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June 27, 2019 2nd VIII vs Pacific Lost by 72 runs
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They lost to Pacific
Sunk by the Pacific: (Standing L-R) Philip Barrass, Jonathan Stebbins, Jack Wright, Steve Hamilton
(kneeling L-R) Jack Holmes, Yasir Ali, Hassan Khan; (not shown) Jonathan Freedland              Photo by Tim Castle       


Played at Victoria Park, pitch 1
Report by Hassan Khan (captain)

In the immortal words of the great Charles Dickens "it was the worst of times, it was the best of times "... [You used this one last year - TC]

On a glorious summer evening, Pacific won the toss and elected to bat. Immediately, openers Rayburn and Deighan set about bludgeoning our bowlers around the relatively short boundaries of pitch 1.

The mayhem continued until Steve Hamilton, with subtle changes of pace and turn, had Rayburn caught smartly by Jack Holmes running forward from deep mid-wicket. Our relief was shortlived as Deighan was dropped and capitalised fully with an unbeaten 50.

All eight Fallopians bowled but Pacific's slaughter continued unabated due to multiple straightforward spilled catches. This culminated in myself having a traumatic nervous breakdown in the penultimate over, as lusty hitting from Riz Siddique took Pacific to an unassailable 210 from just 16 overs.

In reply and with severe scoreboard pressure on our batsmen, excellent swing bowling from young Pacific pacer Niesse comprehensively bowled Jack Wright.

Our dire situation at 3-1 declined further to 7-2 when number three Philip Barrass holed out to Ireland, again off Niesse.

I now entered the fray to join opener Jack Holmes. Like Hamilton's bowling, Holmes' batting provided a significant highlight for us. He timed the ball perfectly against a good attack, retiring on an excellent 52, having put on 80 with the skipper.

Young Jacob Freedland was castled early to leave Yasir and myself unbeaten. With 211 always an academic target, our final tally of 134-3 was a creditable batting effort against testing bowling and excellent fielding.

Post-match analysis at the Peoples Park Tavern by OF's Philip Barrass bemoaned " our lack of a couple of seriously big hitters". My thoughts turned to Charles Dickens again "the men who learn endurance, are they who will call the whole world, brother "...

Pacific 209-3 (16 overs)
P Rajkumar   c J Holmes b S Hamilton  45
J Deighan    retired                  53
T Ireland    run out                  41
M Siddiqui*† c J Holmes b J Stebbins  21
R Siddiqui   not out                  32
J Niesse     not out                   1
Extras (w 10, nb 3, lb 2)             15
Total                                209
DNB: G Ayre, J Hargreaves
FOW: 72-1 P Rajkumar, 171-2 M Siddiqui*†, 192-3 T Ireland

H Khan*     4-0-52-0
P Barrass   2-0-28-0
J Holmes    2-0-18-0
S Hamilton  3-0-32-1
J Freedland 1-0-25-0
J Wright    1-0-16-0
Y Ali       1-0-19-0
J Stebbins  2-0-17-1

Old Fallopians 137-3 (16 overs)
J Wright    b J Niesse                0
J Holmes    retired                  52
P Barrass   c T Ireland b J Niesse    4
H Khan*     not out                  27
J Freedland b J Hargreaves            0
Y Ali       not out                  11
Extras (w 26, nb 1, b 2, lb 4)       33
Total                               137
DNB: J Stebbins, S Hamilton
FOW: 3-1 J Wright†, 7-2 P Barrass, 87-3 J Freedland

J Niesse     4-0-28-2
G Ayre       4-0-39-0
J Hargreaves 3-0-35-1
T Ireland    4-0-23-0
J Deighan    1-0-10-0


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