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Academy advance to the semi-finals of the Black Sheep Trophy

— 8 June 2015

The second game of the weekend saw the Academy away at Haigh Lane to Huddersfield League’s Hoylandswaine in the quarter final of the Black Sheep Trophy. Last year Hoylandswaine won four trophies and are currently second in the table.


With sun shining, but a cold breeze blowing Yorkshire Academy won the toss and elected to bat. With a change in team to the previous game, Eliot Callis and Ryan Gibson came to the crease. With an immediate run rate of 9 an over, the boys took no time in securing a 131 run lead after 15 overs. Ben Potter (85 for 2) brought Hoylandswaine a much needed first wicket by bowling Callis for 35.

Mosun Hussain then came to join Gibson and the pair carried on the impressive batting attack with a quick seven over partnership of 40 before Gibson was caught for 102 runs, including 12 fours and 5 sixes, most of which went out of the ground.
Another wicket soon followed taking the Academy side to 185 for 3 from 26 overs. Waite got his batting back on track with half a century from 39 balls as Hussain carried on from the opposite end. The pair made a partnership of 125 before Waite (56) fell to Potter.

Thompson came in to back Hussain in his run rampage allowing him to score 127 before becoming the first victim to Hoylandswaine’s West Indian overseas, Williams. Fisher then came to assist Thompson with a very fast paced partnership of 52 from 4 overs.

Thompson finished the innings on 98 not out claiming 11 of the 27 sixes scored by the travelling side as well as having to pay for a new car windscreen. The Academy finished their 50 overs with a ground record-breaking total of 463 for 6.

The Academy started their bowling attack strongly, taking Morris within the first over. The side kept the fielding tight on the hill but with a small ground, spin bowler Logan brought a much needed wicket with a stumping of Nawaz (86) and 129 partnership. The following over saw another wicket fall to seamer, Warner reducing the home side to 129 for 3.

The next four wickets fell for just 34 runs and were claimed by bowlers Logan (3 for 65) and Waite (1 for 40). At 163 for 7 it looked an early finish until Mynett came to partner Joice. The pair put 94 runs on from 12 overs before Joice (62) was bowled by Warner. A big wicket to put the away team back in the driving seat.

Backing up Mynett was overseas Williams who allowed him to proceed in his chase with 73 until he was caught by Warner at mid-off, taking the home side to 299 for 9. An over later and the Academy side had claimed the victory with a catch at slip by Hussain from Gibson (10 for 1) reducing the side to 300 all out.

A very enjoyable, exciting game with a bustling atmosphere at Hoylandswaine made the perfect day for a quarter final and the result was the cherry on the top!

The semi-finals are to be played on Sunday July 26th away at Treeton.