Crusaders' 3-Day Varsity 2005

Friday 01 July 2005

Crusaders drew a heavily rain affected match at the Parks, Oxford. In between the showers, there was time for a maiden Cambridge 100 for Matt Austin, and a golden duck (to go with 2 wickets) for Bungle in his final showing for CUCC. Authentics 250-5 dec. (Wickets for Lion, Tiwari, Pattani, and 2 for Newman. Crusaders 360-9 dec. (Austin 100, Jones 87).

Debs surveys the wet scene on day 1...

A bit of Authentics vs Crusaders touch rugby in the absence of cricket.

The players survey the state of the track after the rain, while debs decides to test it with his spikes

The scoreboard at the end of day 1

Day 2, more rain means its time for some football

Fergus Argyle and Barters try to engineer a positive outcome from the game, while the umpires have a natter a safe distance from checking the state of the square.

Ravi, Ian and Andy wait for the ground to dry...

Finally, the Cambridge innings gets underway with Barters taking strike

A headless chuffers enjoys his Barters and Massey's batting whilst asleep in the pavilion

Day 3 and the weather seems to have improved, with Matt Austin facing Argyle's left arm spin before lunch.

Bungle scores during Matt Austin and Andy Jones' hundred partnership

Matt and Andy walk off undefeated having both passed fifty at lunch.

Andy finally dismissed for a fine 87, even though he doesn't remember any of it.

Matt Austin returning to the pavilion after his century

Fran's footwork gets him into trouble as he falls a mere 97 short of a century, predictably lbw playing across a straight one

Bungle impressed by the day's events

Lion and Tiwari wait for the rain to pass so Cambridge can get back on the field in the last session to bowl out the Authentics for less than 110 to finish the game...

But alas, no more play and time for the team photo. from back left: Lion, Massey, Debs, Bungle, Village, Ravi, Franter, Ash, Barters, Chuffers and Aussie

Ian Massey at the start of his innings on day 2. The 'tics bowler starting off well to his field of 5 slips, a gully and a short leg with a leg stump half volley...