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Whitland fall short after Holliday ton

Cut: Holliday cuts the ball away to the boundary

SIMON Holliday’s century took the game away from Whitland on Saturday (May 4), as they could only earn a draw with Haverfordwest.

Town batted first and made an excellent total of 275-4 from their innings with Holliday remaining unbeaten.

There was also a good start for the visitors as openers Mike Jones and Jake Merry shared 76 runs for the first wicket.

Jones made 34 but he was then trapped leg before by Dylan Blain.

That brought Holliday to the crease and he shared another good stand of 57 with Merry. Merry was unlucky to miss out on his half century as he fell on 49 (seven fours), caught and bowled by Blain.

Holliday then shared another 76 runs with Lee Summons with the latter playing a supporting role as he only scored 18 before being bowled by Nathan Evans.

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Adam James made a cameo appearance, hitting two fours and two sixes for his score of 24 from 14 balls.

Holliday remained at the crease and reached his century before going on to finish not out on 125 from 110 balls.

He smashed six maximums and twelve fours in his superb innings to help Town post a formiddable total.

Whitland made a good start to their reply as Dylan Blain and Jack Bowen shared 63 runs for the first wicket.

Adam James made the breakthrough for Town as he had Bowen caught by Mike Jones on a score of 26.

Another good stand followed as Blain and new man Paul Davies shared 73 runs for the second wicket.

Davies hit four boundaries and a six as he scored 37 but he then hit the ball to Ben Field off the bowling of Lee Summons.

Blain had made his way to a good score of 74 with ten fours and a six but he was then caught and bowled by Holliday.

With the next ball, Holliday had Nathan Evans stumped by Jack Scriven for a golden duck and Whitland had slipped to 150-4.

Geraint Jones and Matthew Davies shared 43 runs for the fifth wicket as they looked to get their side back on track but time was beginning to run out.

Jones made 23 from 16 balls with two fours and a six but was then run out by Danny Potter leaving Whitland on 193-5 with only three overs to go.

Davies finished not out on 36 but it wasn’t enough for victory as the home side finished 69 runs short of their target.

On Saturday (May 11), Haverfordwest host Llangwm while Whitland travel to Cresselly.

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