H&S hit by middle order collapse

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Mansfield Hosiery Mills 206-7,

Holmewood & Spital 141 all out

Skipper Matt Ryalls won the toss and asked the league leaders to bat first.

MHM opened with Williams and the experienced Matthew New. New took an instant liking to opener Jamie Horton who was despatched for 16 from his opening two overs and promptly removed from the attack. Fellow opener James Taylor was bowling at a more moderate pace which appeared to be more suited to the fast batting track.

Holmewood & Spital got their first breakthrough in the fourth over when Williams was caught by Grant from the bowling of Taylor for five. Taylor then took two wickets in his next over.

Rogers joined New and restored stability. New was dropped to a difficult chance on the boundary when he had reached 30 but this was to prove costly as the innings progressed.

Following a stand of 70, Rogers was bowled by Taylor for 37.

The score raced to over 100 with more than 20 overs remaining.

An inspired bowling change was to curtail the run rate as Brad Walker’s spin bowling was brought into the attack. Walker bowled a spell of ten overs, conceding only 24 runs and picking up two wickets.

In Taylor’s final over, Matthew New was finally on his way back to the pavilion for 105 with Taylor returning commendable figures of 4-59.

H&S made a bright start, however, Grant was first out for nine when he was bowled by Taft.

Jamie Horton and Keshwala took the score into the 40s when he was bowled by Lebeter for 12.

From a position of strength, the middle order then collapsed. In the space of four overs, Walker, Howitt and Ryalls were all dismissed for a total of seven runs between them.

With Keshwala still at the crease and Gavin Horton hitting any bad ball, the visitors were still optimistic of chasing down their target.

However, when Keshwala was caught for 27 and Horton bowled for 22 in the following over, any hopes of victory were diminished.

H&S picked up five points for their efforts but now find themselves eight points from safety with only three games remaining.

H&S five points lost to Mansfield Hosiery Mills 20 points by 65 runs.