Coal Aston 152,
Holmewood & Spital 154-4
Formed in 1913, Spital CC have, in recent years, found it difficult to attract players.
The club made a decision to merge with Holmewood’s Sunday team who were experiencing similar problems. Under the new name of Holmewood & Spital, the team started their campaign with a ten-wicket away defeat at Shirebrook despite an outstanding 88 from bright prospect Gavin Horton.
In their first home match of the season, skipper Jeffrey Ryalls asked opponents Coal Aston to bat first on a green-looking wicket.
His decision seemed to be vindicated when Slater bowled Cross for three. Harrison (11) and Timms (19) both fell to Keshwala and Coal Aston looked to be in trouble. Browes came to the crease and initially took a cautious approach before he despatched a number of lusty blows. When he was out for 79, a more respectable score looked on the cards. However, they fell away following some outstanding spin bowling by Keshwala who finished with figures of 5-24 as Coal Aston were bowled out for 152.
In reply, Holmewood & Spital, Christian Plant joined Mick Saville and took the score to 60 when Plant had to retire hurt.
Despite this setback and with the home side on the ascendancy, Eddie Grant scored a brisk 18 before he was stumped from the bowling of Cross. Micky Saville had scored a fine 39 before he became Simpson’s first victim, Saville losing his middle stump. Toby Blair (20) and skipper Ryalls (26) steered Holmewood & Spital to victory by six wickets to make a large home crowd happy.
Holmewood & Spital 20 points, Coal Aston three.