BLOG: Yorkshire Cricket College Coach catch up for May
After a busy opening month to the cricket season in, Ben Holderness, a cricket coach from Pro-Coach – the official coaching partner and provider for Yorkshire County Cricket Club – gives a report on how May has gone for Yorkshire Cricket College’s 1st and 2nd XI teams.
Here is Ben’s report…
Yorkshire Cricket College have started the fixture season well, winning four out of five matches against Huddersfield New College, Queen Ethelburga’s and St Peter’s School teams.
After hard work all winter we are now seeing all the players in game environments and thriving under different in-game situations.
The first match was a convincing win over Huddersfield New College 2nd team at Stainland CC. Bowling the opposition out for 64 and knocking off the score for the loss of two wickets in the 11th over was a great start.
The second match saw an impressive win over St Peter’s 2nd team in our first home fixture at Kirkstall CC. A huge opening stand of 210 from Matthew Long and Dan Tomlinson in which both scored unbeaten Retired hundreds (103* & 101* respectively) powered us to a big win with us eventually ending on 274-3 declared and winning by 151 runs.
This was followed by our first double header day came against Queen Ethelburga’s (QE) 1st team (20/20
Adel CC) and St Peter’s 1st team (35 over game Kirkstall CC).
The first match against QE was a tight win in our first 20/20 pink ball, coloured kit game after bowling the opposition out for 103 on the last ball of the 20 overs.
Regular wickets fell in our run chase on a slow pitch against a good spin attack. At 57-6 things weren’t looking promising but a solid partnership between George Fisher (21*) and Alfie Spencer (31*) saw us over the line with an over to spare.
The following fixture of the day wasn’t our best as St Peter’s ran out comfortable winners. After batting first and posting a score of 86 all out we were never in the game and St Peter’s batters knocked it off with relative ease with nine wickets in the bank. A good learning curve against a good team.
Our most recent fixture again saw us compete against St Peter’s School – our second away game of the year – in a tightly contested game.
A special mention goes to to Bilal Imitaz for his 94 with the side posting a final score of 164 which we thought was under par.
But a good bowling performance in our first 10 overs by Alf Bartle and Harry Watkinson put us ahead in the game before Harry defended 11 in the last over to see us win by six runs.
It has been fantastic to see the progress made from both the first and second years as we are starting to see with the results on the field, from both a college and club front.
A special mention goes to second year student Millie Gray who has worked tirelessly over the past two years in her training and has been awarded a Yorkshire Women’s 1st team debut this season. We wish her well all summer and will be keeping a close eye on her progress keeping fingers crossed for some runs and showing what she can do on the big stage!
A further mention to a bowing unit of Max Thomas, Jude Roberts, Drew Owen, Amaan Ali, Mason Young, Edward Denton, Kazim Hassan, Alfie Spencer and George Stevens who have put in the extra yards bowling in the nets throughout the winter months assisting the Yorkshire men’s 1st and 2nd team squads with their pre-season training and preparation for tours and the beginning of the year.