The second game of the weekend and the Yorkshire Academy travelled to Treeton, Rotherham in the Black Sheep Trophy Semi-final.
Treeton won the toss and put the Academy into bat. Treeton got off to a flying start with opener Foster reducing the away side to 26 for 3 off just 9 overs.
Callis (27) and Imtiaz put on a steady partnership of 24 before Callis was caught by keeper, Harrison. 37 runs later and ex-academy player, Norton took his first wicket.
Carver came to support Thompson in securing his 50 when he was caught at cover by Cunningham. Warner joined Thompson in the quest fir runs making use of all the outfield with 12 fours and 1 six, to create an impressive partnership of 94 before Warner (34) was bowled by Foster.
Foster shortly after took his fifth wicket of the innings reducing the Academy to 225 for 8. Thompson (94) was just short of seeing his century when he was given out LBW from Norton. The Academy saw out their overs finishing on 249 for 9.
A fantastic effort from the batsmen to reach this possibly winning total?!
Treeton took ownership immediately scoring 14 off the first over. Warner soon replied by bowling Foster. A few overs later and Warner claimed his second victim with a catch by keeper, Read.
Thompson came to join the action with a superb diving catch by keeper Read. Spin bowlers Logan and Carver kept the score low whilst Logan reduced them to 81 for 4.
Waite came back for his second spell only to take a much needed wicket dismissing Davies (35) by a catch at mid-wicket.
With the sun shining and a lively atmosphere, the teams were now level. Which way will it turn?
After being dropped on 21, Norton and Mirza pushed the ball around the field to score a partnership of 74 taking the home side to 171 when Norton (47) was stumped by Read. A thoroughly enjoyable end was developing but the cards were still evenly stacked.
A few overs later, Carver claimed a run out followed swiftly by a catch at mid-wicket for Waite to reduce Treeton to 192 for 8. The side required 58 off 8 overs whilst the Academy needed just two wickets.
Imtiaz claimed the ninth victim with a catch at long mid-on by Thompson which was shortly followed by the final wicket being caught again at long mid-on by Thompson off Imtiaz.
The Academy won by 42 runs and move on to the final of the Black Sheep Trophy. The date for this is yet to be confirmed.
A fantastic winning weekend for a side which needed a confidence boost!
Let’s hope they can carry this forward into next week’s games, Hull at home on Saturday and Barnsley at home on Sunday for the Yorkshire League Cup.