Heavy defeat after an unsuccessful run-chase

Steve Fisher took two wickets for Holmewood. PHOTO: Carl Jarvis
Steve Fisher took two wickets for Holmewood. PHOTO: Carl Jarvis

Holmewood were handed a cricketing lesson and a heavy defeat at newly-promoted Holmesfield in Division Three of the Derbyshire County League.

The home side took full advantage of a good pitch and short boundaries to rack up 276 for five after winning the toss. Homewood were dismissed for 166 in reply.

Mayank Sharma (54) and Toby Skelton (30) got the innings off to a blistering start.

Holmewood were on the wrong side of marginal umpiring decisions and poor catching.

Although the introduction of veteran legspinner Steve Fisher (2-45 from nine overs) broke the opening stand of 87, the wicket only opened the door for young Will Helliwell (64) to play another innings of substance.

He was caught by Gavin Horton off the bowling of his brother, Jamie (2-99 runs from 13 overs) by the home captain, Jimmy Pearson, weighed in with an unbeaten 62, which included 36 off the final two overs of the innings in partnership with Pat Poste (24 not out).

Holmewood’s reply never got going as veteran left armer Nick Crapper) took two wickets in his first two overs.

Jamie Horton offered some resistance in an innings of 54.

He farmed the strike and played some fine agricultural shots in his half-century of 52, but Holmewood’s hopes of an unlikely victory ended when he was caught at cow corner off the bowling of Sharma.