Ilkley Grammar 110 all out v SBSJ 145/2
SBSJ won the toss and Captain Dylan Silson decided to bat. The two openers Silson and Hassan Javid from Y9 strode out to the middle to meet the well drilled and professional looking Ilkley team.
SBSJ could not have got off to a worse start after losing Silson in the second over with only 6 on the board. In came Patrick McGrath nephew of ex England international Anthony McGrath and looked very capable of filling his uncle's boots with a fantastic knock of 62 which contained 6 4's and 2 6's.
His innings was supported nicely by Javid who scored a sensible 47 which contained 3 4's and one 6. McGrath then holed out to long on playing a big shot which allowed Arsalan Umer from Y9 to join the fray scoring 9 runs from 3 balls.
The total of 145 was a challenging one for Ilkley and they looked worried going in at the break. All SBSJ had to do was be sensible and field well.
The innings started well for SBSJ with Umer taking the new ball and tying up the Ilkley batsmen and only conceding 2 runs. This was then followed by a fantastic over from Shoaib Zeb who claimed the two openers with great catches from Jordan Moorehouse on the leg side boundry. This left Ilkley 9/2 after 2 and put SBSJ in the driving seat.
Ilkley's number 3 and 4 steadied the ship with apartnership of 40 but with some tidy bowling from Sam Wainman and some great work from behind the stumps from captain Silson with a Leg side stumping (Dylan specifically asked for that to be added) the number 4 was walking off with his bat tucked firmly under his arm.
This then brought the hero of the SBSJ innings back in to the game McGrath who with his first ball took the wicket of the Ilkley Number 3 caught nicely by Silson. This left Ilkley 56/4. Ilkley then came out fighting with two very destructive batsmen who played some devastating shots all over the ground. They added a quick fire 35 runs but the classy all rounder McGrath finished this cameo with two devastating balls to leave him on a hatrick but this sadly was defended by the incoming batsman. 96/6
Another star Javid couldn't be kept out of the action for long with the ball with some lovely leg spin took two wickets which quickly ended any of Ilkley's hopes of winning the tie. 108/8
The innings was then wrapped up with some excellent bowling from McGrath and Umer both clean bowling the final two batsmen. 110 all out
McGrath 62 from 47 balls,
Javid 47 from 49 balls
Umer 9 from 3 balls
Report by Mr L King