The 2015 One-Day Varsity Match will take place on Saturday 27th June 2015 at Lords Cricket Ground. Always a fantastic day, Cambridge will be desperate to avenge defeat in the last two years, including by one wicket in an absolute thriller last summer, and re-assert the dominance which saw them win three in a row before that. While the fixture is scheduled a little later than usual, it does provide Alasdair Pollock and his Cambridge side with a longer period of time to prepare and re-focus on Cricket following their University exams.
In case you missed out on what happened in last year’s one day varsity, here’s the match report:
The Blues went into the One-Day Varsity Match full of confidence after a string of victories against high calibre opponents. Oxford won the toss and made the decision to bowl first on a fresh Lord’s wicket. Abbott (Magdalene, 32) and Ansari (Trinity Hall, 52) took Cambridge to 100-2 but when Abbott fell his dismissal was shortly followed by a cluster of wickets to put Oxford on top, and when Ansari was out to leave the score on 136-8 it looked as if the match could be quite one sided. Sadler (Churchill, 23) and Crichard (St. Johns, 21) put on 41 for the 9th wicket, including two sixes for Sadler, and it was felt at the halfway stage that a total of 177 at least gave Cambridge a chance. Cambridge started well with the ball with Pollock (Robinson) taking a wicket in the first over. Pollock again struck twice in the 11th and when Sadler induced an outside edge from Oxford captain Augustus Kennedy it was 55-4 and the match was very much in the balance. Bath (Trinity Hall) bowled exceptionally to leave Oxford 83-7, and coupled with some exceptional fielding, including spectacular catches from captain Elliot (Sidney Sussex) and Senaratne (Jesus), Oxford were soon to be left struggling on 118-8, then 137-9, but nobody had accounted for Haines, who to his credit, batted unbelievably well to take his side home in the last over. Pollock ended with 4-29 and Bath 3-26 but it was Haines from Oxford who really stole the show. It really was a roller-coaster match and will live long in the memory for all those lucky enough to be present at the ground.
Full details of this year’s fixture can be found on the Lord’s website.