Oxford opener Matt Hughes puts Cambridge University to the sword
Varsity One-Day Match honours go the way of the Dark Blues
Matt Hughes was the scourge of Cambridge University by guiding Oxford to victory in the Varsity One-Day Match at Lord’s.
The five-wicket winning margin may appear emphatic, but the Dark Blues relied heavily on their man-of-the-match opener.
Hughes had already been a menace to the Light Blues in the Varsity Twenty20 Match at the Parks in May, hitting 53 in his side’s 83-run win.
He was at it again at the home of cricket.
Cambridge won the toss and elected to bat first, but had both openers dismissed with only 28 on the board.
Captain Darshan Chohan then set about building a score for his team, making 77 and being ably-supported in partnerships by Alaisdair Dewhurst (35) and Daniel Murty (23).
A late flurry from Angus Mathieson (20) and Karthik Suresh (19) helped add some vitals runs to the tally.
They eventually finished their innings on 222 for 7, with Toby Pettman the pick of the Oxford bowlers with two for 34.
It gave Oxford a target of 4.44 runs per over for victory, but with Hughes in a confident mood, the Dark Blues soon got the run-rate to more than five an over.
They never took their foot off the gas, despite regular breakthroughs from Cambridge thanks to Jan Cross-Zamirski and Karthik Suresh, who finished with two for 60 and two for 75 respectively.
Oxford reached their target with 10 overs to spare, man-of-the-match Hughes dealt the vital blow with a six, taking him to an unbeaten 132 off 109 balls, including 20 balls.
In the series of three fixtures, Oxford now have an unassailable lead with just the four-day match remaining.
That will be played at Oxford’s Parks, from Monday, July 2.