August 28, 2019, by Charlotte Gauja
University of Nottingham Inaugural Cricket Festival
After the rain-induced cancellation earlier in the summer, it was with relief that 21st August dawned bright and sunny, ready for the Inaugural University 8v8 Cricket Festival.
The teams arrived from all areas of the University: Sutton Bonington Tigers, Business School Blockers, East Midlands Conference Centre and Humanities. The players were equally diverse: male and female; young and old; from far and near; with lots of cricket experience and none at all.
We were warmly greeted with UoN Sports water bottles (no single use plastic here) and putting on display the trophy for which we would be playing.
In the first game, Humanities batted first and made it to 76. It looked a competitive total and so it proved. EMCC put up a really strong display but missed out by just 6 runs. Next up, SB Tigers battled it out against the Business School Blockers. Again, two closely matched teams with the Blockers prevailing.
So it was that Humanities and the Business School fought out the final. The Blockers did anything but block and managed to reach an impressive 130 in their innings. Humanities approached the challenge with relish. Things looked close until the final couple of overs with Humanities falling a little short.
The Business School then became the first holders of the trophy. There was general agreement that the secret of their success was their sneaky provision of a multitude of doughnuts clearly aimed at slowing down their opponents. In truth, every team acquitted themselves well and, most importantly, all the games were played in a tremendous spirit, no small thanks to the captains Harry Cocks, Yaqoob Khan and Leonard Taylor.
We’re already looking forward to the second Festival next year, hopefully involving even more teams from across the University and lots more lovely cricket.
Guest Blogger- David Paton, Nottingham University Business School