This week the Academy had their first home game of the season and true to form, the English weather put a dampener on the day. The Academy only just lose out on the points failing to score 4 runs as Harrogate gain a victory at Weetwood Hall with 239 for 5.
Tattersall (103) and Ross (52) played a big part in the victory whilst Hussain (43), Waite (48) and Warner (30) made the game exciting to watch, chasing down the total.
As Harrogate won the toss, the Academy took to the field with Fisher and Warner opening the bowling. Harrogate were making a good start to the 43 over innings when overseas player Ryan took one to the face. Disappearing off to hospital, former Academy player and 2ND XI player for YCCC, Tattersall came to the crease.
Latham (11) and Tattersall made a partnership of 44 before the Academy took their first victim. Latham was caught at extra cover by Fisher. George Ross joined Tattersall and the pair put on a partnership of 81 before Ross (52) was caught behind by keeper Read from Carver’s spin bowling. Ross made 52 off 45 balls with two sixes through mid-wicket. Carver gained another in quick succession with his slower ball reducing Harrogate to 127 for 2 off 23 overs.
Another decent partnership of 58 between Foster and Tattersall put Harrogate firmly in the driving seat with Tattersall making his 50. Quick feet by Read meant another wicket for spinner Carver (76 for 4) and a few overs later Carver claimed his last victim in the final over. Tattersall remained not out with an impressive score of 103. A beautiful innings by Harrogate, who ended with 239 for 5.
The Academy had a slow start, loosing opening batsmen to Geeson-Brown with a diving catch by Tattersall at long off. This was followed shortly after by another wicket at the hands of spinner Foster, reducing the home side to 50 for 3. Hussain (43) and Waite soon picked up the pace chasing down to total with a partnership of 44 until Hussain was bowled by spinner, Foster. Thompson came to the crease and the pair soon made an impressive 67 run partnership with 7 overs taking the home side to 161 for 5. Waite took ownership of 4 sixes, from spinners Foster and Ross whilst Thompson backed up with fours to cover and mid-on.
Geeson-Brown and Foster reduced the home side to 188 for 8. This left the Academy needing 52 off the last 3 overs of the game. Fisher and Warner were the new batsmen and pressure was piling. Making four off one over, it looked like the chase was over. The umpire signalled to the box that 6 penalty runs were to be awarded to the batting side for slow bowling rates by Harrogate. The end was in sight. 35 runs needed of just 2 overs with only two wickets remaining. Heartbeats were pounding!
In Geeson-Brown’s (59 for 3) final over, the pair knocked an impressive 13, loosing Fisher (25) on the 6th ball. With the home side now requiring 22 with 6 balls to spare was it too much to ask of the final partnership. Warner and Read played the game perfectly, needing 6 off the last 3. Two cheeky singles put Warner back on strike requiring four off the last. Going for the win, Warner (30) was stumped by keeper Potter, from spinner bowler Foster (64 for 4) to end the game just 4 runs short of victory.
A heart pounding, exciting finish to a cold, wet start.