The League U21 team made it back-to-back wins in their annual representative T20 game against the Yorkshire Academy at Wakefield Thornes last night. 
 
The Academy’s top four all represent teams in the Yorkshire League South, showing the strength in depth within our league. After they were asked to bat first, slow left-armer Joe Norbury (Treeton CC) gave the batters nothing as he bowled his four overs for just twelve runs, picking up the wickets of Hen-Boisen and Owens. The Academy found themselves 18 for 3 before Akhtar and Hoyle started to rebuild. They took the score to 82 before Akhtar holed out to Tate Miller (Sheffield Collegiate CC) for 36 from 34 balls. That brought Wilson to the crease, and he blitzed an unbeaten 51 from just 27 balls including four sixes. Hoyle was out off the penultimate ball for 38 from 42 balls and the Academy finished on 156 for 5 from their 20 overs. 
 
Helped by some erratic bowling from the Academy seamers, the league side reached 59 before they lost their first wicket at the end of the seventh over when Jacob Cumming (Barnsley WMCC) was caught behind off Akhtar. Abdul Faseeh (Sheffield Collegiate CC) struck a fantastic 64 from 49 balls as he took the attack to the Academy side. Kieran Donnachie (Wakefield Thornes CC) made 25 from 29 balls, before being well caught by Owens. With the game in the balance and the run rate going up to nine an over, cameos from skipper Sheryaar Ali (Barnsley WMCC), who made 11 from five balls and Sam Meadows (Sheffield Collegiate CC), 9 from seven, left the league side needing four from the last over. A single from Zak Jahangir (Treeton CC) left Ciaran Stenton (Barnsley WMCC) to hit the third ball of the final over to the long on boundary to give the side a great win.  
 
Our grateful thanks go to Chris Froggett and all at Wakefield Thornes for hosting the game and for their hospitality afterwards; to coach Jason Booth and team manager Phil Chapman, who also provided this report; and last, but not least, to Andrew Tipple for being, as usual, much more than our scorer. 
 
 
 
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