Bournemouth University 2nd XI v SUCC 2nd XI on Wed 11 Jun 2014 at 11:00
SUCC Lost by 7 wickets

Match report After a nailbiting win over Plymouth on a rainy day in late May the 2s had secured their place in the division for next year. The story was altogether different for our hosts Bournemouth who have been having a torrid season and needed a big win to stand a chance of maintaining their place in the league.
It was therefore not altogether surprising that while Bournemouth had been warming up for half an hour before the arrival of the Wessex side, we were far more intrigued by the glorious surroundings of Dean Park, home to Dorset CCC and the shower provision.
Wessex were inserted on a flat track which confused us all. Was there some hidden devilry in the pitch? Was the Bournemouth side stacked with batsmen? Or perhaps, more likely, they were aware of the fact that our highest score in league cricket this year is 117. Out went the in form Mills with Pricey to open up and they both soon returned against a strong Bournemouth attack that one suspects generally play in a higher league.
Only Warner ever looked comfortable against a strong Bournemouth attack and while he found some batsmen willing to #digin (Patto 8 off 33, Royals 4 off 32 and Rye 1 off 19), runs were incredibly difficult to come by and when Warner smashed a full toss straight down mid wicket's throat the game was up, 91 all out.
After a strong tea effort served by the Bournemouth coach in potentially the only useful thing he did all day Wessex took to the field determined not to go down without a fight and, buoyed by captain Royals' insistence that Bournemouth only had 15 overs to chase down the runs to stay up, there was a tonne of energy in the first few overs.
However Royals' maths was appalling and with 33 overs to chase the runs Bournemouth never looked too troubled, despite a Warner 3fer to pad the stats and after 17 overs they had completed a fairly simple chase.
So the 2s took a proper team photo in front of the pavilion then a far better one in the showers before forcing Rob Gill to WWH himself on facetime, stayed for a very pleasant pint in Bournemouth before heading to Gordons and reached the AGM fairly lubricated.
Now to look back at the season; let's face it there can't be many teams who stay up while only scoring over 100 once in league cricket which shows just how good our bowling effort was this year. However my main takeaway from this year has to be the social element of the 2s and the fact that there can't be a better showering XI in BUCS sport. The 2s have also played a part in personal development, with Kumo learning to tie a tie, neck a pint and get naked. Largely, however, what will live long in the memory is that sunny Sunday in Exeter when all hell broke loose and this club showed that it still has plenty of fight left in it.
As we left Bournemouth it was revealed that Dean Park is being sold off at the end of the year and will tragically be converted into houses. A real shame but, much like the 2014 2nd XI, nothing lasts forever and all good things must come to an end.

Until next time gents...


MoM - Warner
DoD - Price

Of note - Holcombe records 4th BUCS duck in 5 innings

SUCC 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(40.3 overs)
Tom Mills Bowled  13 28 3 46.43
Tom Price Caught  5 10 1 50.0
Jayden Clark Caught  6 37 1 16.22
Ben Paterson Caught  8 33 24.24
kumo sharma Bowled  1 9 11.11
William Holcombe Lbw  0 1 0
Matthew Warner Caught  30 66 3 45.45
Chris Royals Caught  4 32 12.50
Jonny Rye Caught  1 19 5.26 2
Conor Jones Not Out  1 5 20.0
Will Bateman Bowled  0 3 0

Bournemouth University 2nd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Bournemouth University 2nd XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 3 wickets
92 (16.5 overs)

SUCC 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matthew Warner8.5243314.334.87
Will Bateman3.001600.005.33
Conor Jones3.002800.009.33
Chris Royals2.00400.002.00