Leeds Bradford began their mini tour of the South of England & South Wales with an 8 wicket success against Southampton Solent University in the BUCS competition at Totton & Eling CC.
The home team began confidently after being put in, with captain Rob Walters and Kieran Geyle adding 87 for the first wicket within the first 15 overs before Geyle was caught behind for 56 from only 43 balls. Solent, under the guidance of former Yellows skipper Richard Browning, are an extremely well-drilled outfit and continued scoring at a decent pace throughout their innings, particularly favouring the short boundary to one side of the ground. Dorset batsman Ryan Scott top-scored for them with 61, Alex Lilley leading the bowling honours with 3 for 66 from 9 overs as Solent totalled 303 for 8 from their allocation.
Chris Wakefield & Bullen set off in typically aggressive style and had added 40 in only 4.4 overs before Wakefield fell for 20. Thereafter it became the Billy Root show as he went on to compile the highest ever one-day score by a Leeds Bradford player. The left hander scored 154 not out from only 109 balls with 14x4s and 10x6s, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground. He shared in partnerships of 95 in 16.4 overs with Bullen, (who made 58 from 66 deliveries before being run out) and 171 in only 18.3 overs with Christian Davis, the skipper finishing unbeaten on 59 (52 balls, 6x4s, 1×6) in a wonderful display of explosive hitting.
The final shot to win the game summed it up really – a reverse sweep by Root off the Solent opening bowler, Butcher, that sailed over the ropes for a maximum.
Three more BUCS points in the bag to make it 9 from 4 games as the team headed off for the journey to Cardiff.