1st XI Cricket win at Brandeston

Cricket - 1st XI Tournament at Brandeston Hall (A), Thursday 23 June 2011

Holmwood House win again for the fourth consecutive year!

Holmwood's first game was against Finborough School.  On a damp pitch, Holmwood decided to bowl and Sam R opened with a wicket from his first delivery!  This set the tone for the innings.  He bowled out two more players in the over and had 3 for 1 from one over.  Ben A then did the same in the next over, leaving the opposition terrified and struggling on 6 for 1 from two overs.  Ben's figures (3 for 0 from 1 over) really ripped out the middle order and Finborough's demise was inevitable and they finished 17 all out.  Francis H scored 17* very quickly in reply and Holmwood were through to the next round of the cup, smashing Finborough by 10 wickets. 

In the second round vs Bishop's Stortford, the opposition batted first and began well.  However, a fantastic run out by James P slowed the rate a little and Stortford were contained by some good all round team bowling, managing just under a run per ball on 94 for 6 from their allocated twelve 8 over balls.  Holmwood began batting at a steady pace and managed to keep up with the run rate for the first few overs.  Holmwood stumbled to 65 for 3 from 9 overs, losing wickets steadily at key moments.  When Ben A came in to bat, Holmwood needed 22 runs from 16 balls.  He kept his head and his first and second balls were hit for 4s.  Suddenly the pressure was released and Ben smashed 20 from the over.  Needing 2 from the last over was an easy target and Ben walked off 22*, helping Holmwood to a great win by 6 wickets.


Holmwood:  98 for 4
Bishop's Stortford:  94 for 6

THE FINAL  vs Orwell Park

Francis H was the star innings with everyone else chipping in to scramble a good total of 113 for 8.  In return, Holmwood bowled and fielded out of their skins!  Nick H was the star of the show with figures of 5 for 18 - a fantastic effort to bowl out the opposition for 65. 

Wow - what a brilliant day - and to win four years' running was a fantastic achievement. 
This was a great team effort; they all supported each other and showed exceptional sportsmanship.

Mr Earley, Head of Cricket