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17 May


After a positive start to the season against Woodhouse Grove last week, the Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) travelled to Queen Ethelburga’s College (QE) knowing that they would be in for a much sterner test. They were proved correct as they suffered defeat in both T20 matches but valuable lessons were learnt.

On an overcast and chilly morning, the YCC boarded the bus to QE, an independent boarding school has a proud sporting pedigree with their team featuring players from Yorkshire CCC’s own Academy.

Match 1 saw QE win the toss and decide to bat. Kilby and Robinson opened the batting against Boeta and Jonny who bowled with good discipline. Skipper, James mixed the attack up well using a mix of spin and seam and utilising 6 bowlers inside the first 10 overs and restricting QE to 62-1. The second 10 overs saw a steady accumulation of runs for QE with the batsmen running intelligently between the wicket and finding the boundary with more regularity. QE finished their innings on 150-3.

Harry got YCC off to a flyer, scoring 11 off Whitford’s first over then taking Mirza for 7 off his first 2 balls of the 3rd over. However, Mirza gained his revenge by getting through Harry’s defence the very next ball.

Boeta picked up where he left off last week, finding the boundary 4 times during his 38. However, after he was caught of the bowling of Mirza, a middle order collapse was sparked with only Matt reaching double figures (14) as YCC ended their run chase with 101-9, losing the match by 50 runs.

A tough opening game, however after lunch, a chance of redemption was offered in the second fixture.

YCC this time batted first, offering QE the chance to chase a target. With the pressure firmly on the top order, Boeta fell early for just 2. This brought Harrison to the crease, promoted from 4 in the previous match. Harrison dominated the strike and a combination of good running and the ability to find the boundary on a regular basis built a partnership of 37 runs before Harry was dismissed in the 5th over.

Matty walked to the crease and, together with Harrison batted with great maturity, playing high percentage cricket and calculated risks to score runs. As their partnership passed 50, the QE bowlers were now under pressure, producing boundary balls that were duly despatched to the ropes.

Harrison was eventually dismissed for 52 in the 15th over putting on a fantastic 78 run partnership with Matty. With wickets in hand, the YCC batsmen were able to attack, finding the boundary 6 times in the final 5 overs. After 20 overs, Matty finished with a superb 68 from just 45 balls.

In reply, QE got off to a flyer with excellent batting from Bean and Pears who took the score to 89-0 from 9 overs. Connor Steele was the player to break the deadlock, running out Pears and giving YCC a lifeline in the match.

QE needed 90 runs from 11 overs, however with James off the pitch having suffered a slight knee injury, bowling options were limited and Bean and new batsmen, Whitford kept the scoreboard moving with some impressive batting.

At the start of the 19th over, QE needed just 11 to win and completed the job with the first 4 balls of the over to complete a 9 wicket victory.

“Not the result we were looking for but today has been a fantastic learning experience for the lads. QE have some very good players, and we can learn a lot from how they approached the game, particularly the way they chased in the second match. We’re looking forward to analysing the match and learning how we can improve moving forwards”

- David Foster – YCC Head Coach

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