53-run victory for Holmewood

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Holmewood 129 all out, Trentside 76 all out

Holmewood lost the toss and were asked to take first knock on a pitch that was surprisingly dry following incessant rain.

The ball was not coming onto the bat, however, and Holmewood lost 2 very early wickets as openers Ashley and Fisher were back in the pavilion with only 11 on the board.

Skipper Phil Stone and Matt Ryalls set about steadying the ship and although they didn’t score quickly, they did not look in any trouble.

Ryalls despatched a six in consecutive overs from Rasburn, however, the bowler was to gain revenge when Ryalls played too early at a slower ball and was caught by keeper Collins for 21.

Slater was out shortly after for 3, caught Moran bowled Liversidge, to bring Gavin Horton to the crease to join his captain.

They took the score to 81 when Stone was caught at gully for 26 from another ball that popped up on the green wicket.

Because of the uncertain wicket, Horton was having to restrain his normal cavalier style and showed that he has more to his game that hard hitting. He found the perfect foil in stalwart David Gary and together they took the score past the 100 mark.

With the score on 106, however, Gray was caught just inside the boundary for 16. Jamie Horton joined his twin brother but did not trouble the scorers having been yorked by Liversidge and, shortly after Gavin was out to the same bowler for a hard earned 30. Holmewood stuttered to 129 when they lost their last wicket when last man Blair was out first ball.

With such a low score, it was evident that the home side needed to hold on to any chances that came their way.

Trentside made a cautious start and had luck on their side when Ayling was dropped in the 4th over. Holmewood did, however, get an early breakthrough when keeper Ashley caught Ayling out for 6 bowled by Jamie Horton.

Trentside started to score more freely, however, Holmewood got a vital breakthrough when Tom Taylor removed Ben Liversidge (11), caught behind to give Ashley his 2nd catch. 3 balls later Taylor bowled new batsman Mansoor for nought.

Holmewood kept the pressure on and in the next over, Jamie Horton removed Tom Liversidge as Trentside found themselves in trouble on 25 for 4.

They scored a further 16 runs as they moved slowly, but closer, to their target. In the 17th over of the game, proceedings took a dramatic twist as Jamie Horton took the wickets of Collins, Tivey and Moran in successive balls to reward him with the 3rd hat trick of this career.

In the next over, Taylor had Ayles LBW for 6 with Trentside reeling on 41 for 8. The Trentside tail were to frustrate the Holmewood bowlers for the next 12 overs as the scoreboard ticked over but the home side desperately needed a victory given their League position. Fortunately, however, they picked up wickets in consecutive overs to gain victory by 53 runs.

For Holmewood, Tom Taylor returned figures of 3-27 from 11 overs and Jamie Horton completed a magnificent spell of bowling, returning figures of 12 overs, 4 maidens, 5 wickets for only 23 runs.