A double-header weekend, initially saw the Yorkshire Academy away to Barnsley, who were only 6 points in front of the young Academy side. Could today be the game to flip the order of teams in the table?
After electing to bat first, the Academy made a solid start scoring a steady 45 before Callis fell to the Pakistan overseas Ahmad. Hussain carried forward the steady pace before Ainsley (34) fell to the former Yorkshire under 17 player, Bethel.
A quick partnership of 34 between Hussain and Imtiaz took the travelling side to 101 for 2. A few quick wickets from spinner Rafiq soon saw the away side at 101 for 4, followed shortly by another as Hussain (44) fell to opener Scully with a catch by the keeper, Shaw.
Fisher and Warner soon picked up the pace with Warner making 31 runs before the spinner Rafiq claimed two more victims leaving the Academy to defend 199 for 9.
Trower and a Yorkshire under 17 player, James Brown put Barnsley firmly in the driving seat from the first over, scoring runs at a rate of 5 an over. With the Academy struggling to find their fielding feet, the pair put on 130 runs made up of 13 fours and 2 sixes, before Brown (42) fell to an outstanding catch by Callis at mid-on from Spinner Logan (41 for 1).
Another 40 runs followed before Waite claimed the last wicket of the match with a catch by kepper Read restricting Trower to 90 runs.
Barnsley wrapped up the final 30 runs with overseas player Ahmad (42*) and Rafiq remaining not out. An 8 wicket, incomplete win meant Barnsley increased the points gap between themselves and the Academy.