All-round captain Will Rhodes (library picture) scored useful runs and took two wickets in two balls for Yorkshire Academy’s very young guns in their 16-run “Friendly” victory against Derbyshire Academy at Staveley.
A green wicket and overcast skies greeted the Colts, and losing the toss meant batting first in conditions that were not easy. Almost immediately opener Will Simpson was caught behind off Ben Cotton without scoring, and 22 runs later Cotton had Inglis caught at mid-on.
Rhodes and Dylan Budge put up a stand of 30, which was ended when an accurate throw from Brodrick ran out Budge for 19. Rhodes had 18 when he fell to left-arm spinner Tom Knight who, like Rhodes, has made first-team appearances. Eddie Wilson advanced to 20, but he tried to reverse-sweep 14-year-old off-spinner Massingham and was lbw.
Ben Birkhead played a useful innings for 20, but he became another Knight victim, caught behind. Jack Hendy defended well for his 16, but he was bowled by medium-pacer Davis to make it 130-8. Michael Waite, making his Academy debut, helped the total to 140 before he was caught by skipper Cotton off Cork.
Academy were not finished: a last-wicket flourish by Josh Shaw and Graeme Whiles took them to 164 for 9 in the 50 overs, Cotton coming in with a fine 2-11 in seven overs, an excellent economy rate of 1.57.
Derbyshire were going to need a scoring rate of 3.28, but Waite soon had Taylor lbw. Only 10 runs came in the first five overs. Progress continued to be slow as Yorkshire gained the upper hand. Rhodes pocketed two in two balls, and the hosts were 33 – 3. No. 5 Brodrick, a 15-year-old left-hander, played an excellent mid-innings knock, but wickets continued to fall.
Ed Morrison, a 14-year-old off-spinner, enjoyed a very good début, taking two valuable middle-order wickets. 75- 5 became 115 -6 thanks to a fine partnership by Brodrick and Cork, which ended only when Simpson’s perfect throw from cover ran out the gallant Brodrick.
Cork had 31 when he was trapped in front to become the first of two Hendy victims. 143-7: 21 now required in 7.4 overs with three wickets standing. Opening bowler Shaw was recalled – and his pace accounted for Knight and Hemmings in consecutive balls. Six overs to go…24 runs needed…one wicket remaining.
Hendy had conceded only 14 runs, but he had bowled six wides. His line improved, and Barney Gibson was able to take an excellent catch behind to dispatch Massingham. Hendy finished with 2-14, and the Academy had secored a victory by 16 runs which at one time had not seemed possible.
The bowlers were certainly helped by a green wicket, but the six middle-order Academy batsmen made scores of 16 to 20 which was the basis of Yorkshire’s success. Shaw with 2-11 in six overs and 19 not out could claim the man-of-the-match award, but it was in reality a team victory.
Friendly Derbyshire Academy Derby Academy v Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI
Monday, May 20 2013 (09:58) at Staveley C.C.
Yorkshire Academy won by 16 runs
Derbyshire Academy Derby Academy won toss and decided to field