Cricket side reinstated after drop

Captain Dominic Bransden holding the Ferrier Cup
Captain Dominic Bransden holding the Ferrier Cup

The St Andrews University Staff and Postgraduate Cricket Club have been given a reprieve from their relegation last season.

The club had shown promise in the Strathmore & Perthshire Cricket Union Division 1 during 2014 but, sadly, were unable to protect their place in the league.

Only joining organised league cricket in 2011 after years of playing local ‘friendlies’, the had hit league cricket running by winning Division Three, Division Two, and the re-structured Division Two South in consecutive years.

Whilst St Andrews were able to put in some excellent performances in spells last term, such as an away victory with only eight players over a strong Norwood side, the step up to Division One proved a little too much over the course of the year.

Following a run of close fought battles, often seeing small individual mistakes punished to the full by the opposition, an unfortunate sequence of results on the final day of the 2014 season saw the club drop from fifth to tenth (last) place – and relegation loomed.

However, after the Division Two winners decided against accepting promotion this time around, St Andrews have avoided the dreaded drop and are seeking to make the most of their reprieve in 2015.

A spokesman for the club said: “The one bright spot in the season was victory by seven wickets in the annual Ferrier Cup match against Dundee University Staff back in July.

“With a fine all round bowling performance restricting Dundee to 98/9 from their 25 overs, St Andrews quickly chased down their target in the gathering gloom in just 20 overs to secure the cup against their local rivals for the second year in a row.

“With winter (indoor) training in St Andrews, at the University Sports Centre, on 11/18/25 January (5-7pm), the club are always open to hearing from potential new members from the area.

“This time there are high hopes for making more of a mark on the league.”

You can keep up with the club’s progress from April on Twitter (@stauscc) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/stauscc).

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