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Jamaica Intercollegiate make winning start

Published:Wednesday | July 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK:

The Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals got under way and unlike the playfulness surrounding the draw ceremony, the eight teams launched themselves head on into their opening games.

The United Kingdom, represented by the Leeds Bradford MCC team, kicked things off against the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association team and it seemed as though it would be a big win for the hosts.

However, the game being played at the Aston Rowant Cricket Ground was all about the bowlers. With the Jamaican team bowled out for 98, the match was there for the taking for Leeds Bradford. Instead, they were skittled out for 72 in the 19th over. Chrishna Graham with his Man-of-the-Match effort of three for 19 easing the way for his team.

Over at Wormsley Cricket Ground, the opening game was dramatic, but for completely different reasons from the Jamaican victory. The Australians, who made 114 for eight, won a topsy-turvy contest by two runs in the last over. Opener Nicholas Walker scored 58 off 49 balls as the Australian openers rattled off an opening stand of 65 in double quick time. However, it was some resolute bowling from Pakistan that prevented a large score.

not all low scoring

It wasn't all low scoring on day one though, as South Africa's Theunis de Bruyn scored the first hundred of the day - 137 off 60 balls (12 fours, eight sixes) against a fairly hapless University of Liberal Arts representing Bangladesh, which only managed 91 for seven in 20 overs.

Meanwhile, the defending champions India, this year represented by Rizvi College, started on a bright note with a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka's ICBT Colombo, whose batsmen were held to a modest 119 for six. Sumit Ghadigaonkar's unbeaten 76 off 57 balls took Rizvi home as he helped himself to the Man-of-the-Match award.

The participating countries are represented by the following institutions: West Indies - Jamaica Intercollegiate, United Kingdom - Leeds Bradford MCC, Australia - University of New South Wales, Bangladesh - University of Liberal Arts, India - Rizvi College, Pakistan - Karachi University, South Africa - University of Pretoria, Sri Lanka - International College of Business and Technology.