On Saturday 7th November we kicked off our 2015/16 BUCS indoor cricket league campaign at the Edgbaston Indoor Centre, playing Aston in our first game and then the University of Birmingham.
Having one the toss we elected to bat first, Gonszor and Edmonds got us off to a confident start, making 15 and 12 respectively, both at a good rate setting us a solid base and allowing us to compile a total of 122 runs in our 10 overs. There were several contributions with the bat in reaching the score including Goodyear (20) and Yorke-Starkey (13). Sargeant was probably the stand out batsmen retiring on a quick fire 26 and then returning to contribute a further 6 runs in the final few balls of the innings.
Gonszor and Chase then opened the bowling, with an early run out putting Aston on the back foot within the first over. Their second wicket partnership then gained some momentum but we showed maturity in the field and managed to reduce Aston after a bright start to 69 all out. Our bowling and fielding performance as a team was strong, with only 3 extras being bowled in the innings we confidently gained our first win of the new campaign. Again Sargeant performed well taking 3 wickets in 2 overs and only going for 6 runs.
In our Second and final game of the day we faced the University of Birmingham. After we lost the toss and they decided to bat first the game went downhill fast for Warwick. Birmingham managed to rack up a total of 140, which was a result of some good batting but also some half chances we missed.
In reply we showed some positive signs in the first couple of overs with Gonszor and Edmonds showing good running and placement. Although some good bowling and fielding performances meant we inevitably started to fall behind the rate, this led to us having to take riskier runs and meant we collapsed to a total of 58.
Not a perfect start to the league but there were several positives to be taken from the day which we can take into future fixtures, well done to everyone who played and a special thanks to Kirsty for scoring both of our matches.