Sheffield Collegiate 1st team recorded 2 consecutive wins over the bank holiday weekend with a 7 wicket victory against Harrogate.
With a much changed team due to some second rate football match at Wembley, the team took on an inexperienced but youthful air, stand in captain Nadeem Khan won the toss and stuck them in. On a good pitch Harrogate’s openers found it tough to score runs as Wyles and Kam were bowling tight lines, giving the batsmen nothing. This sustained period of pressure brought the rewards that it deserved, firstly with some kamikaze running that resulted in 2 run outs, and wickets for Wyles and Kam left Harrogate in some trouble, losing wickets regularly and battling to keep up with the overs. Thommo came into the attack and bagged himself some more wickets to go with the brace he picked up on Saturday, and Harrogate were reeling on 47 – 6. Nads introduced himself to the attack, and despite some late hitting Harrogate were dismissed for 99, Wyles coming back to mop up the tail. Again a very good performance by the bowlers and in the field, Nads’ blinding catch at gully being the highlight, bowling out the opposition for under 100 on a good deck.
Any nerves of chasing down a small total were soon eased by a superb innings by Bill Root, who raced to 49 in no time at all, flaying the opening bowlers to all parts. He was ably assisted by AJ, making his debut at 3 following the early departure of Charlie, who scored a quickfire 27. Just as Bill was set for his fifty, he got out to the off spinner, but by then the damage had been done. Despite some nervous glances upwards at the ever darkening skies, the victory was never really in doubt once Billy had got Collegiate off to a flyer. A very good weekend, much needed after the trials and tribulations of the first few games.