SECONDS FIGHT HARD AT HOLMER GREEN
By Eleanor Phillips
Ley Hill 174-10; Holmer Green 175-7
Ley Hill came soo close to victory in this match, but as with last week’s game v Haddenham, made a good start when bowling but failed to maintain their momentum. With Holmer Green’s first five batsmen only managing 23 runs between them, it looked as though victory might just be within Ley Hill’s grasp, but Williams and Rickett – coming in at numbers 6 and 7 dashed their hopes.
Holmer Green won the toss and put Ley Hill into bat. Ley Hill made a steady start, with number 3 batsman Geoff Sussum top scoring with 27 runs, closely followed by opener Chris Jones who scored 26. After the rapid dismissals of number 4 and 5, skipper Kevin Phillips arrived at the wicket and he and his partner Ivan Veall added 33 between them to take the score to 102 before Phillips was caught out.
By the time the 9th wicket fell (Tommy Devoy who scored 11), Ley Hill only had 124 runs and it looked like they were going to post a low score, but numbers 10 and 11 – Henry Sussum and Tristan Reynolds – had other ideas. They had a spirited last wicket stand of 50 – which included 9 fours – to take Ley Hill’s final score to 174 before Sussum was bowled when on 23. His partner outdid him by one run, ending up 24 not out. Pick of the Holmer Green bowlers was the always dangerous Adams who took 6 wickets for 48 runs.
As already stated, Holmer Green made a disastrous start and Ley Hill must have thought it was their day at long last. However, Williams and Rickett had other ideas. With Williams scoring 41, Rickett 74 and Adams not out on 24, Holmer Green cruised to victory in only 27 overs, despite Donald Petrie taking 5 wickets for just 18 runs. Skipper Phillips was heard to comment on his return to Ley Hill, however, that he is confident the 2nds will win before the end of this season.
A detailed score card for this match can be found if you navigate to “Information – Documents – Score Cards”.