Match Report - St.Peters- 23.05.18
The Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) were in T20 action again this week, taking on St Peter’s school; an establishment steeped in history and where Yorkshire and England star Jonny Bairstow is a former pupil.
After suffering two defeats to a strong Queen Ethelburga’s team last week, the squad were hoping to learn from their experience with an improved display against a good St Peter’s team.
On a flat wicket and lightning fast outfield, captain, Will P lost the toss and YCC were asked to bowl first. Lodge got St Peter’s off to a flyer, taking 13 off Boeta’s 1stover. However, from the other end, Jonny soon found his rhythm and clean bowled Contreras with the 4th ball of his opening spell.
YCC took wickets at regular intervals with Matt running out Lodge and taking the catch that dismissed Amsden from the bowling of Connor S, YCC were seemingly in control. However, Liley (76) was playing nicely; accumulating runs and finding the boundary on a regular basis, helping St Peter’s score 35 from the final 3 overs and finishing on 156 for 5.
The home side had the momentum and a stiff target had been set; YCC knew that they would need a strong start to their run chase. Harry cleared the ropes early in the innings, however fell to the bowling of Black in the third over. Opening partner, Boeta played carefully, working the ball around with Harrison to give YCC a platform to launch their chase from.
However, when Harrison and Matt fell in quick succession the score was 67 for 3 in the 11th over, St Peter’s were well on top. Batting at 5, Will P came to the crease and gave the chase the injection YCC needed, scoring 14 runs from his first 5 deliveries. Boeta also started to find the ropes as their partnership of 50 came up in just 30 balls, taking the score to 117 for 3 in the 16th over.
With the 157 run target edging closer, Will P fell to the bowling of Contreras. Boeta was run-out in the 17th over, Oli and Josh went in the 18th over; the target now appeared out of YCC’s grasp.
Jonny had other ideas and struck the ball cleanly with 2 maximums in his first 5 balls. Starting the 19th over, YCC required an improbable 21 runs to win with just 2 wickets remaining. Jonny took Coulthard for 12 in his first 4 balls, however Connor S was run out on the 5th and a dot to finish ensured YCC needed 8 from the final over.
With the new batsman, Max at the non-striker’s end, it seemed that Jonny needed to finish the job, however with a dot ball, followed by a single, Max was on strike. SIX! Clearing his front leg, Max launched the ball over long on for a maximum. The fourth ball was a dot, but Max kept his cool and, with the field up, whipped the ball off his hip for 4 to take YCC to a 2 wicket win from the penultimate ball of the match.
“A superb performance under pressure from all the lads who battled and never gave up on chasing the total down” Captain Will P, after the nerve jangling victory.
Next up is the battle of the Roses against Old Trafford based Myrescough College at New Rover next Wednesday 30th May and following the match, there will be an open evening for prospective students, 6-8pm.
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