Holland brothers star for Stamford

Stamford Town 1st v  King Keys. Keys batsman   Mohammed Imran CLEAN   BOWLED  FOR A DUCK EMN-140106-185153009
Stamford Town 1st v King Keys. Keys batsman Mohammed Imran CLEAN BOWLED FOR A DUCK EMN-140106-185153009

Stamford Town’s struggling South Lincs Premier League side took centre stage, after the Hunts League team’s match was cancelled on Saturday, and they lived up to top billing, turning around their recent poor form by defeating Belton Park by 39 runs at Uffington Road.

After being asked to bat first, Town got off to a very decent start, with openers Adam Chapman(25) and Andrew Hulme(23) putting on 53 for the first wicket, with Chapman, in particular, looking in solid form.

However, a mini-collapse ensued, with Town losing five wickets for just four runs, until brothers Phil and Steve Holland set about recovering the situation, eventually doubling the score, until Phil perished for 19, with the score on 117 for 6.

Steve then dominated in superb fashion, reaching an excellent half century, carrying his bat through for an unbeaten 78, with nine fours and two sixes.

One, a brilliantly-timed slog sweep up to the pavilion, pushed Stamford up to a competitive 167 for 9 at tea.

Town very quickly reduced the visitors to 38 for 3, with Richard Hulme grabbing the first wicket, and skipper Chris Birch being economical at the other end and picking up the other two.

Belton, however, rallied well and after 30 overs were in the box seat, at 99 for 4.

But tight bowling from slow-bowling duo Alex Birch (ten overs for 26) and Phil Holland (3 for 31), Town soon got back in control of the match.

Chris Birch returned to finish with four for 15, from 12 tight overs, while youngster Scott Chamberlain held 
his nerve to take two of the final three wickets, with fittingly, man of the match Steve Holland holding onto the catch to see Stamford home.