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Inexperienced Academy side lose to Derbyshire

— 20 May 2014

After electing to bat Derbyshire Academy made an excellent start to their innings Wood and Ali putting on an opening partnership of 73. Wood was finally LBW to Karl Carver for 41. Carver being introduced after the four quick bowlers had failed to take a wicket. Stumper Ball then shared a partnership of 28 with Ali. Skipper Ryan Gibson introduced himself to the attack and clean bowled Greg Cork and one run later Brown played back to a low ball and was caught in front LBW.


This brought the score to 108 for 4. It meant that Gibson had taken three wickets in 11 balls. The Academy failed to consolidate their success. Ali and the experienced Tom Knight shared a partnership of 47, with Matt Waite ending the partnership clean bowling Ali. It was a patient innings which held Derbyshire’s batting together. Some lusty blows by Knight and Cotton pushed the score on to 223 for 6. At one stage it looked unlikely that Derbyshire would reach 200.

Yorkshire’s opening partnership was broken in the fourth over when Harry Brook played back to a ball which kept low. Fellow opener Toby Booth was at the crease for 48 minutes but was eventually dismissed for 5 when he was caught by Tom Knight at mid-on. Having dismissed both openers, Greg Cork was introduced to the attack and the left-arm seamer had immediate success. With the score on 45, Ryan Gibson was superbly caught at long leg by Cotton.

Danish Hussain, playing his first Academy match, shared a partnership of 50 with Barney Gibson. He slowly built his innings gaining confidence but was LBW to Tom Knight for 20. With the score on 113, Barney Gibson, having made an excellent 38, got a leading edge caught at short cover. The left-arm spinner had a third success when Drury was caught at cover attempting a bit hit.

At 132 for 6 hopes of a win were fading. However Karl Carver, promoted from his usual lower-order position, played a useful innings and with help from Anjum (making his Academy debut) was caught at long on – Cork’s second victim.

With overs running out, 55 runs were need from the remaining 31 balls. It was an impossible task for the lower order batsmen. Cork cleaned up the tail and finished with the excellent figures of 5 for 29. Thus a 42-run victory for the more experienced Derbyshire side.

H.D. Galley