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Academy maintain their place at the top of the Yorkshire League

— 3 August 2014

With gathering clouds the Academy on winning the toss asked Appleby Frodingham to bat. Captain Duncan Heath was caught by Elliot Callis at second slip off Ed Barnes first delivery.

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Three overs later Frodingham number three batsman Kieran Lindley attempted to pull Matt Waite and was caught at mid-wicket by Jared Warner with the score at 33-2. Nine further runs were scored when Barnes, who was causing batsmen problems with his movement off the pitch, had opener Kieran Watson trapped in front for 18.

Wicket keeper Tom Brookes and Zimbabwean David Brent staged a recovery sharing a stand of 87. However, this ended when an attempted hook off Logan was caught by Jared Warner.

A long break for rain meant the match was reduced to a 7:30 pm finish. Resuming at 4.10pm, after taking an early lunch, Brent who was on 68 ran out of partners and overs. Left hand bat Alex Grimes was caught by captain Ryan Gibson at short mid-wicket whilst keeper Barney Gibson caught Jack Dixon, who failed to trouble the scorers. Harrison and Brent pushed the score on to 164 for 6 in their allotted 55 overs.

It was not a tremendous score to chase for the Academy side. With the delay due to the weather, the Academy were allotted only 26 overs for their run chase. Callis and Waite put the bowling to the sword. In 13 overs the pair had put on 81 runs before Callis was caught at cover off the bowling of spinner Lindley for 33. Waite was the next wicket to fall – caught at long on one run short of his half century. Thompson and Ryan Gibson continued the run chase in fine style. Thompson hitting two fine sixes before being stumped by Brookes. The partnership put on 41 runs.

Mosun Hussain joined Gibson both scoring at over a run a ball. Only skipper Duncan Heath initially slowed the scoring rate. Twenty runs were need off the last three overs. Victory was achieved in the last over with 5 balls left.

It was an excellent run chase by all the Academy batsmen. Ryan Gibson not out when victory was gained hit a fine 41 whilst partner Mosun Hussain scored his 20 runs in 13 balls. An incomplete win saw top of the league Yorkshire Academy go further ahead. Congratulations to the team and also to the groundsman, who worked tremendously hard following the heavy downpour.

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