Team Sunderland’s cricket team fell to two defeats as they took on Teesside University on Wednesday afternoon
The first game was a routine victory for Teesside as they chased down their target of 42 inside four overs.
The second game was a more closely contested affair as Teesside set a target of 119 to win, with Sunderland falling 30 runs short of their target.
Sunderland fielded a much-changed team from their last match, Toby Phipps captained the side in place of regular skipper Matthew Brown and Rhys Slater came in to make his first appearance of the season.
Sunderland’s day got off to a disastrous start as they lost three early wickets to leave them five for three inside the first two overs. Despite rebuilding well through Oliver Wood and top scorer Andrew Tolhurst, who made 11, the damage had already been done and Sunderland were eventually bowled out for 42. The chase was a simple one for Teesside as they chased down their target without losing a wicket inside four overs.
Despite this defeat, Sunderland bounced back in the second game with a competitive performance. Teesside batted first and posted an impressive total of 119, Slater was the pick of the Sunderland bowlers, picking up three wickets. In reply, Sunderland fell 30 runs short of their target, with Amar lal Himrajani top scoring with 27 and Ghulam Muhammad chipping in with a well-made 19.