Having won the
Football Premier League and Football Cuppers,
past Queen’s in cricket Cuppers final.
A match that was the warm-up act for
Varsity Twenty20 was not quite the contest it promised: Queen’s were set for a
mammoth score before being reigned in, and a ruthless Worcester top order sped
to the target with four overs remaining.
Put in to bat by
Nick Woods got off to a solid start (putting on 26 for the first wicket in five
overs), before Kelly had his middle stump sent cartwheeling for three.
the semi-final, joined Woods at the crease.
Three fours in one over from Andrew
Shakespeare signalled his intent early on. The two batsman looked increasingly
confident, and Healy’s decision to insert the underdogs looked hubristic.
the score on 64/1, the introduction of Thomas Bryan was a masterstroke of
captaincy. In his first over, the seamer removed Woods’ off stump for 27.
Queens’ were panicked.
It could have been much worse:
batsman Jonty Strachan was dropped at mid-on off Kunal Desai, before Bromsgrove
was put down on 37 at the same position.
The batsmen took advantage, Bromsgrove
keeping the rate at five runs per over. But for the third time,
away: Strachan was bowled for 9 leaving the score at 92/3.
Bromsgrove at the crease. They brought up Queen’s’ hundred in the twenty-first
over. With only three wickets lost, 220 or even 240 looked possible. But Desai
was doing a good job of stemming the flow of runs: he finished with 6-0-24-0,
Frustrated by the
slowing rate of scoring, Bromsgrove was caught behind for 54. At 114/4 off 27
overs, Queen’s could still have hoped to get close to 200. They did not make it
easy for themselves; Hemingway was run out for 8 after a number of risky
Just when Queen’s needed to up the rate, they were being hemmed in by
tight bowling and sharp fielding from
relief than a statement of intent.
than acceleration, marked the last few overs. Thomas Carpenter slashed at one
coming across him and was caught behind for 3, leaving his team on 132/6. Another
run out soon followed, before Chris Ecland became the third batsman of the
innings to fail to make his ground, coming back for a risky second. 142/8
became 142/9 soon later: Alfie Enoch was bowled off his first ball.
Bosworth hit a big one bounce four to long on off Gibson, he repeated the same
shot next ball and was caught. 92/2 had become 154 all out.
not just Desai and Bryan but Gibson (7.3-0-21-2) and Martin (6-0-19-2) had
Defending 154 against
a batting order as accomplished as
bowl them out, a task they simply did not have the firepower to achieve.
Thompson and Tom Smith started confidently: hitting Alfie Enoch (3-0-26-0) out
of the attack. Jonty Strachan and Nick Woods proved more effective in holding
back the onslaught, but did not look like removing either of the openers.
It was not until the
introduction of James Kelly that the batsmen started to look at all
uncomfortable. Kelly, who bowls left arm seam from around the wicket, created a
difficult angle for the right-handed batsmen.
Many LBW appeals were made, none
were given, but the scoring rate dropped. Smith, who had brought up his fifty
with an effortless clip for six over deep mid-wicket, soon fell to Kelly. He
drove the ball straight to Woods at cover, falling for 52. But
Queen’s did well not
to make it easy: eight overs bowled in succession by Kelly and the equally
impressive Woods (7.5-0-26-0) cost only ten runs, as Thompson and Bryan proved
a less dynamic partnership than Thompson and Smith.
Once Kelly (8-1-23-1) was
out of the attack, though,
fantastic shots off new bowler Bosworth, and soon later brought up his 50.
overwhelming favourites at this stage,
into the game. But
Bosworth, and then by Carpenter at slip off Strachan. After these let offs, it
was only a matter of time for
And in the thirty
fifth over, Thompson drove through cover for four, winning Cuppers for
metaphorically, if not literally, breaking a sweat.