York Vs YCA – Match Report

York saw their championship lead reduced to three points following defeat to Yorkshire Academy in an epic encounter at Shipton Road. The League leaders staged a dramatic recovery after an early batting collapse and looked to be taking control of the match only to lose out in the final over.
 
Keen to avoid a repeat of 2014 when they lost home and away to the counties youngsters, and having already done so at Weetwood back in May the hosts chose to bat first. The tight opening exchanges meant it was the 12th over before Duncan Snell struck the first boundary, having already lost two partners. Finlay Bean was pushed back in the crease by Edward Barnes and fended a delivery to ‘keeper Jonathan Read for three. Adam McAuley made six before he too was caught behind this time off the bowling of debutant Tom Loten. The rangy seamer who played for Duunington in the competition last season added a second wicket in his following over when Alex Collins was bowled for nought, the total at that point 29-3. Joe Ashdown returning after a two month injury lay-off was bowled by left arm spinner James Logan for four. Fellow spinner Jack Shutt struck in his opening over when Tom Friend pushed a gentle catch straight to Ben Birkhead at short mid-wicket. Logan picked up his second wicket when Tom Brooks edged a forward defensive shot to Jordan Thompson at slip having made just two leaving the home side in disarray at 71-6 with 21 overs still to bat. Throughout all of that Snell remained impassive, the competitions leading run scorer passing fifty for the third time in for weeks, this latest half-century coming off 91 balls with four fours and a six. He reached 58 before advancing on Logan , the pick of the bowlers finishing with 3-48, appearing to get caught in two minds resulting in him guiding the ball at shoulder height down the leg side in to the gloves of Read. Kyle Brockley’s first two scoring strokes both went for six and it was typical of the intent shown by both he and Tom Pringle as the pair added 56 from 42 balls for the eighth wicket. Brockley eventually fell to catch by Bilal Anjum on the deep square leg boundary for 31, and Pringle, who also hit two sixes in his 39, was caught at mid off by Ben Birkead both wickets falling to another making his competition debut Dominic Leech. Oliver Leedham made an enterprising 27 off 26 balls late on before being bowled of the final ball of the innings York recovering to a total of 196 all out.
 
An opening stand worth 29 between Bilal Anjum and Ben Birkhead was broken when the latter failed to control a hook shot off Brockley and Tom Friend ran back from slip to third man to take a well judged catch. The visitors lost their second wicket on 54 when Loten edged a ball from Snell and Brooks took a good catch standing up to the wicket. Dan Woods had an immediate impact taking wickets in each of his first two overs Bilal Anjum went for 42, the opener appearing to offer no stroke to the ball which bowled him and then Alec Drury on 11 clipped the ball at head height to Brockley at mid on. Brockley replaced Woods for an over and picked up the wicket of skipper Jordan Thompson who drove an ankle high catch to Pringle at extra cover. Nathan Snookes survived a difficult chance in the deep off the bowling of Pringle, but fell to a sharp return catch Woods taking the ball as it was drilled into his midriff. The game looked tilted in favour of the home side with two new batsmen at the crease and 73 needed from the final 12 overs and had Barnes been caught at slip when he made just nine the outcome may have been different. That chance went begging and it proved costly as he and Read added a run a ball 53 for the seventh wicket. Another single over intervention from Brockley saw the end of Read for 26, Friend taking the catch at leg gully, 20 now required off 18 balls. Three consecutive boundaries from Barnes off Pringle in the 48th over eased the pressure, and despite the loss of Logan stumped off Brockley with the scores level, the visitors got home with two balls to spare, Barnes finishing unbeaten on 50 from 50 balls.