Being asked to bat after losing the toss, the Academy suffered an early setback when they lost the wicket of Elliot Callis in the second over with only two runs on the scoreboard. It was the first wicket for Australian Cook when Ed Morrison took the catch at mid-wicket.
Ben Ainsley and Mosun Hussain shared a stand of 79, but the run rate was never fast enough and some poor running between the wickets hindered progress. Ainsley fell in the 38th over, when medium pacer Winstanley took a fine caught and bowled.
Captain Ryan Gibson followed into the pavilion 12 runs later, when he was caught behind becoming Winstanley’s second victim.
Wistanley had Hussain caught in the gully in the 44th over with only 102 runs on the board. Barney Gibson was run out eight balls later and Jordan Thompson was off spinner’s Shutt’s first victim.
A poor batting display needed reviving. Ed Barnes and Jared Warner raised hopes with a 42-run stand, running well between the wickets and attempting to score more quickly.
The Academy’s innings closed on 159 for 8. Even though batting was not easy early in the innings some poor shots were played by early order batsmen and more was expected of the Academy batsmen.
The Castleford inning centred around the opening batsman Charles Finan.
He lost fellow opener Will Simpson after the partnership had put on 22 runs. Simpson skied a catch to deep mid-off, which was taken by Karl Carver.
Jarran Cook and Finan shared a stand of 42, which was broken when left-arm spinner James Logan claimed his second wicket clean bowling Cook.
Dominic Sharp was Logan’s third victim giving the Academy a glimmer of hope of victory. It was not to be. Finan and Freddie Collins put on 71 runs, when Karl Carver dismissed Collins – caught at first slip – by Ryan Gibson. Only 12 runs were need for victory. Man of the match Finan, dropped at slip on 59, was finally caught at mid-wicket when only six runs were need for an outright victory.
Romaniw and Randerson duly obliged to give Castleford a deserved victory.