Rugby Football Union 206-5
Rugby Writers 173-8
RFU Cricket Victory Bodes Well for RWC as they Cruise Home by 33 Runs!!
The Rugby Football Union cricket team played its traditional annual fixture against the rugby writers last night at Twickenham cricket club. In overcast conditions, the RFU team romped to a convincing win by 33 runs to level the six year series three apiece.
The RFU team batted first with opener Luke Phillips (Accounts) hitting an unbeaten 50 before having to retire under the match rules and he was ably supported by good contributions from Rob Andrew (Elite Rugby Director) and Francis Baron (Chief Executive).
The RFU total of 206, nearly seven an over, was always going to be hard to beat but the writers started well with Sam Peters (Hayters) and Dean Wilson (Daily Mirror) both hitting unbeaten 50's. Unfortunately the middle order and tail then collapsed with only Matthew Pryor (The Times) hitting double figures and writers captain, the grey haired, Paul Morgan, known to his team mates as 'the polar bear with pads on' (Rugby World and the Mail on Sunday) running himself out chasing an impossible third run.
Rob Andrew claimed three wickets for 25 runs as the tail attempted to throw the bat and Keith Kent (Head Groundsman) also showed some surprising flair for a Manchester United fan by claiming a late wicket.