Sadler hoping to star in Varsity match
Paddy Sadler is adamant Cambridge University have the ability to put Saturday’s one-day disappointment behind them and defeat Oxford in the Varsity Twenty20 at Fenner’s (3pm) on Thurday (20 June 2013).
The Light Blues’ captain saw his team go down by seven wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method at Lord’s at the weekend as they lost to their rivals in the 50-over format for the first time in four years.
Sadler, who skippered Scotland Under-19s last year and has been included in several Scotland squads in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition this season, will be without the services of Zafar Ansari as he is required by Surrey ahead of their nextmatch.
But fellow all-rounder Paul Best will be available having been released by Warwickshire for the day.
And Sadler expects his men to perform better than they did in the capital and square the Varsity series ahead of the forthcoming four-day encounter.
“It was obviously pretty disappointing on Saturday, but we just didn’t play that well on the day,” said Sadler. “We’re a lot better than what we showed.
“We’d won three in a row at Lord’s, but they’ve got some good players and were better than us on the day. You have to move on and try to improve in the next game.
“It’s down to the guys who played on Saturday to perform better, rather than changing things and panicking. We’ve got good enough players, we just need to play better.”
Former Cambridge University Cricket Club and Hockey Club member Gus Kennedy is now studying for a Masters at Oxford and is likely to feature again against his former team-mates having hit an unbeaten 43 in Saturday’s game.
More than 1,000 advance tickets have been sold, but tickets, which include a free drink courtesy of sponsors Ernst and Young, can be bought on the gate for £5.