Holmesdale made to work hard for draw
HOLMESDALE welcomed second place Old Wilsonians to Montreal Park on Saturday and came away with a draw.
Falling short of the visitors' impressive 262-7, Holmesdale at least produced enough solid batting to inch over the 200 mark and ensure bonus points were earned.
Mark Epps' men now sit in the middle of a tightly-bunched Kent Division Three pack, where top and bottom are separated by just 40 points.
As the first XI looked to continue their winning form, Holmesdale lost the toss and were asked to field on an overcast day in Sevenoaks.
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The opening spell from Grove (1-32) and Mzaidume (4-85) caused the Wilsonians openers difficultly but still allowed them to get off to a flying start as they were 55-2 off the first ten overs.
A middle over spell from McDowell (1-38) and Browne (3-47) saw Holmesdale regain some control, taking the score to 120-5 off 25 overs.
They continued to build pressure but dropped four catches, allowing Azmat to progress to 128 runs with the score at 220-7 off 40 overs.
Tight death bowling restricted Old Wilsonians to only making 40 off the last ten as the score closed on 262.
In response, Epps, who has yet to find form, and Saville were out cheaply to the early swinging ball. Roffey (68) and Browne (35) demonstrated their class at three and four, building an 80-run partnership to put Holmesdale back in charge. But as Browne fell it was up to Roffey and in-form McDowell (12) to progress the scoring at eight an over.
Well set and on target, Holmesdale just had to creep up to within reaching distance without loss of another wicket.
Unfortunately, McDowell was caught at mid on and Roffey followed shortly after, clearly feeling the scoreboard pressure.
It left Harbig (50*) and Topliss to get Holmesdale above 200 and take a respectable eight points from the game.