Juggernaut bowling and fielding followed by chanceless batting saw Yorkshire Academy to an excellent eight-point 10-wicket victory at Doncaster in the Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire County Premier League before today’s Cup semi-final at Weetwood.
Doncaster won the toss hoping that their batsmen would produce a match-winning total to lift them from the bottom of the table: the Academy opening bowlers thought otherwise – and soon had the first four contenders back in the hutch.
Felix O’Dell was caught at second-slip by skipper Alex Lees, pictured, off the bowling of Ben Coad, and Henry Chadwick caught Gareth Cox behind off Coad. Chadwick also accounted for Ryan Capstick off James Wainman – and a forward diving catch at cover by Eddie Wilson off Wainman showed how brilliant the Academy can be in the field.
33-4 did not bode well. The middle-order rallied slightly through Jamie Harrison, 14, Alex Gosney, 21, and skipper Nick Morley, 27, but George Ross dashed all hopes of recovery by returning the excellent figures of 3-20. Jack Leaning took two fine slip catches of Jonathan Moxon as Doncaster slumped to 120 all out.
Captain Lees and James McNichol saw off a steady opening attack without giving a chance. The target was reached with little trouble in 27.4 overs – Lees the more forceful of the openers with 84 not out in 101 minutes off 99 balls. McNichol proved a very good partner, and was 33 not out in 67 balls at the close.
A competent all-round display by an improving team and eight more points. The side must be looking forward to today’s (Sunday) Cup semi-final against York at Weetwood.
Premier League Doncaster Town CC 1st XI v Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI
Saturday, August 20 2011 (12:00) at Town Fields, Doncaster
Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI Won By 10 wickets
Points: Doncaster Town CC 1st XI: 0 Yorkshire Academy CC 1st XI: 0
Doncaster Town CC 1st XI won toss and decided to bat