Winning the toss was important on the green Sheffield wicket. When Sheffield were 15 for 4 having lost the wickets of both openers Gaywood and Waterson, Bill Root and overseas Australian Webber Yorkshire were the happier team.
Opening bowlers Fisher and Waite got movement, and took two wickets apiece, this movement made run scoring difficult for Collegiate. Rafiq at slip took catches to dismiss Root and Waterson. A stand of 15 by Simon Guy and Michael Simpson improved matters slightly but the introduction of Will Rhodes saw Simpson caught in the gully by Mosun Hussain. Flanagan and Guy took the score on to 52 when the sixth wicket fell. Guy being LBW to Rhodes. Ryan Gibson was the fifth seamer and took 2 wickets in his first over. Collegiate 54 for 8. Inevitably Gibson took the last wicket to fall finishing with figures of 3 for 1.
Waites 3 for 16 made the early break through thus Collegiate were dismissed for 58.
Johnny Bairstow and Eliot Calis (pictured) opened the innings but after hitting a four Bairstow played a loose shot and was caught at mid-on by skipper Matt Dixon off the bowling of Eldred. The next partnership of Rafiq and Callis added only 11 when Rafiq was caught at Gully by Billy Root of the bowling of Luke Shutt. Only 3 more runs were added when opener Callis was caught at slip. A fine diving right handed catch by Simpson. Callis had struggled, scoring only one run from the 45 balls he received.
Jordan Thompson scored 12 runs in a partnership of 20 with Hussain before being caught by wicket keeper Webber – one of two Billy Root victims.
Skipper Rhodes was the second Root victim being clean bowled for 3. Ryan Gibson was clean bowled first ball and the Academy struggling to score runs as did Collegiate were 48 for 6. Matthew Fisher hit six off Varley’s last over then hit Root for 4 to take the Academy to an outright win. Hussain was at the crease at the close scoring 12 not out in 58 balls. It was a day when both sides struggled to score runs but the Academy pace bowlers were superior to the Sheffield quickies.
The Academy took home 8 points for their outright win. They look for further success against Sheffield United in two days’ time.
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