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Leamington 1st XI Secure Promotion

Birmingham Cricket League Premier Division

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015 10:32pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By David Bailey
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Leamington travelled to Attock on Saturday knowing that if they won and Walsall beat Old Hill, then Leamington would secure their second successive promotion.

Leamington won the toss and elected to bowl first in a match reduced to 43 overs aside due to the overnight rain and it was the in form Grant Thornton who got the ball rolling with two early wickets to reduce the hosts to 29-2. Mark Ashcroft (1-29) then picked up a wicket as the score slid to 49-3 but a 73 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Junaid Khan (23) and Mohammed Qamar Khan (88) helped the home side on their way to a competitive total. Jamie Marsh (2-38) made the important breakthrough before Thornton (5-35) returned to mop up the tail and record another five wicket haul in what has been his best season for the club. Thornton's haul included the wicket of Qamar Khan who played a faultless knock in his sides 186-9 off their allocated overs. 
In reply, Leamington raced to their victory target thanks to a rapid opening partnership of 63 between Zack Fagg and Shahbaz Alam (29). Despite Jamie Marsh (10) falling cheaply, Tom Lewis (40) kept the momentum going and even when Fagg (60, 48 balls) was bowled after another trademark aggressive innings in a fine first season for the club, it was left to Lee Hopkins (27*) and Jonathan Wigley (13*) to secure the victory the visitors much needed. 
Once the game finished, there was a nervous wait to find out the result between Old Hill and Walsall, but when the good news came through the celebrations started! Walsall's victory secured Leamington's second successive promotion and the achievement of back-to-back promotions over the last two years must go down in the club's history of one of their finest achievements. In what has been a real team effort throughout the season, Zack Fagg, Lee Hopkins, Tom Lewis, David Bailey, Grant Thornton and Jonathan Wigley all have scored over 300 runs while Thornton (45) was the third highest wicket taker in the league and was well supported by Jamie Marsh (23), Faisal Khalid (20) and Mark Ashcroft (16).
Next season will see Leamington reignite local derbies with Kenilworth Wardens, Berkswell and Knowle and Dorridge.

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