Yorkshire are top of the League! At least the Academy are top of the Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League after winning their first match of the season by 27 runs at Castleford yesterday. Left-arm spinner Karl Carver, above, took 5-29.
Skipper Alex Lees lost the toss on a green, slightly damp wicket, and his team were asked to bat first against a young Castleford team, who included five players under 15.
Freddie Collins opened from the pavilion end, and at first he bowled accurately. Openers Lees and Jonathan Tattersall were untroubled by the pace attack, but when former Yorkshire left-arm spinner David Wainwright replaced Mortimer the picture changed.
With the score on 42 Wainwright trapped Lees in front first ball, and 12 runs later Andrew Bourke caught Tattersall off Collins to end an excellent innings of 31 with four fours.
Will Rhodes faced 12 balls before he was bowled by Wainwight, and wicket-keeper Eddie Wilson was caught off Wainwright by Liam Hyde diving brilliantly at short-mid-wicket.
Hyde replaced Collins at the pavilion end, and saw Wainwright take an excellent slip catch to dismiss Jordan Thompson . 72-5 became 73-6 and Wainwright’s fourth wicket when Josh Shaw fell to Bourke’s second catch of the day.
No. 3 Mosun Hussain hung on for two hours to compile a sound 58, but seven Academy batsmen failed to reach double figures. An 18-run partnership with Lewis Stabler ended when Stabler was lbw to Wainwright, and at one point a challenging total did not look possible.
Matthew Fisher batted steadily. He and Hussain took the total past the century, but at 115 Fisher was caught by Will Simpson, again off Wainwright. Then Wainwright’s party was over: a new league ruling limits bowlers to 17 overs per innings, and Wainwright had to come off with the excellent figures of 6-21.
Castleford’s young spinners Hyde, Ed Morrison and James Logan impressed, and each picked up a wicket. The Academy’s innings closed when Hussain, who had held his side together, tried to reverse-sweep Morrison and was bowled. The last-wicket pair had added a valuable 25 runs, and the Academy came in on 153, which had not seemed possible at one time.
Skipper Andrew Bourke and Will Simpson started slowly for the hosts, and in the sixth over Shaw bowled Bourke. Wainwright and Simpson seemed intent on staying, and runs came slowly. It was in the 22nd over that the introduction of left-armer spinner Karver saw Wainwright caught behind by Wilson.
Four runs later an excellent piece of ground fielding by Stabler ran out Simpson, and it was 49-3 in 24 overs. As with the Academy innings the problems were caused by a left-arm spinner: Karver was also economical as he captured four valuable middle-order scalps. Logan was bowled and Pickering caught at deep-mid-on by Fisher.
Captain Dominic Sharp tried to hold the middle-order together, receiving some support from No. 7 Hyde, but it was the bowling of leg-spinner Tattersall that finally ensured victory for the Academy – his six overs going for only four runs while he claimed three valuable victims.
Karver’s lbw dismissal of Sharp signalled the end. Then at 118 an excellent diving catch low to his right by Lees saw Morrison head for the pavilion, and Castleford’s last partnership realised only six runs before Mortimer was stumped to give Tattersall an excellent return of 3-4 in six overs.
Excellent performances by the two left-arm spinners of both teams, Carver 5-29 and Wainwright 6-29 . Yorkshire Academy start the season as League leaders…will this be the case at the end?
Yorkshire Academy 8 points; Castleford 0 points.
Friendly Castleford CC 1st XI v Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI
Saturday, April 20 2013 (11:54) at Abbeydale Park, Sheffield
Castleford CC 1st XI won toss and decided to field