Heavy 8 wicket defeat for Leamington

Three matches left to avoid relegation

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 09:54pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington 1st XI 142 for 10 lost to Dorridge 143 for 2

Leamington suffered a heavy eight wicket defeat at high-flying Dorridge, who have all but secured promotion to the Premier Division of the Birmingham League.

Having lost the toss, Leamington, not for the first time this season, lost early wickets as the home side slumped to a disappointing 142 all out. Only Mark Best (45), David Bailey (21) and Shahbaz Alam really troubled the scorers as Qasim Shah ripped through the middle order to finish with figures of 5-28 off 8.4 overs.

In reply, despite Paul Rowe bowling Atkinson for 6, Valeed Butt (28), David Ball (54*) and Jonathan Webb (36*) saw the visitors home at a canter with over 20 overs remaining.

Leamington remain in the relegation zone with four matches remaining. 

Leamington 1st XI 155 for 10 lost to Old Hill 154 for 5

Leamington suffered a second Bank Holiday weekend defeat after losing by 5 wickets at Old Hill.

 Leamington lost the toss and were asked to bat first and were soon three down with Mark Best, Jonathan Wigley and Neil Smith all fell early at the hands of Lester (1-10) and Butt (2-18). Paul Best (21), David Bailey (31) and Rob Williams (29) all made useful contributions but not the telling score the team required. Leamington were all out for 155 as spinners Patel (3-21) and Cox (3-34) ripped through the lower and middle order.

In reply, despite losing Brosnan early on, Hingley (33), Patel (57*) and Howell (23*) ensured there were no slip-ups in the Old Hill innings as the home side won by 5 wickets with 4 overs to spare. Thornton (1-22) was the pick of the bowlers while Neil Smith (2-31), Paul Lawrence (1-41) and Paul Rowe (1-22) were also in the wickets.

 Leamington now face the difficult task of over-turning a 27 point deficit with three matches to play to avoid relegation.

Leamington 4th XI 215 for 3 beat Stoneleigh 214 for 9

Leamington moved to the top of the table with a comfortable win over previous league leaders Stoneleigh. Batting first on a flat wicket Stoneleigh accumulated steadily and took tea on 214 - 9, a challenging but reachable total. For Spa, Mark Ryan took 4 - 52 and James Wilson 4 - 32.

Despite losing an early wicket, Leamington were always in command as Rob Ainscow set about Stoneleigh making 65. He played second fiddle to Billy Hallett, in the form of his life, making another match winning score, this time 113*.

Leamington will be promoted as champions, if they avoid a heavy defeat in their final league game on Saturday.


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