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Academy emphatically defeat Sheffield United to remain top

— 4 August 2014

As Harold Galley was in Cornwall with the Yorkshire Schools, it fell to his replacement to score this game and witness, hopefully, the next generation of 2nd XI players emerging.

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Sheffield Utd, fresh from a 9-wicket mauling by Doncaster Town the previous day, won the toss and elected to bat. They were eventually dismissed for 106 in 51.2 overs, meaning that, once again, they had failed to stretch their innings through the full 55 overs.

Only Johnnie Whiteoak (25) and Ben Percival (24) contributed anything like useful scores. James Logan, from his full allocation of 17 overs, returned the splendid figures of 4/14. He was ably assisted by Matthew Waite`s 3/22 from seven overs.

James Brown (1/19), Captain Ryan Gibson (1/29) and 1/0 from Ben Ainsley, brought on for what became the penultimate over, completed the success story in the field.

So the batters now had to complete a perfect day and see their team home, preferably by 10 wickets. But it was not to be as Matthew Taylor, bowling only medium pace, found in-drift to make both Eliot Callis and Ben Ainsley employ, albeit involuntarily, the Chinese cut much more frequently than they would have wished.

Callis eventually turned one off his legs to be neatly caught by Hesletine, close in at square leg. Mosun Hussain replaced him and he and Ben Ainsley took the score to the brink of victory at 101 when their second wicket partnership of 64 was ended by Ainsley trying to go over the top to complete a well-deserved 50, only to be caught and so departed for 49.

Mosun was left not out on 27, an innings which included his trade-mark straight drive, a shot which exudes timing and immense potential.

Howard Clayton

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