A weekend of mixed fortunes for the 1s started with a disappointing 7 wicket defeat away to Doncaster. On a warm, sunny day Collegiate batted first, and found the first hour or so tough going, with the pitch improving as the day wore on. Iz departed early doors, bringing Charlie Wall to the crease alongside Blade. Scoring was difficult thanks to some tight bowling, which resulted in the dismissal of Blade and Simmo in consecutive deliveries. 3 down, not many on the board, and overs ticking by was not the ideal start. However, Charlie and Matt Root steadied the ship building a good partnership until Wall-e departed having looked set for his first 50 of the season. Root, joined at the crease by Patmore moved on to his 2nd consecutive league 50, and the score went past 100, with 15 overs to go there was the potential for a strong finish. Unfortunately Root and Patmore both departed within quick succession, and despite some late hitting from Thommo and Kam we were bowled out in the final over for a below par score of 155.
Early wickets was the key to get back in the match, and Thommo duly delivered, removing both openers with the score in the teens. Game on it seemed. However numbers 3 and 4 for Donny had other ideas, steadying the innings and began to slowly take the game away from Collegiate. A couple of quick wickets may have made it more interesting, but once the score went past 100 the game looked up. Despite a consolation wicket with only 10 required, Doncaster’s number 4 departing for a match winning 90, trying to reach his century, the game petered out disappointingly for Sheffield.
The 1s managed to come away from the weekend with a win in the form of a 4 wicket victory over Harrogate to progress to the quarter finals of the Yorkshire League Cup. Having beaten Harrogate so convincingly 6 days earlier, Collegiate fancied their chances on a very hot, sunny day. Harrogate got off to a shaky start, their captain being run out for the 2nd time in 6 days, much to the amusement of Collegiate’s players. Tight bowling from Kam and Thommo kept the pressure on Harrogate, who lost a couple more wickets to hand the initiative firmly to Collegiate on what was a great batting wicket. However Harrogate’s number 5, having looked shaky early doors, once reaching 50 started playing some very attacking shots to pick up the run rate, with support from the other end. T bowled superbly again, picking up a wicket and bowling tight, even when brought back on with ten overs to go. Nads and Dicko always looked like taking wickets, and were duly rewarded once Harrogate tried to hit out towards the end of the innings. Harrogate finished on 222, and considering the conditions Collegiate could be satisfied with restricting them to this total.
Billy opened up with Simmo, who having threatened to take the game away from Harrogate with 3 consecutive 4s, top edged one to deep square leg. Charlie and Billy moved the innings on nicely, another welcome 30 for Wall after a difficult start to the season. After Charlie was out, Root senior joined Root junior, helping Billy to his fifty, having come so close the previous week. Collegiate were always up with the scoring rate, and were strong favourites as it looked like Harrogate were struggling for bowling options. Bill departed for a fine 60, and with 60-odd needed for victory Patmore joined Matt Root at the crease. The score was ticking along nicely, Matt scoring his 3rd fifty in as many games, until a request was granted (by Rooty!) to allow Simmo on as a sub fielder for Harrogate. It was inevitable, really, that Rooty should then send one down Simmo’s throat, who had no choice but to take the catch. Sickener for Rooty, but the game was as good as won. Despite the loss of two more wickets, Collegiate always looked likely for the victory, and were seen home by Patmore and Nads with overs to spare. Next round is Hull away, and 2 games from a cup final.