Schools cricket

THE TEAMS pictured before the match.

Photo:Basil Birchall

Schools’ final ends in dramatic finish

Report by Andy Rowsell

Bishop Monkton Cricket Club again played hosts to the Yorkshire Schools’ U14 County Cup Final. This year’s finalists were Driffield School and Shelley College from Huddersfield. The game went right to the wire and after a tie from the 30 overs, it ended with not one super over but two to determine this year’s winner.

Batting first Shelley College scored 135 all out from their 30 overs. Despite a decent start they lost wickets at regular intervals but the last two wickets accumulated more than 30 runs which gave them a decent enough total to bowl at.   

In reply the Driffield side got off to a good start, in the first 13 overs scoring 67 runs for the first wicket. Harvey
(48) and Cain Robb (26) appeared to have laid the foundations for victory but tight bowling from Yorkshire Schools’ bowler Archie Greaves created some panic in the East Yorkshire team’s reply. The
middle order struggled to maintain the required run rate and in the scamper for runs the umpire signalled short run on three occasions. This proved crucial as the game ended with both sides having scored 135 despite Driffield only losing six wickets..

The rules of the competition for a tied score, regardless of wickets lost, demanded a super over, whereby each side had six balls each to decide the outcome of the game. Remarkably, both sides scored six runs from the
extra over. Hence, both sides had another attempt. Driffield could only muster one single second time round which involved both batsmen ending up at the same end twice and losing wickets in the process. Shelley College, therefore, needed two to win from six balls and achieved victory from the third ball.

This was possibly the only occasion two super overs have been needed to decide the result of the game.

Thanks once again to BMCC for hosting the game, to Alan Wigby who does a great job producing a great
playing surface and Martin Minett who provided excellent service as match manager.