Brown haul denies Holmes chance to bowl

Warwickshire off-spinner Maurice Holmes was denied the chance to bowl on his return to action by the efforts of the county’s Second XI coach Dougie Brown.

Holmes, 21, was suspended from all county first and second team cricket by the ECB after his controversial bowling action failed to pass muster with an independent review panel. His action had twice been reported by umpires in the first half of the season.

The ECB subsequently extended Holmes’s ban to club cricket which prevented him from playing for Barnt Green, leaders of the Birmingham & District Premier League.

The terms of the suspension were relaxed on Friday July 22, however, to allow Holmes to play for Barnt Green in the following day’s league match at Kidderminster Victoria but he did not get a bowl as Kidderminster were shot out for just 75 with Brown taking four for 15.

“It’s a shame for Maurice because he was about to come on when we got the last wicket,” said former Scotland and England one-day international Brown.

“He has worked very hard over the last couple of weeks and his action looked good and strong when he bowled in the warm-up. He just needs to get some bowling in match situations in the league before we submit him for re-testing.”

Holmes is still suspended from county cricket which means that he will not be permitted to play in this week’s Second XI Championship match against MCC Universities at Edgbaston.

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