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26 Jul

Yorkshire Cricket College vs Yorkshire Diamonds

On a baked pitch at Weetwood, the Yorkshire Cricket College played a star studded Yorkshire Diamonds team featuring no less than 5 international cricketers.

It was a fascinating encounter for YCC who, on their day have been a force to be reckoned with, playing some fantastic cricket. Nevertheless, a poor half hour against a strong Diamonds outfit would surely spell a comprehensive defeat.

The Diamonds won the toss and chose to field. In form Boeta walked to the middle with Jonny; both eager to stamp their authority on the game. However, Jonny fell in the 3rd over to England player, Beth Langston trying to go big; it was a theme of the innings and one that proved to be the theme of the innings.

The dreaded poor half hour turned into a painful hour as YCC continued to lose wickets and, with no major contributions from the top order, were left languishing at 78 for 8 with still 7 overs remaining. In desperate trouble, Matty walked to the crease. After watching his team mates trying and failing to clear the ropes, he played sensibly; running hard and keeping the ball on the floor.

After a partnership of 30 with Will P and a further 25 with James, the innings finish at 139 for 9; Matty ending up with a classy 37*. This was a total that gave YCC a fighting chance, and the Diamonds a total they may have thought was a few too many given the score 13 overs into the game.

With the 2nd innings under way, Lauren Winfield and Australian overseas player, Beth Mooney looked in confident mood; both finding the boundary in their first few overs. However, Jonny got through the defences of the World Cup winning opening batter with a good delivery. Heath then departed with the very next ball; 39 for 2 and game on!

Davidson-Richards and Mooney re-built, taking the score to 79 for 2, however Harrison and Kieran ensured another double strike redressing the balance of the game. In between boundaries from Australian international, Delissa Kimmince, wickets continued to fall and, with 4 overs remaining, the Diamonds needed 33 runs from 4 overs with just 3 wickets remaining.

The team with the best temperament were set to win this game and the professionalism of the Diamonds, combined with complacency from YCC ensured the team from the Kia Super League narrowly won the match by 3 wickets, Kimmince the hero, finishing with 29 not out.

“We’ve learnt a lot from this game. The way we started with the bat was frustrating; too many of the lads tried to go too big too early. After that though, I felt we performed well and gave them a good game. Overall, it’s a great fixture to be involved in and a privilege for the lads to play against the Diamonds” – David Foster

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