Published by the Oxford Mail, Monday 17 June 2013
OUCC enjoyed a seven-wicket victory in Saturday’s One-Day Varsity match at Lord’s.
Although the match was disrupted by rain, Oxford held the upper hand throughout and were convincing winners.
A superb start with the ball meant Cambridge were always up against it, Freddie Johnson the main thorn in the Light Blues’ side with figures of 2-10 off seven tight overs.
Gus Kennedy then hit an unbeaten 43 as Oxford passed their revised target with more than three overs remaining.
The decision by Dark Blues skipper Sam Agarwal to insert Cambridge was instantly justified when Johnson had Alex Hearne trapped leg before with the score still on nought.
Nipuna Senaratne soon followed, caught at gully by Sam Cato off Johnson as Cambridge struggled to 15-2 off ten overs.
Paul Best hit 32 of his side’s 47 runs before he was out lbw off Ben Williams. A run later, Akbar Ansari was caught at mid-wicket by Tom Chadwick off Freddie Fox.
Tom Elliott led a recovery of sorts, but Oxford again struck a quick double blow when Agarawl had Matt Hickey caught by Kennedy on the point boundary.
Soon after, Ben Wylie was caught by Fox off Cato’s bowling leaving Cambridge in deep trouble on 97-6. Elliott’s fine 62 helped his side reach 153-8 off 46.3 overs, before rain ended the Cambridge innings.
Oxford’s revised target of 158 off 43 overs soon became 89 off 20 when a downpour again forced the players off. And it proved no trouble for the Dark Blues, with Kennedy steering his side home with 3.4 overs remaining.
Unfortunately, OUWCC’s Varsity on the adjacent Nursery Ground was abandoned due to rain