HOLBROOK District Cricket Association has won back the Des Kennedy Shield following a nail-biting one wicket win over Tumbarumba at Rosewood last Sunday.
The result reversed last year’s encounter, making it four titles in the last six years for HDCA and overall total of nine titles.
Tumbarumba, after winning the toss and batting, posted a very handy 220 on a quick outfield at the Rosewood Golf Club ground.
The locals were bowled out in the 45th over with nine of its batsmen making double figures but not one passing 50.
Matt Byatt (48) top scored with good assistance from Kane Hammond (34) and Jarrod Miller (34).
They were strongly placed at 3/156 before losing wickets. Darren Howard, who was man of the match, took 3/23, while 15-year-old paceman Michael Driscoll from TRYC took 3/51.
Holbrook’s run chase started terribly with it slumping to 4/17 in the eighth over and looking gone for all money against the fiery Tumbarumba attack.
The next two wickets added almost 100 with Chris Willis (39) rebooting the run chase along with skipper Howard.
Some handy late order partnerships got Holbrook back into the match with Howard driving the recovery.
Chris Spicer, batting at 10, made a very handy (22) until he was dismissed with the score 9/209 and still 12 runs required.
Howard along with Driscoll edged toward victory, until a Howard boundary got the visitors home in a thrilling finish.
Howard remained unbeaten on 82 no to show outstanding leadership and composure in a tight situation.
Holbrook DC A now will look to win back the famous O’Farrell Cup this Sunday when they make the long trek to West Wyalong who beat Cootamundra last Sunday.
HOLBROOK has cracked it for its first win of the Holbrook and DCA 2015/16 season by upsetting Culcairn at Culcairn last Saturday.
In doing so The Brookers have remarkably kept alive their finals chances despite only the one win thus far.
They travel to Yerong Creek in the final round to play The Rock Yerong Creek, who are 10 points ahead of them on the battle for fourth place.
A first innings win and more bonus points that generally come with a win would see them leapfrog TRYC and play finals.
Twelve points are awarded for a first innings win, with two points going to the losing team.
This would level both teams prior to bonus point allocations.
If they can repeat the form of last week, when it successfully chased down Culcairn’s day one total of 168, they are a good chance.
Excellent half centuries from Ben McCarthy (56) including three sixes and (55) from Josh Jones got the Brookers over the line to post a season high 207.
The Culcairn bowling attack was well led by three wicket hauls to Dylan Pumpa 3/26, Matt Hensel 3/32 and Mitch Godde 3/64.
TRYC gave a very good account of itself in chasing Osborne day one total of 227, finishing just 40 runs short in posting 187.
The visitors were on track with the run rate but the loss of valuable wickets against some excellent Eddie Perryman bowling was the difference.
Perryman took 3/35 as the visitors were bowled out in the 55th over with 10 overs left in the match.
Osborne with top place assured did not bat in second innings.
TRYC got valuable contributions from Callum Bennett 42, David Rainbird 38, Stephen Marsden 25no and Ben Willis 25.
Osborne has the bye in the final round before it attempts to win its first ever HDCA premiership, after finishing minor premiers for first time.