On one of the hottest days of the year so far, the Academy were home to top of the table, Rotherham Town. The travelling side has won the toss and put the Academy in to bat.
The Academy got off to a steady start making 25 before Brook fell to opener A, Ogden. Ogden took two more wickets with the assistance of the keeper’s quick hands. This reduced the Academy to 35 for 3.
Ainsley (24) came to assist Callis at the crease and the pair took full advantage of the spin bowling. A tight run out by oversea’s player Del Borrello ended a partnership of 53.
Thompson and Callis continued in the quest for runs creating a partnership of 45 before Callis (68) fell to Ogden’s fourth wicket (4/50).
Another short blast of 24 runs saw Thompson (29) caught by Australian Del Borrello by seamer Sanderson. Sanderson claimed his second victim with a catch at long mid-on. A sky-high caught and bowled for Vinnie Ogden followed shortly after reducing the Academy to 180 for 8.
The last over of the innings saw another tight run out as the Academy pushed for maximum runs. The team finished on 203 for 9. A great effort considering the early score of 35 for 3.
An early wicket for Warner put the pressure on but G Purshouse and Cummins looked comfortable in their stride. The pair made an impressive partnership of 90 runs before Purshouse (44) was dismissed by Waite. An over later and Cummins (46) was caught by keeper Read making Warner’s second wicket.
Within the same over Warner claimed his third reducing Rotherham to 116 for 4. A few overs later, Waite claimed the big wicket terminating overseas player Del Borrello’s time at the crease with another catch by keeper Read.
Left arm spin bowler, Logan reduced Rotherham to 135 for 7 with a double wicket maiden helped by Ainsley and his diving catch at mid-off.
Tight bowling by Thompson (1/24), Logan (3/28) and Warner (3/27) brought the day’s play to a close whilst Logan picked up the last two wicket assisted by his colleagues Imtiaz and Warner in the field.
A good win and a much needed moral boost for the Academy side. Let’s hope this can continue into next week’s double header against Cleethorpes at home and Treeton in the Black Sheep trophy.