​Holbrook and District retain Des Kennedy Shield in thriller

HOLBROOK and District retained the Des Kennedy Shield with a thrilling one-run win over Brocklesby and District at Holbrook on Sunday.

ROCK SOLID: Holbrook's Ed Perryman plays straight in the Des Kennedy Shield final against Brocklesby and District on Sunday. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

ROCK SOLID: Holbrook's Ed Perryman plays straight in the Des Kennedy Shield final against Brocklesby and District on Sunday. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

With runs at a premium due to a slow outfield, the hosts did well to make 118 and always had their opponents under pressure in the chase.

Skipper Darcy I’Anson dug deep in reply with 38, but fell just short with the home team’s Hamish Mackinlay and Ed Perryman picking up seven wickets between them.

Ryan Kirkwood topscored with 21 for Holbrook while Darren Howard (18), Corey McCarthy (17), Mackinlay (12) and Chris Manns (13) also added vital runs in the lower order with some lusty hitting in the final five overs.

Kirkwood hammered two sixes in his innings.

Howard said the associations had built up a strong rivalry in recent years.

“It was a good, tight game,” Howard said.

“It was tough going batting and thankfully we had just enough runs.”

Holbrook has dominated the shield in recent years against the BDCA and Tumbarumba