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Pacific cruise past the Camel; Hackney hammer the Lads and Canary Wharf win contest of the new boys


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Burnham sore-headed after Pacific (204/8) sink the Camel (128  all out)
Pacific lost the toss and were inserted by Camel at Springfield Park on the hottest day of the year so far. Contributions with the bat by Paul Rajkumar (22), Chris Duncan (44), Mutz Siddiqui (43) and James McGinnigle (26) helped Pacific to 204 for 8 in their 40 overs. Wickets were taken by Kit (1-29), Sam (1-32), Rahman (2-38), Max (1-24) and Steve (2-31).
In reply, only three Camel batsmen reached double figures – Matt (21), Chris (29) and Tom (32) – as Pacific's pacemen exploited the wicket's variable bounce. Extras were second top scorer with 31, including 21 wides as anything down the leg side was signalled, and Camel were bowled out for 128 in 26 overs. Wickets were shared by Howes (4-40), Soden (4-35) and McGinnigle (2-15). The champagne moment of the match had come when Pacific's social secretary Ben Burnham, fielding at mid on, lost a high ball in the sun and it bounced 50 yards off his head to go over the boundary for four. Thankfully he was fine and was seen at the Oval the following day enjoying watching Bangladesh beat South Africa in the World Cup with the rest of the Burnham clan.

Hackney (142/2) hammer the Lads (140 all out) by 8 wickets
Hackney continued their unbeaten run with a convincing 8 wicket win over the Bloody Lads inside 20 overs.  After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Lads set off an electric rate, but were unable to stem the regular fall of wickets. Only their destructive kiwi no 3, James Mulvey, threatened to keep the Lads in game. Ruthless on anything over-pitched and quick to dispatch wayward deliveries, Mulvey raced to his half century before being bowled shortly after the break.  Hackney’s impressive seamer Simon Trevithick taking the prize scalp. Following Mulvey’s dismissal it was a matter of Hackney mopping up the tail.  The Lads’ no7 Solomon Sulelegebe (18) threatened  resistance. But after he was unluckily caught at fine leg, the Lads quickly slumped to 140 all out, with 11 overs to spare. 

In response the Hackney openers David Stranger-Jones and Richard Keep were initially watchful, with Sulelegebe in particular bowling a probing line. But when they found their feet and the pace of the ball,  any hopes that the Lads could pull off a remarkable victory quickly evaporated. Keep in particular opened up in swashbuckling style, taking on anything short or over pitched, and repeatedly dispatching the ball to the boundary. Dealing only in 4s he raced to 32 before being caught at slip off the bowling of the dangerously crafty Gus Mackay. That left Stranger-Jones, who in majestic form, with his classic off drive, shepherded Hackney to victory inside 20 overs, finishing unbeaten on 88. 

Canary Wharf CC (138/6) cruised to victory over St Clements (137 all out)

CWRCC won the toss and elected to field on a warm Saturday afternoon. St Clements got off to a great start by scoring 33 runs of the first five overs. Opener Momin was looking aggressive and in fine touch. Soon Krishna managed to get both the openers out in his first two overs to get CWRCC back into the game. St Clements’s batsmen started consolidating the innings until the 13th over where the first change bowler Chetan got into the attack and started a spell of great swing bowling taking wickets at
regular intervals to end up with figures of 4 for 18 in his 6 overs. Middle order batman Jawad stuck around to score 24 runs to
take St Clements to a total of 137.

Chasing 138, Canary Wharf lost their first wicket in the third over, though this did not stop the runs from flowing, as
there were a lot of extras and the opener Nipak kept getting occasional boundaries to keep the score going. Canary Wharf
looked comfortable until Adnan from St Clements bowled with good pace and at good lengths to get two quick wickets to put pressure back on to the Royals who ended up at 46/3 at the end of 6 overs. Arjun the new batsmen in scored 20 runs of Bilals fifth over with two sixes and two fours and easing the pressure of the team. Right after the onslaught from Arjun it was the opener Nipaks turn who scored 24 runs of Aslans only over taking royals to 97 at the end of 11 overs, needing 40 runs of the last 29 overs. Though St Clements kept taking wickets in the end, the opener Nipak made sure he saw the team over the line with an Unbeaten 66.


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