© 2019 – Nicolas Rackow for OUCC
(By Alice Hart)
On Wednesday 5th June, Oxford MCCU played Nottingham Trent at Marston. Oxford were confident after their recent wins against Warwick and MCC. Things were looking a little shaky for Trent from the start, as they only turned up with seven players.
Oxford elected to bowl first. Some economical bowling from Hearn, Hart, Harbourne, Deacock and Lee-Smith restricted Trent to just 65. The wickets were shared out evenly, with Hearn taking two wickets, and the rest one each. It was then Oxford’s turn to bat.
Captain Vanessa Picker and fellow opener Livvy Lee-Smith started well, with a combination of quick singles, well-timed doubles, and boundaries when the bowling allowed for it. Unfortunately, Lee-Smith got herself out by confusing the ball with the offside wicket, firmly uprooting the stump from the ground. Caitlin Deacock replaced Lee-Smith at the crease, before Picker swiftly won the game for Oxford. The highlight of the match was Picker’s 42* runs, consisting of no less than six boundaries, closely followed by Lee-Smith destroying her wicket.
The lowlight had to be the lack of commitment to the post-match social, in which only three Oxford players decided to turn up. Overall, this was an enjoyable win for Oxford against a small, but nonetheless talented, Nottingham Trent side.
Summary of scores:
Nottingham Trent 65 (AO) (20 overs)
Hearn 2/10 (6)
Lee-Smith 1 / 8 (1.2)
Hart 1/10 (4)
Deacock 1/10 (4)
Oxford: 1/128 (24 overs)
Picker 42 not out
Lee Smith 10
Deacock 0 not out