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Academy Report: Derbyshire v Army XI

Academy claim final ball victory against Army.

The Cricket Derbyshire Academy, sponsored by the University of Derby, came out on top in a tough battle with the Army.

The final over thriller saw the talented youngsters from the Derbyshire Academy overhaul the Army's 202 off the very last ball of the game. 

Having won the toss, the Army naturally decided to bat first on a used and dry pitch in baking hot conditions. They raced to 78 for 1 before Greg Cork removed the dangerous Varley - then with the score on 104, Jono Clare got rid of Green before Harry Killoran, supported by the other bowlers, made excellent use of the turning surface to bowl the Army out for 202, taking 6 for 35. 

The early part of the Academy's innings centred around a good 68 from Greg Massingham, although when he was one of two wickets to fall on the same score, it left plenty to do at 115 for 5.

Harvey Hosein went soon after for a gritty 21 and that brought captain Ben Cotton and Tommy Taylor together. The experienced duo added 64 for the next wicket, before Cotton was run out for 27. Taylor and new batsman, Rob Hemmings, then scrambled the final few runs, including the winning single off the last ball to seal victory in an thoroughly entertaining fixture.

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