Leamington 1st XI Four Wicket Win

Leamington 1st XI 160 for 6 beat Walsall 156 for 10

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2015 07:04pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington 1st XI put the disappointment of last week's defeat behind them with an emphatic and professional four wicket victory against a very strong Walsall side.

Winning the toss, Walsall chose to bat first but lost wickets at regular intervals as they failed to come to terms with the home attack. There was an early wicket for Tom Warner (1-54) but Leamington's star man was once again Grant Thornton who, in an excellent opening spell removed four of Walsall's top six batsmen. Add to this Matthew Davison (1-24) removing the dangerous Tim Maxfield (30) caught behind in his first over, the visitors were in deep trouble at 120-6. Faisal Khalid (3-10) was then introduced to blow away the lower order before Thornton returned to claim the final wicket of the innings and to complete his maiden five wicket haul for the club. Thornton finished with 5-46 from his fourteen overs as Walsall's innings finished on a disappointing 156.
In reply the home side got off to a great start as Shahbaz Alam and Zack Fagg (25) but on 55 for the first wicket. The introduction of Paul Byrne (17-6-27-4) slowed the scoring down during a fine spell of spin bowling and was well supported by Edward Denham (2-17) but Alam (57) ensured there were no further alarms before Mark Ashcroft (20*) and Thornton (21*), completing a fine all-round display, saw their team to a comfortable four wicket victory. The victory sees Leamington climb to second in the table.


Leamington 4th XI 243 for 6 beat Claverdon 180 for 10


Another win for the spa team. Batting first again spa reached 243 for 6 thanks to half centuries from the top 3 Ainscough, Davidson and Forster.
Cleaverdon top 3 made a good fist of the reply before old hands williams and Davidson calmed things down and began to take regular wickets.
Youngster Cameron Mitchell bowled well and another spa promising junior Will Mobberley finished things off on debut with 2 wickets in his 2 overs.



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