University cricketers off to Headingley

PUBLISHED: 16:27 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 15 February 2017

The University of Hertfordshire cricket team

The University of Hertfordshire cricket team

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The University of Hertfordshire's cricket team have progressed to the British University Indoor finals at Headingley for the first time after prevailing in the southern knockout round in Cardiff on Saturday.

The knockout round saw the eight southern teams split into two groups with the top two progressing to the finals in Leeds this weekend.

Herts were pitted against UCL, Southampton Solent and Canterbury Christchurch.

Skipper Jhala lost the toss against UCL in the first game but still got his wish to bat first.

Putting Herts in to bat appeared to be a mistake by the UCL captain as they galloped up to 142-4 off of their allotted 10 overs.

Contributions all around from the batsmen with Ahmed (48no) and Youngs (34no) the stand-out performers.

In reply, Herts did what was required and ran out winners by 53 runs as UCL were bowled out for 89 (Gonzalez 2-30).

Jhala won the toss and chose to bat first against Canterbury Christchurch.

The opening stand was once again productive, but poor judgement calls and loose strokes saw Herts wobbling at 70-5.

With the help of some fortune and clever running, Herts managed to progress to 110-5 after their 10 overs with vice-captain Youngs ending on 49no.

In reply, Canterbury were restricted early on with some tight bowling from Rosson and Jhala, however, the openers battled through and soon both retired on 25no.

With two overs remaining, Canterbury required 26 runs to win with four wickets to play with.

The decisive ninth over, delivered by Jhala, saw the fall of three wickets for just four runs and left Rosson with 22 runs to defend in the final over. The final wicket was taken via a smart diving catch from Jhala with Canterbury on 92.

Qualification was confirmed before the final fixture and this clearly played a role in the performance Herts gave against Southampton Solent.

Solent comfortably won by three wickets but that was irrelevant as Herts had qualified for the National Super 8’s finals.

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