Fine weather greeted the Academy team when they arrived at Castleford for the Yorkshire League Twenty / Twenty competition.
Castleford won the toss and elected to field. After four overs the Academy were 30 for 3 Eliot Callis being stumped off the bowling of off spinner Ed Morrison whilst Liam Hyde took two catches to dismiss Ryan Gibson for nought and Mosun Hussain for a single. Skipper Will Rhodes and Jordan Thompson shared an excellent stand of 34 Rhodes eventually falling to stumper Ben Shelton . Jared Warner increased the scoring rate but it was a fine flourish from Matt Waite who hit 3 sixes off the last three balls of the innings who pushed the score on to 128 for 9.
The Academy’s quick bowlers proved very effective and Charles Finan was caught behind in the third over. The following over Jared Warner clean bowled opener Dominic Sharp and the quick bowlers ensured none of the first six Castleford batsmen reached double figures. An aggressive 28 in 33 balls moved the score from 29-5 to 71-7 but Ed Barnes had an excellent spell taking 3 wickets for 6 in his 3 overs and the Castleford innings closed on 80 for 8 giving the Academy a 48 run victory.
After Castleford had lost to Scarborough a victory was needed to progress to the finals of the Twenty Twenty competition.
On winning the toss the Academy elected to bat and quickly lost the wickets of Callis and Rhodes with only 8 on the scoreboard and 9 balls bowled. An excellent partnership of 93 rescued the team. Ryan Gibson hit 3 fours in a very useful knock of 38 in 43 balls. Whilst Jordan Thompson hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in his 31 ball innings of 46 runs. Mosun Hussain fell to a Chris Grey catch but it was the forcefull batting of Matt Waite 31 in 15 balls which pushed the Academy total to 162 for 5 after twenty overs.
Scarborough openers Pete Shally and Andy Simpson scored at five runs an over but the introduction of Karl Carver to the Academy attack saw both openers dismissed and Ryan Gibson’s dismissal of No. 3 batter Joe Padmore left Scarborough needing 101 in the last 10 overs. It was a formidable task, Chris Grey and Theo Smith had a partnership of 38. Karl Carver took 3 for 21 in four excellent overs whilst an excellent throw from mid-wicket saw Tom Bruce back to the pavilion. The Academy cruised to victory restricting Scarborough to 117 for 6. A victory by 45 runs saw Yorkshire Academy through to the League twenty twenty finals which take place at North Marine Road Scarborough on Sunday 27 th July.