The Yorkshire Academy visited Castleford on Saturday. There was no real surprise when the home side won the toss and elected to bat. On an hot day it would be difficult to field first in the heat.

The opening partnership of Rizwan Hussain and captain David Wainwright put on a stand of 81 from 109 balls before Hussain was out for 43. Two further wickets fell quickly before Wainwright was dismissed for 53 from 117 balls with 6 fours with score at 129 for 4 in the 36th over. Two partnerships of 33 and 30 took the total to 192 for 6 in the 48th over. However there was an eventful last three balls of the innings as three wickets fell – two catches and a run out from the final delivery. Castleford finished on 205 for 9 from 50 overs.

Wickets takers were Matthew Taylor 3 for 35, Harry Sullivan 2 for 35, Billy Whitford 1 for 12, Josh Sullivan 1 for 60 and Bilal Anjam 1 for 20.

In the Academy reply tight bowling restricted the openers with the first wicket falling at 23 in the 11th over. Two further wickets followed quickly to leave the Academy 33 for 3 in the 15th over. The fourth wicket fell at 51. Captain Ben Birkhead joined opener James Wharton and they put together a stand of 52 for the fifth wicket from 68 balls before Birkhead was dismissed. The sixth wicket fell in the same over. Eddie Barnes joined James Wharton and they put on 54 from 59 balls before Wharton was run out for 69 from 109 balls with 7 fours to leave the visitors at 157 for 7 in the 41st over. It was Wharton’s second successive 50. The remaining batsmen did not last long as the Academy were 159 all out from 42.4 overs with Eddie Barnes 42 not out. There were no extras in the innings.

The wicket takers for the home side were Connor Hyde 2 for 8, Liam Hyde 2 for 51, Eddie Morrison 1 for 46 and David Wainwright 3 for 40.

It was a disappointing result for the Academy and they slipped to seventh place in the table.

Points: Castleford 10 Yorkshire Academy 0.

Andrew Hinchliffe – Yorkshire Academy scorer

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