RECORDS TUMBLE IN THE SUN

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Centurions Christian Davis & Billy Root

Following their poor performance in defeat yesterday, the Leeds Bradford boys certainly made hay in the sun at Weetwood on Day 1 of their 2-Day MCCU Challenge match against Oxford MCCU, on a day when records tumbled.

Christian Davis won the toss and chose to bat on the same track that had been used the previous day. To make this decision pay it was clear the Yellows would have to bat long into the day and show more urgency and application than in the BUCS game. And boy, did they!!

Despite losing both openers within the first dozen overs with only 55 on the board – Henry Thompson pushing a return catch back to Sakande and Steve Bullen becoming the first of 4 leg before victims in the day –  the 3rd wicket pair of Billy Root & Davis tucked into the Oxford attack with increasing authority as the morning session went on. The Dark Blues were hampered when their skipper & opening bowler, Sam Weller, had to leave the field for treatment to a leg injury but by lunchtime the pair had taken the score to 160 in 34 overs, with Root on 64 & Davis 67.

As the temperature increased in the afternoon the batsmen kept the heat on the Oxford bowlers by playing shots all around the park. Root was the first of the pair to reach his century but fell shortly after reaching the landmark when McIver rapped his pads and he was adjudged leg before. The left-hander had scored 103 from 145 balls, with 17 x 4s & the 3rd wicket partnership had realised 175 runs – a record for the Yellows in the 2-Day competition.

Davis the notched his first ever ton for the team but when on 107 he hit McIver straight to Steve Leach at midwicket, his runs having come from 125 deliveries with 14 x 4s and 2 x 6s. At 245 for 4 plenty of work still had to be done to make the decision to bat prove to be a shrewd one. Yesterday’s batting star, Logan Weston, joined forces with Harry Rouse and together they shared the second hundred partnership of the innings, adding 102 in 30 overs before Rouse nicked Sabin behind four short of a deserved half-century. It was the all-rounders most assured knock for some time and at 347-5 the platform was well and truly set for a formidable total.

Weston became another leg before victim, umpire Prince deciding the ball would have hit the stumps despite the large stride down the track, but the Leeds Beckett student’s 71 (109 balls, 9x4s, 1×6) brought his total runs over the last couple of days to 160.

Liam Watkinson quickly became yet another LBW victim but his wicket was to give Oxford their last cheer of the day as George Scott and Alex Lilley compiled the 3rd century stand of the day by plundering a tiring attack for a further 108 runs in only 12.4 overs – a new Leeds Bradford record for the 8th wicket in all formats of the game.

When Davis had elected to bat at 10.30 am he said that his batsmen would have to ensure they were still at the crease in the final session in order to capitalise on the weary bowlers, and his plan worked out precisely!

When Scott (51*) & Lilley (59*) strode off at the close of play the total stood at 486 for 7 – a record total for the Yellows in any form of cricket.

On what is still a fine batting track the bowlers will all have their work cut out tomorrow, but the batting effort was monumental and an infinite improvement on the previous days’ performance. Play resumes tomorrow at 11.00 am.

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YELLOWS STUMBLE

The Yellows put in one of their worst performances in the last couple of years in going down by 4 runs to a much-improved Oxford MCCU team in the BUCS tie at Weetwood.

The Dark Blues won the toss and elected to bat on a bright & sunny afternoon, making a superb start with stands of 76 & 75 for the 1st (Paternoot & Sabin) & 2nd wickets (Paternott  & Hughes) respectively, all three batsmen running well between the wickets and capitalising on some short bowling.

Steve Leach (36) also batted well and a great cameo at the end of the innings by Oxford ‘keeper Ellis (24 from 12) took them to a total of 268 for 8. Liam Watkinson (3-38), Alex Lilley (2-40), Joe Ellis-Grewal  (1-38) and Archie Ogden(1-68) were the wicket takers, but overall the bowling and fielding wasn’t up to usual standards.

Chris Wakefield fell early on but Steve Bullen  & Billy Root shared a partnership of 72 from 9 overs before Root holed out to Leach at deep extra cover for 38 (23 balls).

Christian Davis was then run out for 15 after a mix-up with Bullen, then the opener himself was out to the third ball after drinks when he pulled McIver straight to midwicket.

At 127-4 the Yellows were up against it and the innings really stalled between the 21st & 30th overs with only 18 runs being added for the loss of 2 wickets.  Logan Weston then batted superbly though, finding the gaps, working the ball, running well and capitalising on anything loose. He’d scored 89 at just over a run a ball before he became the 7th wicket to fall, being bowled by a good yorker from Sakande  with the total on 254.

That left the Yellows needing 14 to win from 11 deliveries. Lilley went for 2, Ogden & Rouse being unable to manage the 9 required from the last 5 balls as Oxford clung on to win by 4 runs.

Hopefully lessons learned all round and the boys will be determined to come back stronger in the 2-day game against the same opposition on Tues & Weds.

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OXFORD UP NEXT

weetwood, home of leeds bradford mccu

Following Friday’s resounding victory over Exeter University, the next visitors up to Weetwood will be Oxford MCCU. The Dark Blues will be facing us in the BUCS competition on Monday 20th April (12.30 pm start) before taking us on in our first 2-day game of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday (11.00 am start each day).

Graham Charlesworth’s squad lost two and drew one of their county games earlier this month. After a heavy defeat against Worcestershire  they then lost again against Middlesex – although did have Nick Gubbins and his county teammates in trouble at various points before eventually going down by 7 wickets.

Their final 3-day game saw them draw against Surrey, with Kevin Pietersen (170) and Gary Wilson (119*) smashing centuries in the first innings. Oxford had their own centurion though when Steve Leach, brother of former Yellow Joe, compiled an impressive 110 not out in their second innings.

Andrew Lawson has announced an unchanged 12 for Monday’s BUCS game: Davis (capt), Bullen, Wakefield, Root, Weston, Scott, Rouse, Watkinson, Lilley, Ogden, Myers, Ellis-Grewal.

There’s a decent forecast for all 3 days so if you can, please come along & support the boys!

EXETER EXECUTED BY BULLEN

DSC02039The Yellows began their BUCS campaign in sensational style with an emphatic 10 wicket win over Exeter University.

The visitors batted first and were soon in trouble, Alex Lilley sliding one across Abell and inducing the edge to wicket-keeper Steve Bullen in the first over. Lilley, celebrating his 23rd birthday, grabbed two more victims within the first nine overs and continued to bowl his full allocation straight through to finish with figures of                  10-2-20-3.

On a Weetwood wicket showing more bounce and pace than in the past, thanks to the work of new groundsman Richie Robinson, Harry Rouse and Liam Watkinson also picked up wickets at regular intervals, Watkinson’s first delivery giving Bullen the second of his four catches behind the stumps.

Rouse ended up with 2 for 24 and Watkinson 4 for 28, Joe Ellis-Grewal (1 for 9) being the other wicket-taker as Exeter were all out for 84 in the 32nd over. Only Craze with 29* offered any resistance, the second highest scorer being Extras with 12.

Steve Bullen & Chris Wakefield tucked into the Exeter attack from the start. Bullen was particularly aggressive and brought up his 50 from just 37 balls before hitting the winning runs with a maximum over long on after only 10.4 overs to end up on 57*, Wakefield looking comparatively subdued on 20*.

This was a completely ruthless and professional display from Andrew Lawson’s boys in hammering last years’ BUCS runners-up so comprehensively – the game finishing by 2.30 pm, the early closure leading to the Quote of the Day:

“Arc, the Yellow Angels sing.”

Next up: Oxford MCCU in the BUCS competition next Monday (12.30 pm start).

 

The BUCS Starts Here!

weetwood, home of leeds bradford mccu

After three 3-day games against county opposition Leeds Bradford get down to the ‘bread & butter’ part of the season tomorrow (Friday 17th) with their first game against university opposition.

Exeter University will be visiting Weetwood as the Yellows play their opening BUCS game in the Premier A Division. These are 50 over games played with a pink ball and the usual one-day fielding restrictions.

The division contains the 6 MCCU centres together with Exeter & Solent Universities – the latter being coached by Ex-Leeds Bradford skipper, Richard Browning.

Exeter showed their strength by reaching  the final last year, losing to Loughborough. They played their first game of the campaign today (Thursday 16th) but lost to Durham MCCU by 8 wickets.

The game starts at 11.00 am. All supporters welcome and we’ll be tweeting regular updates on @leedsmccu.

Unbeaten against the counties

headingley in april

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.

Yorkshire v Leeds and Bradford Uni at Headingley Wednesday 8 April.

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!

PREVIEW: Sussex vs Leeds Bradford MCCU

Leeds Bradford MCCU begin an exciting summer of cricket with a fixture down at Hove against Sussex County Cricket Club.
The Leeds Bradford MCCU squad for the trip to the coast is:

Gubbins, Thompson, Root, Weston, Davis (capt), Watkinson, Wakefield (wk), Scott, Lilley, Rouse, Ellis-Grewal, Pratt.

STATS:

Nick Gubbins has been released for this game by Middlesex and if he scores 65 in this game, he will become Leeds Bradford’s highest ever run-scorer (all competitions).

The current highest is Gharib Nawaz with 1,781 runs. First class debuts will be given to Weston, Root, Watkinson, Wakefield, Scott, Pratt, Ellis-Grewal.

SUSSEX PRE-SEASON & SQUAD:
For pre-season, Sussex have been out in the UAE on tour and had a two-day draw against a Combined XI of Sussex and Yorkshire players and a 23-run defeat to Durham in a 50-over game.

They were also narrowly defeated at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi by MCC Young Cricketers.

Pace bowlers Tymal Mills and Ajmal Shahzad, signed from Essex and Nottinghamshire respectively over the winter, are due to make their first-class debuts for Sussex; but Lewis Hatchett misses this game through injury, James Anyon is out of the first weeks of the season as he recovers from a knee problem, and Matt Prior is not yet fit from his achilles injury.

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The Sussex squad is as follows:

BC Brown (wkt)
C Cachopa
HZ Finch
ME Hobden
EC Joyce (capt)
SJ Magoffin
TS Mills
CD Nash
A Shahzad
LWP Wells
LJ Wright
MH Yardy
SAA Zaidi

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Good luck to all of the Leeds Bradford MCCU squad for the Sussex match and an action-packed season ahead.

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