With the potential of taking part in a game with the most boring match report ever seen on the UBCC website, 6 of the players who were heavily involved in the unbeaten indoor campaign plus scorer Beck and driver/7th man May embarked on UWE territory to try and earn a point for Bristol in the Varsity Series. The highly-anticipated toss, severely delayed by the trouncing of UWE in women’s futsal, was lost by Club Captain Coetzee and UBCC were sent into the field. The token Smith over (to get it out the way as early as possible) proved a stroke of genius as a wicket and 8 runs came from the 1st. A run out in the 3rd over from Smudge put the UWE batsmen into their shells slightly but this was soon alleviated by Bee’s inability to either land the ball in the batsman’s half or land it at all claiming, “you don’t need to land it when you have a googly as good as mine”. UWE looked set to produce a defendable total at 61-2 with 2 overs remaining but 3 wickets in the penultimate over from Hodges and a run out from the first ball of the last ensured that UWE finished 63 all out, a total even the worst chasing team in indoor cricket felt confident of getting to.
The chase started slowly but surely with formidable opening duo Smith and Donald finding the walls with ease but not so keen on finding any quick singles. This was until Donald found himself running a 2 with Smudge unmoved at the other end, a disconsolate Donald being run out for 3 not even in the frame, TFC. Coetzee came and went for 2, dismissed ‘caught ceiling’ with a straight drive that would have struggled to reach the boundary downhill at Dingle with the wind. Controversy surrounded the 3rd wicket as Hodges, being the honest cricketer he is, refused to walk having been caught at short extra cover insisting on a wooden sound but later being informed the opponent caught it fingers facing up in front of his chest. The slight wobble was no issue for the coolest man from Singapore Gregory (10*) and Smudge (22*) as they breezed home with 3 wickets and 8 balls (of course UBCC match balls kindly sponsored by Hunter Selection) to spare with wides racking up the second highest score as well as the winning runs. Cheers. News of the UBCC Women’s team winning their game by 1 run ensured that UBCC would be taking the Varsity point back to Fortress Dingle along with the local spoils.
Tea – 0 tea provided but the Wizards curry afterwards proved very popular with the boys, less so with Donald’s bowels after ordering the Madras.
DOTD - Hodges for the worst piece of sportsmanship since Broad nicking off in the 2013 Ashes yet still being fuming with the decision.