DMU Cricket at their stall during the Sports Fair in September.

DMU Cricket at their stall during the Sports Fair in September.

A very late cancellation by hosts Birmingham City University had decided that DMU Cricket Club’s  winter preparation for Indoor Varsity had not started well. However much praise to Worcester University for agreeing to host both indoor 1st and 2nd teams allowing them to get some much needed match practice.
The journey was very worthwhile as both teams won with some exciting cricket being played in good spirit. The afternoon kicked off with the 1st team (indoor) who lost the toss and were fielding first. With great bowling from Danny Beere (2-11) and James Fitzgerald (1-20) DMU 1st managed to restrict Worcester University to 88 off their 10 overs.
In reply DMU 1’s wasted no time in setting about their chase, Phil Edmonds smashing the ball to all parts and racing to his 25 in quick time (players retire at 25 and return later). After wickets started to fall and Edmonds was back in to resume his innings with the company of Captain James Moy. Edmonds continued to dominate and he consistently hit the back wall for 4’s and 6’s with ease. At the final over it came down to just 3 runs needed and after 5 successive dots it came down to the final ball. Edmonds smashed the ball into the back wall for 6 to bring up a deserved win by 1 wicket for the 1st team. He finished with 41 Not Out.
In the second match between the 2nd team and Worcester 2’s the chase was much simpler as DMU restricted Worcester Uni to 68 all out off their 10 overs. Great bowling from Amer Naziar and Captain Jez Hanson restricting Worcester to virtually nothing in the middle overs.  In reply the 2nd team made light work of it, losing just two wickets. Amer Nazair brought up his 25 with a variety of shots and it was left to Rahul Mali (16*) and Wicket-keeper Tom Harris (10*) to finish the job. A 4 wicket win in less than 7 overs was a perfect start for the 2nd team.
Finally the week ended with a great victory for DMU Development (Indoor) in the DMU-Nine Bar Tri series. They played against Nine Bar at the QE2 Gym on Sunday 1st December and Christmas seemed to come early as they won by a narrow margin. After the worst possible start being 8-3 after 2 overs DMU Development rallied and were able to post an impressive 99 all out. Ketan Bhakta with 41 was assisted by Amar Badal (17) and Development Captain Jack Morton (16). In reply Nine Bar raced to 51-0 off 5 overs but as wickets started to fall with Captain Jack Morton in impressive form with 3-12 off 2 overs assisted by Ketan Bhakta (1-27 off 3) and Allen Mendonca (0-23 off 3) the wheels came off and Nine bar were left with a last man standing needing 19 off the last over, they managed 12 to seal a win for DMU Development by 6 runs.
Preparations for Indoor Varsity are well and truly underway….

By Tom Harris