Yorkshire’s Academy fell short of silverware as they lost yesterday’s ECB Under 18s County T20 Cup final against Surrey at Kibworth CC in Leicestershire.

Coach Tom Craddock and his players had qualified for Finals Day, which started confidently with a 40-run morning semi-final victory over Northamptonshire.

Captain Alex Cree top-scored with 73 at the top of the Yorkshire order in 182-7 before leg-spinner Josh Hoyle returned 3-21 from four overs of leg-spin as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 142.

Surrey had already qualified directly for the final by virtue of having the best record of the three group winners. 

And they made a flying start to the afternoon final, which was delayed by rain.

Yorkshire, having elected to bat, slipped to 8-4 inside three overs and later 63-8 inside 13. But Jawad Akhtar top-scored with a measured middle order 38 not out to at least give his side something to bowl at with a total of 100-8.

And there would have been a few nerves in the Surrey dressing room when they slipped to 14-2 inside two overs of their reply, with Harvey Round claiming both wickets. 

Unfortunately, Surrey steadied and knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets inside 11 overs.

Yorkshire ended a progressive season having also finished top of their three-day Championship group.

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