Cricket Club crumble against rivals

Cardiff University 1st XI hosted Swansea 1st XI at St. Fagans  Cricket Club last week with a second victory in mind.

After losing the toss, Swansea batted first. Cardiff’s bowlers allowed the Swansea batsmen no room outside the off-stump and pressure was put on the openers from the start, with the first being dismissed for a handful of runs.

Nick Kent bowled with good pace and, after a string of dot balls from himself and his opening partner Nabil Shaikh, the Swansea batsmen decided to take a quick single. With an outstanding direct hit, captain Josh Allen removed the second opener without properly troubling the scorers.

Swansea began to crumble, but Cardiff took their foot off the gas and allowed the away side’s number six to reach his 50.

Although the home team fielded well and bowled out an average Swansea side for 192, the atmosphere in the dressing room was of a team who had gifted the opposition more runs than they had deserved.

After a quick interval for tea, the Cardiff opening batsmen strode out to the crease, confident that they could get their team close to the posted total.

Benson brought up his half century at 81-0 after a swashbuckling innings, but had to depart in the same over after chipping a full ball into the hands of the fielder at mid-wicket.

Allen was soon to follow after being trapped by Swansea’s premier off-spinner in front of leg stump.

After Bamford was dismissed for 20 after some lusty blows and Collings-Wells departed after an unusually slow 57, the Cardiff tail collapsed.

From 157-4, Cardiff were bowled out for 180, with only Rob Wigley, a number 11 batsman by trade, scoring in double figures.

The team was extremely disappointed with this result against their closest rivals and will be determined to get back into winning ways this week.

 Rory Benson

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