Alex Lees, above, cruised to 83 not out in 47 balls as Yorkshire Academy crushed Cleethorpes by nine wickets in their last Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire County Premier League match of the season at Weetwood today.
The Academy rolled Cleethorpes over for 112 in 32.5 overs – and then smacked 116-1 to win in only 14.2 overs. Lees hammered nine fours and three sixes in his stay of 54 minutes to round off an excellent season for the Academy, who finish second behind York.
Cleethorpes were asked to bat, and were 7-0 after the first over. Six balls later they were 11-3, thanks to a super first over from Lewis Stabler: he trapped Inderjit Hayre in front as he played across the line, and bowled Janiv Judah next ball. Mosun Hussain took an excellent catch low down at third slip to send back Tom Keast.
Jared Warner joined in the fun in the fifth over when he had opener David Mansfield caught behind by Barney Gibson, and he bowled Ian Mansfield two balls later. 18-5. And 18-6 as Gibson dived to take a one-handed catch offcaptain Alex Osmond, again to Stabler.
Azeem Rafiq took a slip chance off Paul Sunley to give Stabler his fifth wicket, but better things came from Jordan Cook, aged 13, and South African Graham Hume. Their excellent stand lasted for 87 minutes, Cook scoring a valuable 29 with three fours, and their partnership of 63 was ended only when Warner bowled a short one which struck Cook on the shoulder,
The gallant young player had to retire hurt, but he and Hume had pushed the total to 86. Hume went on to an excellent 51 before he was bowled by Rafiq.
The short innings meant that the tea break was not taken, so skipper Lees and Eliot Callis went straight back out under a cloudy sky. Lees thumped 13 off Hume’s first over, and after three overs the score was 29.
The powerful Lees was striking the Cleethorpes attack to all parts of the ground, and the scoreboard was showing 74 when Callis opened his account – Lees racing to 51 in 25 balls. The hundred came in 76 balls, and at 108 Cleethorpes had their sole success when Callis was caught at slip off James Keast. Five balls later a complete victory came with eight points.
Lees remained unbeaten on 83 from 47 balls, with Hussain four not out. Many players can look back with pride on their performances in 2013.
Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI v Cleethorpes CC 1st XI
Saturday, September 14 2013 (12:00) at Weetwood, Leeds
Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI Won By 9 wickets
Points: Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI: 8 Cleethorpes CC 1st XI: 0
Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI won toss and decided to field