Second XI Results
Fixtures:

 DateTime Opponent Home/AwayCompetition
 10th April 201113:00Dundee High School Former Pupils 1stHomeFriendly
20th April 2011 12:30 University of Edinburgh Men's 1st Away BUCS
 27th April 2011 Glasgow Caledonian University Men's 2ndAway BUCS
 4th May 201113:00 University of Dundee Men's 2nd AwayBUCS
8th May 2011 13:00 University of Edinburgh Men's 1st Home BUCS
11th May 2011 13:00 Glasgow Caledonian University Men's 2nd Home BUCS
15th May 2011  University of Dundee Men's 2nd HomeBUCS 

All BUCS games are contributing towards the BUCS Cricket-Scotland Scottish Men's 3A 2011 League.

Results:

Keep checking back here after the matches to find out how the Men's 2nd got on as they fight to return to the second tier of Scottish universities cricket!

11th May 2011: St Andrews 2nd XI Beat  Glasgow Caledonian 1st XI

 St Andrews 2nd XI-164 all out from 37.3 overs beat  Glasgow Caledonian 1st XI-140 all out from 22.2 overs by 24 run

The return fixture against Glasgow Caledonian was always going to be a feisty affair. With four surviving members from the team so embarrassingly humbled in Glasgow, St Andrews were keen to avenge the defeat and ensure Cally had as miserable bus trip back as we had the previous week. Cunningly losing the toss, Glasgow inserted the Saints and at 13-2 were feeling confident. However, solid contributions from the entire middle order (of especial note were Pearson with a flamboyant 44 and Rive with a gritty 20), some late hitting from Weston-Davis (who launched the only six of the game) and a plethora of wides (their skipper chose to play the tightest wides imaginable, which back-fired somewhat) ensured that the Saints made it to 164, a decidedly solid score on a slightly sticky C2. (The ladies were given the pleasure of C1 and thoroughly vindicated the decision, rolling Newcastle for a miserly 10. On the rather lumpy C2, I dread to think how few runs the Saints may have let them get).

Glasgow Caledonian started their innings strong, keeping comfortably up with the run-rate but lost wickets at regular intervals. Twigg (1-26 off 8) removed one opener thanks to a spectacular catch in the covers by Lawson who, thanks to some outrageous swing and bizarre shot selection picked up two wickets of his own for 35 off of his eight. Reiss knocked out numbers 3 and 6 (the latter thanks to a sharp return catch) and when Sheen (2-31 off 7) had their seven caught at slip for 13, Glasgow were struggling on 71 for 6. However, they had plenty of overs and their captain played an excellent knock, holding the innings together and managed to put on 48 with their number 8. Suddenly, 71 for 6 had turned into 119 for 6 and just 46 were required with 12 overs to get them in. However, Reiss decided to bring himself back on and picked up a wicket in the first over of his new spell, breaking the dangerous partnership. Sheen grabbed his second wicket and Reiss picked up a further two in his next two overs, clean bowling their last man with a slower ball, giving him figures of 3-4 off his last three overs and overall figures of 5-24 off 7.

An all-round much improved Saints performance while batting, bowling and fielding meant that they clinched a tight and entertaining game and kept themselves in the hunt for promotion at the end of the season.
Ben Reiss

4th May 2011: St Andrews 2nd XI Beat Dundee 2nd XI

 St Andrews 2nd XI-168 all out from 37.3 overs beat Dundee 2nd XI-81 all out from 22.2 overs by 87 run

A pretty straight-forward match this week, this time with a decidedly positive result. Reiss won his second consecutive toss and chose to bat. St Andrews chugged patiently along, not scoring at any great rate but, most importantly, keeping wickets in hand and putting together useful partnerships. By the 19 over mark, they had reached 49 for 3 at which point McLennan (49), aided by Ashworth (10) and Ireland (18) stepped up the rate and fired 77 off of the next 11 overs, pushing the score to 126 for 6 at 30 overs. A rapid partnership between Collister (13) and debutant Perriam (25) of 30 ensured that the rate was kept up and the Cormorants reached 168 all out off of nearly their full compliment of overs.

This was always going to be too much for a Dundee team that looked like a pretty standard case of all mouth, no trousers (an honourable mention must here go to the moron who fielded in a vivid purple cap, spouted constant chat of the lowest quality and stood like a wicket-keeper despite being at slip or point the whole game) and so it was to prove. They progressed relatively serenely to 40 for 2 off 10 overs, despite an excellently executed run-out by Twigg (0-19 from 4) and looked, briefly, like they might make a game of it. However, Perriam (3-16 from 3) proceeded to bounce out their numbers 4, 5 and 6 during an aggressive spell (including a wicket first ball) as four wickets fell for four runs. Their seventh wicket partnership put on a handy 26, but Collister (2-16 from 6) made the break-through while Sheen (2-17 from 6.2) and Reiss (2-10 from 4) cleaned up the tail.

All in all, a thoroughly satisfying game which went some way towards soothing the wounds from the previous week and sets us up nicely at the scheduled mid-way point of the season.
Ben Reiss

27th April 2011: Glasgow Caledonian 1st XI Beat St Andrews 2nd XI

Glasgow Caledonian 1st XI-199 all out from 36.4 overs beat Edinburgh 2nd XI-94 all out from 25.1 overs by 104 runs.

Twice now as captain, I have travelled to Poloc CC to play Glasgow Caledonian as captain full of hope and optimism and twice now I have returned a pissed off and broken man. The only plus side this time round is that I got a bit of a tan, but we still got pumped. Having won the toss, and inserting the opposition it was all looking pretty good when they were about 50-5 despite a plethora of dropped catches, two by yours truly. Their 6th wicket partnership trundled on to about 90-5 when we had the devious idea of bringing on spin to encourage big hitting and hopefully a wicket or two (I know, revolutionary). Unfortunately, we proceeded to drop the one chance this provided (off the first ball of the experiment) and their number 6 went on to thump 80-odd in a partnership of 100-odd. They finished up on 199 all out, largely thanks to two batsmen who scored 130 between them and were dropped a total of 5 times!

Frankly the less said about our batting the better. Our top six all managed to get themselves out to some pretty mediocre seam (swishing across the line at straight ones, slapping half-trackers straight at fielders etc.) or by being unfortunately run out. Our remaining batsmen decided that going back to an off-spinner who was pitching it up and turning it miles was a good tactic, and were predictably bowled or lbw for not very much, giving him figures of 4.1 overs, 4 maidens, 4 wickets. We managed to stumble to 95 all out, and were mightily embarrassed.

To quote someone (I can't remember who) we bowled, fielded and batted like t***s, so not a good looking game all around. That's about all I can say really...
Ben Reiss

20th April 2011: St Andrews 2nd XI Beat University of Edinburgh 2nd XI

St Andrews 2nd XI-128 all out from 35 overs beat Edinburgh 2nd XI-98 all out from 33 overs by 30 runs.

I'm not even going to try and copy the outrageous efforts of the 1st Team Report, but I'll resist the temptation to simply say 'we won, we did' and describe the game. Reiss managed to lose his second toss of the season and St Andrews were eagerly inserted by an Edinburgh captain who had clearly not looked at the wicket (as we shall see later). The team contained a good number of freshers but it was all experience to start with as Boorman (23) and Ashworth (47) got the Seagulls to 53 for no wicket. By the 20th over, 75 for 1 was looking good but a disastrous middle order collapse to a devious off-spinner (honestly, it span miles...) meant we lost five wickets for eleven runs and were staring down the barrel of a pretty miserable total. Fortunately, some lower-order hitting from our freshers and resident OAP ensured we stumbled over 100 and made it to a thoroughly acceptable 128.

By this stage the wicket had deteriorated from poor to thoroughly rubbish, making Edinburgh's decision to bowl first look slightly odd. The OAP got the Saints off to a fine start with a wicket in his first over and went on to record figures of 2-20 from 8 overs, finishing with three consecutive maidens. A tight spell from Murray (0-15 from 5) and Irish's usual mix of superb delivieries (which got nowhere near stumps or bat) and filth (which took wickets) meant that Edinburgh were up with the (admittedly quite low) rate but had also lost four wickets. Enter fresher Dry whose second over, a double wicket maiden, ripped the heart out of Edinburgh's middle order. Their numbers 5 and 8 staged a recovery, dragging them from 57-6 to 83-6 but the exceptionally tight fielding and spot-on bowling from the Saints cranked up the pressure and it eventually became too much for their 5 who yorked himself by coming down the track to a full inswinging ball from Dry who finished with 3-22 from 8. The end came swiftly for Edinburgh as Boorman and Reiss each pinched a wicket and their last batsman was out to the biggest mis-match of the day as Edinburgh's slowest player took on the OAP's bullet arm in an inadvisable second run, being run-out by several yards.

The entire team bowled and fielded superbly today. Honourable mentions go to Ashworth (for his innings anchoring 47) and McAdam-Stacey (for an assured performance behind the timbers on debut) but the man of the match was Alex Dry with his bold lower-order hitting, sharp fielding and nerveless bowling on debut.
Ben Reiss

10th April 2011: St Andrews 2nd XI Beat Dundee High School Former Pupils 1st XI

St Andrews 2nd XI-213 for 5 from 40 overs beat Dundee High School Former Pupils 1st XI-212 for 10 from 39.5 overs by 1 run.

An unseasonably warm day saw a thrilling opening match to start the universities cricket season for 2011. The squad, composed of a variety of St Andrews players (including some prolific first team players) were captained by recently promoted captain Ben Reiss who lost the toss but were put in to bat first. The game began with an early wicket for the Dundee team which brought in TJ Beattie; batting at number 3. TJ went on to score a solid half century before being caught for the matches high score of 80. The mid order batsmen delivered a very solid performance including a big 6 from Hugo Hadcock and an ugly but effective 36 from 17 by big hitter Harry Williams who was run out whilst chasing a marginal 2. Mark Ashworth put in a useful 10 as St Andrews saw out the 40 overs breaking for tea at 213.

The Dundee innings started slowly with runs in single figures for the first few overs. A great over from Thomas Ziolkowski, first clean bowling the No. 1 batsmen and then an lbw upheld just two balls later saw the visitors chase seriously dented. A raft of lbw appeals were turned down by the umpires before Ed Kneale's bowling drew a host of catches and Harry Williams took an important wicket. Dundee's 7, 8 and 9 rallied well and by the last over the the visitors needed just a handful of runs to win the match. With 9 players out and three balls remaining Dundee required 3 runs to win the match by a single run and they set themselves on the way with a well placed 2. Ben Reiss stepped up and bowled superbly to clinch the tie by a single  run on the second to last ball as he took the all important 10th wicket to give St Andrews a hard fought but deserved win.

A good start to the season for the St Andrews Mens Cricket Club 2nd XI: an exhilarating win with good individual performances all around. But the stand out performance of the day was Ben Reiss, for a solid captaincy and a great wicket to close out the game.
Harold Burr