Weekend wash up: 8-9 February 2020
'Never say Never because limits, like Fears, are often just Illusions – Michael Jordan.'
Welcome once again to the latest Wash Up, featuring updates from American Football and Futsal as they continue their quest to win their respective league titles. Men's Rugby 3rds were in league action at Langstone and there is an update from Equestrian and their latest BUCS match, but first up I'll hand you over to Cricket President, Scott Dale, to update us on how Men's 1sts got on in the Final of the BUCS Trophy Competition on Saturday.
Portsmouth travelled up to Leicester with their sights set on claiming another National Indoor title. Playing in a hall far smaller than before, group games loomed against Cardiff, Durham and Sheffield Hallam. The lads got off to a near perfect start thanks to exceptional bowling from Nick Ward, Scott Dale and Hasnaat Abbas. Despite a costly final over, Portsmouth were set to chase 50. Good bowling from Cardiff meant that our 9th win of the campaign wasn't going to come easy. Milo Price took the game right down to the wire to seal a 1 wicket victory on the last ball of the game!
Durham were next up and posted a decent score of 67. Early wickets fell which left it down to Dale and Aryan Gupta. The pair rebuilt and got the Durham players worried, but in tight conditions, Durham managed to run both players out, and the last two wickets fell soon after.
Having waited for previous results, the last game of the group stage was effectively a quarter final – whoever won between Portsmouth and Sheffield Hallam were to go through. Being put into bat, Gupta and Abbas started well and others followed meaning we set Sheffield 68 to win. A below par bowling performance by Portsmouth's standards followed and the opposition were always in the driving seat. With 6 to win off the last over, and a dubious wide being called first ball, a crashing loss looked inevitable... but up steps Abass. The leg spin of Abass beat the bat numerous times and some calm fielding meant that somehow Sheffield still needed 2 off the last ball. It was then down to Price to keep his cool and secure the run out to send Portsmouth through with another final ball win!
Finishing second in the group, Portsmouth faced local lads, De Montfort in the Semi Final. Portsmouth were back to their best and showed last year's Trophy winners what we were all about. High quality bowling and clinical fielding meant we only had a chase of 49. Runs from Abbas, Gupta and Price saw us through with ease.
Our third Final in as many years saw us play a team from our group once again. We had a point to prove against Durham, but their bowling and fielding attack meant a high score was always going to be difficult. Portsmouth posted 44 and required a faultless bowling performance. It was not to be however and Durham came out on top again, leaving us as Runners-Up in the Trophy Competition.
Despite their obvious disappointment, Men's Indoor Cricket 1sts have once again shown supreme consistency in this format, getting to the Trophy Final and coming away as Runners-Up. They continue to compete at a very high level where a loss almost comes as a shock to everyone. The reason for this continued success is due to the obvious talent that continues to filter through the ranks but would not be possible if not for the hard work the club put into their Indoor programme for all its members, and the preparation of their BUCS teams. Though they wouldn't have set out to miss out on the Championship Finals, Runners-Up in Trophy is still a top performance and its testament to their ambitions that they will be working even harder for next season, and now put everything into preparation for their Outdoor season which will begin in earnest in April.
In the eye of Storm Ciara, The Destroyers and Reading went at it, at Langstone on Sunday and Pompey dug out an 8-0 win to not only mark their seventh successive victory but also seventh shutout of the campaign, as they remain more watertight than the Thames Barrier. This win sees the Destroyers maintain top spot in Southern Tier 1 as they move to a 6-0 record for the season. They now travel to Holloway on Sunday in that all important title match-up to see who will take top spot and Home advantage in the Playoffs. A superb win for the Destroyers in incredibly demanding conditions and we will bring you news of how they got on in their quest to take the title, next week.
Men's 1sts were awarded victory by Kingston 1sts at Spinnaker on Sunday to record their seventh win of the season and extend their lead over second placed Surrey 1sts to 9 points. Though Surrey do have 3 games in hand on their title rivals, Pompey are in the driving seat and their fate lies firmly within their own grasp. With a rearranged match against Hertfordshire 2nds to be announced, Pompey will be turning their attentions to that Home Semi Final against Surrey 1sts in the Conference Cup in a fortnight's time, one of two huge encounters which will certainly determine how their season plays out.
Men's 2nds were also awarded victory against New Bucks 1sts on Sunday, and those 3 points sees the 2's take an unassailable lead over St. Mary's 2nds to clinch the SE3A title and guarantee promotion to Tier 2. It's Roehampton 1sts away on Sunday, as the 2's complete their league season, looking to take another victory as they look to tie up a superb campaign with another win.
Men's 3rds took on UCL 2nds on Saturday in a rearranged fixture at Langstone on the 3G and produced a dominant display, running in 9 Tries as they recorded a 55-15 win in SE4A. Eddie Baldwin produced a Man of the Match performance with 2 Tries and 5 conversions, with a try apiece for Dylan Pope McGovern, Harry Sawyer, Fin Harbutt, Jack Hollinrake, Jake Dodd, Matt Bowers and Warrick Mitchell Gough. This result takes the 3rds up to 3rd in the league, just 3 points behind Kingston 1sts with a game in hand. They take on the same opposition away from home on Wednesday as they look to continue their recent excellent form.
Portsmouth 2nds took 3rd place in their Home Mini League event in the Trophy F21 Competition last Wednesday, finishing just 5.5 penalties behind 2nd. There was great news in terms of Individual Placings for the team with Grace Lee claiming an excellent 2nd place, Anna Thunstrom in 7th and Evie Shearn in 8th.
Once more we are all Washed Up for this week, but there will be more to come this week from our teams in the next edition of the BUCS Round Up, where our teams will be immersed in Quarter Final and Semi Final Cup action as well as vital league matches as we hurtle towards the final weeks of the season.
Until then –