I arrived at the dingle for 11.15am on a sunny but rather windy day and actually realizing that I have no idea what pitch I was supposed to be playing on. This was my first match for the 3rd XI and I had only played with a few of them before. Therefore, I decided it would be important to make a good impression among my peers. However, this is the opposite of what happened …More
As far as sporting spectacles go, it is difficult to recount one more intensely anticipated than Bristol 1st XI’s trip to Cardiff Met. Bristol, sitting pretty and undefeated at the top of the league, understood that a win over (by all accounts) a strong Cardiff side would move them within touching distance of a third consecutive league title and immortalize the side in Bristol University sporting history …More
The comedy from the 4s game began the night before when we received the following message from a certain Richard Cubitt at around 11pm: "As much as I'm honoured to have gotten a call up to the squad, I'm truly gutted to say I won't be able to take up this special opportunity. It was a hard decision to say the least, but with no kit to speak of and a distinct lack of student card, my appearance will have to remain just mere speculation" …More
A meet time of 7:45am was always going to be ambitious for the 2s and 3s travelling to Aberystwyth. Notable mentions go to Gratton for turning up at 8:20am having texted Richie at 7:50am claiming he would ‘literally be one second’. Another mention must go to Castleman for not turning up at all …More
It was an early start for the long trip to Aber for both our 2nd and our 3rd team. A 7:45 meet to be precise. Linney took this as negotiable, having to be picked up outside Java at about 20 past 8. We then set out across a little part of England and a lot of Wales. Norrington told us all about his favourite rivers, and why, to pass the time …More
The University ended their pre-season week with a comfortable victory away at West of England Premier League Division 1 side Bristol Cricket Club. The home side batted first and made difficult work of the opening 25 overs with the score 70-3 at the half way stage. Tight, disciplined bowling throughout the innings restricted Bristol CC to 186 all out in 49 overs. Bristol university began the run-chase with a solid opening partnership of 70 between Klapper and Smith before Klapper was caught at slip for 33. Two more wickets fell shortly after leaving Bristol CC with a chance to take the initiative, but Smith continued to find the boundaries and ended 101 not out, well supported by Fergus Black with 20 not out to seal an emphatic win for the University by 7 wickets.
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An unrecognisable Coombe Dingle was to play host to the two major cricketing giants of the area, Bristol University and Gloucestershire CCC, in a contest that would show off the cricketing crème de la crème of the South West. Bristol were keen to put one over their supposed ‘superiors’, having been decisively pumped in seasons previously. Team morale was high, as Jacob blasted Kelly Clarkson in the changing room …More