THE ACADEMY START SEASON IN WINNING STYLE
The Cricket Derbyshire Academy, sponsored by the University of Derby, began their 2013 campaign with a two- wicket win against Ticknall CC in the Premier Challenge.
In incredibly windy conditions, the Academy won the toss and chose to bowl first. Although both Cork and Cotton bowled tidily they could not force the early breakthrough and Ticknall had moved to 58 before the first wicket fell.
With the score on 80, Cork took the vital wicket of Paul Borrington for 37 which left Abbas and Ikin to start building a partnership. The Ticknall innings never really regained momentum against some tight bowling from Jono Clare and Greg Cork in his second spell. At the end of their 50 overs, Ticknall’s score finished on 163 for 9.
On the back of a plan to bat in a disciplined manner, the Academy’s innings started badly. After 27 overs, the score stood at 91 for 6. However, an excellent partnership from wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein and captain Ben Cotton followed and they took the score to 142 before Cotton was dismissed, soon to be followed by Greg Massingham.
Hosein found a solid partner in Adam Wheatcroft and together they took the Academy to victory in the 49th over with Hosein finishing on 44 not out.
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