Following last weeks loss in the BUCS competition to Oxford, Andrew Lawson’s side were keen not to make it at Oxbridge double defeat when Cambridge were the latest visitors to Weetwood – and an all-round clinical performance ensured that wasn’t the case.
The Light Blues won the coin flip and decided to bat on a sunny but chilly day. Wright & Barna-Laue began steadily but with the score on 24, Alex Lilley struck twice in the 7th over – first trapping Barna-Laue leg before and then getting rid of Ellison in the same way 3 balls later. The only real resistance of the innings came from Joe Tetley, (obviously a Yorkshireman with a name like that) who had made 62 from 64 balls before driving Joe Ellis-Grewal to long off where Ryan McKendry took an excellent catch low down after sprinting in.
Archie Ogden was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 for 26 in 8.3 overs, including 2 in 2 balls when Tice was leg before and then Crichard lost his off stump. Rouse, Ellis-Grewal & Lilley all picked up 2 scalps apiece but it was the Rotherham left-armer who caused the most problems as he wrapped up the innings with another successful LBW shout in the 42nd over with the total on 146.
Chris Wakefield was caught out for 11 in the 4th over but Steve Bullen played in customary aggressive style before skying Arif to mid off after scoring 43 from 51 balls (6x4s).
Billy Root carried on batting the way he has for the last week or so, hitting some beautiful looking drives and once again sharing a significant partnership with Christian Davis. Root hit the winning runs with a maximum over long on to finish on 59* (58 balls, 9×4, 1×6), his skipper closing on 29* (28 balls, 4x4s), with 25.4 overs to spare.
In the Yellows’ last 3 innings Root & Davis have shared partnerships of 175, 134 and 89* – an average of 184.