By the time the College had cruised to 45 without loss, inside the first half an hour, the match appeared to be just about over, but Captain James Pearson had other ideas. First he removed Barker and O’Leary in successive deliveries, and then, ten balls later, he accounted for the wickets of Precious, Jones and Rider to spark riotous celebrations as the College boys collapsed to 65-5. However, Robbie Bridgstock, his opposite number, was equally resolute and, together with Tim Alexander, they slowly began to claw back the initiative to reach their target with no further alarms, and the College cruised to 114 for 5 with rather a lot of overs to spare.
(James Pearson bowls to take his fourth of five wickets).
Many thanks to Tom Huggins and Jamie Mayhew for most of the text of this article.