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Academy emphatically defeat York in season opener

— 21 April 2014


After winning the toss and electing to bat the Academy lost the wicket of Barney Gibson with only 13 on the board.

  • He was caught at second slip by Jack Leaning off the bowling of Murphy. The partnership of 154 by Azeem Rafiq and Eliott Callis was excellent . Fifty was reached in 14.3 overs and a fine six over mid-wicket by Callis brought up the one hundred. After a slow start the pair put on 150 in 85 minutes.

    York’s break through came with the introduction of off spinner Jack Leaning he had Rafiq caught at long off by Lambert. His 79 came in 88 minutes. The fall of Rafiq brought England Under 19 captain Will Rhodes (pictured) to partner Callis. They had a partnership of 50 runs in 50 balls. After 40 overs the Academy had reached 214-2, Callis duly reached a fine hundred in 137 balls the innings contained 11 fours sixes, and with the score on 260 Ryan McKendry had Callis caught by Collins. One of three catches he took.

  • Yaaser Imtiaz and Rhodes took the total on to 317 but Imtiaz became the second of opener Murphy’s four victims when he was caught at cover. Will Rhodes, who played a superb innings of 77, eventually fell when he was caught by Nick Kay at short third man off the bowling of Dan Woods who had returned to the attack.

    Collins took his third catch to dismiss Jordan Thompson and when Fisher was clean bowled with the last ball of the innings the Academy total was 338 for 8.

    York only had 17 runs on the board when they lost their first wicket and six runs later were two down when Fisher clean bowled Liam McKendry to take his second wicket.

    Michael Waite had replaced Josh Shaw at the score board end and he took the valuable wicket of Jack Leaning. Ryan McKendry and Collins put on 57 for the fourth wicket. However the introduction of left arm spinner Karl Carver saw the fall of Collins and Murphy. Collins fell to a one handed diving catch by Rafiq at slip whilst Murphy was caught at mid wicket by Eliott Callis.

    The fifth wicket fell when Matthew Waite took a fine catch at mid off to allow Carver to halt a determined innings of 48 by Ryan McKendry. Thus after 40 overs York were 180 behind with only five wickets left. The aggressive Nick Kay struck an excellent 67 having completed his 50 with a fine six over long on. However he became a third Carver victim when he was clean bowled.

    A misunderstanding left Love stranded in the middle of the wicket and he was duly run out.

    The York innings finally held firm to stop the Academy gaining all 8 points for an outright win. A fine performance by the Academy who on the day were far superior to last years Yorkshire League champions.