On a cold day the Academy played away at Hull, making the third away fixture from three in the Yorkshire Premier League. On the toss of a coin, Hull elected to bat.
Skipper, Simpson opened the batting but soon made his return off the field falling to Warner (46 for 3). The fielding side kept the singles to a minimum whilst the wickets came with the collaboration of the bowling attack, Warner, Barnes and Firn making Hull 60 for 4 off 15 overs.
Hull’s fourth batsmen, Grey saw through 5 wickets for 54 runs before the ninth batsmen, Philips came to the crease. Rattling through the Academy bowling, Grey and Philips put on a partnership of 102 before Philips (54) was caught by Callis from Thompson. The home side became 207 for 8 off 50 overs.
Grey finished his impressive innings on 104 runs at the hands of Thompson on the boundary edge. The home side saw out their overs making 241 for 9. From a score of 96 for 6, was 241 enough for a victory?
The Academy openers took to the stumps but an early exit by Ainsley put the side on the back foot with 2 for 1 off the first over. However, Callis and Mosun Hussain looked steady putting on a partnership of 54. Unfortunately Hussain (18) fell to the fourth LBW of the match.
Imtiaz came into play and the pair put on another great partnership of 48 taking the side to 104 for 3 when Callis (54) fell again to the umpires trigger.
Imtiaz and Thompson looked set to take home the win when the rain started to drizzle and the umpires considered the weather. The decision to remain on the field was taken full advantage of by the pair as Thompson wasted no time in retaining his 50 runs off 26 balls, shortly followed by Imtiaz (57) fro 58 balls.
With nine 4’s and seven 6’s Thompson (95) ripped apart the home sides bowling attack. With a swift six to finish, the pair brought home a seven wicket victory with a not out partnership of 138. A great comeback to an unexpected target.