YCC V Huddersfield New College 04.07.18
Throughout the summer, the Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) players have tested their skills in short format t20 with coloured clothing and a pink ball as well as the more traditional red ball 50 over cricket against a variety of opposition.
However, a different test was set by the coaches as they prepared to face Huddersfield New College (HNC)in a 2 day fixture at New Rover CC. A format that would be a test of not only their skill, but patience, endurance and concentration; particularly in the midst of the hottest summer for years.
Winning the toss, YCC batted first which was a decision that proved correct as openers Boeta and Harry enjoying the conditions, putting on 133 for the first wicket before Harry fell for a well made 55, his first half century for the college.
Harrison fell for just 9, however Kieran strode to the crease with intent and set about the HNC attack, combining with Boeta to put on another 100 partnership, this time in just 14 overs. During this time, Boeta reached a brilliant hundred. With the score on 267-2, YCC were well on top; however, the dismissal of Kieran (42) sparked a mini collapse, losing Boeta (133) and then Josh (0).
YCC declared with the score on 332-6 from just 56 overs.
Huddersfield New College took to the field. No doubt a weary after chasing leather for 50 overs. Jonny and Oli were unsuccessful in their opening salvos; however, it was the introduction of leg spinner Harrison, who enjoyed the dry conditions and bamboozled the HNC batsmen.
Harrison was capably partnered by Kieran who bowled with good control and a slippery pace. Both bowlers finished with 4 wickets each back up by Will P with 1 and a run-out to dismiss HNC for just 184 in 38.2 overs and concluded day 1.
The next morning, YCC once again took to the crease, however this time scoring wasn’t so easy against a much more disciplined HNC attack. Wickets tumbled throughout; batting for a second day in a row appeared to take its toll on with some poor shots leading to soft dismissals. YCC were bowled out for just 92 inside 23 overs. Their lead in the match was 240.
With around 50 overs left in day, HNC walked to the crease with the target in their sights, it was game on. Opening the bowling, James and Matt had other ideas with Matt taking 2 wickets in the first 10 overs to keep the score in check.
When the last hour of the match came around, HNC needed 100 runs to win. However some more excellent bowling from Harrison (4-43) ensured HNC finished 20 runs short and the match was drawn.
The match was a great experience for both sets of players and challenged a lot of what the students have been working hard on in practice this academic year; concentration, discipline and fitness levels were all tested.
“This was the first time a lot of the lads have played a 2-day fixture and I think some of that inexperience showed. However, the character we showed in the 4th innings to scrap for every run and keep Huddersfield below the target was very pleasing to see. I thought the way we batted in our first innings was exceptional” – Matt Green, College Coach