After Middlesex declared their second innings on their overnight total of 132-3, Cambridge MCCU began the unlikely task of scoring 414 runs to win. Although eighty minutes play was lost due to a heavy shower, Middlesex bowled out the students for 179 with 11 minutes plus the final hour of twenty overs to spare, winning the match by a margin of 234 runs.
The MCCU opening batsmen, Johnson and Zafar Ansari gave the students a good start with an opening partnership of 69 runs. Johnson survived a difficult return catch in James Harris’s second over but they found the gaps in the attacking fields set by Middlesex. Harris was replaced by Girjit Sandhu at the Pavilion End after Cambridge MCCU had reached 35-0 after ten overs. Corey Collymore bowled seven overs straight through but had no luck, finishing with figures of 0-21.
Sandhu settled into a good rhythm and had conceded only six runs in four overs before he pulled-up after tearing a hamstring which it is feared, could keep him out of action for up to six weeks. Sandhu had to be carried off and Ravi Patel came on to complete the over. After Neil Dexter bowled two overs at the Gresham Road End, Ollie Rayner came on to bowl to form an all-spin attack. It was Rayner who got the breakthrough in his second over when he had Johnson was well caught by Adam London at short-leg for 22.
Seneratne joined Zafar Ansari who reached his fifty (off 81 balls, 9 fours) off the last ball of the 24th over. The rain then arrived and play was held up for two hours (which included the luncheon interval) with Cambridge MCCU on 78-1.
When play resumed, the Middlesex spinners, Patel and Rayner, continued to bowl and it was Ravi Patel who struck in the fifth over after the break. Seneratne was caught by Paul Stirling at short extra-cover for seven and Akbar Ansari was LBW to Patel for a first ball duck. Bell survived the ‘hat-trick’ ball but he managed only a single before he was caught by Adam London at short-leg off Ollie Rayner’s bowling to leave the MCCU on 88-4.
Zafar Ansari had not seen much of the bowling after the resumption and that continued as Elliott decided that the best form of defence is attack and he scored 24 off 21 balls which included two sixes in a Ravi Patel over. However, Patel had his revenge when he had Elliott caught by Ollie Rayner at extra-cover. Wylie joined Ansari and the pair saw Cambridge MCCU to 140-5 at tea.
James Harris returned to the attack to replace Ollie Rayner and with his fifth delivery, he trapped Ansari LBW for 72 (off 143 balls, 10 fours). Poysden hit Patel for two fours in his 16th over but in his next over, Poysden top-edged a sweep and Adam London ran to take the catch from short-leg. Patel then had Salisbury LBW for a duck with his next delivery to leave the students on 152-8.
Cowan survived the ‘hat-trick ball before Harris had Cowan caught at the wicket for a single. The last wicket pair of Wylie and Sadler added 22 runs before Ollie Rayner replaced James Harris and with his second ball, Rayner had Sadler caught at deep mid-on by substitute fielder, Tom Helm for six. Wylie was 29 not out as Cambridge MCCU were all-out for 179. Ravi Patel had figures of 5-69 from 19.5 overs, Ollie Rayner 3-38 in 13.2 overs and James Harris 2-29 from 11 overs.
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