Codnor 1sts can count themselves somewhat unfortunate not to have come out of their 42-run defeat at home to Holmewood with a larger share of the points in this Division 4N encounter.
It was a glorious day down at Goose Lane, but despite the favourable weather conditions, batting was not going to be easy on a track that had took in a lot of rain over the preceding days and weeks.
Holmewood skipper Taylor won the toss and decided to take first knock in the midday heat.
The innings got off to a bad start as far as the away side were concerned, as Bonsall was back to his best, taking the first four wickets to leave the visitors on 45-4.
Fellow opener Colledge got in on the act too with a couple, and it looked like the visitors were going to be struggling to make it much past 100.
Ryalls, in at number five, was in to steady the ship, and struck up a prosperous partnership with number eight Jamie Horton.
Horton came in and started steadily, but a crucial moment in the match came with an LBW appeal with Ben Wood the bowler.
Horton survived the massive appeal and set about bludgeoning his way to an eventual 88. Ryalls was bowled by Leo, but the tail end stuck around enough to stay with Horton whilst he was scoring heavily, which eventually told as the last two overs went for nearly 30, and the Holmewood innings closed on 198.
After tea, the Codnor openers Colson and Leo made their way to the crease. Just as Bonsall had done, Holmewood opening bowler Taylor started off like a house on fire, taking the quickfire wickets of both Codnor openers, and number four Clark-Hallam.
Number three Woolley was looking particularly good though, especially as he was playing off one leg.
He set about rebuilding the Codnor innings with Aaron Wood, and although they weren’t scoring heavily, they were slowly making their way towards the Holmewood score.
A bowling change prompted a wicket though, as Jamie Horton trapped Woolley LBW, and then his brother Gavin at the other end bowled Colledge to leave Codnor in an all-too-familiar position.
Hopes of reaching the Holmewood score were all but gone when left-hander Wood and then Sparham were adjudged to be in line and were sent back to the pavilion.
An entertaining last wicket stand between Ben Wood and Bonsall brought hopes again of securing a few more points, but then with three overs to spare Bonsall got a jaffa from Taylor that took out his off stump to leave Codnor all out on 156.
It was another loss for the first team, but a few positives can be taken. Codnor travel to Darley Dale this week to try and find that elusive win.
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