Ross Haines hits a six to win the match with 5 balls to spare in a thrilling finish at The Home of Cricket on Friday 20th June.
The Men’s and Women’s cricket Blues beat their Cambridge counterparts in spectacular fashion last Friday at Lord’s.
In the women’s game on the Nursery Ground captain Tina Gough put in a man-of-the-match performance with 71 runs, leading her team to a convincing win. Eleanor Bath (41 runs) and Lucy Stuchfield (36 runs) pitched in with valuable runs, to make the Oxford total 204.
Pick of the Oxford bowlers were Naz Chatterji and Ridhi Kashyap, with 4 wickets apiece, in a great team effort of tight bowling and fielding. This led to Cambridge finishing on 64 all out in only the 22nd over. The win caps a fantastic final season for many of the girls who graduate, after also winning the Twenty20 Varsity in May.
On the main ground Oxford won the coin toss and decided to field first defending their 2013 title. Cambridge’s made 177 all out, owing much to Akbar Ansari’s 52, while Sam Cato took 4-31 to ensure they were bowled out in the 47th over.
Chasing Cambridge’s total the Dark Blues were in big trouble, slumping to 82-7 in reply. The early part of innings was held together by Matt Winter’s half-century, as the top order failed to score runs. But No.9 Ross Haines played an astonishing innings to turn the match around.
Even when their ninth wicket fell at 137, Oxford still looked likely losers. But Haines and last man Abi Sakande added 42 runs, with the former sealing the remarkable victory with a six off the first ball of the last over.
Haines made 61 not out off 44 balls with three sixes and four fours, while Sakande finished on 15 not out.
Photo of Ross Haines/ Matt Henderson
Photo of Oxford University Women/ George Setterfield
Photo L-R Coach George Setterfield, Captain Tina Gough, Coach Mark Farmer / Sarah White