H&S earn a draw

Mansfield & Pleasley 222-3,

Holmewood & Spital 191-8

Holmewood & Spital travelled to old adversaries Mansfield & Pleasley on Sunday in search of a second successive victory to ease their relegation worries. On winning the toss the home side chose to bat first. Holmewood & Spital got an early breakthrough when Horton removed Wright for five, caught at gully by Rory Jarvis.

M&P’s leading run maker Gooding was playing and missing but the ball continued to avoid the bat. He scored a quickfire 45 when Bradley Walker bowled him with a googly that Gooding played around. This brought 14-year-old Jake Parker to the crease. Parker is under five feet tall, however, he had scored a century the previous Sunday.

When he drove Gavin Horton for a straight six, the visitors knew they were in for a continuing torrid time. Parker showed maturity beyond his age when Walker bowled the bright prospect for 23.

Opener Spray remained a thorn in the visitors side and when the hard hitting Woodall joined him their were still ten overs remaining. Woodall scored a brisk 45 with spray 56 not out as M&P closed on 222-3.

In reply Holmewood & Spital made a bright start as youngsters Howitt and Bradley were scoring at over six an over. Bradley was first out for 18, caught by Godding at cover point, having been moved to this position the previous ball.

Howitt was out shortly after for nine and, yet again they suffered a collapse and found themselves at 53-5.

Just as a big score loomed for the H&S stalwart Toby Blair, he was bowled by Weaver for 33.

Roland Jones, playing his first game for four years, was despatching any loose deliveries to the boundary. He had scored a fine 25 when he was bowled by Weaver to give him a second wicket.

Gavin Horton scored a quickfire 45, however, when it became evident that victory seemed unlikely, Horton along with Chris Plant batted out for a draw.

Mansfield & Pleasley 18 points drew with Holmewood & Spital seven points.