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Varsity 2016: Portsmouth Cricket Team Play Well With Weakened Squad

The cricket club managed to come away with one victory at Varsity despite missing their entire first team.

The second team beat Southampton off the penultimate ball of the game to send the travelling support wild.

It was the one bright moment as a full strength Southampton proved too strong for the first and third teams, with the women falling short as well.

Set a target of 100 to win off 10 overs, Mabs Alam and Alex Morgan guided the two’s home scoring 26* and 21* respectively.

Southampton started strongly scoring 67 without losing a wicket from their first five overs, but Alam, Mark Johnson and Raz Havell bowled tightly to restrict them to 99 all out.

The chase started well with Alam and captain Matt Storey (11) batting nicely, before Storey was caught at the back wall and Alam retired on 25.

Sanjit Sandhu (4) and Havell (4) both fell relatively cheaply, leaving Alex Morgan and Johnson to carry on ticking the score over.

Johnson (6) was bowled with just three balls to go, meaning Alam could come in and see the team home.

The first team for the day struggled to get going with the bat as they were bowled out for 75.

Southampton chased it down comfortably, losing just one wicket in the process.

Mark Eteen (1) was the first Portsmouth wicket to fall as he was caught looking for the back wall in the second over.

Nick Johnson and Yashan Akila looked to build a partnership but found scoring tough against some good bowling.

Two wickets in three balls put Pompey under more pressure as Johnson (12) and Kurt Richardson (0) were both caught out.

Bowlers Harrish Maheethan (6) and Luke Bellars (10) had valuable contributions at the end , as Akila (28) retired before coming back in.

Chasing a relatively small total Southampton started confidently and rarely looked in any trouble.

Johnson picked up the only wicket as the score was chased down with two and a half overs to spare.

The third teams batting performance also let them down, as they were bowled out for 62 chasing 88 to win.

Pompey started brilliant reducing Southampton to 10-2 from their first two overs. James Suddens with a brilliant run out before Max Cox picked one up caught behind.

Cox lead the attack well as Phill Dunn and Josh Woodfield both bowled tightly, a score of 87 could have been a lot less without the 28 extras.

Despite being confident of chasing down the score, Pompey’s batting line-up never got going.

Adam Neil (3) was runout, before both Mac Cox and Suddens fell for ducks to leave the team 10-3.

Elliot Evans and Woodfield then went on the attack, with the latter going downtown twice in quick succession.

Unfortunately the fightback was short lived as Woodfield (18) was run out, before Dunn fell for just four.

Opener Evans was the last wicket to fall for 16, as the threes were bowled out for just 62.

The varsity results were somewhat overshadowed by the actual first team reaching the BUCs indoor national final.

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