Swansea seek win in first Varsity cricket match since 2008

Swansea are looking to end years of hurt as they compete in the first Varsity cricket match since 2008.

The last time the two teams met, Cardiff won by more than 200 runs.

But captain Jeremy Suter hopes the four-year wait for retribution will inspire the side to victory this time around.

“We got destroyed last time, so putting in a good performance this year is high on our agenda, especially as we are now in the same league as Cardiff in Bucs,” he said.

“We are on paper at least equal to Cardiff after last year’s promotion.

“We should be in high spirits heading into the game.”

Despite their first-place finish last year, Suter intended to improve the side further this year to ensure league survival.

Over the last semester the cricket club has been working hard to improve their fielding, which Suter believed needed the most work at the start of the year.

He said: “Training is going well so far. We have increased the intensity of our practice over the previous term.

“This included nets and fielding training for all club members every week, on Sunday and Tuesday.

“In addition we are running multiple net sessions just for the Varsity squad.

The captain is keeping an open mind with his squad selection, allowing the early league fixtures to dictate his choices.

He added: “The team for Varsity will greatly depend on performances in the early league games.”

Suter has been lucky to retain a good portion of last year’s championship-winning side, with half of the team remaining.

But he will hope to rely on some impressive fresher performances, with several decent players joining the team this year.

“The three freshers in the first team are all experienced cricketers,” said Suter.

“They are just as up for the Varsity game as the rest of us oldies.

“We are away at Cardiff, but their grounds are better than ours, and so I don’t feel it will make a negative effect on us.”

The Varsity match itself will consist of a 20/20 over game.

Both sides looking to make the most of the shorter format, when they come together in May.

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