The Academy won the toss and on electing to bat scored freely.
The 50 partnership by Elliot Callis and Will Rhodes came after 75 balls. Thirty-six runs later the partnership ended when Rhodes was caught by the diving Dan McClean at mid-wicket. He hit five fours in his excellent 40. The 90 partnership was an excellent start to the innings.
Ben Ainsley was the next wicket to go LBW to medium pacer Vinnie Ogden, when 17 more runs had been added.
Ryan Gibson and Callis shared a stand of 43 before Gibson was caught behind by Chris Purshouse off the bowling of Ben Sanderson. Sanderson, the former Yorkshire player, has this season been playing with Worcester 2nd XI. Sanderson then caught Jordan Thompson off the first ball he received from left arm spinner Mark Cummins. When Barney Gibson was LBW to Cummins in the 34th over the Academy had slipped to 168 for 5 . However, Callis was batting superbly his reverse sweeping beat the inner field many times. His partnership with number seven batsman Josh Shaw (returning after England Under 19 duty ) was the batting highlight of the day. The pair put on 138 (their hundred partnership coming off 108 balls).
Callis hit 139 runs an innings which included 16 fours and one maximum. With the total on 306 for 6, he was finally stumped by Purshouse off the bowling of Mark Cummins. Josh Shaw fell LBW three balls later – another Sanderson wicket. In Sanderson’s final over, two further wickets fell those of Fisher and Logan.
At the close, the Academy score was 312 for 9, an excellent performance largely due to Callis and Shaw, but boosted by 28 extras.
Opening pair James Moorhouse and Mark Cummins shared a useful partnership of 66. This was broken when Logan’s left arm spin induced a catch to wicket keeper Barney Gibson.
Cummins and Archie Ogden added 65 runs, but their pace was slow and 38 overs had passed when the second wicket that of Cummins fell to Rhodes. Ogden scored a useful 43 runs runs but when attempting a big hit was caught at long on by Logan off the bowling of Karl Carver – another England Under 19 player returning to play league cricket.
Opening bowler Matthew Fisher was successfully brought back into the attack and in the 51st over took the wickets of Rotherham captain Nathan Smith (22) and Ben Sanderson. Sanderson was caught by Shaw off a skier to third man. Rotherham hearts were fluttering when in the 54th over Shaw took two wickets, Ben Ainsley’s low down catch at deep square leg dismissing Cooper. Two balls later, Waldron was LBW. Street and McClean vainly attempted to score the 13 runs to take a point for Rotherham but it was not to be. Fisher, whilst not taking a wicket in his final over, prevented Rotherham reaching the 218 score to gain a point. He finished with the best Academy return of 3 for 21, whilst Shaw’s pace claimed him two wickets. Thus it was a six-point incomplete win ensuring the Academy stay top of the Yorkshire League by 17 points. However, York do have a match in hand and thus the Academy must keep up the pressure on in the forthcoming end of season matches.