SWANSEA University Cricket Club suffered defeat at the Welsh Varsity match despite a strong batting performance by opener Joe Parkhouse.
The right-handed batsman hit 50 runs off 46 balls before his innings came to an end, caught by Savin Liyanagedera.
Captain Joe Taylor won the toss and decided to bowl first, which meant Swansea would be forced to chase Cardiff’s total in the second half of the game.
Taylor believes the team allowed the pressure of the chase to get to them and will be hoping to work on that in training ready for their first league game at home to Exeter.
“I thought we bowled and fielded pretty well to be honest,” he said. “I just thought the pressure of chasing their total got to us a little bit.
“We didn’t adapt ourselves to the situation but we can look to improve on that in training as we go into the league season.”
Cardiff got off to a great start thanks to the batting partnership of captain Tom Williams and George Thurstance.
They had amassed 63 runs off the first eight overs before Swansea had their first breakthrough, Williams clean bowled by Taylor.
Swansea struck again soon after, new batsman Tom Hamilton edging the ball into the grateful gloves of Tom Carpenter.
Thurstance was the next to go, ending on 33 runs off 33 balls, edged to Carpenter off the bowling of Tom Barry.
Barry followed it up with two more wickets, with Swansea set a target of 157 to win.
Swansea got off to a poor start; Taylor edged and caught by wicketkeeper Godrich without scoring.
Glen Williams was next to go, having grown tired of the slow run rate he went for it and was caught by Nick Kent in the outfield.
Swansea forged ahead following Williams’ wicket. Tom Kear putting in 20 before being caught LBW.
Alex Marsh and Parkhouse continued Kear’s work, combining to bolster Swansea’s total.
But disaster as the partnership of Parkhouse and Marsh both are sent to the pavilion in the 16th over.
The tail-enders soon followed, with the remaining batsman only mustering 10 runs between them as Swansea finished on 102 all out.
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY 156/5
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 102