Weekend wash up: 25-26 January 2020
'I choose to run towards my problems, and not away from them. Because that's what heroes do' – Thor Odinson.
'I am faster than Thor, so I choose to run from my problems, hoping that they never catch up with me – that's reality, not Marvel!' – Tom Harris.
Welcome to the first Wash Up of 2020. What a year it promises to be and I hope the scent of victory never strays too far from your collective nostrils.
Right then, here we go and kicking us off this week is Cricket President, Scott Dale with a round up of how Men''s 1sts got in their Indoor Southern Trophy Qualifier on Saturday.
Game 1 vs UWE:
Portsmouth were put into bat and couldn't have got off to a worse start with Hasnaat Abbas getting caught first ball of the game. Milo Price fell soon after leaving the score at 24-2 off 3 overs. Aryan Gupta and Scott Dale steadily rebuilt and when both retired Portsmouth were back on top at 80-2 off 7 overs. Dale came back in for the last 3 balls of the innings, hitting two 6's, meaning Portsmouth posted 119. It was then Portsmouth's spinners who led the way with Abbas and Dale taking 3 wickets each to bowl UWE out for just 39 and claim the win.
Game 2 vs Essex:
Winning the toss and bowling, Portsmouth began well with Nick Ward taking an early wicket. Abbas claimed another 2 wickets, and along with Nick's second and 2 run outs, Essex were soon bowled out for 78. Portsmouth should've had a comfortable chase, but a decent bowling performance from Essex left Krissie Mistry and Ward to knock off the last 30 runs in 4 overs, which they did to put Pompey one game away from a place at Finals Day.
Game 3 vs Hertfordshire:
Winning the toss and bowling first again, Captain, Mistry got the side off to a great start and Dale and Abbas followed suit. A perfect bowling and fielding display resulted in Hertfordshire being bowled out for just 38. Aryan Gupta was again the standout batsman in a comfortable chase reaching yet another 25 retirement, incredibly this was his 8th match in the competition without getting out!
So all this means that the 1's now qualify for the Trophy Finals Day in Leicester in a fortnight's time. Of course we will bring you all the news from that event and news from Women's 1sts as they head to Birmingham for the Super 8's Championship Finals Day.
Men's 1sts triumphed in their all-Portsmouth Quarter Final on Sunday at Spinnaker, defeating their 2nd team counterparts, 13-7 to earn a Home Semi Final against Surrey 1sts on the 23rd of February. An entertaining encounter went the way of the 1's with goals from hat-trick heroes and 1st Team, Man of the Match, Harry Bailey and Ben Chev' who both scored 4 goals apiece, Argemiro Sassa and James Douglas both bagged braces and Nevada grabbed a goal on debut. Assists for the 1's came from Sassa  Bailey and Douglas  Josh Barrett and Alex Mills . Goals for the 2nds in reply came from Cormac McAinsh [2nd Team MOM] and Josh Harrop  Jamie Fraser, Abdulla Alharami and Alex Younge . McAinish also grabbed an assist as the 2nds just came up short. Both teams return to league action on Sunday with the 2nds travelling to Westminster 1sts and the 1's off to Brighton 2nds as both look to maintain their respective promotion challenges.
In an all-Portsmouth league encounter at Spinnaker on Friday night, Men's 1sts overcame their 2nd team counterparts 59-42 to keep them top of Tier 3 with 4 matches left to play. Point scorers for the 1's were – T. Olorunsola  F. Porter  J. Johnson  A. Berida  A. Grant  T. Austin and L. Tamosauskas  and A. Aguado Basso  as they secured a vital win. The 2's scorers were – A. Thompson  A. Maughan  D. Strodahs and D. Mason  I. Britton-Okpara  E.Howard and J. Campbell . On Wednesday, the 2's travel to Surrey 2nds whereas the 1's will journey to the capital to take on Imperial 2nds, where they will be looking to take another win, and keep their title challenge firmly on track.
Now I'll pass you onto Commodore, Hebe Hemming, with a quick update on how Sailing got on in Warwick –
Two teams headed to the Warwick Turtle last weekend, and sailing started early the next morning despite a distinct lack of wind. Portsmouth Pink started the day well with 2 wins (a shock to most) with Portsmouth Purple getting to grips with the course and the shifty conditions. A subsequent 3 races were completed by both teams on the Saturday, everyone learning from every race and trying out different manoeuvres and approaches. Sunday morning was a different story to Saturday, with strong winds and the occasional capsize (from others teams). Portsmouth Pink and Purple sailed four more races, each time improving on their finishing combination. A great weekend had by all, with lots of lessons learnt and great to see some new faces on the team for this event.
And to round off things this week, we just wanted to share a link to the South East Uni Archery League [SEAL] so you can see how our Archery Club are getting on in the Senior and Novice Competitions – please check the link below for more details –
So that’s that for our first Wash Up of 2020. Join us next week for more from our teams and don’t forget to check in on Thursday as we report on all the matches taking place on January 29th as the BUCS programme gets back into top gear.