At last the sun came to Weetwood they were no worries regarding a full day’s play.
After electing to bat on winning the toss, one wondered if the decision was correct when with the score on six opener Rhodes and number three Rafiq were both back in the pavilion. South African professional Tumi Masekela, bowling at a lively pace, had Rhodes caught behind by James Osmond and Rafiq caught by Cleethorpes captain Bill Kirby at slip.
Opener Callis and Hussain pushed the score on to 41, but then medium pacer Willerton, whose economy rate was initially very good, clean bowled Callis. Hussain and Adil Rashid (playing his first Yorkshire League match for a number of years ) staged a recovery. Progress was initially slow, medium pace bowlers James Keast and Alex Willerton bowling very straight. A partnership of 47 ensued, but the introduction of leg spinner Alex Osmond initially was expensive. Hussain spooned a return catch to Alex Osmond with the score on 88.
Ryan Gibson slowly built his innings and the partnership with Rashid was worth 36 valuable runs. Leg spinner Osmond sent Rashid back to the pavilion aided by a fine diving catch by Harry Warwick. The next sixteen overs saw the scoring rate rise thanks to an aggressive innings from Jordan Thompson and a quickening of pace by Ryan Gibson. They took the score on to 228, which earlier reaching even 200 had seemed most unlikely. When Ryan Gibson was eventually caught by keeper James Osmond off the bowling of Masekela he’d scored a very good 76, which included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Jordan Thompson was still at the crease at the close of the Academy innings when the score had reached 239 for 7. It had been an excellent recovery.
The start of the Cleethorpes innings was similar to that of the Academy. Quick bowler Waite clean bowling David Mansfield for 2 and then with the score on 13 Matthew Fisher’s pace was too much for Harry Warwick as Will Rhodes took a good slip catch.
Kirby, the Cleethorpes captain, staged a useful partnership with the experienced Lincolnshire player Alex Osmond after an unsure start. It was the fifth change bowler Adil Rashid who caused many problems for the Cleethorpes middle order. Barney Gibson stumped Alex Osmond for 37. Osmond hitting 2 fours and 3 sixes. Azeem Rafiq dismissed Cook who failed to trouble the scorers. James Osmond was dismissed first ball when Gibson had his second stumping off the bowling of Rashid. The score after 23 overs was a meagre 73 for 7. The experience of Rashid was just too much for the less experienced Cleethorpes players. Masekela edged Rashid to Gibson behind the stumps to claim a fifth victim. A stand of 37 between Alex Willerton and Jack Wilson took the score to 114 but then a slip catch by Rhodes gave Rashid his sixth wicket. Rafiq took the final wicket thanks to a fine diving catch at mid-wicket by Jared Warner. As usual the fielding was good and there were six good catches taken. It was however Adil’s day and eight valuable points were gained to consolidate the Academy’s second place in the league.