On Saturday 15th November, the boys took on both Keele and Birmingham City Universities in the latest installment of the BUCS Indoor Cricket League.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Warwick managed to compile a steady 106 with retirements for both Sargeant and Hayes. We felt that this score was roughly par, with a few more wickets in hand at the death perhaps elevating it more towards 120. Having said that, the maturity and responsibility shown by these two senior batsmen must be applauded.
The bowling effort really underlined the value of spin in the indoor format. Both Gonszor and Sridhar strangled the Keele top order, picking up three and two wickets respectively. Whilst it must be acknowledged that there was the odd fielding blemish, Keele never really appeared to threaten. The winning margin of 6 runs probably wasn’t a fair reflection of Warwick’s dominance on the match overall, but a solid win nonetheless.
For those not aware of Birmingham City’s cricketing talents (me included), what followed was the most farcical performance ever to grace the hallowed Edgbaston turf. Electing to bat once again, Warwick amassed a mammoth 137 in 10 overs, with all the batters chipping in with notable contributions.
The subsequent City reply began disastrously and continued in the same vein for all of 12 minutes. Gonszor and Sridhar yet again accounted for almost their entire line up, thereby ensuring a thumping Warwick victory. Our clinical demolition also gave us the luxury of heading back home in time for England’s rugby exploits, which I’m sure added to the satisfaction of 2 wins out of 2.
All in all, a great days work and good luck to those taking part this Saturday.