Oxford Brookes cricketers face Australia in Ashes warm-up

Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Charlie Morris

Charlie Morris and Tom Fell represented Worcestershire when the county side played the Australians in the tourist’s final warm-up before facing England in the Ashes series.

Charlie (pictured), who captains the Oxford MCC Universities (MCCU) team, and his team-mate Tom, secured a draw against the dangerous Australian side.

The MCCU is a combined team with players from both the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes.

Charlie, a seam bowler who is playing for Worcestershire on a summer contract, bowled for 23 overs in the first innings (with six maidens) and for seven overs in his second innings (with one maiden).

He scored 25 runs (not out) in the first innings, and was not required to bat in the second innings.

Tom batted in both innings with a particularly impressive 62 not out in the second innings.

“It was a massive learning experience," said Charlie. "The players are so much better than any level I have played at before and by testing yourself against them you get to see where you are.

“The margins for error are so much smaller. It was a really good challenge.”

The Australians have been touring England and Scotland as part of their warm-up preparations for the Ashes series. The four-day match against Worcestershire was played at the County Ground.

Charlie has just finished his second year of a Sport and Exercise Science degree while Tom has just completed his first year in a combined degree of Sport, Coaching and Physical Education with Geography.

Charlie’s first class debut was with Oxford MCCU against Glamorgan in April 2012 while Tom’s first class debut was with Oxford MCCU against Warwickshire in April.

“I don’t think I really started believing I could play county cricket until I came to Oxford Brookes and joined the joint MCCU," explained Charlie. "It’s really that that’s given me the opportunity.”