The first bank holiday Monday of the season saw Solly Sports ECB Premier League champions away to runners up York CC.
With the sun shining and a track for batting, York CC made 234. The Academy were unable to continue their batting performance from Saturday at Hull making this their first defeat.
As the Academy took their positions on the field, the home side wasted no time in securing runs at a rate of 5 an over. A change of bowling brought the Academy their first wicket.
York’s opener Lambert (60) and partner McKendry (65) saw through 3 bowling changes putting on a partnership of 95 before Lambert fell to left arm spinner Logan making the total 134 for 2 off 25 overs.
Shortly after, overseas Australian Whatley fell to spinner Carver. At drinks York were 154 for 3 and looking strong. Was a big score on the cards?
A strong partnership of 42 between McKendry and Collins put the home side at 195 for 4 with lovely shots around the ground. McKendry finally faced his last ball when Thompson juggled a caught and bowled.
York’s lower order swiftly succumbed to the Academy spin bowlers, Carver (36 for 5) and Logan (71 for 3). From a mixture of caught, straight bowling and umpire decisions the home side were reduced to 234 with two double wicket overs to end the innings.
The Academy started to chase down the total scoring 12 off the first 4 overs but unfortunately the skipper was the first of three to fall from the bowling of Australian, Whatley.
Hussain and Ainsley (41) made the second highest partnership of the innings at 31 before Hussain was caught by Keeper, Brooks. In quick succession Brooks took another from Whatley’s bowling bringing the Academy to 44 for 3.
York changed their bowling attack to spin which only slowed the pace of the game for the Academy taking Ainsley as a victim. Leaning (26 for 4) and Pringle (26 for 3) both brought the Academy to 90 for 6 when batsmen Warner came to the crease.
Warner, attempted a late surge of runs, kept the side hopeful but the spinners kept up the pressure making the Academy 127 all out.
The first defeat for the season for the Academy pushed them off top spot in the table, whilst York claim their first win and those much needed points.