Yorkshire ECB: Academy celebrate ‘double’

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The Yorkshire Academy clinched a league and cup double this weekend after a 33-run win against Barnsley saw them win the League Cup final, writes STEVEN BACK.

After securing the league title last weekend against Cleethorpes and ending York’s seven year reign, the young Vikings claimed the double after a match winning performance from opener Eliot Callis, pictured.

Batting first the Academy got off to a rocky start slipping to 24-4, however a 115 run fifth wicket partnership between Callis and Ryan Gibson (46) saved the innings.

The contributions of Callis (84) and Gibson were the only innings of note as Barnsley bowler James Wainman (4-23) pegged the Academy innings back to 191 for 8.

However Callis’s innings would prove to difference in the match as the pairing of Joshua Shaw and Jared Warner blasted through the Barnsley middle order claiming 3-28 and 3-31 respectively as they propelled the academy to dismiss Barnsley for 158, giving them the 33 run victory.

In the final round of league fixtures, the Academy also enjoyed a thumping victory over Harrogate, beating them by nine wickets thanks to an unbeaten century from Captain Will Rhodes.

Karl Carver was the main destroyer on this occasion for the Academy as he claimed 5 for 32 with Matthew Fisher also taking 3-20 as Harrogate were all out for 134. Rhodes then hit his century in 101 balls to complete the win for the loss of a single wicket.

Castleford tasted victory over Doncaster as Charles Finnan (77) and Jarrow Cook (52) both contributed vital half centuries in Castleford first innings score of 234-8.

Cook blasted his 52 off just 20 balls which proved to be the difference as they restricted Doncaster to 181-7 in their pursuit of Castleford.

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