Third XI Results
Third XI

Fixtures:

 Date TimeOpponent Home/Away Competition
14th April 2011 University of St Andrews Staff (20:20) Home Friendly
21st April 2011 University of St Andrews Staff (20:20) HomeFriendly 
24th April 2011  UHI Men's 1st Away BUCS 
27th April 2011  Strathclyde Men's 1st Home BUCS 
4th May 2011
 University of Edinburgh Men's 3rdAway BUCS 
8th May 2011  Robert Gordon University Men's 1st Home BUCS 
11th May 2011   University of Aberdeen Men's 3rdAway BUCS 
15th May 2011  West of Scotland University Men's 1stHome BUCS 

All BUCS games are contributing towards the BUCS Cricket-Scotland Scottish Men's 4A 2011 League.

Results:

21st April 2011: St Andrews 3rd XI beat St Andrews Staff XI

St Andrews 3rd XI-112 for 8 from 20 overs beat St Andrews Staff XI-96 for 8 from 20 overs by 16 runs.

After losing the first of the two match series, it was all to do for the St Andrews Men's 3rd XI. With no toss taking place, having decided that the students would bat first the previous week, M. Ashworth and J. McAdam Stacy made a solid start to the innings before Ashworth was “run out” in the third over. T. Ziolkowski raising the finger although the bat was grounded a good half yard inside the crease. P. Ireland then came to the crease finding gaps with ease, though struggling to find the boundary due to the slow outfield. McAdam Stacey, not seeing any of the strike tried to boost the scoring rate, charged the wrong ball from Jess and was bowled. This brought the unknown L. Smithson to the crease in the 7th over, who took a liking to the bowling of Bagnall, scoring 17 off his final over, ruining what would have been very good 20/20 bowling figures. Smithson and Ireland put on a very good partnership of 46 off five overs, keeping a solid 20/20 score of above 120 on the cards. Ireland being bowled by Frankland signalled time for the big shots to come out of the bag, but with the ball swinging and seaming all over the place this proved very difficult. O’Boyle attempting a quick single was sent back and ran out halfway down the pitch, Colledge stumped from a good ball which gripped the green surface and passed the bat. With four overs to go, Smithson started hitting over the infield managing to find gaps, and finally after living a charmed life fell for a very respectable 49. Hildred was caught just not timing one over the top. Stewart bowling Ziolkowski was the last wicket to fall, St Andrews Mens 3rd XI reaching a total of 112 for 8 

With a required rate of 5.5 the staff were shut out expertly by the opening partnership of T. Sheen and B. Reiss. With tight lines and probing lengths, Frankland and Smith were unable to pierce the tightly packed offside and quickly fell for two and four respectively. Bowling out their quota of four overs each the staff were kept quiet and were only able to score 21 with the loss of three wickets. Clemens, after making a solid 30 the week before, was able to find gaps and although inside edging past the stumps to fine leg numerous times, made batting on the lively wicket look easy; much like Smithson for the 3rd XI. After reaching fifty runs on the last ball of the twelfth over it was always going to be difficult for the staff to get to the total of 113   they needed to win and the 3rd XI were not going to give them any chances. Good bowling from Ziolkowski, Hildred and Colledge earnt them all a wicket a-piece. Colledge managing to tempt Clemens into playing one shot too many and being caught at cover. Kassar and Miller showing some intent to try, but a run rate of 10 for the last three overs proved too much for the staff.

A much better bowling performance all round, shown by the lack of extras conceded (8 vs 37) ensured a good victory for the students and puts them in good spirits for the start of the season.

Ross McLennan


14th April 2011: St Andrews Staff XI beat St Andrews 3rd XI

St Andrews Staff XI-145 for 4 from 20 overs beat St Andrews 3rd XI-124 for 7 from 20 overs by 21 runs.

After winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, the St Andrews 3rd XI took to the field and got their rewards after only two balls. An expert direct hit from B. Hildred saw D. Miller run out after only two balls. A good opening spell from A. Dry and T. Sheen saw the staff struggling on 23-2 after the first six overs, a big in-swinging ball form A. Dry was too good for P. Smith. S. Frankland and T. Clemens steadied the nerves of the staff team putting on 26 runs before Frankland got unlucky with a small edge down the leg-side off J. Gordon’s bowling, with R. McLennan gratefully taking the catch. That brought in the big hitting U. Pathania, who along with Clemens boosted the scoring rate and got up to the 100 mark with five overs remaining. Clemens fired straight to T. Sheen from H. Burr’s bowling for the fourth wicket. D. Bransden then kept rotating the strike to allow U. Pathania to hit the boundaries. The staff finishing on 145-4 (20 ovs.)

Knowing what was needed to win against a very competitive total, B. Riess, after being dropped on the first ball, proceeded to hit boundaries left, right and center. P. Sullivan was bowled by a big out-swinger by A. Stewart. A. Dry came to the crease and together, with B. Riess managed to keep the scoring above the asking rate. P. Pass was then brought on to bowl, though not technically staff, and also having been a student a couple of years ago, but this didn’t phase Riess or Dry. They went about their business and smashed him out of the attack. Riess eventually fell to a strange dismissal, with the ball going down the leg-side, trying to help it on its way, the ball ricocheted off his pads and agonisingly onto the stumps. Bowled Miller. Although Riess did make his 50, it sadly went un-noticed – the scorers failing to clap the boundary which brought it up, hoping they would clap the next run – which never came! With the darkness creeping in, the wickets began to fall, T. Colledge bowled by Miller, then Dry to Pathania trying to quicken up the scoring. With runs a major issue and the light not helping O’Boyle and Burr both lost their wickets in successive balls, with Frankland benefiting. O’Brien bowled by Miller was the last wicket to fall. St Andrews 3rd XI missing there total by 21 runs.

Ross McLennan