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— 16 July 2017

Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.
Saturday 15 July 2017.

Third place Harrogate visited Weetwood on Saturday to play 4th in the table Yorkshire Academy. Despite overnight and morning rain the match started on time with the home side won the toss and elected to bat.

The Academy openers put on 20 before Bilal Anjum was caught behind by Eddie Wilson off Ben Coad. Tom Loten joined the recently appointed England Under 19 one day captain Harry Brook and they put together a stand of 42 to take the score to 62 before Loten was the second wicket to fall. Ben Birkhead followed shortly after to leave the home side 69 for 3 in 18.3 overs. Captain Jordan Thompson joined Brook and they put together a partnership of 71 from 82 before Brook was dismissed for 62 from 81 balls. His innings was from 81 balls with 9 fours with his 50 from 61 balls. Thompson was out for 44 from 60 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes with the total on 150 from 36 overs. Two wickets fell quickly before a 29 run partnership for the 8th wicket between wicket keeper Jonathan Read and James Logan took the score to 202 for 8 when Read was dismissed for 21 with 15 balls remaining. Logan remained 18 not out as the innings closed with a total of 222 for 9 in the 50 overs.

The wickets were shared between Ben Coad 1 for 30 from 9 overs, David Foster 3 for 37 from 10 overs and captain George Ross 5 for 59 from 13 overs.

In the reply Eddie Barnes dismissed both of the Harrogate openers with the total on 6. Kellen Bond joined George Ross and they put on 19 before Bond was out. Ross followed shortly afterwards as the visitors were struggling at 38 for 4 from 13.1 overs. Wicket keeper Eddie Wilson was the next man out for 19 with the score on 55 for 5. A partnership of 54 between Harry Stothard and David Foster took them to 109 for 6 before Stothard was out for 32. Some resistance came from the late order but they failed to bat out the overs and were 186 all out from 45.2 overs.

The bowling figures for the Academy were Matthew Fisher 11 overs 1 for 29, Eddie Barnes 10 overs 1 maiden 3 for 31, Matthew Taylor 4 overs 1 for 20, James Logan 12.2 overs, 1 maiden 4 for 53, Jack Shutt 4 overs 0 for 14 and Jordan Thompson 4 overs 1 for 31.

Two successive outright wins against top of the table rivals have put the Academy back on course. They have moved to second in the table with 100 points, three points before new leaders, Stamford Bridge who beat York who dropped to third with 98 and Harrogate 4th with 93 points. It is very tight between these four clubs at the top of the table.

Andrew Hinchliffe
Yorkshire Academy Scorer.