© 2019 – Nicolas Rackow for OUCC
(By Amy Hearn)
The OUCC Women’s Blues notched their first Varsity win of the season at Fenner’s on Friday afternoon, and did so comprehensively. Cambridge won the toss and chose to bat – a decision which surprised OUCC captain Vanessa Picker – but this minor disruption did not deter the girls for long, if at all.
After a disciplined first over from Sam Bennett set the tone for the Cambridge innings, Amy Hearn made the crucial breakthrough with her first ball, Emily Wilkins taking a sharp catch behind the stumps to dismiss Cambridge opener Katie Gibson for 5. Hearn then removed the other opener, Holly Tasker, in her second over, to leave Cambridge reeling at 2-15.
The girls sustained this pressure throughout the Cambridge innings, restricting them to 6-80, despite a battling 37 not out from their captain Chloë Allison, with two wickets each for spinners Elodie Harbourne and Surabhi Shukla.
Oxford started their chase well, as Picker and Olivia Lee-Smith, the incoming Blues hockey captain, put on 30 for the first wicket, before Lee-Smith was run out attempting a second. She was replaced by her predecessor, Shona McNab, who scored a run-a-ball 19 to help Oxford towards their target but was bowled by Coral Reeves in the 12th over. Reeves took a couple of quick wickets, but the middle order played sensibly despite difficult batting conditions, and Lucy Duncan saw Oxford over the line in the 16th over.
All in all, it was a comfortable win for Oxford, giving them confidence heading into some big games over the next ten days, including playing the MCC at Lords on Tuesday 28th May.
Summary of scores:
Cambridge 6/80 (20 overs)
Shukla 2/12 (4)
Harbourne 2/13 (4)
Hearn 2/18 (4)
Oxford 5/81 (15.2 overs)