Collegiate 245-4 (McKenna 112, Patmore 56)
Hull 192 all out (Josh Jones 5-40)
Josh Jones produced a superb display of fast bowling to help send Collegiate through to a semi final clash with the Academy in a fortnight’s time.
Collegiate batted first in sweltering conditions, Andy Simpson and Alex Patmore getting Collegiate off to a good start with the help of plenty of extras from Hull’s bowlers, and put on 40 in the first ten overs. Simpson then departed after mid off ran round to take a good catch over his shoulder, that brought Ed McKenna to the crease. The runs were ticking by, Hull’s pace bowlers not making use of any help on offer from the pitch, and the score went past 100. The introduction of spinners to Hull’s attack complicated matters for Patmore and McKenna, as the ball was turning square off the heavily used pitch. That didn’t stop Macca from reaching another half century, and Collegiate were moving into a very healthy position. Albert was taking longer over things at the other end, but finally reached his own half century after having a private battle keeping up with the over rate for a large part of the innings. Macca soon after reached his century having played superbly throughout, and Collegiate had moved on past 200. The partnership finally ended on 225 after Patmore was bowled by the leg spinner, 185 runs coming for the 2nd wicket. Some late hitting saw Collegiate finish on 245-4, McKenna finally out after a superb chanceless 112.
Hull opened the innings with their own Andy Simpson (that must be a first?), but he was soon gone, Josh Jones ripping his leg stump out of the ground. Jones, clearly gaining in confidence after his brace at Rotherham, bowled with real pace and aggression, and was rewarded with a second wicket to leave Hull 35-2. Kam was reunited at the other end with the batsman who faced ten consecutive overs off him a fortnight before, Kam surely appearing in his nightmares now. The change bowlers bowled superbly, Benjy and Tom Hancock both picking up a wicket each and conceding few runs. Hull were now falling behind the run rate, and at 56-4 could not afford to lose more wickets. Obviously their plan was to wait and attack the slow filth that would come on sooner or later, however Nads and Dicko kept the batsman tied down and the run rate soared, both spinners taking a wicket each. Enter young Jones for his second spell, and what followed was a fantastic display of death bowling at the tail. The game could still have swung Hull’s way, but in between some great work on the boundary from Charlie Langdale on his debut to run out the opener, Josh removed numbers 8, 9 and 11, the final wicket a caught and bowled that not only finished the game but gave Josh a 5 wicket haul. Superb stuff from Collegiate’s youngsters (and the experienced hands), Josh leaving with the match ball and the Collegiate bandwagon rolls on.