UWIC secure another BUSA victory
THE University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) is continuing its winning streak by taking home another title at a BUSA final.
The BUSA Indoor Cricket Championships concluded recently at Lord’s Cricket Ground Indoor centre and UWIC finished the competition as worthy champions! A total team effort encapsulated the ethos of the sport and the team enjoyed the opportunity to experience this fascinating venue.
Jon Pett, Manager of the UWIC Cricket Team, said: “This has been a tremendously satisfying result after years of hard work from all of the players and myself. The club is run by its members and is a separate entity to that of the MCCU Scheme and this should speak volumes for the ability and character of UWIC’s Cricketing community. Congratulations boys!”
Round-up of the competition:
The first fixture for UWIC was against Leeds. The fixture began nervously for the UWIC side with a series of extras and some good batting leading the Leeds team to 80 for no loss. Alex Day was brought onto bowl, and despite a plethora of no-balls, ripped apart the middle order with 4 quick wickets ending the Leeds innings on 137-5.
Hickerton and Norris began the UWIC reply with an assured display of indoor batting, picking the bowlers off at will to guide the team to 77 for the first wicket after six overs. After a succession of wickets and an improved bowling display from the Leeds side, Hickerton returned along with Captain Hodges to bring the team home on the last ball, after needing 19 off the final over!
The second fixture for UWIC was against Sheffield Hallam. A much improved bowling display from UWIC restricted the opposition to 73 all out, wickets being shared by all of the bowlers. The reply stuttered in the first overs, although the openers began to pick up the pace with both retiring before reaching the finishing line.
After two run packed games in the group stages Manchester, compiling scores of 134-5 and 165-5, emerged as UWIC’s opposition for the final. UWIC won the toss and elected to continue the trend of chasing a target. Again the bowling display showed signs of weakness with a number of extras, but an excellent opening spell between Briggs and Day helped to restrict the Manchester innings to 116-3.
The UWIC innings began with some nervous play from UWIC’s star batsman Hickerton, offering a chance from the first ball. The innings then began to take shape with Norris retiring whilst guiding the team to 75 after seven overs. After a disastrous few minutes UWIC’s leading bowlers, Day and Briggs, set about rebuilding the innings, Day finally going for 23 and Norris for 32. UWIC however were still 22 runs short with only Briggs as the last man. With some composed batting he was able to lead his team home with 3 balls remaining, to a jubilant reception from the rest of his team!
A Special mention should be made to Cil van der Merwe from Bournemouth University for becoming the only player to score 100* in a BUSA Indoor Innings. Only Mike Gatting has scored a century at Lords Indoor School in living memory.
Notable contributions came from Peter Hickerton (48, 25 and 14), Alex Day (4-31, 1-10 and 1-25), Will Briggs (2-17 and 35), Olly Norris (22, 26* and 32) Nic Doherty (2-21) and Captain Morgan Hodges (43).
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