Rivals in spin as leggie claims six
COUTTS Crossing was caught in a spin after South Services leggie Fred Holloway weaved his magic at McKittrick Park on Saturday.
Six Coutts' batsmen were snared in Holloway's web of deception as the crafty leg-spinner steered his side to a dominant position.
Coutts were bundled out for 150 with Holloway taking 6-45 off just 11 overs.
Ken Willis' men looked down and out until Nick Wood provided his side with some middle-order fire power with an entertaining 79.
But just when the talented all-rounder looked like closing in on a hundred, Holloway produced a well-flighted delivery to leave Wood stranded out of his crease.
Michael Fletcher did the rest, whipping off the bails to send the Coutts' danger man back to the sheds.
South started their innings with a bang as Brett Woods (31) and Jason Thompson (23) took the sting out of the Coutts' bowling attack.
Woods looked in fine touch until a lapse in concentration saw his leg-stump uprooted by a Brad Chard special.
Brandon Honeybrook chimed in with two crucial wickets but rear-guard action from captain Tom Kroehnert (12 not out) and Michael Fletcher (37 not out) steadied the ship.
At the close of play South were in a handy position at 4-115.
But the day belonged to Holloway who keeps getting better with age.
"They're (ball) coming out a lot better than last season," the unassuming leggie said after the game.
"My rhythm is pretty good and I'm getting more loop."
Holloway has no doubts opposition batsmen are on a mission to upset his line and length but according to the 41-year-old leggie, patience is not in their vocabulary.
"Most batsmen appear to be very impatient. They think they can hit me for six every ball," he said.
"They don't wait for the bad ball. It also helps having a good team and Fletch (Michael Fletcher) gives me plenty of confidence behind the stumps.
"He took a couple of good stumpings today."
Most Premier League captains would love to have a quality spinner in their arsenal and Kroehnert knows just how important his strike weapon is to the side
"Fred bowled well again. There were a few dances down the wicket," Kroehnert said.
"Like I said, heads in the sky, stumpings … it came to plan.
"Nick Wood was batting well until he ran out of partners which was half his problem.
"Hopefully next week we can score a few more runs and have a bowl."