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Loughborough win thrilling MCCU final

Lewis Bramley celebrates the victory
Lewis Bramley celebrates the victory

Mark Best made a superb century and Devon Endersby took six wickets as Loughborough beat Leeds/Bradford by two wickets in the last over of a thrilling MCCU final at Lord's on Monday 23 June.

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Opener Best made 111 from 157 balls, almost leading his side through to their chase of 245 before he was dismissed in the 48th over with victory in sight.

That gave Leeds/Bradford some late hope, but Loughborough had timed their chase perfectly and the winning runs were hit from the third ball of the last over by number ten Lewis Bramley.

The value of Best's innings was highlighted by the fact that the next highest score for Loughborough was Jack Sterland's 25, and that only four of their players reached double figures.

Best - whose brother Paul plays for Warwickshire and is a graduate of Cambridge MCCU - survived a couple of scares on the way, but timed his innings perfectly to set up the win.

Loughborough had earlier restricted Leeds/Bradford to 244 in their 50 overs thanks largely to seamer Endersby's fine performance.

He disrupted the flow of a Leeds/Bradford's innings which had at one stage threatened to stretch beyond the 275 mark thanks to Harry Thompson and Will Vanderspar.

Opener Thompson and captain Vanderspar guided their side from a slightly tricky position at 55/2 in the 17th over with a partnership of 160.

Vanderspar, playing his final match for Leeds/Bradford, played a fine innings of 78 from 82 balls, finding the boundary regularly with eight fours and a six.

Thompson meanwhile anchored the innings with a fine openers innings, but fell just three runs short of what would have been an memorable century, as Leeds/Bradford stumbled in their final overs.

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