UCLES vs. Remnants

Wednesday, May 10, 2000
St. Catherine's College

UCLES (143/5 in 20 six-ball overs)
lost to
Remnants (146/4 in 20 six-ball overs)
by 6 wickets.

Report by Daniel Mortlock:

No sooner had we completed the epic journey back from Downing College's Long Road cricket ground yesterday than we had to head right back to south Cambridge, today to St. Catherine's College's sports fields on Barton Road. Our opposition was UCLES, the University of Cambridge Local Exam Syndicate, a new team about whom we hence knew nothing more than their name (rather like some of the students they test).

UCLES batted first on a very true pitch and scored freely from the outset, their impressive total being built around a solid 64 from their opener Steve Robinson. Daniel Mortlock (1/25), Russell Woolf (1/28), Rob Harvey (2/27) and Rupert Brown (1/13) all got wickets, but all four went for more than six an over, and UCLES's eventual total of 143/5 was likely to be winning.

Our chase began steadily, with Ev Fox (19) combining well with Andy Reid (30* at this stage) to post a 50-run opening partnership, after which we needed 94 runs off 75 balls. That no-one else - not even extras - made it into double figures soon became an irrelevance as Andy made a single-handed assault on the UCLES total. He put on 10 with Tony Malik; Tony's contribution was 0. He put on 24 with Phil Watson; Phil's contribution was 8. He put on 47 with Rubert Brown; Rupert's contribution was 8. By the start of the final over Andy was on 90* and we needed 12 more runs to win. Rob Harvey was there in support but, critically, at the non-striker's end. Andy promptly hit the first four balls for 4 . 2 2, which took him too a fantastic century, although nobody realised it at the time as we were all too concerned about the 4 needed for victory. Another two meant it all came down to the final delivery: one to tie or two to win. What we got was a final, imperious boundary from - Andy's 18th, which took him to a superb 106 not out. Andy's innings represented more than two-thirds of our total, the second greatest single contribution ever to a Remnants innings, bested only by Clark Brunt's effort back in 1983.