Castleford 192- 9 (Dixon 5- 65 , Khan 4- 64)
Collegiate 193-6 (Wall 50, McKenna 54, Javed 36)
Sheffield Collegiate made it four wins out of five in the league with a four wicket victory over a strong Castleford side which probably goes down as the finest win of the season so far.
Reduced to 48 overs a side owing to showers that plagued the start of the game, Castleford got off to a flying start thanks to a 130 run opening partnership that included 50 from former Collegiate keeper Pitcher. It was not plain sailing for Castleford however, as Pitch’s fellow opener rode his luck on several occasions, while in the meantime striking some lusty blows to the boundary. Josh Jones was unfortunate not to have him caught behind, umpire missing an obvious nick, and then at first slip an over later. This could have made a big difference to Josh’s figures, as he then suffered at the hands of the opener. Meanwhile at the other end Kam (I’m still maintaining that his foot was on the line!) should have had him stumped, and also had a catch put down. At this point it is fair to say people weren’t exactly enjoying themselves out in the middle, missed chances, poor umpiring decisions and the runs piling on the board, leaving Castleford 130 – 0 at drinks, all set to rack up a big score.
Enter Lord and Nads, who turned the game round brilliantly for Collegiate. Lord started it off, taking three quick wickets to make it 135 – 3. Then in tandem with Lord, Nads started taking wickets too, and 130 – 0 soon became 146- 5. However the opener was still living a charmed life, but the boundaries kept coming for him. Wickets kept falling at the other end, until the opener departed for 98, a harsh decision perhaps, but when you’ve already had nine lives no need really to stand around and act like you’ve been hard done by. A fantastic performance by Collegiate’s two spinners, accounting for all nine wickets between them, and making the total now gettable.
The Collegiate innings got off smoothly until Blade was given leg before offering no shot. The fact that it was high and wide not an issue for the umpire. Two more wickets fell to leave the score on 45-3, and any more would have the left the run chase in serious jeopardy. However, Charlie Wall hit his first 50 of the season and with Macca carried the score up to 100, before Wall-e nicked behind having looked solid after enduring plenty of chat early on in his innings. Game on again. Khuram came to the crease with 93 still needed and an increasing run rate, but with the support of Macca kept the runs ticking over, with plenty of gaps in the field. Just when it looked like Ed was going to finish off the game again having scored another superb 50, he was caught with 33 still needed off six overs. Albert and Khuram needed to score at a run a ball, and despite the run rate going up to 7’s at one point, two good overs thanks mainly to good running between the wickets brought the situation under control, and despite Khuram falling in the final over with two still required for a well played 36, Patmore and Nads scampered the winning runs with two balls remaining. A great victory considering the circumstances, and Collegiate continue to rise up the league.