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Eight Wicket Win for Leamington 4ths

Leamington Cricket Club Round Up

Last Updated: Jul 7, 2014 09:14pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Attock CC 1st XI Vs Leamington CC 1st XI
Leamington lost the toss against a strong Attock side and were in the field in dry circumstances, despite the overnight rain and got off to the best possible start as Grant Thornton (1-96) had Sultan Mahmood LBW with the score on 3, with the seventh ball of the game.
After that, however, things did not go to plan for the visitors. Despite an excellent hostile spell with the new ball from Tom Warner, and a controlled spell of spin bowling from Nabeel Ashgar, the visitors didn't taste success again during their 55 overs as an astounding second wicket partnership of 277 took Attock to 280-1. Captain Rawait Khan was first to bring up his 100 as he played a truly masterful innings and showed all of his class as he compiled 143*. His partner in crime, opener Mohammed Qamar Khan also played his part as he compiled 122*. Leamington, in fairness, did not bowl badly but it goes to show how well both Khan's played.
In response, Leamington lost wickets regularly and were never really in with a chance of victory as the hosts bowled with great discipline to restrict the visitors to 194-9. Mark Lewis (35) top scored while Ashgar (32*) and Thornton (22) both played valuable innings to help Leamington maintain their unbeaten record and stay top of the table as they secured the losing draw. Karim (5-32) with his slow left arm spin was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he ripped through the middle order. While Mahmood (2-42) and Anwar (2-45), who was unable to remove number 11, Paul Lawrence, during the last over of the game, were the pick of the bowlers. Leamington travel to Stourbridge on saturday and will be very keen to get their season back on track with a positive result.

Leamington 2nd XI 225 for 5 beat Attock 224 for 10

Two fine individual performances saw Leamington to an ultimately comfortable victory at home to Attock.
The Birmingham visitors made a strong start, thanks in part to Leamington's inability to bowl straight, and usual generous donation of extras. Captain Jason Butler remedied the situation, bowling accurate cutters, being rewarded with his second five -wicket haul of the season. Jim Gethins nipped out the last three batsmen, as Attock were dismissed for 224 on the stroke of tea.
The pitch was now showing signs of uneven bounce. David Hawkes shouldered arms to a ball that was far too straight with the expected consequence, and debutant Ross Briscoe, who had taken two sharp catches earlier, fell LBW to a shooter. Ollie Currill had dropped anchor however, playing a watchful innings. The tempo increased with Simon Magill at the crease, and his quickfire 60 put Leamington in the box seat. Cameos from Butler and Gethins supported Currill, and the young opener finished with a cultured, unbeaten 91, as Leamington sauntered to a 5 wicket win with 2 overs to spare.

Saturday, 5th. July, 2014:  Leamington III v Bretforton

A week after the weather had unfairly snatched away victory over title chasing Bretforton, Leamington III were offered a second chance. 

This time it was two brilliant bursts of play that handed Bretforton victory.  Batting first the visitors maintained a chaseable rate of five runs per over, until, with just six overs of the innings left, Berry (133*) brilliantly cut-loose and the final six overs yielded 72 runs, setting Leamington a now daunting 280 runs to win.  The host’s reply got off to a brisk start until a spell of four wickets in eleven balls saw Key (4-24) tear-out the middle order.  From 49-6 skipper Matthew Dale (48) lead a recovery, and with support from Tom Mackrill (30), Shamir Khan (27) and Matt Sellars (33) secured all five batting bonus points as the innings closed at 201.  Bretforton won by 78 runs leap-frog Leamington in the Premier Division table.

Leamington 4th XI 49 for 2 beat Stratford Bards 48 for 10

Leamington strolled to an eight wicket win at Stratford Bards. 
The hosts were asked to bat first on a damp, under-prepared wicket and Leamington's bowlers soon made hay as the sun shone. Bards were rendered almost scoreless by testing spells from Steve Axcell and Gary Bass, who nipped out the top three batsmen between them, and fared no better against the change bowlers. 13 year old Robert Lord got the ball to lift spitefully off a length and was rewarded with four victims at a cost of only five runs. AJ Gothoskar grabbed a brace of wickets as Bards made a paltry 48.
Leamington's response got off to a poor start losing two quick wickets as the pitch's demons remained. The experienced pair of Wayne Killian and Shaun Williams mixed solid defence and attacking shots, as Leamington eased to their modest target in less than 12 overs.

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