Oxford University Authentics CC v Cryptics Cricket Club on Sun 14 May 2023 at 11.30
Cryptics Cricket Club Won by 6 runs

Match report The build-up was not without drama; getting the requisite 11 players, the opposition changed from Authentic to 3rd XI, the rain had fallen casting a shadow of doubt and finally a late change to the venue . But these challenges were as nothing to a redoubtable Cryptics outfit that recorded a tight won , last over , victory. The venue change was not insignificant as it was to Pembroke Collages sports fields which only has access via a 10 min walk, over a railway bridge.
On our final arrival , it was agreed to play a 45over match with usual restrictions. The team assembled and as the batting order was negotiated it became apparent that we only had 10! A miscommunication meant that Mike Stafford was to heroically join us later on. On closer inspection the wicket was , sporting! The outfield too was also reminiscence of the rough at the USA PGA, and meant that only a handful of boundaries would be scored all day. But Cryptics had 10 players who all would like to bat four – so much to OUCC surprise we won the toss and batted. Punchy. It was hard going but H parman and M balanced defence with attack well . However , wickets fell regularly and Ollie Wills was particularly hard done by to be given LBW first ball. We struggled up towards 90 and were 8 wickets down, the jeopardy increased by fact that Mike S had not arrived yet! He did just in the nick of time and was in middle 3 mins after his first hello. Cryptics posted 129 all out in 44 overs. Allowing for outfield that was probably 150/160 in old money. Was it enough? View was that it wasn’t as bad as it looked on the page and that if we could nick a few early and put pressure on …. it was winnable. O’Donnell and Conor Nolan opened with very tidy , brisk , opening spells and OUCC realised that this was not going to be easy. It was just the start we needed. And so to the guts of the innings – pace off , spin and let’s see if OUCC could attack on such a wicket , with no run of the ball in the outfield. M Parman (leg spin) and Gorringe (seam up darts) poured on the pressure – and shut down the scoring , periodically taking wickets. They went so well it was agreed to bowl them both out – straight 9 overs on the bounce and try and squeeze! Harry L was excellent behind the stumps in very challenging circumstances.
The game had perhaps swung a little our way, but with such a low scoring affair it only takes 1 “big” over by the batters and it can slip away …. . H Parmar came on with his offspring and C Nolan and O’Donnell picked up the remaining overs with good control.
Fielding was tight and pressure was building , again!
it came down to last over .
OUCC needed 7 to win, with 3 wickets in hand. But, frontline bowlers were bowled out. Skipper reluctantly took the ball. A single, simple run out by bowler, 2, excellent run out by c nolan front deep cover (think Roy world cup final – and Langham very similar glove work to buttler too – outstanding game winning moment), dot, 1, wicket / stumped .
And so a very tight win off last over defending 129 in 45 overs (eloquently detailing the conditions!)
The venue was perhaps less than perfect but a great day was had by all.

Cryptics Cricket Club Cryptics Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 10w 6b  
for 10 wickets
Harsh Parmar b Tom Wallis 27
Joe Lewis ct Ishwar 7
Manan Parmar ct Syed 22
Tarun Eapen lbw Tom Wallis 2
Riley O'Donnell ct Syed 5
Harry Langham b Syed 20
Conor Nolan b Tom Fuller 2
Olly Wills lbw Syed 0
Mike Nolan Not Out  13
Dan Gorringe Run out  13
Mike Stafford b Dom 0

Oxford University Authentics CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tom Fuller6.01818.001.33

Oxford University Authentics CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
12w 1b  
for 10 wickets
123 (45.0 overs)
A. Wallis ct H.Parmar 34
V.Syed lbw C. Nolan 4
J.Rajendran lbw H.Parmar 10
T.Mutherjee ct &b Gorringe 12
I.Usmani ct M.Parmar 10
T.Fuller st M.Parmar 3
I.Karthik st M.Nolan 18
S.Ali Run out  14
D.De Vincent Run out  5
T.McMahon Run out  0

Cryptics Cricket Club Cryptics Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Riley O'Donnell9.012200.002.44
Conor Nolan9.0025125.002.78
Mike Stafford2.00800.004.00
Harsh Parmar9.041527.501.67
Dan Gorringe9.0216116.001.78
Manan Parmar6.0031215.505.17
Mike Nolan1.00414.004.00

  • Umpire :
    Anton Saverimuttu
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