter.

Tom and Vince returned for the death. Even though Tom D claimed the wicket of the third Tom in the game, we couldn’t make further inroads.

While we'd bowled well, we were 20-30 short of a reasonable total and shorter still of a good one.

Credit to Pacific - their opening bowlers were excellent, and they followed it up with a fine batting effort.

They also took most of their catches, while we dropped 7 in total. One of those days when we emulated our logo a little too closely.

While the result didn’t go our way, the matched was played in good spirits. I believe we were all pretty happy just to be outside in the sunshine.

A fair start to the season.


Pacific also have a report here.

London Fields Batting

 NameScoringHow OutBowlerRuns
1Tom Hughes LBWStockton0
2Alec McCrindle CaughtMcGinnigle3
3James Gingall CaughtStockton5
4Paul Alexander CaughtSoden8
5Alex Turner CaughtHaill53
6Chris Rice Caught & BowledSoden10
7Vijay Shah LBWSiddiqui31
8Troy Utz CaughtChasseaud17
9Tom Damant NotOut26
10Vincent Croft NotOut1
11Laurie SayerDidNotBat-
    Total 180 for 8

Pacific CC Bowling

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Pacific CC Batting

182 for 7 in 36.3 overs

London Fields Bowling

1Laurie Sayer8026126.00
2Vincent Croft3.3036136.00
3Tom Damant8031215.50
4Troy Utz80310-
5Vijay Shah4025125.00
6Chris Rice4021210.50
7Alec McCrindle1050-

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