Varsity cricket defeat at Lord's

Varsity cricket defeat at Lord's

  • CUCC
    Varsity cricket defeat at Lord's
  • The window smashed by the cricket ball
    The window smashed by Oxford's final ball

Image of the broken window by Alastair Gourlay

In a nail-biting finish, Oxford sealed a one-wicket victory over Cambridge in the Varsity Cricket at Lords.

The Light Blues, all out for 177, bowled strongly but were no match for the Oxford number nine Ross Haines in the one-day match on Friday 20 June.

His score of 61 from 44 balls ensured the Dark Blues' win with five deliveries remaining.

His winning six did more than clinch victory for the Dark Blues, it literally caused havoc for watching Cambridge alumni after flying into their box.

Alastair Gourlay, secretary of the Cambridge Society of London, said: "It sailed over the pitch, over our heads, bounced in our box near the drinks missing everyone, then bounced up and crashed through the glass above our door. We have the ball, and it will be on display at future Cambridge Society of London Varsity Cricket events!"

On the nursery ground, Cambridge University Women's Cricket Club (CUWCC) put in a valiant effort but ended the match all out for 63, trailing 141 behind the Dark Blues.

A spokesman for the Cambridge University Cricket Club said: "It was a remarkable game of cricket with momentum swings throughout, but it was a cruel way for Cambridge to lose and the Light Blue players were totally dejected at the end of the game."

The four-day Varsity match, from 30 June to 3 July, ended in a draw.