Varsity preview: CCCU VS UKC – Cricket & American Football prepare for Varsity

In a dress rehearsal to Varsity.On Saturday CCCU’s first and second team cricket teams faced off against rivals Kent at the Spitfire ground while the Chargers faced UKC on Sunday.

For Cricket the first team won by five runs and the second team lost by three wickets.

While the Chargers lost 16-12.

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First team: 

The firsts start to the innings was dealt a setback when opener Aiden Griggs was caught at point for three in the first over.

Captain Jack Wheeler came to the crease to join Tom Evans and were faced with a swinging ball, but did well to up the pressure on Kent by finding the gaps in the field. Both digging in to score crucial runs early on in the innings.

Tom Evans got off to a solid start, but was unlucky to chop onto his own stumps in the fifth over for 17.

At the half way point Christchurch had a modest score of 40. Wheeler had a new partner in Sam Brady and both of them looked to push on. But with a mix up in running Wheeler found himself run out for 12.

With good running between the wickets, Brady scored 26 and retired.

But it was Ben McGrath who finished the innings off hitting two fours in the last over.

Varsity Cricket is set to be a thriller

Christchurch finished their innings with a solid 92.

McGrath started off the reply with a very tidy over with only three runs coming off it.

Stuart Dockerill continued the good start, but was unlucky to not get a wicket after finding the edge, but was even more unlucky when he put down a caught and bowled chance which popped out when he hit the ground.

The clear difference between the two sides was the fielding. As Christchurch were backing up their bowlers with some great fielding.

With the pressure building on Kent to score runs Canterbury were able to get three run outs in one over.

The game eventually came down to the last ball with Kent needing six to win but Dockerill was able to see Christchurch home by taking a wicket on the last ball of the over meaning Christchurch first won by five runs.

Second team:

Christchurch seconds looked to follow suite Ali Barker and Sam Joyce opened the batting, and managed to get off to a good start with the ball still swinging.

The openers made a healthy partnership with the runs coming at a constant rate and Barker quickly brought up his 25.

In the fifth over Joyce was caught and bowled for a well-played 20.

At the half way stage CCCU were 45 for one.

Harris was looking on target for the retirement score 25 but fell three short of the score after being caught at point for 22.

Harry Brooker and Johnny Amos were in during the final overs of the game and with good running between the wickets the score was looking set to pass 100.

After Amos retired ,captain Barker came back in for the final ball of the innings.

Brooker and Barker took a risky single, but with two overthrows they managed to score eight off the final ball, which meant the innings finished on 115.

Harry Brooker bowled first and let five go.

Kent decided to run on a miss-field, but a throw to Barker who quickly took the bales off saw the first wicket fall.

Kent went on the charge and found it easier to score runs.

Then UKC were aggressive, but quick work behind the stumps from Barker saw another Kent batsman fall.

With only nine runs needed off the last over Kent were able to get the runs with one ball to spare. Although this was not the desired result for the seconds it means it is all to play for in Varsity. Which is set to be a thriller of an event.

American Football:

Unfortunarly yhe chargers llsot 16-12 to UKC.

after the game Francesco Costagliola said: “We lost to one of the best teams in Division one across the country.

“We were outnumbered in terms of team depth, but we showed great character and a big heart

“16-12 is the closest score in our history and is the closest score Kent has won this season so far

“We walk out of the pitch with our heads up because we couldn’t possibly do more.”

At half time the Chargers were losing 8-0 and in second half even managed to lead 12-8

But tiredness and the lack of rotation costed the team the game.

The team showed heart, but could not beat UKC

Francesco said: “This is a good starting point and the whole team should be proud today.

“Special mention to Conor Dobbs four year player who scored his first two ever touchdowns for the Chargers today.

“I am very proud to be a Charger right now and I am even more proud to be the president of this cause my teammates gave everything on that pitch today.

“We can’t wait to play get Kent in Varsity to claim a win this time.”

Make sure to follow Unified’s coverage of Varsity in February.

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