|15 Sep 2020|
|Varsity Cricket this summer
A report from Toby Pettman, Oxford
We were very lucky to get two varsity matches in this summer: the 1-day game at the Parks, and the 4-day game at Fenners in Cambridge. It was fantastic to be able to gather as a team and play some cricket at last and was extra special for me as captain of Oxford this year.
The 1-day game at the Parks was a great day. We were able to have family and friends watching from the boundary edge, and thankfully Oxford came out as convincing winners on the day.
I felt very fortunate to captain Oxford in what looks like being the last first-class Varsity match for the foreseeable future. It was a strange environment playing without any fans at Fenners, but we all felt very lucky to have the game on at all.
Unfortunately we didn’t play our best cricket and were outplayed by Cambridge, but the match was played in great spirit, and it was about time that Alex and Ed had a bit of luck on the other side. It was great to see both of them make important contributions to the Cambridge win, especially Ed’s 50.
On a personal level, it was sad to go out on a loss, but we can all take pride in the earlier victory at the Parks and the fight we showed in the latter half of the 4-day game, and I can now look back very fondly on an amazing 4 years I’ve had playing cricket at Oxford.
Toby Pettman (WW 11-16)
A report from Ed Hyde, Cambridge
Apart from winning the match, my favourite part of the game was facing Toby Pettman in the first innings.
Toby had got me out a couple of times in past Varsity matches so I was determined not to let it happen again.
I made a conscious effort not to speak, smile or look at him whilst batting - especially difficult given the fact we are close friends!
I found that I was a bit more focussed and this probably boosted my chances of surviving his bowling.
Ed Hyde (FH 11-16)
Photo from left to right:
Alex Moen (FH 13-18) - Cambridge
Toby Pettman (WW 11-16) - Oxford
Ed Hyde (FH 11-16) - Cambridge
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