A season that begins with a hat-trick of draws might not sound inspirational at first glance but Leeds Bradford MCCU’s performances against each of the three counties has been reason to be proud.
Being undefeated after coming up against Sussex, Yorkshire and Lancashire hopefully shows the sign of things to come – cricket kicking off again at Weetwood on Friday 17 April at home to Exeter University (11am)
Most recently against Lancashire, Bill Root’s 46 runs & 4-49 and Steve Bullen’s 97 over in Manchester spring to mind; meanwhile, defying Yorkshire at full tilt required patience and determination.
Alex Lilley’s 4-65 in the first innings and Joe Ellis-Gewal’s defiant 42 batting at ten are just two of the highlights from Headingley.
The nominal target of 421 was put into perspective as Leeds Bradford ground their way to 48-4 off 33 overs.
Given how Yorkshire subsequently blew away Worcestershire to the tune of ten wickets in the County Championship, that back-to-the-wall defensive effort was a credit to the lads.
Sussex at Hove probably already feels like a lifetime ago but the second day washout was a shame. Nonetheless, batting #digin display from Liam Watkinson and Christian Davis was a decent early-season display of resistance.
Good luck to the squad as they take on other university squads across formats in the coming months!