The UWMCC team of Dan Lewis, Jack Sadler, Charlie Turner, Kishan Patel, Ollie Carter and Robert Kraus gathered in the sports foyer, ready to make the journey to the hallowed Connexion Arena. Sadly, Captain Cooper had fallen ill and was unable to play, allowing Kraus to try his hand at indoor captaincy. Prior to the game Cooper had informed us that we would be playing a double header, starting at 6; however, we arrived to find that we were in fact an hour early for our one game starting at 7. Obviously his business course doesn’t focus on organisational skills. This gave us a chance to have a good professional warm up, consisting mostly of a 3 a-side football game, just like the England team.
With our opposition, Leek Wootton, having just lost to Warwick CC, Captain Kraus went to toss up. Leek Wootton won the toss and chose to bat first. Ollie and Charlie opened the bowling and thanks to some great swing control, restricted the batsmen to just 6 off the first two overs. Fourth bowler Dan Lewis then came on in the fourth over, his cheeky medium pacers helping him to pick up the first wicket. Leek Wootton continued to lose regular wickets, including a lovely in-swinging Yorker from Ollie, and found runs hard to come by thanks to some solid fielding and aggressive field placements from Kraus. A good catch off the wall and direct hit from Charlie in the last over saw Leek Wootton bowled out for 61.
Jack and Kishan opened up for UWMCC, aiming to chase down what we considered a fairly modest total. Jack decided hitting straight was the way to go, despite there only being one fielder on the leg side. Nevertheless, he scored relatively quickly to retire on 28. Dan came in, only to be dismissed for a duck, chipping the ball straight into the fielder’s hands. Kraus then came in to see us to the total with 3 overs to spare. Kishan finished unbeaten on 18.
The team headed home, happy with a well deserved and comfortable victory.