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Leamington 1st XI Lose to Attock

Leamington 1st XI 177 for 10 lose to Attock 198 for 10

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2015 08:55pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington's up and down season continued as they lost at home to Attock, by 21 runs, who have become somewhat of a bogey team. 

Winning the toss, Leamington bowled first and made early inroads as Grant Thornton (3-28) reduced the visitors to 16-2 and when he removed Asim Khan (20) the score was 57-3. Two crucial partnerships, both involving Mohammed Qamar Khan, started to swing the game in Attock's favour. A 52 run partnership with Omar Masood (21) followed by a second 52 run partnership with Sultan Mahmood (20) took the score to 161. However, the introduction of spin twins Mark Ashcroft (1-24) and Jamie Marsh, who was making his home début for the club, ripped through the lower order as he picked up 5-32 on a very impressive first home outing as Attock crumbled to 198 all out. Qamar Khan played an outstanding hand as he finished on a masterful 88 not out.
In reply, Leamington got off to the worst possible start as Sarmad Anwar (4-55) took three quick Leamington wickets to leave the hosts 20-3. A partnership of 36 between Ollie Currill (23) and Mark Ashcroft (16) looked to rebuild the innings but when Junaid Khan (3-33) took three quick wickets of his own, Leamington were restricted to 77-7. Lee Hopkins tried to shepherd the tail as alongside Thornton (18) the pair put on 50 to take the score to 127-8 before he and last man Matthew Davison (13) put on 37 to give Leamington a chance of a miraculous victory. However, when Davison was out, Hopkins was left stranded on a brilliant 77 as he had taken Leamington a lot closer than most would have expected. This was a third consecutive fifty for Hopkins.
The defeat leaves Leamington sixth in the table as they welcome Harborne this coming Saturday.

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