SUCC 2nd XI v University of Plymouth 1st XI on Wed 28 May 2014 at 12:30
SUCC Won by 2 wickets

Match report With the weather looking suspicious the day before the match, expectations for the pitch at Wide lane were not high. It did not disappoint. Opinions were split as to whether batting first would be beneficial on the soggy pitch but captain Royals lost the toss and we were were fielding. This provided a slight problem as several players were missing due to morning exams. However, the absence of Holcombe was particularly distressing as no one knew why he was missing. He turned up an hour late (potential DoD).

Amidst all this chaos, we still had a cricket match to play, beating Plymouth would mean they lose the chance to get promoted and Bristol go through. The usual steady overs from CJ commenced the match, accompanied ably by Stansfield. Conor picked up a couple of deserved wickets albeit one from a very suspicious edge that was claimed by Patto after Rye parried it. Royals then brought on the star spinners in Sivarajah and himself. They proved to be all the bowlers we needed on the Wide lane pitch as Wessex skittled through Plymouth with Royals taking a five for and Sivarajah picked up three of his own. Three of Royals' wickets were owed to great catches, a one handed screamer by the man himself and two fine diving efforts by the very hungover Holcombe. Royals did find himself on a hat-trick after a ball that was claimed to be 'the new ball of the century' by Paterson. Unfortunately CJ got a difficult shoe on the hat-trick delivery... Wessex were set 71 to chase. Nothing was taken for granted.

Greg Wise and Patto walked out to a pitch that had steadily deteriorated through the first innings. Batting proved just as difficult for Southampton as it had for Plymouth with Wise departing early. Holcombe and Patto tried to counter-attack with a few aggressive shots but both were to depart soon, caught, for 8 and 17 respectively. With Kundu and Sivarajah blocking out the bowling and crawling towards the target through wides, the game looked to have died down a little. Both Kundu and Sivarajah lost their patience eventually and departed attempting to loft the infield, needless to say, with fantastic strike rates.

When the game looked to be turning to Plymouth's favour, Royals walked in at number 8, fresh from his five-for, and guided the side home with a well made 19. Birthday boy Conor Jones got the winning runs and a relieved Southampton team could celebrate.


MoM- Chris Royals
DoD- Ashley Sivarajah

University of Plymouth 1st XI Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
70 (31.4 overs)

SUCC 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Conor Jones7.011326.501.86
Alex Stansfield6.001700.002.83
Ashley Sivarajah9.451334.331.34
Chris Royals9.002655.202.89

SUCC 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 8 wickets

(38.4 overs)
Ben Paterson Caught  17 2 1
Greg Wise Bowled  1
William Holcombe Caught  8 2
Sanjay Kundu Caught  7 1
Ashley Sivarajah Caught  1
Adam Hudson Bowled  0 1
Aylon Wijaiyarajah Caught  5
Chris Royals Not Out  19 2
Jonny Rye Bowled  0 1
Conor Jones Not Out  1
Alex Stansfield  

University of Plymouth 1st XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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