Oxford University Cricket Club https://cricketintheparks.org.uk Cricket in the Parks Since 1881 Mon, 26 Apr 2021 16:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/cropped-cropped-OUCC-logo-32x32.jpg Oxford University Cricket Club https://cricketintheparks.org.uk 32 32 Blues vs Surrey Match Report https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/26/blues-vs-surrey-match-report/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/26/blues-vs-surrey-match-report/#respond Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:55:45 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1780 OXFORD UNIVERSITY v SURREY UNIVERSITY BUCS Qualifying League at The Parks, Wednesday 21st April 2021 A cold blustery day and a new pitch in the centre of the square welcomed the players to The Parks for the first competitive fixture of the season: 50 overs per side. Foster won the toss for the hosts and […]

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY v SURREY UNIVERSITY

BUCS Qualifying League

at The Parks, Wednesday 21st April 2021

A cold blustery day and a new pitch in the centre of the square welcomed the players to The Parks for the first competitive fixture of the season: 50 overs per side. Foster won the toss for the hosts and elected to bat on a pitch that proved placid, but slightly sluggish, and the outfield was slow.

Murphy and Duxbury began confidently against a lively opening attack, but in the 5th over the former was well caught by the ‘keeper from a leg-glance (21-1: 9). Dunnett looked immediately at ease and scored fluently, whilst Duxbury continued to accumulate productively against two further accurate seamers; both ran short singles aggressively. It was a surprise when, in the 21st over, the former was bowled by off-spinner and skipper Wimble who bowled accurately with controlled variation throughout (81-2: 36). He was joined by another accurate off-spinner (Mitchell), and the pair bowled well in tandem, conceding just 4 runs per over. Oliver was soon into his stride, and with Duxbury now well established, they kept the score ticking over with good running, however, in overs 21-40 there were just 2 boundaries. They had just completed a century partnership from 20 overs when Oliver was bowled (183-3: 44). Duxbury had reached a worthy 50 from 85 balls, but as he tried to accelerate, he lost his timing, and in the 45th over he was lbw to the deserving Stevens (193-4: 87), having played the key innings. Job was caught at mid-wicket first ball, and in the next over Foster holed out to the same position (196-6: 3). It looked as though 220 was the most the Blues could hope for with 27 balls remaining, but Mohamed and Marshall had other ideas. The former put bat to ball effectively and the latter scampered singles and played a variety of unorthodox shots; suddenly the visitors became slightly rattled and there were mis-fields and wides. They added 40 from just 19 balls and had completely changed the momentum of the innings when Mohamed was caught (236-7: 29 from 19 balls), and Marshall was bowled (242-8: 14). The hosts finished with 247-9, showing the value of establishing a solid base with wickets in hand. The visitors had fielded well and there wasn’t a weak link in their bowling attack; they were understandably frustrated to be chasing at least 25 more than they had been expecting.

Fisher and Barker opened the bowling and this time it was the former who made an important early breakthrough, having the dangerous Samuel well caught by Oliver at cover, diving away to his left (6-1: 1). Jarman tried to take Mohamed’s arm on at 3rd man, who beat him with an excellent bounce throw (21-2: 5). Taylor and Mitchell set about repairing the damage and batted confidently, bringing up the 50 in the 15th over when Fisher held on to a storming catch at mid-off when the ball was drilled to his right by Mitchell off Pyman (53-3: 15). The left-arm spin of Dunnett had been introduced, and in the middle of a very economical spell (7-1-19-1) he had the talented Wimble well caught at slip by Duxbury (58-4: 4). In Pyman’s next over, Stevens was palpably LBW (64-5: 0). In the 21st over Kale played the ball to fine leg, and the batsmen set off for a third run. A flat throw to ‘keeper Job was itself thrown to the bowler’s end where the striker was run out by a yard (73-6: 5). With the innings in tatters, Smith came in and at least kept Taylor company. The latter had looked in command from the outset and played some delightful strokes compiling an excellent 50 from 68 balls. In the 30th over, Marshall trapped Smith LBW (105-7: 6) and a couple of overs later Foster’s left-arm spin castled Siddhu (110-8: 0). He then claimed the prize scalp of Taylor by bowling him, to end a fine battling innings (115-9: 65). Shanks joined Pennycate, and with nothing to lose, they set about the bowling, adding 40 in 23 balls with some exotic shots before the former holed out to Foster at long-on off Fisher (155 all out: 25), leaving the latter undefeated on 15. All the bowlers had bowled with purpose, and were well supported in the field with 3 fine catches and 2 run outs. The Blues looked the sharper more determined and focused side and deservedly won by 72 runs. Surrey had several good cricketers who showed what they could do, but they needed more than one player to play a significant innings.

 

Mark Williams

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Lord’s Varsity 2021- Update for Members https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/26/lords-varsity-2021-update-for-members/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/26/lords-varsity-2021-update-for-members/#respond Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:48:19 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1769 Note for O.U.C.C. Members about the Men’s 50 over Varsity Match at Lord’s on Sunday, May 23rd   You may already have heard the very good news that the Men’s 50 over Varsity Match will take place at Lord’s on Sunday, May 23rd. The fixture is being used by the M.C.C. as a test run […]

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Note for O.U.C.C. Members about the Men’s 50 over Varsity Match at Lord’s on Sunday, May 23rd

 

You may already have heard the very good news that the Men’s 50 over Varsity Match will take place at Lord’s on Sunday, May 23rd. The fixture is being used by the M.C.C. as a test run for the England/New Zealand fixture later in the summer, with the hope that as many as 3,500 spectators will be present. This note is intended to help members obtain tickets for the fixture, as well as to inform them of the main coronavirus constraints that are, quite understandably, being placed on those attending.

 

First, as to obtaining tickets, which will be free, they are expected to be available to O.U.C.C. and C.U.C.C. members from May 4th. What the member needs to do, in order to obtain tickets is to register with the M.C.C. and create an online account, and it is recommended that this be done as soon as possible, and ahead of actually applying for tickets. The maximum number of tickets per person is two. Specific, numbered seats will be assigned to the applicant. As would be expected, distancing provision will be made as to the seating such that every pair or single person will be suitably separated from the other spectators. Finally, it is to be noted both that the tickets will not be printed by the M.C.C. and that there is no possibility of them being obtained at the ground on the day of the match.

 

There will be three spectator “sectors” with seating available to O.U.C.C. members, within the ground, one that includes the Tavern and Allen Stands (accessed via the Grace Gate), one that includes the Mound and Edrich Stands (accessed via the East Gate) and the Compton Stand (accessed via the North Gate). It is vital to note that one cannot move out of the sector in which one’s seats are situated. That said, there will be food and beverage outlets in each sector, as well, of course, as lavatories.

 

Secondly, here is information about further coronavirus constraints.

 

1. Face coverings must be worn at all times, except when food or drink are being consumed.

 

2. By the ticket terms, you agree not to attend if you are testing positively for coronavirus or displaying symptoms thereof.

 

3. It is recommended that you take a “flow test” before entering the ground.

 

4. If, at any stage, you leave the ground, you will not be able to return to it.

 

5. No chanting is allowed, with stewards having authority to eject anyone that breaches this rule or the face mask one.

 

6. There will be no water available at the fountains, but only in bottles bought at the outlets.

 

Finally, please note that this note has been compiled following discussions with the authorities at the M.C.C. A formal memorandum is being prepared by the M.C.C., and everything said in this note must be read as subject to what is said in that memorandum or otherwise in official material issuing from that club.

 

 

Peter Mirfield

O.U.C.C. Secretary

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Authentics v Teddington 2s https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/23/authentics-v-teddington-2s/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/23/authentics-v-teddington-2s/#respond Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:10:02 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1763 The Authentics got off to a winning start on a beautiful sunny day against Teddington 2s. James Pyman got his captaincy off on the right foot, winning the toss and electing to bat first on a good wicket. Debutant John de Bhal opened with Tics stalwart Tom Oliver, and they got the Tics off to […]

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The Authentics got off to a winning start on a beautiful sunny day against Teddington 2s. James Pyman got his captaincy off on the right foot, winning the toss and electing to bat first on a good wicket.

Debutant John de Bhal opened with Tics stalwart Tom Oliver, and they got the Tics off to a strong start with some positive strokeplay and excellent running, buying themselves some overthrows on a very abrasive and uneven outfield. De Bhal fell first with the score on 27, caught behind for 19, followed shortly after by Rob Wight, thanks to an excellent grab at 2nd slip. Jake Duxbury and Oliver took the score to 80-2, until Oliver nailed a long hop straight to point to fall for 38. With Luca Ignatius falling shortly after, at 100-4 the Tics were looking in a little bit of danger of squandering the start.

However, new man Alex Thomas settled the nerves with a few early cover drives, and then Duxbury took the leading role in their partnership worth 95 for the fifth wicket, full of pinched singles and two and putting away the bad balls when they arose (AT becoming the first member of the bomb squad 2021). Duxbury fell for an excellent 64, followed by a flurry of wickets including Thomas for 46 as the Tics tried to hit out at the end, finishing their 40 overs on 220-8.

In reply, Teddington got off to a cagey start against an opening attack of skipper Pyman and Jamie Dare, turning the strike over and patiently waiting for the bad ball to stay within touching distance of the required rate – and on such a small ground two set batsman could easily go large. Jamie Dare was not a man to be denied though, and the locksmith lived up to his name, switching to round the wicket and cleaning up Elway for 16 – 40-1. The introduction of Owen Marshall from the other end accounted for the other opener, Dare cleaned up Smith to finish his 8 overs, and the famous Tics squeeze was on. Debutant Humphrey Gibbs, bowling in tandem with Marshall, kept the pressure on from both ends and backed up by the fielders in the ring, wickets started to fall – Hinde bowled by Marshall, Gibbs picking off Lord and Grenall (and running out the Teddington skipper to top it off). At 108-7, Swan hit back with 31 off 23, and a few nerves started to show as chances went down, but Ben Jones saw him off with that most dangerous ball, the just below waist high full toss, and he followed up with the last two wickets to bowl Teddington out for 187.

Overall a tidy first outing for the Tics in 2021, with good performances from Duxbury (who followed up with 87 for the Blues in BUCS on Wednesday) and the debutants, and thanks to Teddington for being excellent hosts as always. The Tics’ season continues on Saturday 24th April, away to Horspath CC 2nds.

UTT

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Blues v Teddington CC Match Report https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/23/blues-v-teddington-cc-match-report/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/23/blues-v-teddington-cc-match-report/#respond Fri, 23 Apr 2021 08:48:57 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1752 Blues vs Teddington CC Match REport The Royal Park looked resplendent as last year’s Middlesex League Champions hosted the Blues in glorious sunshine, accompanied by a score of deer beyond the boundary. Hargrave won the toss in a 40 overs-per-side match, and batted on a firm flat pitch which was more reminiscent of June than […]

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Blues vs Teddington CC Match REport

The Royal Park looked resplendent as last year’s Middlesex League Champions hosted the Blues in glorious sunshine, accompanied by a score of deer beyond the boundary. Hargrave won the toss in a 40 overs-per-side match, and batted on a firm flat pitch which was more reminiscent of June than mid-April, and looked full of runs (the previous day, a combined total of 500 runs had been scored when the hosts out-played Cambridge).

Murphy and Hargrave began positively against tidy opening bowling, and had scored 31 in 5 overs when both were out in quick succession. The left-arm spin of Abdullah Nazir was introduced early, and he kept all the batsmen on their mettle, finishing with the outstanding figures of 8-2-25-3. By the end of his spell, after 23 overs, Hamza, Dunnett, Mohamed and Job had all been dismissed, and the score was 94-6. Meanwhile Gnodde began by carefully playing himself in although he hit 3 boundaries off Abdullah; the only batsman to do so. Barker kept him company for a while but when he was dismissed at 110-7 from 28 overs, prospects of even a par total looked bleak. Mingard joined Gnodde and together they set about restoring the innings; the former content to keep the bowlers out and get off-strike whenever possible, the latter becoming more aggressive. Against an entirely seam attack, runs began to flow, so that with 6 overs left, the score was 162-7. The return of the opening bowlers signalled ‘blitzkrieg’ as 86 runs were added. Gnodde hit the ball to all parts in a ferocious display of unrestrained hitting: overall he scored 127 from 90 balls with 6 sixes (most of which cleared the boundary by at least 10 yards) and 14 fours; his last 50 runs came in just 17 balls. Mingard batted with increasing confidence in his own right, and together they added 126 in just 12 overs. The game had been turned on its head, and Oxford finished on 236-7, which was going to be a challenging target.

Teddington had a strong batting line-up, and played with positive intent from the start. Barker meanwhile bowled an outstanding spell of brisk swing bowling 6-0-36-4, dismissing Patel, Daneel (South African Cambridge Blue 2020), Naylor and the prolific Aussie skipper Pryde, at which point the score was 72-4, with the hosts up with the run-rate. Elliott, Kottler and Wright all continued to play positively, but left-arm spinner Dunnett and leg-spinner Mingard bowled effectively in tandem, the former with excellent figures of 8-0-31-2 on a flat pitch, so that with 10 overs remaining, the hosts were 165-6. Three wickets then fell in quick succession to off-spinners Hamza (5-0-17-2) and Mohammed, and the game looked over at 170-9. Last man Donnelly had other ideas and he dispatched the latter’s last over for 32 (including 4 massive sixes), so that 26 were required from 24 deliveries, and the game was back in the balance. Fisher and Barker returned, and the latter completed a richly deserved 5 wicket haul when Murphy caught an excellent catch at long-off – his third catch in the deep. Teddington finished on 216 all out (Donnelly 38 from 21 balls), so that OUCC won an excellent match by 21 runs, and were cock-a-hoop. For a first outing, they had bowled and fielded effectively as a unit, but Gnodde’s innings was perfectly paced and will be long remembered by all those who witnessed it.

 

Mark Williams

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OUCC in Lockdown https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/02/oucc-in-lockdown/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2021/04/02/oucc-in-lockdown/#respond Fri, 02 Apr 2021 18:30:14 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1714 Basking in the sunshine at the Parks this week, with nets in full flow, it feels a good time to reflect on what’s happened in the club over lockdown. After last summer’s disrupted season, hopes were high heading into Michaelmas. Socially distanced trials were held in 3rd week, and we were all chomping at the […]

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Basking in the sunshine at the Parks this week, with nets in full flow, it feels a good time to reflect on what’s happened in the club over lockdown.

After last summer’s disrupted season, hopes were high heading into Michaelmas. Socially distanced trials were held in 3rd week, and we were all chomping at the bit to book those net slots but alas, Covid intervened once again, and the doors to the cricket school were barred shut.

Michaelmas came and went and while most of the squad went home, a few stragglers managed to get in the nets, but this proved a false dawn as Christmas came and the third lockdown took full effect. 

Things were looking a little bleak at this point, and spirits may have been dampened, but we found a way to stick it out. Fitness guru Angus Livingstone wrote an S&C programme for the boys to follow at home, giving us some accountability over the winter. This was paired with weekly yoga sessions run over Zoom by mobility advocate Alex Thomas, and whilst flexibility might not one of the club’s strong point, lockdown barnets definitely are and it was lovely to watch them sprout week on week. 

On the social side, social secs Will Barker, James Pyman and Tom Oliver got us to put our money where our mouths are, and predict the results of the England v Sri Lanka and India v Australia series. They also put on the first OUCC quiz, which went down a treat; some excellent statting and jazzing pulling victory out of the bag for team Marshall. 

The highlight of lockdown was the Runathon against Cambridge. Over the week, everyone would record how far they ran on Strava, and the winner would be the squad with the highest average kilometres per person. The buy-in from us was fantastic, and we clocked up some truly insane distances. Particular shoutouts to Hamza Ahmed (118.96km), John de Bhal (117.79km) and Ollie Dunnett (117.74km), Cal Job (116.53km) and James Pyman (102.3), who all crossed the 100km mark.

Overall, on average each squad member ran 57.62km, compared to Cambridge’s 38.8km. It was a brilliant effort all round and testament to the culture we’ve built in OUCC, and credit to the new squad members for buying into this despite everything being online – great signs for the year ahead.

Indeed, as April begins and hopefully a full cricket season to look forward to, things are looking up and as a club we can’t wait to welcome spectators back to the Parks when we’re allowed. 

YIDB/UTT 

AT

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Men’s Blues Varsity Report 2020 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/10/01/mens-varsity-match-2020/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/10/01/mens-varsity-match-2020/#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:31:05 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1555 OUCC were very fortunate to be able to play varsity matches in September, after the regular season was wiped out by coronavirus. The squad warmed up with 2 inter squad games in August, as well as a notable victory against a very strong Teddington side. The first varsity match was the Blues One Day match, […]

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Results of Annual General Meeting

OUCC were very fortunate to be able to play varsity matches in September, after the regular season was wiped out by coronavirus. The squad warmed up with 2 inter squad games in August, as well as a notable victory against a very strong Teddington side.

 

The first varsity match was the Blues One Day match, held at the Parks, where OUCC won the toss and batted first. The going was tough initially on a fresh wicket with a 10:30 start, but George Hargrave picked up from where he left off in varsity matches last year, making a superb run-a-ball 100 to ensure we posted a good total. He combined in a match-winning partnership with Tom Gnodde, whose 74 off only 50 balls elevated OUCC to a first innings score of 250. 

 

In response, Cambridge’s run chase got off to a poor start, as a run out, two early wickets from Pettman and tight bowling from Searle caused Cambridge to fall to 15-3. The light blues staged a small recovery, but tight bowling from the spinners Foster, Von Behr and Curtis, and a potent spell from first change seamer Fisher ensured that OUCC took regular wickets. In the end, Cambridge were bowled out for 170, with the wickets shared around. 


The next day, the team travelled up to Cambridge, and on Thursday, were back on the pitch in the 4-day first class game, set to be the 175th and final first-class varsity match. Cambridge won the toss and chose to bat, a plan which initially seemed to have backfired as they were reduced to 200-7, with the wickets shared between Pettman, Fisher, Von Behr, and Livingstone. Cambridge then put together a crucial 8th wicket partnership, bringing the score up to 280 before it was ended by Searle at the close of day 1. Livingstone and Fisher then finished off the innings at the start of day 2, with Cambridge ending up on 307. 

 

OUCC’s response never really got going, as the team slumped to 42-4 against the new ball. Tom Gnodde continued his good form, making 45 crucial runs to give OUCC a chance of rebuilding, but unfortunately the lower order failed to wag, as the Blues were bundled out for 129. The less said, the better…

 

However, OUCC fought valiantly in response, with early wickets from the seamers causing Cambridge to fall to 84-5 at the close of day 2. Hopes were high on the morning of day 3, but Cambridge managed to weather the early storm, and an excellent 100 from their number 4 coupled with some lower order resistance meant that Cambridge were able to put together a score of 257, leaving OUCC an imposing 435 to win. 

 

Batting last, OUCC again lost early wickets to the new ball, falling to 41-4. Thankfully, the team then showed stubborn resistance, as both Gnodde and Von Behr made starts, before stubborn batting from Searle and Pettman held the Cambridge attack at bay, ensuring that the game was taken into the final day. Freddie Foster then batted with great fluency, making his maiden first class 50 with a number of crunching drives, remaining unbeaten when the final OUCC wicket was taken on the morning of the fourth day. 

 

It was a disappointing 4 days for the OUCC side in Cambridge, although the team can take great heart from their convincing victory in the One Day game, and the way everyone stuck together and fought hard against the odds at Fenners. The bowlers ran in hard all game, and the batsman showed stubborn defiance in the last innings. Most of all, it was brilliant to be able to play varsity matches at all, and thanks must go to all those who helped out in the organisation on both sides. Everyone playing felt very fortunate to have been a part of the last first-class varsity match for the foreseeable future. We were sorry that our followers were not able to come and watch at the 4-day game, but the club is in good shape, with only 4 members of the team graduating this year. The future is bright for OUCC, and we look forward to returning to the Parks in full force next year. 

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Men’s Varsity Match 2020 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/09/07/mens-varsity-match-2020-2/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/09/07/mens-varsity-match-2020-2/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:03:30 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1564 We are delighted to say that the 4 day first class Men’s varsity match, which had been due to take place in early July, will now take place at Fenners from the 3rd to the 6th of September. Our thanks are due to CUCC and the ECB for much hard work in getting to the […]

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Results of Annual General Meeting

We are delighted to say that the 4 day first class Men’s varsity match, which had been due to take place in early July, will now take place at Fenners from the 3rd to the 6th of September. Our thanks are due to CUCC and the ECB for much hard work in getting to the point of being able to reschedule the 2020 match (the last which will carry first class status).

However, spectators are sadly not permitted to attend for obvious COVID related reasons. A match report will however be posted on the website after the match, and progress can be followed on social media. 

Jonathan Orders
OUCC Chairman

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OUCC vs The Army https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/08/11/news-template-3/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/08/11/news-template-3/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:36:42 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1548 OUCC get their season underway with a wonderful day of cricket at aldershot Despite leaving with two losses including one spectacular collapse, our combined Blues and Authentics team could not have asked for a more enjoyable return to cricket. Our profuse thanks must go to those within the Army setup who worked so hard to […]

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OUCC get their season underway with a wonderful day of cricket at aldershot

Despite leaving with two losses including one spectacular collapse, our combined Blues and Authentics team could not have asked for a more enjoyable return to cricket. Our profuse thanks must go to those within the Army setup who worked so hard to get this fixture on, and to their players and officials there on the day, many of whom had worked on the front line during the pandemic and could not have been better spirited hosts and opposition. The Army’s report of the day alongside scorecards and highlights can be found here: https://cricket.armysportcontrolboard.com/army-men-victorious-against-oxford-university-in-the-first-covid-cricket-fixture-of-the-season/

Authentics captain Alex Thomas reports for us:

The new T20 kit finally got an outing, as 14 lads made the trip from all over the country to Aldershot to take on the Army in two T20s. Having been sent strict instructions from Pettman in France that team warm-ups didn’t meet the Army’s COVID rules, it was quite a surprise to rock up and find out they’d been netting and playing football for the past hour. Nevertheless, the professionalism and adaptability of the day’s two skippers Searle and Thomas shone though, and with a foam roller for a stump we looked the business. Searle won the toss and elected to bowl first on a green-tinged pitch.

Game 1: Army 134-6 (Marshall 4-10, Dare 1-22); OUCC 105-10 (Curtis 26, Searle 22)

Debutants Barker and Dare opened up, and the Army got off to a bit of a flier, with their opener pulling the second ball for 6. However, any illusions the deck was a road were shattered when Marshall came on to bowl. With the pitch turning early doors he ripped through the top order with 4-10 off 4 overs. Following his lead, the rest of the bowlers kept a lid on the Army (Dare with his first wicket) and they finished on 134-6.

The run chase never really got going, as the Army’s spin attack got on top early and left us 30-4 off 8 overs. Searle came in at 6 to cries of “skipper didn’t fancy it” from the oppo, and held the back end of the innings together for 22, while Curtis hit a couple of big bombs in his entertaining 26. However once these two fell (Searle the first of three scoops to not clear short fine leg that day), the Army quickly finished the job and bowled us out for 105.

Game 2: Army 142-8 (Searle 2-14, Pyman 2-30); OUCC 131-10 (Freeman 65, Oliver 21)

Change of captain, change of luck was the plan, but it didn’t start well as Thomas lost the toss and the Army batted first again. At the end of the powerplay things were pretty even at 42-1, with Searle getting an early wicket but Livingstone being hit ‘for the first 6 since I was 18’. As before, it got harder to bat outside the powerplay, and Pyman picked up his first wicket for the club, well caught by Livingstone. Lester ‘on a pitch made for me’ did indeed hit his areas and had their big leftie in trouble, except the two times he cleared the front leg and bombed Dom over midwicket. Lester had the last laugh though, pinning him in front. With an end now open, Oxford picked up regular wickets through O’Callaghan and Pyman, before Searle came back on to unconventionally clean up the tail, sending one bloke to hospital with a beamer, a dark moment in the day. The Army finished on 142-8, giving the lads another chance to chase a competitive total.

A reshuffle of the top 4 sent Freeman out to open with Oliver, and the two got the chase off to a fantastic start with a mix of horrid plinks, gorgeous drives and sixes (Freeman on the charge hitting their left arm quick over mid-off, Oliver getting their spinner up over fine leg). A double wicket over put the brakes on a touch, but Freeman kicked on with Wight in support. Two more maximums took Freeman to an excellent 50, and although Wight fell, Marshall took over and they advanced the score to 113-3 off 15 overs.

Then came what can only be described as a truly spectacular collapse. The Army’s quick bowled a horrible drag down slower ball, landing at his feet and on the way down again by the time it reached Freeman, who could only pull it straight down deep square legs throat. Thomas was run out first ball, O’Callaghan trapped in front, Marshall caught behind and Pyman bowled to leave us 118-8. Lester then flicked one straight to midwicket to make it 124-9. Livingstone nailed his first ball down the ground, only to be dropped at long off, before bringing out the big leave off the last ball to set Searle 17 to win off the last over. A bottom edge for 4 through the keeper’s legs first ball kept the crowd interested, but Livingstone was last man out two balls later to bring the innings to a close.

Although the results didn’t go the way we’d have liked, it was fantastic just to be out there, and a long overdue fines meeting had Searle comfortably lose (or win depending on how you look at it).

Once again, thanks to all involved for making the day possible!

 

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Update on Covid-19 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/04/27/update-on-covid-19/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/04/27/update-on-covid-19/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:36:58 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1542 Following the ECB announcement of 24th April, extending the delay on professional cricket until 1st July, there will be no OUCC cricket until at least that date. This means, regrettably, that the Men’s 50 over Varsity match at Lord’s scheduled for 7th June and the Women’s 50 over Varsity match at Wormsley scheduled for 16th […]

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Results of Annual General Meeting

Following the ECB announcement of 24th April, extending the delay on professional cricket until 1st July, there will be no OUCC cricket until at least that date. This means, regrettably, that the Men’s 50 over Varsity match at Lord’s scheduled for 7th June and the Women’s 50 over Varsity match at Wormsley scheduled for 16th June, will not now take place.
Later in the summer we will explore whether it is possible for these matches, and the T20 Varsity day, to be played at later dates, subject to further advice from the government, the ECB and the University.

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Coronavirus update https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/04/08/coronavirus-update/ https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/2020/04/08/coronavirus-update/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:25:32 +0000 https://cricketintheparks.org.uk/?p=1537 In line with guidance, all OUCC matches in April have been cancelled, as well as some in May. All BUCS matches have also been cancelled.  We are updating the fixtures on the website as and when we receive confirmed updates. We will endeavour to re-arrange any games possible to later in the year. Most importantly, […]

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Results of Annual General Meeting

In line with guidance, all OUCC matches in April have been cancelled, as well as some in May. All BUCS matches have also been cancelled. 

We are updating the fixtures on the website as and when we receive confirmed updates.

We will endeavour to re-arrange any games possible to later in the year.

Most importantly, we hope that all supporters are safe and healthy, and that we can all reconvene in the Parks later in the summer!

 

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