The Academy lost the toss and were asked to bat. Skipper Will Rhodes and Eliot Callis made steady progress reaching 25 before Rhodes (16) played a loose shot and was caught in the gully by Matt Fowler.
Azeem Rafiq played across the line after scoring one run and was LBW to James Forrester. Callis and Jordan Thompson put on 32 and were going well it seemed, however Callis, at
63-3, played a poor shot and scooped a ball to Fowler at deep mid-on. Jordan Thompson seemed to be pulling the side round but he was caught by the diving John Heath at mid wicket, again not a great shot.
The fifth wicket to fall, with the score on 107, was Ryan Gibson caught at deep mid-on by Matt Fowler.
Barney Gibson played the Academy’s best innings scoring 45 he was out with the score on 161-1 having scored 45 in 60 minutes. Again he was a Fowler victim caught at deep mid on, he’d hit five fours and one straight six.
The innings closed on 207 for 9 Karl Carver managing to stop Appleby Frodingham gaining full points.
Duncan Heath, the home team captain, was an early victim for Josh Shaw who bowled with pace. Fellow opener Keiren Lindley fell when Rhodes took a good slip catch off the bowling of Shaw. Rhodes then had Watson clean bowled and
things looked promising the Academy hoping for an outright win.
Zimbabwean David Brent played a fine defensive innings scoring 34 but eventually lost his wicket to Thompson LBW after taking the score to 85-4.
Tom Brookes then having played a useful innings was caught behind by Gibson. Unfortunately Thompson’s three over were rather costly and the score moved on from 95 to
128 before another wicket fell.
The tail of the home team wagged. Peter Bell coming in at number 8 scored a very good 62 not out. Azeen Rafiq had the longest bowling spell, 14 overs but unfortunately took only 1 wicket.
When the scores were tied at 207 for 9, Waites clean bowled Bell unfortunately it was a no ball and Bell hit
the next ball to mid-wicket enabling the home side to gain an incomplete victory.