Sheffield Collegiate recorded their fourth victory in five games with a fine five wicket win away at beautiful Hull. On a hot and humid day, Hull won the toss and elected to bat first on a bit of a pudding. With Kam doing all sorts with the ball at one end, and Josh Jones, opening the bowling for the first time, showing plenty of promise at the other, Hull’s decision to bat first began to look misguided. The pressure finally told, Kam taking two wickets, one thanks to Kuram who brilliantly took a skier. This was followed by a brilliant run out by Billy Root. The next 20 overs were quite extraordinary, Kam bowling all his overs at one batter, who could not lay a bat on him, Hancock and Nads bowling all their overs at the number five. Tom only bowled one loose ball in his five overs, his spell only going for 15 runs. Eventually Nads took the fourth wicket, and hopes were raised of a swift conclusion to the Hull innings. Although the Captain took two in two, some late hitting pushed the Hull innings up to 192, which was perhaps a few more than they should have got.
Following a bbq tea, Bill was soon into his stride, playing some fluent shots around the ground. Kuram got trapped in front lbw, but the momentum was maintained by Charlie who hit four consecutive fours, until misjudging a slower ball. Matt Root joined Bill at the crease, things going smoothly until Bill was bowled for 39, and Matt soon followed for 24. With a hundred still required, there was still the potential for the game to slip away from Collegiate. However, Ed McKenna and Alex Patmore steadied the ship, gradually taking the game away from Hull and sapping their morale in the field. By the time Patmore was out for 40, only 15 were needed and the game was won. Ed, making his first appearance of the season, finished on a fine 57 no, seeing us over the line with overs to spare.