The thunderstorms from yesterday had cleared to reveal a hot sunny day for the long awaited semi-final. Having lost the toss the Academy came out fighting with Fisher taking a wicket within the opening over.
Waite claimed the second by dismissing opening batsman Trower, breaking a partnership of 16. Three further wickets fell to spin bowlers Logan and Carver for a total of 7 runs. Barnsley were suddenly 26 for 5.
Keeper Shaw and Jahangir were a much needed batting pair for Barnsley who put on a partnership of 51 before Jahangir (22) was caught at deep fine leg. Shaw followed shortly after.
Opening bowlers Waite (3 for 23) and Fisher (4 for 15) reduced Barnsley to 132.
With the threat of another thunderstorm ahead and the use of Duckworth Lewis Stern, the academy side came out hard and fast. Barnsley took an early wicket at 18. The Academy won the match with Hussain (57) and Fisher (31 not out). Barnsley took two extra wickets with run outs whilst quick singles were being made.
The win came just in front of the ever darkening sky. The final of the league cup will be played on Sunday 6th September with York gaining a home advantage.