Moulton academy travelled to Derbyshire to take on the Andrew Flintoff Academy on the 21st of September on an overcast day.
Moulton captain Elliott Matthews won the toss and elected to bowl on a typically green September wicket, which proved to be a good decision as Moulton took a wicket in the second over, Huw Evans sent the bails flying as Flintoff’s opener played around a straight one.
Moulton’s other opening bowler Fazel Niyazi was unlucky not take a wicket in his first spell, missing the outside edge on a few occasions. Despite this good start Flintoff’s academy fought back well, building a quick partnership, only to be broken by a quick piece of work from Moulton’s star player Evans which saw the number three batsman walking back to the pavilion after being run out.
Moulton couldn’t take advantage of this and even with their good start, the opposition raced to 60 runs off of the power-play, their opening batsman still going strong. Another partnership formed as Moulton’s first change bowlers fell victim to the short straight boundaries, unable to adapt their lengths accordingly. Flintoff’s academy, with a bit of luck going their way in the form of a couple of dropped catches and edges finding gaps in the field, managed to find their way to 167. The opening batsman departed in the 60’s but played the key role in setting their very respectable target.
A few quick changes in batting line up meant that Huw Evans and Toby Mitchell would open Moulton’s proceedings, which once again proved to be a good decision from manager De Prisco as Moulton began in the same fashion they had in the first innings.
As Moulton entered the first 6 overs they were told by the manager to start aggressively. After an hour into the Moulton innings they took the lead as Huw Evans hit made an incredible quick century. This was Huw’s first century and it helped Moulton win the fixture by 6 wickets.
Well done Moulton for winning the first game of the year against a strong opposition!
Written by student Harry Dube