v Cambridge MCCU 07-09 Apr

Match Report Others 07 April 2017

Cambridge MCCU

Middlesex First Innings: 392

Cambridge MCCU First Innings: 7 for 2

On a glorious spring day at Fenner’s, Middlesex made good use of the conditions in reaching a total of 392 all out and then reducing Cambridge MCCU to 7-2 in the remaining four overs of play on the opening day. With this being the third Cambridge MCCU match of the new season, it does not have first-class status. Middlesex omitted Tom Helm and Ravi Patel from their thirteen man squad and after skipper James Franklin won the toss and elected to bat first, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins opened the Middlesex innings.

Robson and Gubbins had to survive some testing overs, particularly against the left-arm seam bowling of Rippington who had taken two five wicket hauls in the MCCU’s first two matches. The total reached 42-0 in the tenth over at which point, Gubbins was dropped by Wright at cover. Robson had played some fine shots through the covers but with the total on 68-0, he was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Rippington for 42.

Steve Eskinazi joined Gubbins and the pair took the total to 96-1 after 27 overs before Eskinazi hit the first two balls of the following over from Chapman for fours before he was bowled next ball for 20. Dawid Malan got off the mark with a first ball cover drive for four and with Gubbins took the total to 134-2 before Gubbins was caught at slip for 38 off the off-spin bowling of Guest. James Franklin joined Malan and the pair took Middlesex to 149-3 at lunch with Malan 43 not out.

Only a further thirteen runs were added after lunch before James Franklin went down the wicket against Chapman’s spin bowling and having missed the ball, he was stumped by Cambridge MCCU captain Joe Tetley for nine. John Simpson joined Dawid Malan who reached a 51 ball fifty shortly afterwards. Malan then took thirteen runs off the last three balls of Chapman’s thirteenth over to bring the total to 208-4 after 55 overs.

John Simpson continued his fine early season form and he reached a 91 ball fifty (7 fours) before he was caught at cover point for 57 off the bowling of Chapman with the Middlesex total on 273-4. Two balls later, Dawid Malan reached his hundred (off 127 balls, 2 sixes & 12 fours) and he went on to make 116 before he top-edged a pull and he was well caught by the bowler, Guest. Toby Roland-Jones joined Ryan Higgins at the wicket and the pair took Middlesex into tea on 305-6 after 83 overs.

After tea, the Middlesex batsmen were held up by some good bowling by Rippington and Poulson before thirteen runs came off a Moses over when he replaced Poulson at the Gresham Road End. In the following over however, Rippington had Higgins caught at the wicket for 32 and it was Rippington who also had Ollie Rayner caught at the wicket by Tetley for four to leave Middlesex on 362-8.

Tim Murtagh joined Roland-Jones and the pair took Middlesex to 384-8 before Rippington bowled Murtagh for seven. Toby Roland-Jones reached a 72 ball fifty (7 fours) before last man Steve Finn was caught at extra cover by Poulson for six leaving Roland-Jones undefeated on 51 not out in a Middlesex total of 392 – Rippington finished with figures of 5-91 in 28 overs, a splendid effort.

Fifteen minutes of play remained when Cambridge MCCU began their reply and after Palmer played out a maiden over from Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones struck with his first ball when he trapped Wright LBW for a first ball duck. When Tim Murtagh trapped Palmer LBW for a duck in the following over, Cambridge MCCU were 0-2. Greenidge got off the mark with a three and with four byes coming off the final ball of the days’ play, Cambridge MCCU finished on 7-2.


Middlesex First Innings: 392

Cambridge MCCU First Innings: 123

Middlesex Second Innings: 175 for 4 dec

Cambridge MCCU Second Innings 65 for 4

Middlesex are on course for an overwhelming victory over Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s in the three day friendly match. After the students were bowled out for 123 in their first innings, Middlesex with a lead of 269 runs opted to bat again and set them an unlikely target of 445 runs to win: by the close of play, Cambridge MCCU were 65-4 having been 13-4.

In the morning, the MCCU resumed their first innings on 7-2 with Greenidge and Seneratne taking the total to 31-2 in the 11th over of the innings before Seneratne was sent back attempting to take a single to Malan at mid-wicket and he was beaten by the throw to ‘keeper John Simpson and was run out for 11. Tetley joined Greenidge who played fluently taking ten runs off a Tim Murtagh over and seven runs off his following over. The pair took the total to 79-3 before James Franklin bowled Tetley for 15.

Greenidge reached a 66 ball fifty (9 fours) in Franklin’s next over but when Ollie Rayner replaced Steve Finn at the Pavilion End, he had Guest stumped by John Simpson for a duck to reduce Cambridge MCCU to 90-5. Poulson joined Greenidge and the pair added a further 13 runs before Greenidge drove a ball from Rayner back to the bowler who took a stinging catch to dismiss him for 65. Toby Roland-Jones then returned to the attack at the Gresham Road End and with his first delivery he trapped Poulson LBW for four. Chapman joined Moses and the pair took the MCCU into lunch on 106-7.

James Franklin struck in the second over after the interval when he bowled Moses for two. Chapman was joined by Suresh and the pair took the total to 123-8 before Steve Finn wrapped things up by having Suresh caught at the wicket by John Simpson for two and then bowling last man Rippington for a duck. Finn finished with figures of 2-23 in 7.5 overs with Ollie Rayner taking 2-14 in 5 overs, Toby Roland-Jones 2-14 in 9 overs, James Franklin 2-30 in 7 overs and Tim Murtagh taking 1-35 in 11 overs.

With a lead of 269 runs, Middlesex opted for batting practice with Steve Eskinazi and James Franklin opening the innings. The innings did not begin well with Eskinazi being dropped off the second ball of the innings by Suresh at mid-wicket off the bowling of Moses and then James Franklin gave a catch to Guest at cover off the bowling of Rippington to be dismissed for a duck.

Ollie Rayner came in at number three and after a sketchy start, he took was soon in his stride with some fine cover drives and pull shots and the fifty came up in the 15th over. The pair accelerated the scoring rate and the total advanced to 85-1 after 23 overs before Eskinazi took two fours in an over from Poulson. Eskinazi then hit Chapman for a four and a six to bring up a 71 ball fifty and he hit a further straight six two balls later. Ollie Rayner reached an 66 ball fifty in the following over and the pair took Middlesex to 128-2 before Eskinazi was stumped by Tetley for 64 off the bowling of Chapman and tea was taken with Rayner undefeated on 61.

Steve Finn came in to bat after tea and he scored two fours in an over from Moses before Ollie Rayner cut loose, taking sixteen runs off Moses following over. Finn was then caught at mid-wicket by Suresh for 11 and Tim Murtagh came in at number five. Ollie Rayner had advanced to 91 before he charged at a Guest delivery and was easily stumped by Tetley and Middlesex declared on 175-4 after 35 overs.

In reply, Cambridge got off to a disastrous start when Wright was trapped LBW for a duck in Tim Murtagh’s opening over and Palmer was LBW to Toby Roland-Jones for a duck to leave the MCCU on 0-2 with both players collecting a ‘pair’. Seneratne was caught at the wicket for a single in Tim Murtagh’s second over and Tetley was missed by Esklinazi at second slip off the final ball of the over. Eskinazi however redeemed himself in the following over when he caught Tetley (1) off the bowling of Roland-Jones to reduce Cambridge MCCU to 13-4. Greenidge again batted well and with Guest safely negotiated the remaining 54 minutes as they finished the day on 65-4 with Greenidge on 43 not out.

Middlesex First Innings 392

Cambridge MCCU First Innings 123

Middlesex Second Innings 175 for 4 dec

Cambridge MCCU Second innings 111


It took Middlesex 93 minutes to take the final six Cambridge MCCU wickets to wrap up a win by a massive 333 runs over the students.

Resuming on their overnight total of 65-4, Akil Greenidge completed his second fifty of the match in the third over of the day (off 52 balls, 6 fours) but in the following over he got an inside-edge to a Steve Finn delivery and John Simpson took the catch at the wicket, Greenidge having made 52 to go with his first innings score of 65. Poulson joined Guest with the total on 78-5 and the total advanced to 94-5 before Ollie Rayner struck twice in his second over.

Poulson was first to go when he was easily stumped by John Simpson for 10 and Moses was then trapped LBW for a duck. Rayner struck again in his next over when he bowled Chapman for a single to leave the MCCU on 98-8. Kartik Suresh joined Guest and the pair took the total to 109-8 before Rayner took his fourth wicket of the morning when Steve Eskinazi took a good catch at short-leg to dismiss Guest for a battling 38 off 92 balls.

The innings ended when Suresh (6) was run out by Toby Roland-Jones’s direct hit on the bowlers’ end stumps, attempting a second run to leave Cambridge MCCU 111 all out. Ollie Rayner had figures of 4-9 in 7 overs with Tim Murtagh taking 2-26 in 10 overs, Toby Roland-Jones 2-43 in 11 overs and Steve Finn 1-18 in 8 overs – James Franklin did not bowl today and had figures of 0-14 in 3 overs.

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