University Cricket in Oxford
Cricket in the Parks Since 1881

2023 Varsity Reports

The Blues fell short in the 4-day varsity at Fenner’s. Cambridge won the toss and elected to bat first on day 1, and scores 226ao thanks to 98 from opener Sam Turner. Justin Clarke and Saqlain Choudhary picked up four wickets apiece for Oxford. In reply, Oxford struggled with the bat and were bowled out for 144, fresher George Roberts top scoring with 47. Already with a healthy lead, Cambridge turned the screw in the third innings, another fifty for Sam Turner the backbone of 301ao.   

Set a daunting 384 to win, or to bat out all the final day for the draw, Cambridge took regular wickets and despite a battling 78 from Toby Brown, the Blues were bowled out for 207. 

The Tics got the better of a very entertaining draw at the Parks. Skipper Tom Douglas lost the toss and the Tics were put in on a very wet day 1. The Crusaders started well, but Charles Plummer held the innings together with 54, and as the sun came out on day 2 the Tics were able to kick on to 250ao. A disciplined bowling performance restricted the Crusaders to 205ao (Hughes 70), with wickets shared around but Ben Swanson the pick with figures of 3-48. Starting the third innings with a lead of 45, and 90 mins to lunch on the final day, the Tics took the game to the Crusaders, and declared on 205-6 (Corner 47) to set the Crusaders 251 to win in around 55 overs 

The final innings was an all-time classic. James Pyman and Jamie Dare struck early with the new ball, but Hughes and Roxburgh steadied the ship with a partnership of 47, before Swanson struck on the stroke of tea to leave Cambridge 57-3. After tea Roxburgh took the attack to the Tics, scoring a superb run-a-ball hundred, and putting the Crusaders in the ascendency. Immediately after drinks, a moment of brilliance from Dare, stopping a ball off his own bowling with a full-length dive and then running out Roxburgh, shifted the game right back. 3 more wickets for Swanson and another for Pyman left the Crusaders 8 down at the start of the last over. Bowled by Plummer, he nicked off the Crusaders number 9 first ball. Five balls at the number 11 unfortunately wasn’t enough, and the Crusaders escaped with the draw, finishing on 206-9.