CRICKET: Holtby stars as Colwyn Bay pick up vital Lytham triumph


Dean Jones

A STUNNING bowling display gave Colwyn Bay a crucial five wicket win at Lytham.

Sion Morris’ side were left indebted to the duo of Ryan Holtby and Shrikant Mundhe for the triumph, and the Liverpool and District Premier Division side will look to move further clear of the drop zone when they host title chasing Leigh on Saturday.
The visitors elected to field after winning the toss, and they got off to a flyer when Holtby took out openers Taylor Cornall and Matthew Taffe for one and nine respectively.
Former IPL star Mundhe was then on hand to dismiss captain Dominic O’Brien for 11, and the dangerous pair of wicketkeeper Gary Knight (5) and Luke Williams (2) became Holtby’s latest victims in what was a devastating spell.
The talented Indian helped himself to three further wickets which included top scorer Toby Lester (17) as he continued his scintillating recent form with figures of 4-26 from 18 overs.
Pace bowler Holtby proved to be the star of the show, and thanks to a further brace of lower order wickets he ended a blistering 17 overs with 6-32, as the home side collapsed to just 76 all out from 35 overs.
The visiting run chase got off to the worst possible start when Zak Gidlow was out for a duck, and the skipper continued his indifferent form at the crease with a contribution of just five.
Nerves began to show when the in-form pair of Jordan Evans (14) and George Johansen (0) failed to make significant inroads into the score, and Mundhe was unable to replicate his success with the bat as he was sent back to the pavilion for a duck.
Victory was assured thanks to the resistance of Adam Campion and Mike Littler, who produced unbeaten knocks of 21 and 26 as they reached their target for the loss of five wickets after 29 eventful overs.

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