SUCC 4th XI v University of Portsmouth 4th XI on Thu 29 May 2014 at 13:00
SUCC Won by 119 runs

Match report A slightly strengthened SUCC 4XI took on a genuine Portsmouth 9 man 4XI, on a battlefield that resembles the Somme, otherwise known as Wide Lane. As this was nothing but a friendly we thought we would balance the teams out and give them a player, who better than Dharmin? This decision was entirely based on the fact that he was the last player to be selected and was late due to getting his kit. Absolutely nothing to do with having to put up with 40 overs of Dharmin chat.

Anyway Portsmouth took to the field, with Luke ‘the storm’ Coles and Greg Greg Wise leading the way for SUCC. We had a reasonable start until Greg was caught for 21. After Nielson joined Coles at the crease we witnessed a lot of swinging but very little hitting from The Storm before leaving in the low 20s. Enter Holcombe, as a partnership formed. Nielson playing probably one of the worst innings that will ever reach 50, giving one of the most simple chances to mid off, rivaling the drop of MacAskills. Another highlight may have been an attempted reverse sweep which came off the face of the bat and straight into the keepers gloves; another drop. Holcombe however down the other end was going strong striking the ball more cleanly, but really struggling to find a Manzils maximum. A few close calls but the benefit of the doubt at the umpire’s discretion fell with Portsmouth. After Nielson retired to end the misery, Holcombe followed soon after, bringing Siggy to the crease to face the wrath of Dharmin who had been brought onto bowl. After watching a long innings so far Siggy was keen to get involved following his recent form with the bat. However he played completely the wrong line, was plum in front and was gone first ball. A small collapse followed with Bantock and Callow both falling, before Bateman came to the crease and did what he does best. Quick flurry of runs later and he had his top score of 28 before controversially being given out for “obstructing the fielder” last ball of the game. Stansfield also had a quick innings of 12 at the end including a much more successful and respectful reverse sweep, leaving Farrant to have a boring 1 not out, taking our innings up to 193 for 9 of 40 overs, a very reasonable score for a Wide Lane wicket, not to mention the out field which was so long you could lose the ball due to the fact the mower had a puncture.

A make your own baguette tea was provided by Farrant and was given a 4, as lacked in quantity and variation.

As Portsmouth came out to bat, Farrant made his intentions clear from the off with a few short balls hitting the body. Stansfield keeping it tight with some in duckers.. being unfortunate not to pick up a LBW here and there. Bateman came on to bowl his ‘spin’, which turns out was closer to seam up. Before Callow and Siggy cut through the middle order with 5 wickets between them, leaving Portsmouth all out for 74. Special mention to Siggy for 2 shoes, one a result of an unnecessary dive at slip. A solid performance all round, and always a pleasure to beat Portsmouth, especially by 119 runs.

MoM – Neilson
DoD - Siggy


SUCC 4th XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 9 wickets

(40.0 overs)
Luke Coles Caught  22 1 1
Greg Wise Caught  21 1 1
Charlie Nielson Retired Not Out  50 4 1
William Holcombe Caught  40 4 1
Siegfried Wai Lbw  0
James Bantock Bowled  2
Ben Callow Lbw  3 1
Will Bateman Obstructing Field  28 3
Alex Stansfield Bowled  12
Will Farrant Not Out  1 2
A.N. Other  

University of Portsmouth 4th XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

University of Portsmouth 4th XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
74 (22.2 overs)

SUCC 4th XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Will Farrant6.0017117.002.83
Alex Stansfield5.011025.002.00
Will Bateman4.011400.003.50
Ben Callow5.001836.003.60
Siegfried Wai2.201427.006.00