Saints draw with Aussies
HOLMBURY finally got their season underway with a wet but hugely enjoyable friendly fixture against the visiting Reds from Melbourne, Australia that ended in a draw.
Having travelled all the way from Australia on tour only to arrive in the middle of the wettest April on record, the Reds were staying locally and looking for any opportunity to play some cricket.
For Holmbury, it was a great chance to get some cricket in before the first league games, having lost all of the warm-up games to the weather. Holmbury batted first, starting well on a low, slow but playable wicket.
Maynard (20), Menzies (11) and King (15) scored rapidly early on but the run rate slowed with the loss of wickets in the middle order despite a couple of big sixes from newcomer Ali Abbas (22).
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A late flurry from Mike MacDonagh (14) brought up a total of 115-9 after the agreed 15 overs.
After taking a few overs to adjust to the conditions, Reds bowlers adjusted well, Chawla and Miller taking two wickets each and the Reds fielded impressively, holding all their catches.
In the increasing gloom and rain, Reds started solidly putting on 53 runs for the opening wicket at a decent rate, as Holmbury's bowlers struggled with their footing and with the wet ball.
Bergin was the highest scorer in the match with 33 before losing a straight one from Galbraith in the growing darkness and his opening partner Kahn made 20 before being adjudged lbw to Finch, who was somehow managing to get both turn and bounce from a damp wicket and sodden ball.
Sadly, after eight overs of the Aussie reply and with the match finely poised, the game was defeated by the lack of light.