Great Academy 1st XI performances

Two of our most remarkable wins of all time have come over at Shane Park against Instonians, both in very similar circumstances. In 1984, batting first we could only manage a paltry 65. Instonians seemed to be cruising at 46-4 but an inspired 5-14 from Rodney Briggs saw them collapse to 48-9. They almost turned it round only to be all out for 62 ! Then in 1988, we again batted first with a weakened side and scraped only 70. Instonians were 54-3 before incredibly succumbing to AJ Campbell who took 6-18 to put them out yet again for 62 ! And the crowd went wild !

At Hydepark in 1985, Instonians had reduced us to 60-5 chasing 172. However, an unbeaten 53 from Andy McFarlane and 64 runs from Johnny McKnight batting at number seven saw Academy pull off an unlikely victory.

In 1987 at Hydepark, we posted a paltry 116 with Ghous Khan contributing 33. CIYMS were cruising to victory at 82-2 but Ghous Khan (4-20) and AJ Campbell (5-26) helped take the last 8 wickets for 23 runs to leave CIYMS 105 all out.

In 1993 both games against Collegians were played in one weekend at Deramore. On the Sunday, we were set a daunting 216 to win. The prospects of a win looked bleak when we lost a wicket in the first over. But a remarkable club record stand for any wicket of 178 between Ian Moffett and a hungover (!) Alistair Scott set up a seven wicket victory.

Similarly, at Drumaness in 1991 both matches were played over the same weekend. Set 216 to win, we slumped to 109-6 but a record seventh wicket partnership of 107 between Peter Whitten and Rodney Briggs saw Academy win by a remarkable 4 wickets.