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Academy progress in the cup

— 22 May 2014

With Yorkshire won the toss and electing to bat, the openers made a good start. Alex Lees stroked three fours in his innings of 18 before edging a catch to wicket keeper Pursehouse with the score on 24 in the third over.

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Skipper Will Rhodes and Eliot Callis then shared an excellent stand of 221 which lasted until the 33rd over. Rhodes hit 11 fours in his innings of 86. His fifty was reached in 54 balls with a four to cover. Rhodes finally fell to left arm spinner Mark Cummins when the score was 245-2. Eliot Callis had just completed a fine hundred indeed the longer the pair were together the more it looked as though Rhodes would complete his century but it was not to be.

Jordan Thompson, batting at four, put on 29 with Callis. The partnership ended when Moran caught Thompson at long off. Callis was bowled next ball by Will Cooper.

With the score on 298 a fifth wicket fell when Barney Gibson holed out at long on. Ogden had moved to cover when he took his second catch off opening bowler Waldron. His return to the attack slowed the Academy innings down. He then clean bowled Ryan Gibson for 18.

Further wickets were lost in the last four overs of this 45 overs match. Matt Waite being clean bowled by Ogden. The final wicket fell with one ball left Karl Carver being run out. The scoreboard was showing 348 thus coaches and captain must have been pleased with the batting display against a weak Rotherhan attack missing Ben Sanderson and Nathan Smith because of injury.

Facing a formidable total a side needs a good start. But with only 22 on the board both openers were out. James Moorhouse for 8 and Purshouse clean bowled by Louis Stabler. Batsmen 4, 5, and 6 Sanderson, Smith and Waldron were back in the pavilion thanks to the pace of Warner and Rhodes.

The Academy pace bowlers seemed to get more pace from the excellent wicket prepared by groundsman Allan Kettleborough.

However it was Karl Carver whose spin saw the team through to the next round. He had Page caught at cover by Rhodes, took a catch himself and then had the last man Luke Staveley LBW.

It was a resounding victory by 243 runs. Unfortunately Rotherham had eight batsmen out for single figures. Mark Cummins remained undefeated on 50 not out when the innings closed.

Next up in the cup will be York on Sunday June 17.

H.D. Galley

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