Knock of 111 for ace teen opener Bradley


Holmewood & Spital

300-5 dec,

Nomads 229-6

After winning the toss, Nomads skipper Powell put the hosts into bat.

H&S opened with teenagers Bradley Walker and Josh Goodhand and Goodhand made his intentions clear when he hit the first ball of the day to the boundary.

Goodhand picked up a further six runs from the over and Walker followed suit by taking eight from the first over he faced.

They had put on 78 runs from only nine overs when Goodhand was bowled for 35.

Walker was joined by Grant and shared a stand of 90 when Grant was stumped.

Skipper Ryalls faced only two balls when he was bowled by Allsop, however, Walker continued the onslaught and reached his maiden century in the 22nd over of the day.

He added a further 11 runs to his score before he was caught to an outstanding diving catch for a majestic 111, an innings that belied his age.

Danny Ashley was at the crease with veteran Dean Taylor and added a further 32 runs in only five overs.

When Taylor was bowled by Theakston for 15 and 11 overs remaining, Holmewood & Spital were on 240 and a declaration was considered by skipper Ryalls.

This became a reality when Gavin Horton blasted 53 runs in only four overs, his 50 coming off the last ball of the 33rd over with an enormous six to take Holmwewood & Spital to 300-5 with Ashley, another teenager, 34 not out.

The most economic bowler was Allsop who returned figures of 2-56.

In reply, Nomads openers Billings and Theakston made a cautious start, however, following two consecutive fours by Billings, Theakston also went on the offensive.

They had reached 60 when Theakston was caught by Walker from the bowling of Toby Blair for 33. Smith hit four consecutive boundaries before Ryalls brought himself into the attack and promptly bowled Smith for 16 followed by another catch for Walker from the skipper’s bowling to remove Allsopp for 16.

Billings was a thorn in the home side’s quest for victory and he had scored a fine 79 when he was finally bowled by Ryalls.

Holmewood & Spital picked up a further two wickets, however, skipper Powell (23) and Paul Lebeter (22) enabled Nomads to gain valuable points in a losing draw.

Ryalls returned figures of 3-29 as the home side gained 16 points for their efforts.