Unbeaten Browett punishes H&S

Holmewood & Spital 139 all out, Underwood 140 - 2

Holmewood & Spital entertained visitors Underwood and after losing the toss, were asked to bat first.

Yet again they made a bad start when Ashley was adjudged LBW to the 3rd ball of the day from Belshaw without a run on the scoreboard. Blair was out in the next over, caught by keeper Brailsford from the bowling of Stone.

Gavin Horton and Rory Jarvis set about stabilising the innings until Horton had accelerated to 23 when he was LBW to earn Belshaw his second wicket.

In the next over, Jarvis was LBW to Murray and Holmewood and Spital reeling on 40-4.

Skipper Ryalls and Joseph Goodhand shared a stand of 40 before Ryalls was bowled by McDonald for 20.

In the next over, Goodhand hit 18 from the first four balls before he was bowled from a slower fifth ball.

James Lord hit a brisk 12 before he was given out caught behind and the last three wickets yielded only three runs as Holmewood & Spital’s innings closed on 139.

In reply, Lord got an early breakthrough when Jones was caught by keeper Ashley.

A number of unorthodox shots by Underwood’s number three Browett saw Underwood reach 50 with less than ten overs bowled.

Ryalls picked up the wicket of Howard for ten, caught by Gavin Horton, to give Holmewood & Spital a glimmer of hope.

Browett continued to chance his arm and a number of aerial shots continued to elude the frustrated fielding side.

As Underwood reached their target with somewhat ease, Browett was unbeaten on 69 and Brailsford 38 not out.

Holmewood and Spital have now taken just the one point from their last two games and find themselves three points above the relegation zone with a vital game in two weeks time against the bottom club Newstead.

Holmewood & Spital 1 point lost to Underwood 20 points by eight wickets.