Cambridge University v UK Armed Forces at Fenner’s, Thu 3 May 18
UKAFCA 367-5 beat Cambridge University 236 AO by 131 runs
The 2018 UKAF season started with a resounding win for the men’s senior XI against Cambridge University at Fenner’s. Put in to bat, the RAF opening pair of Cpl Ross Diver and SAC Tom Shorthouse shared 66 for the first wicket before Diver fell for a run-a-ball 42. Pte Tade Carmichael added impetus to the innings before Shorthouse departed with the score at 123 for a solid 44. ET Ben Kohler-Cadmore joined Carmichael and played with trademark aggression before attempting one shot too many on 25 in what will be his last innings for the UKAFCA side before leaving the RN in June. Cpl Jay Boynton departed cheaply for 5 shortly after Carmichael brought up his half century, and the innings appeared to be in the balance. Cpl Ash Watson looked in good form for his 17 before being bowled as he sought to increase the scoring rate, bringing Bdr Graham Wiseman to the crease. What followed was a remarkable display of power hitting from the wicket keeper. Striking 5 fours and 10 sixes, he brought up his hundred in only 45 balls, the second fifty coming from just 16 balls. Carmichael completed his hundred at a littler under a run-a-ball, and the innings closed at 367 for 5.
In reply, Mne Pete Turnbull bowled with control, his opening spell costing just 5 runs from 4 overs but LCpl Luke Robinson, Cpl Alvin Pollard and Sgt Keiran Pearce all struggled for consistency, and Cambridge reached 60 before Pearce made the breakthrough. At 123-1 the students had laid a solid foundation but the introduction of spin slowed the scoring rate, and scoreboard pressure lead to a steady fall of wickets as the innings faltered. Cpl Spice Narayan along with Watson did the damage at the top of the order picking up 3-57 and 2-46 respectively before Boynton made up for his disappointment with the bat to collect 4 for 11, and end the Cambridge innings at 236 in the 44th over.
With contributions throughout the team, the UKAF side will take a number of positives from the game as they look to further improve on a disappointing 2017 season. Carmichael’s hundred was as good-an-innings as you will see in UKAF cricket, however Wiseman’s onslaught of clean power hitting almost left it as an afterthought. In setting a UKAF record for the fastest century and shifting momentum of the fixture irreversibly in UKAF’s favour, Wiseman was thoroughly deserving of being named man of the match.
The full scorecard from the fixture can be found here: UKAF V CUCC