Warwick 2nd XI (H) 142-10 (47.2) def. by Leicester 1st XI (A) 166-10 (48.3)
After delightful sunshine all week, the weather on Wednesday obligingly turned cold for the 2s first BUCS game of the season vs Leicester 1s at home. Having had one game rained-off, and another postponed, week 4 was Nikhil’s first chance to lead the side. Bowling first, jumpers were found and Curtis and Sohil opened up. Sohil particularly got a few to swing past the bat, and got one nick early on which was unfortunately missed. Leicester had one very good opener driving it nicely through the covers, and soon they had a strong start with 50-0 after 15. Fagan was brought on and surprised the Leicester batsmen with great pace, while Roche from the other end was able to make the breakthrough. This pair settled in and managed to steadily take wickets to dry up the Leicester scoring. Curtis was brought back and took a wicket, and Jinesh was tidy from the other end. However some late-order hitting from Leicester got their score to 168, which looked quite big on a slow outfield with few boundaries. Roche was unlucky not to pick up a five-for, one ball in his final over looping up into the infield, but landed safe. He ended with a well-deserved 4, Fagan 3.
Topper and Royle opened up for Warwick, and Leicester were fired up early on. They quickly got broke through our top order, only Royle offering some good resistance. Eventually Warwick were able to rebuild when Bird came in to join. Bird and Royle were able to skilfully pick off the 2s and keep Warwick in the game. After Royle went, and Sohil was unluckily run-out by the tip of the bowler’s fingers, Warwick looked nearly down. But Bird along with Fagan stood strong and edged Warwick closer along with some helpful hitting from Curtis. Unfortunately it was never really to be, and Warwick fell short by 20, despite Bird making 50. Some more luck in the field and with the bat could have changed the game, and Warwick aren’t too far away.
MOTM: Jacob Roche