HOWZAT! Melbourne University wicket-keeper Bernard Kelly appeals for a run out in the match against SCU at Blair Oval, Lismore, yesterday.
HOWZAT! Melbourne University wicket-keeper Bernard Kelly appeals for a run out in the match against SCU at Blair Oval, Lismore, yesterday.

City opposition just too strong

ADAM Meads admitted his Southern Cross University side needed to learn lessons quickly after starting its Red Bull Australian University Twenty20 cricket campaign in disappointing fashion.

Two below-par batting efforts were to blame as SCU lost its opening games in the Lismore tournament yesterday.

After going down to Melbourne Uni in its opening contest, the home side then found Sydney's University of Technology too strong as well.

Skipper Meads said his team, which was punished for failing to compile a competitive total in both its matches, needed to improve for today's action.

"We need to set ourselves a target if we bat first," he said.

"The other teams have been taking quick singles, but we have got bogged down with our batting.

"We are tying ourselves down and getting ourselves out.

"We need to dig deep, get a good score and make ourselves competitive."

SCU could make only 71 in its second match of the tournament against UTS at Blair Oval.

Meads top-scored with 21 but the hosts struggled against some classy bowling.

David Lowery was the main destroyer for UTS, taking 5-11.

SCU had its opponents rocking at 4-36, but Harry Dalton (36 not out) guided his team to a six-wicket win inside 11 overs.

Jake Muscat finished with 2-15 for the home side.

"Our bowling was not bad in spells," Meads said.

"A score of 70 is not good enough (though).

"We needed a score of 140 to be competitive."

Earlier, SCU found Melbourne Uni too hot in its opening match of the tournament at the same ground.

After restricting the hosts to 97, the visitors powered to the target for the loss of just one wicket.

While disappointed with the two losses, Meads said he had expected a tricky day at the office.

"Both these sides have players in grade cricket," Meads said.

"Melbourne is always a strong side and the Sydney sides are going to be tough."

Six university teams from across the country are contesting the event, with matches at Lismore ovals.

SCU is due to play University of New South Wales at Oakes Oval this morning (11am start).

Its second match of the day will be against Australian Catholic Uni-versity at Blair Oval (3pm).

Action continues until Thursday.



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