Oxford University won the toss and chose to bat. After an early lbw from Mel Vaggers, the next wicket stand was over 100 runs with an excellent demonstration of patience, rotation of strike and quick singles for the Army Ladies to emulate in the Inter-Services competition next week. Tidy bowling from Gabie Clark, Mel Vaggers and Amanda Potgieter restricted the University side to 189-4 off their 40 overs; a total the Army thought they could reach with their depth in batting line up.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be with the University’s bowling attack the strongest and most consistent the Army had faced all season. This, combined with a couple of early wickets ended with the Army behind the run rate and having to play out of their comfort zone looking for big shots off decent bowling. Despite 25 apiece from Gabie Clark and Lauren Hardern, the Army were disappointingly bowled out for 102. Whilst this wasn’t the result they were hoping for prior to Inter-Services, getting a bad batting performance out the way in this match rather than in the following week was to be preferred and there were still positives to take away from the game. The Army still go into the Inter-Service 40 Over Championships confident as the favourites.