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Victory for the Academy over Scotland

— 4 July 2014

Scotland elected to bat after winning the toss and it was immediately evident that the pitch suited the quicker bowling. Captain Craig Young from Polo C.C. was back in the pavilion with only 10 runs on the board when Mosun Hussain took a fine catch at slip. He repeated this to dismiss Ollie Hairs off the bowling of Matt Fisher. Ollie Hairs now playing in the Midlands was a former prolific scorer with York C.C.

When Matt Waite clean bowled Micky English with only 21 on the scoreboard, prospects looked good for Yorkshire. Opener Muncey was the only batter to look untroubled in difficult conditions making 32 before being caught off the bowling of skipper Jared Warner. Peter Ross (Heriots C.C.) shared a useful stand of 59 with wicket keeper Marc Petrie. It was left to Warwickshire Academy player Michael Waugh to boost Scotland score with a useful undefeated innings of 46. Scotland could feel pleased with their score in the allotted 65 overs.

Yorkshires struggled against the medium pace of Farrell and opener Smith. Batting was not easy on day 1 when the wicket favoured seam bowling. Barney Gibson and Mosun Hussain started well but failed to go on to make large scores and it was James Wainman batting at 7 who hit a fine 43 before some poor judgement whilst running saw him needlessly run out. The Academy declared on 143 for 9, 46 runs behind the Scotland score. In Scotland’s second innings opener Munsey showed what a promising batsman he is making a fine 96. However 4 runs short of his century he was caught and bowled by Lewis Stabler. He proved to be the backbone of the Scotland team.

Only Ollie Hairs 35 and keeper Petrie reached double figures. Skipper Jared Warner took 2 wickets whilst Lewis Stabler who bowled only 2 overs took 2 for 2. Scotland set the Academy what they presumed would be a challenging target of 229. Opener Gordon Goudie from Grange Cricket club Edingburgh lifted Scottish hopes by bowling opener Barney Gibson and then had Mosun Hussain caught to put the Academy at 1 for 2 in the opening over. Eliot Callis and Jordan Thompson then had a stand of 57; Callis then misjudged the spin of Hamza Tahir and was clean bowled for 27. This was not perhaps a wise move on the Scotland team’s part as it resulted in a superb stand of 141 between Ryan Gibson and Jordan. Matching each other run for run they attacked the Scotland spin attack. Tahir who looked a fine spinner in the first innings was hit to most parts of the ground whilst fellow off spinner Michael Waugh received severe punishment. When opener Smith returned to the attack he clean bowled Gibson who played across the line. His innings of 86 made in 89 balls and contained 14 fours. Mathew Fisher was run out for 9 but the run chase was moving in the Academy’s favour. It was unfortunate that Jordan did not carry his bat, such was his innings. However he edged a catch to deputy keeper Macleod when only 4 runs were required and 2 overs remained. Victory was gained with only 12 balls remaining.

Thompson scoring a superb 88, an innings which contained 7 fours and 2 sixes. Thus Yorkshire won the 2 day match, a fifty over one day match now follows.

H.D. Galley

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