VIDEO: Uni Cricket Club get ready for Varsity decider
Crunch match against Trent will decide gripping Varsity Series. Check out the incredible diving catch video below
It’s all come down to this.
University of Nottingham were within touching distance of the 10th Annual Varsity Series title after demolishing Trent in a remarkable hockey whitewash.
But, after Trent swept UoN aside at Meadow Lane over a fortnight ago, it’s suddenly all square with just one event to go: cricket.
For the past couple of series, Varsity cricket has been swept under the carpet as a dead rubber in the sun. Not this time.
This year, the eyes of two universities will be on Clifton as Trent and Notts clash in the Poly’s back yard for one last time. Captain Tim Rawlinson is relishing the added sense of occasion.
“It means a lot,” said second year Rawlinson. “We want to win for ourselves, but it will no doubt be even sweeter if all our friends are there to watch.”
Former skipper and current batsman Greg Pringle chipped in that “it was a pretty amazing feeling” when he won Varsity as captain two years ago.
“It was raining, there was a small crowd and nothing to play for in the series,” Pringle said of his past victory. “It’s going to be nuts this year with a huge boozy crowd in the sunshine, we’re all buzzing for it.”
Unbeaten throughout the regular season (including a victory against Trent in pre-season), Rawlinson and Pringle remain confident of their chances despite their presence in the division below our city rivals.
“I believe we are the favourites,” said Rawlinson, “we have all the momentum, the better depth in squad and are more driven after the defeat last year.”
Pringle was quick to emphasise the importance of the crowd, who will be given free entry and the chance to bring your own booze.
“The more support the better,” said Pringle. “The crowd will have a great time: we’ve got megaphones, air horns, music and all sorts ready, I’m almost jealous I can’t booze on the side-lines myself.”
“We’re also giving away a crate of beer to anyone who takes a catch in the crowd when Uni of are batting!” Rawlinson added. “Free entry and bring your own booze – why would you not come?”
Starting at 1:30pm (with free buses from Uni Park and Lenton), the match is being held at Trent’s Clifton Campus. Entry is free and it’s BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE, so get yourself down for this huge occasion.
Check out UoN’s amazing preview video below