UEL’s Cricket Tour 2013

Day 2 highlights

Scorecard summary: Bombay Gymkhana 227-9 (35 overs) beat University of East London 169-6 (35 overs) by 58 runs.

The main event on the second day was UEL’s first cricket match in India against Bombay Gymkhana. Having left the hotel at 8am in the morning, the squad made it to the ground and had plenty of time to prepare.

Bombay, in the end, were comfortable winners in the game. The home side restricting UEL to 169 off their allocated 35 overs to secure a 58 run victory.

The visiting team fielded first, however, they got off to a bad start. Bombay Gymkhana, who played a mixture of good cricket shots and some more fortunate ones at the start of their innings, reaching 110-1 off 16 overs.

Then, UEL began to stop the stem of runs. The London University coming back into the contest thanks to some good bowling from Fraser Watson (2-26) and Ali Wood (3-26) to restrict Bombay to 192-8.

Scott Silver managing to somehow angle the ball of his chest and back into the air to allow himself to take a comical catch at the second time of asking, whilst wickets were beginning to tumble. Amit Dubey (82) the pick of the batsmen for the home team, finished their innings well to reach 227-9.

UEL never looked likely to be able to keep up with the run rate, once the side had only reached 40-1 off their first 10 overs. The match effectively finishing as a contest, as top-scorer Sam Foster (59) and Wood (18) were removed in consecutive overs. The London University falling short of their target, as they reached 169. Tom Koplemen (45) and Foster the only batsmen to get over 25 runs in their innings.

In the evening, the University ambassadors were guests at a UEL Alumni office event held at the Sahara Star hotel. Many of the current students studying at UEL were given the opportunity to speak to former students of the University.

Day 3 highlights

This was probably the least frantic day of the tour of India for the team.

The day began with the players being taken around St Xavier college. After which, the squad met and interacted alongside student members of the sports department from the college.

In the afternoon, UEL met six members of Lord Gulam Noon’s staff, who has helped immensely in the organisation of the tour, to take a boat to the elephanta caves. The side were shown around the island and saw some amazing views when on the boat and the island.

Finally, the university students were taken to a buffet, which had been arranged by Lord Noon to top another excellent day.

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