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Academy: Young guns miss out in tense affair

— 13 June 2015

On a day in which the forecast suggested we would be better going swimming than playing cricket, a full 110 over game was played at Weetwood with the Academy versus Driffield.

Scorecard

The Yorkshire Academy won the toss and put Driffield into bat. A quick first wicket bowled by Warner gave the home side their first advantage however opening overseas batsman Asad and George Drury soon began to put the ball away.

The pair rattled through seven Academy bowlers, slotting the ball nicely between them. With both batsmen scoring 60 runs before the second wicket was taken as a stumping from Yaasar Imtiaz, a spin bowler terminating the partnership of 139 runs.

Cousin, Sam replaced George Drury (61) to help Asad in the quest for runs. Drury was then caught in the slips by Hussain. Another quick wicket by Imtiaz reduced the side to 207 for 4.
Overseas player Asad was scoring well with his team backing up. A wicket by Firn got the fielding side re-interested followed by the wicket of the innings taking Asad for 131. The travelling side were soon 295 for 8 after two consecutive wickets by Waite.

With the extras playing a significant part in this innings, the Academy needed to chase down 296 runs in 55 overs.
An early wicket by Ezard set the scene which was backed by two further consecutive wickets immediately putting Driffield in the driving seat with 45 for 4.

Mathew Waite and Jordan Thompson were the shining light at the end of the tunnel putting on a partnership of 81 in just 14 overs. The excitement soon ended however when Thompson was caught at cover for 46.

Another wicket soon followed with an LBW from Hardgrave putting Warner at the crease. Another hefty partnership of 62 between Waite and Warner put the Academy side on 195 when Waite (83) was caught by Brompton at mid-wicket.

Warner and Carver kept the score rising. The team needed 44 off 5 overs with only 3 wickets in hand. Could it be done? Going for the big runs, Carver was caught at long mid-off for 37. The home side now require 37 off 4.

A slow over from Hardgrave put on the pressure for the batting side as they need 33 off 3. The light now at this time is very low and the scoreboard can be seen from miles around (I have no doubts). The pair kept pushing leaving 17 off the last over. We’ve seen it happen before.

Warner was going for the winning runs but was caught on the boundary edge by Sam Drury. The final ball of the match saw Logan receive 2 runs. Driffield had won the match by 2 runs.
An exciting and tense finish. Does this mean the Academy will be back next week with fighting talk? We shall see!

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