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Leeds/Bradford MCCU bowled Sussex out for 58 on their way to a 79 run win, featuring some superb individual performances.
Following a week of rain and very little cricket, Leeds/Bradford MCCU were raring to go as they lined up against Sussex on May Day.
They had started the season very strongly, having lost to Surrey by just 3 runs.
Leeds/Bradford then drew with Yorkshire, having been in a very strong position when the weather intervened, restricting the county side to just 135 in their first innings.
It's fair to say there were strong signs that Leeds/Bradford MCCU were on the verge of something special.
Dominated the match
Sussex won the toss on Tuesday and elected to put Leeds/Bradford into bat, and from that point on they dominated the match.
Leeds/Bradford MCCU Head Coach, Andrew Lawson, commented:
"The boys were outstanding from start to finish. The whole season has been about playing good, hard, consistent cricket across the board and we had a solid game here with some outstanding individual performances."
Leeds/Bradford posted a respectable 164, but it was in the field for Sussex's first innings that the fireworks really began.
Sussex all out for 58
Luis Reece and Tom Hardman bowled in tandem, and from the off had Sussex up against the wall.
Left-arm Reece & right-arm Hardman ripped through the Sussex team with pace and accuracy - at one stage reducing them to 30-8.
Sussex rallied slightly, but were all out for just 58 with Luis Reece picking up 7 wickets for just 21 runs. Of his bowling achievement Reece said:
"It was a shock...I didn't expect things to go like that.
"I was just patient and tried to hit the right areas, as we knew the pitch offered a bit for the bowlers."
Character & focus
The scale of the achievement was not lost on the team, but they were able to stay focused on the job in hand, as Andrew Lawson describes:
"The boys were over the moon. It was an amazing achievement and a dream to bowl out a county side for just 58 runs.
"But the character of the boys showed through as it didn't go to their heads and feel that the job had been done.
"They continued to graft and work hard for the rest of the game."
Leeds/Bradford played sensible and solid cricket to post 149 in their second innings and set Sussex 256 to win.
It was now time for Ivan Thomas to step up to the plate.
Bowling in tandem with first innings hero Reece, they tore through the Sussex defences bowling them out for 176 to claim victory by 79 runs.
Ivan Thomas returned superb figures of 6-21, off 16 very accurate overs, and Reece picked up 3 in the second innings to finish with 10 wickets for the match.