An overwhelming win takes the Academy to the top of the Solly Adams Yorkshire Premier Cricket League.
Cloudy skies greeted the Academy at Harrogate. Slight drizzle held up the start of play and the Academy lost the toss and were asked to bat.
Callis and Rhodes put on 42 for the opening stand but in the ninth over 15-year-old Cameron O’Donnell, making his league debut, took his first wicket. A ball of full length had Callis trapped in front.
Ten further runs were added when Ollie Driver gave Harrogate further hope, clean bowling Mosun Hussain, who played no shot.
Will Rhodes and Jordan Thompson added only five more runs when Driver clean bowled Rhodes. With the scoreboard on 57 for 3 a stand was needed. The in-form Ryan Gibson and Jordan Thompson added 100 runs. Neither batsman was troubled by the Harrogate seam attack. Gibson scoring five fours in his first 21 runs . His fifty came off 67 balls and, as has happened in previous matches, he held the middle order together and benefited from loose bowling later in his innings. Thompson was the more aggressive and punished any ball off line. He played some fine cover drives and with the score on 157 was off spinner Ross’s victim being stumped off a wide.
Barney Gibson joined Ryan and the scoring rate increased. He scored 24 off 22 balls before becoming Australian overseas player Huntley’s first of three victims.
Josh Shaw scored his 30 runs at a run a ball and his valuable partnership with Gibson put on 59 runs.
In the 48th over Driver clean bowled Gibson to end a fine innings of 82 scored in 92 balls. Josh Shaw was LBW to Ross scoring 30 in even time with the score on 267-7. Matthew Fisher forced the pace scoring 21 at a run a ball.
When the Academy innings closed on 315 for 9 the young Harrogate attack found respite in the pavilion whilst the Academy batsmen were very pleased with their performance.
A wicket in the opening over was a warning sign for what was to follow. Josh Shaw’s pace troubled Harrogate’s batsmen and Huntley became Shaw’s second victim thanks to a fine diving catch by Barney Gibson.
Former Academy player George Ross was clean bowled first ball by Shaw and Andy Hawkswell’s dismissal, four balls later, saw Harrogate struggling at 15 for 4.
Rowett failed to cope with Shaw’s pace and with the score 21 for 5, Ryan Bradshaw, the Harrogate captain, edged a Fisher ball to Barney Gibson in the tenth over only 21 runs were showing on the scoreboard.
15-year-old Louis Foxton was the only Harrogate player to reach double figures, scoring his 10 runs in 24 balls.
There was no respite for Harrogate, Jared Warner took three tail end wickets and finished with excellent figures of 3 for 9.
The innings closed on 42 all out – Matthew Waite taking the final wicket to give Yorkshire victory by 273 runs.
Eight valuable points were taken and victory saw The Academy become league leaders going 5 points ahead of York with 66 points.