Twenty20 Academy edged out in exciting season opener at Guildford

The Twenty20 Cricket Academy were involved in an exciting season opener at the weekend despite going down to a two wicket defeat.

The T20 Academy Under 14 team faced a strong Guildford Under 13 in a 25 over encounter but despite some impressive performances with bat and ball, they were edged out by the home side with 10 balls to spare.

Batting first, the Twenty20 Cricket Academy made a useful 154 for 6 off their allotted 25 overs.

Tiam Afshar and Hemant Ganesh got the innings off to a good start putting on 33 for the opening wicket before Afshar was the first wicket to fall. That brought in Matthew Cormack who with Ganesh took the score onto 60 before the latter departed having made a useful 35 which included six boundaries.

Cormack was joined by Daniel Shepherd and together they proceeded to put on a third wicket partnership of 83, which was dominated by Cormack who having made a 56-ball knock of 68 – including 11 boundaries, saw his wicket fall with just over four overs remaining.

That was the catalyst for two wickets to fall inside six balls as Guildford applied the brakes to any late surge from the T20 Academy. Shepherd fell having made 19 as the T20 Academy closed on 154 for 6. Pick o