RGU hosted Scottish Student Sport’s indoor cricket 6’s finals in February, where 6 teams competed for the cup after qualifying from regional leagues. Strathclyde were in a group with RGU and St Andrew’s who they’d have to beat to progress.
Nick Martin, the clubs president, was pleased with the cricket the team managed to play, highlighting
“We played St Andrews first and we scored around 150 runs and then bowled them out for under 100 and in the end it was quite comfortable. RGU was a much more difficult test for us but we managed to play some great stuff and we beat them too”.
In the other group Edinburgh and Aberdeen 1sts and 2nds competed against each other, with an eventual Aberdeen derby proving decisive as their firsts went through on net run rate. Edinburgh, usually so strong in this competition, will feel hard done-by. The final saw Aberdeen play Strathclyde in what ultimately proved an authoritative performance from the men in maroon who scored 150 runs and bowled Aberdeen out for 80. In the end Strathclyde were deserved winners on the day after playing some exceptional cricket which was too much for their opponents.
Strathclyde came joint-first in the BUCS Scottish league but narrowly missed out competing in a tournament down south with the English universities as the deciding factor was run-rate rather than head-to-head records-which would have put them through.
Nevertheless the team will be buoyed by their indoor performances this year and will hope to carry on this good standard of cricket into their outdoor season.
“We play in the third-tier of the outdoor league in Scotland just now but when the season starts I’m confident that we have the quality to gain promotion this year. We’ve retained some strong players and have played well indoors this year and there’s no reason we can’t carry that form on, another positive is hat we’ve got a lot of new kit this year which has been provided by the Alumni which looks really good, and naturally we’re pleased to have it for the season ahead”
The team will be hoping to play to the level they know they can when the season starts in April, if they can recapture their indoor form then this will be a team on the ascendancy.