We started the BUCS season against Plymouth’s 2nd team and we went to put runs on the board again. A seriously strong 5th team showed how good the university club is in depth. From the 50 overs, we scored 262-8 with runs coming from Maisey, Manazir and Trotter. After an early catch, keeper Silk took a ball to the face after a dodgy bounce, Hirst took the gloves and Maisey took temporary charge in the field. As Silk returned to the outfield, Leworthy pulled up with a bad back so once again, we were left with 10 men in the field. Despite this, Plymouth fell to 171 all out. A victory of 91 runs.
Our first away trip took us up the M5 to take on a Bristol 4th XI. Maisey and Hirst saw us make a solid start with the bat once again, however, Maisey was unluckily given out and that caused a batting collapse. Jackson and Silk were let to recover the innings, yet soon wickets fell again and we made 132 all out. Bristol batted well and chased the target 5 wickets down. Once again, Manazir was in the wickets and the pick of the bowlers.
A 3-week gap meant the squad had to revise for their exams but desperate to play in the next fixture away at Southampton 4s. On a dangerous looking wicket, we were asked to bat by Southampton. Several batsmen were stuck on the helmet from full balls as we fell to 59 all out. The team still believed though as it was by no means an easy wicket to bat on. Southampton were 37-7 in reply before scrambling home just about. Special mention must go to Zains chat that even had the umpires laughing.
To see the full report by skipper Adam Silk, click here.
BUCS Fixtures 2019