University of Exeter’s men’s and women’s cricket teams enjoyed a superb end to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) indoor season.
They picked up gold and bronze medals on finals day of the National Championships at Edgbaston on Sunday.
The men’s side reeled in Kent’s 93-run total in the final with more than two overs to spare, having already defeated Leeds University by 33 runs in the semis.
It was Exeter’s first indoor title since 2007 and rounds off an exceptional run of form which has seen them win all twelve of their matches this season.
“It was an incredible day and has been an unbelievable winter for indoor cricket,” said their captain Joe Barrs.
“We didn’t just win our matches, we completely dominated our opposition in both the semi-finals and final.
“This isn’t to speak any less of the quality of the opposition – Leeds were always going to be a strong outfit and Kent were semi-finalists last year.
“However, our ability to perform well under pressure meant that we completely outplayed both opponents.”
The women’s team fell to an agonising defeat in the semis against old rivals Cardiff Met – the same side that beat them in last year’s final.
A stand-out batting effort by Lorna Brown, who hit 22 off seven balls, saw them fall two short of their 97-run target.
However, they secured third spot by beating Durham by three wickets.
With the indoor season now complete, the outdoor season begins. Exeter’s men have their first friendly tomorrow (Friday) before the BUCS season starts on Friday, April 11.