After a close match v Bradford last week, the u18's were looking to continue their fine start to the season with their 3rd fixture against Sheffield Union.
The East Riding selected an inexperienced line up with half the team having played 3 matches or less. A handicap difference of 18 shots in favour of Sheffield meant that home advantage would be of huge benefit
The East Riding decided to top load the foursomes playing their strongest players together, whilst Sheffield chose to split their stronger players up. This proved to be a good decision as the East Riding claimed 9 of the 12 points available. Great wins for home players Tom Benson & Jack Northgraves and Captain George Clark & Tommy Risker got the u18's off to a great start. A further 3 points were claimed from losing positions in the matches involving Luke Thornton & Will Storr and Cooper Beck and Marcus Moore. Then, to top of a great morning a win from Bobby Beasley and Jack Eastman gave the East Riding a better-than-expected morning.
The East Riding knew that the job was only half done and the Sheffield team would still fancy their chances in the afternoon singles. Leading from the front were the familiar names of Tommy Risker, Tom Benson, George Clark, Will Storr and Luke Thornton claiming their matches to give The East Riding the 10 points they need to secure victory.
It was a superb all-round performance from the team and with valuable experienced gained for the newer players, spirits are high in the camp for the remained of the season.
Luke Thornton is now just 1 point ahead of Tommy Risker, Tom Benson and George Clark in the race to be named player of the year. Luke is playing for Yorkshire when the East Riding play their next match on Monday 16th August, so the others will see this as a great chance to get ahead.