UBCC's season has kicked off with Indoor matches, UBCC fresher Craig Hodges reveals all:
Sunday 23rd October marked the first competitive outing of the Coetzee Club Captain era with the first round of BUCS indoor fixtures at Exeter University. With all freshers on the bus alongside dependable May, Gregory, Dawes and Patel; the departure from the Students Union was delayed by half an hour due to the late arrival of Coetzee, Newman and Wynn, fresh from exploits at an unnamed futsal captain’s house the night before.
The bus arrived in Exeter 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the first game and thinking he had gotten away with the excuse of ‘big roadworks near the Union’ to the suspicions of Coach Stovol. Captain Coetzee won the first toss of the year and elected to bat. The 2s begun their campaign against Marjons, the experience of Dawes and Coetzee shone as Bristol finished their 10 overs with 127. Feeling confident in the score, Coetzee threw the ball to fresher Hodges for the first over, a decision he instantly regretted as 2 wides from the first 2 balls left him wondering why he ever became Club Captain. However, his persistence in the youth policy paid off as Bristol bowled out Marjons for 65 in 9.3 overs.
The second game of the day for the 2s came against Gloucestershire University, batting first once again Bristol racked up an impressive 141-5 in 10 overs, led by Donald’s 25 retired. The Gloucestershire batsmen were bamboozled by the trial by spin of Bee and Dawes as they were bowled out for 50 in 6 overs ending a successful first day for the 2s, knowing tougher tests would come in the coming weeks.
The second round of games came with another early start yet again, but under strict instruction the bus managed to leave just the 5 minutes behind schedule. The 2s began their day with a tough game against Exeter 2s, a solid bowling and fielding performance left Bristol a measly target of 60 in 10 overs. After 3 quick wickets of Coetzee, Donald and Hodges, the 2s required 30 runs from 30 balls which, in indoor terms, should be completed with a similar amount of ease as C.Goldthorp bringing someone back on a Wednesday night. Gregory had other ideas. The last man standing left himself 13 off the last over, a task he duly obliged hitting three off the last ball of the game to lead the 2s to a one wicket win and 3 wins from 3.
The final game of the day was an all Bristol clash with the 2s bowling first and restricting the 1s to 81 in their 10 overs. Led again by another retirement from Donald, the 2s chased the target 2 wickets down in 7 overs leaving an unblemished record of 4 wins from 4 going into Cardiff.
The final round of games saw Bristol travel to the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, the returning Bee and a surprise inclusion of Smith boosted the 2s chances of qualifying, requiring at least 2 wins out of 3 games to finish in the top 2 of the Western A group. The 2s started with UWE as the opponents and chose to bat first once again. The two openers Donald and Smith set a solid base enabling Bristol to amass 104, a score defended comfortably – UWE finishing 67 all out in 8.1 overs.
The second opponents were Bath and Coetzee, winning his 5th toss out of 6, elected to bat once again. The game followed in a similar suit to UWE, a solid base set by the openers and contributions from the rest of the order saw Bristol score 104-3 in 10 overs. This was followed by an emphatic bowling performance seeing Bath bowled out for 35 in 5.4 overs. The final game of the competition was a winner takes first place game against National Champions Exeter 1s. Another toss, another win for Coetzee had the 2s batting once again. Smith was in good touch, reaching his 25 in roughly 5 overs before cameos left Bristol on an under par for the day 103 off the allocated overs. Exeter started strongly reaching 4 overs without loss but 3 wickets in 4 overs including a one-handed worldy at short leg from Bee left Exeter needing 30 from the last two overs with 3 wickets in hand. One wicket and 12 runs from the penultimate over off Hodges left Alex “I’m tremendous at indoor cricket” Coetzee 18 runs to play with, yet he only needed 3 balls as Bristol bowled Exeter out for 89 to take first place in Western A with an unbeaten 7 wins out of 7.
Alex Coetzee, Pete Tubeman and Freddie Wynn for abysmal time keeping on the day of the biggest cricketing event in the University calendar year