York Vs Stamford Bridge – Yorkshire League Cup
York were left shell-shocked as a barrage of boundaries from Dominic Rhodes and Ryan McKendy dumped them out of the Rudgate Brewery Cup at the quarter-final stage. The Stamford Bridge duo shared a stand of 152 from just 74 balls to turn the tie on its head, the home side having been in control for much of the contest. Former York all-rounder McKendry enjoyed a successful return to Shipton Road making an unbeaten century and took three wickets whilst ‘Bridge skipper Rhodes scored 84 from only 39 balls.
The visitors chose to bowl and were rewarded with earlier wicket of York’s stand-in captain Duncan Snell a ball from Will Rhodes taking the shoulder of the bat presenting Sam Tennant with a straight forward catch at second slip with the total on 15. Finlay Bean, making only his third appearance for the first team paid for his hesitation when he pushed the ball to mid off but delayed setting off for a sharp single and was run out by Donovan Sinclair’s direct hit at the bowlers end, and Bridge’s Jamaican import was the bowler when the next wicket fell, Adam McAuley went caught at the wicket by Mark Tennant but not before he had contributed 19 to a stand of 55 with Matthew Waite for the third wicket. That came at the end of the 20th over and from then on York took control through Waite and the vastly experienced Alex Collins. The latter having had the benefit of making 49 on the same wicket for the 2nd XI the previous day looked immediately at ease, his familiar style of finding the gaps and running hard putting the fielding side on the defensive. The pair added first 50 in their first ten overs together with the second 50 coming off half that number and was brought up by Waite with a straight six the third of his innings. Collins’ half-century came off 54 balls and was immediately followed by Waite’s first century in York colours. It came off 107 balls and contained seven fours and three sixes, he went on to clear the rope three further times before being bowled by Ryan McKendry for 136, the partnership with Collins worth, a competition fourth wicket record, of 182 put the hosts firmly in control, and although the returning spinner picked up two further wickets, including that of Collins for 77 the final total of 270 from 45 looked an imposing one.
Two early wickets further enhanced York’s position brothers Sam and Mark Tennant both dismissed with the total in single figures. Sam the younger of the two was squared up by a delivery from Kyle Brockley and fended the ball to Snell at second slip, and then Mark was trapped lbw by Matthew Waite. That brought McKendry to the crease to join Will Rhodes and the pair prospered through the remainder of the 15 over period of fielding restrictions adding 72, but even a rate of five-and-a-half an over was still below what was needed. When with the score on 86 Collins swooped in from cover to run out Rhodes for 42 and two overs later Brockley took a sharp one handed catch at slip off Charlie Elliot to remove Sinclair for no score even the most ardent visiting supporters must have felt the game was up. By that stage their side still needed another 183 runs at a rate well in excess of a run a ball. Max Maciver did little to aid his sides cause scoring ten from 31 balls and when he swung across the line and was bowled by Elliot the required rate had risen well beyond seven an over. McKendry who has reached 47 by that stage was joined at the wicket by Dominic Rhodes and he made his intentions immediately clear despatching a Tom Pringle’s over for 24 but it could have been a different story had a very difficult diving chance on the boundary been take off third ball of his innings. From that point on the pair never looked back, it took them just 16 balls to reach a fifty partnership and the pace hardly slowed. None of the York bowlers were immune from punishment all of them conceding at least a dozen or more from at least one over, twelve wides and six no balls each followed by a free hit scattered throughout the innings added to their woes but should not detract from the batting of Rhodes who struck six sixes and an seven fours and McKendry who’s final score of 112 came off only 96 balls including 17 fours and four sixes the last of which secured victory with, remarkably, seven overs to spare.