Match Report: Yorkshire Cricket College V Huddersfield
Match day 6 of the season took the Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) to Huddersfield New College (HNC) for a reduced, 35 overs-a-side contest, scheduled to start at 11am to allow some of the students to get to their English GCSE resits. However, their impending exam didn’t stop the White Rose outfit from completing a comprehensive 74 run victory.
Under leaden skies, Huddersfield won the toss and decided to bowl; a decision that looked to be justified as Boeta and Josh W fell early, leaving YCC 14 for 2 after 6 overs. Jonny and Harry soon found their rhythm with the bat, hitting 3 maximums between them in the 9th over to wrestle back some momentum.
With the score on 68, Harry fell to the bowling of Hepworth bringing an in form Kieran to the crease. The runs continued to flow off the bat, rotating the strike and finding the boundary to keep the HNC bowlers on the back foot. Kieran fell for a well made 39 from 36 balls.
Despite the loss of wickets, Jonny continued to punish the HNC attack, finishing with a blistering 72 off just 51 balls before he was dismissed by Balmforth. Useful runs were added by the middle order, all of whom were well supported by Connor P who finished with 24 not out.
After 35 overs, YCC finished on 218 for 9.
Picking up where they finished with the bat, YCC immediately took control with the new ball. Opening the bowling, Matty took wickets in his 1st, 4th and 5th overs, leaving HNC at 44 for 3. Coming on at 1st change, Oli soon joined the party, castling Lamper, then ending Kennedy’s stay at the crease. With the score on 96 for 6, HNC’s target looked a long way away.
Needing 125 from 15 overs and just 4 wickets remaining, all out attack was the only option for the batsmen. The introduction of Boeta into the attack sent the HNC into a spin, taking the final 4 wickets of the innings in the space of just 3 overs and wrapping up victory for the Yorkshire Cricket College.
“On paper, both sides were evenly matched, however the way we approached the first innings was great to see. We put their bowlers under pressure; punishing loose deliveries and running well between the wickets. In the field, our lines, length and match management were a big improvement. It’s rewarding to see all the hard work in practice coming to fruition in a match situation.”- David Foster, Head Coach, ProCoach