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Leamington 1st XV Remain Unbeaten

Leamington Cricket Club Round UP

Last Updated: Jul 16, 2014 04:45pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
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Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI 250 for 6 beat Stourbridge 249 for 6

Leamington maintained their unbeaten season with an emphatic 4 wicket victory at Stourbridge.
Stourbridge won the toss and elected to bat first on an excellent batting wicket and got off to the best possible start as openers Bingham (55) and Game (41) put on 116  for the first wicket. This meant that it had been over 80 overs and 393 runs between Leamington taking wickets as a bowling unit as Attock's second wicket partnership the week before was a mammoth 277. The introduction of Nabeel Ashgar turned the game in the visitors favour as his outstanding effort of 6-60 meant that Stourbridge never got away from the visitors in compiling a competitive 249-7 in their 55 overs. Hassan (42) supported the excellent start the Stourbridge openers had made.
In reply, Leamington got off to the worst possible start as Alam and Wigley were both dismissed early leaving Leamington 10-2. A third wicket partnership of 58 between Mark Lewis and David Bailey (32) got the innings back on track before Lee Hopkins (44) joined Lewis in a fourth wicket partnership of 85 before Hopkins was bowled. Debutant, Ross Briscoe, then joined Lewis in a match-winning partnership as the pair hunted down the required six an over off the last 20 overs. The pair had added 92 before Lewis was wrongly adjudged LBW after compiling a wonderful 82 but this left Briscoe to see his side across the line with an aggressive and brilliant 65 not out, including some huge sixes. Despite losing a couple of late wickets, Leamington won by 4 wickets with 19 balls remaining to maintain their stance at the top of the table.

 

Leamington Cricket Club 2nd XI 211 for 10 lost to Wolverhampton 216 for 5

A limp display from Leamington Second XI saw them beaten at home by Wolverhampton.

Despite losing an early wicket, Leamington made a good start through Ollie Currill and Max Webber. Currill's dismissal for 35 saw a flurry of wickets, as the middle order failed to give Aussie Webber the support he needed. Finally he was defeated in the flight by wily Alan Chapman, becoming one of three stumpings for Wolves 'keeper Jack Parr. Webber made 81, and a brief flurry from the tail, got Leamington to a below par 211 All Out. For Wolves, the persistent Todd Quiney took 4 for 64.
Webber made an early breakthrough with the ball, Jaswal becoming the first of four catches behind the sticks for Chris Calcott. Amritpal Singh took root and his 80, supported by his middle order saw Wolves coast towards Leamington's total. 24 not out from Chapman eased Wolves to 216 -5 with more than four overs to spare. Three wickets on a decent day for Webber.

 

Saturday, 12th July, 2014:  Leamington III v Wellesbourne

A young, energetic and high-skilled Wellesbourne team swept aside a diffident Leamington one to send them crashing to their biggest ever Cotswold Hills League defeat of 166 runs. 

The tone was set from the opening overs as Nathan Edwards lead a partnership that put on 90 runs in just 14 overs.  After Edwards (81) was dismissed with the score at 115, Leamington regained a measure of control to limit Wellesbourne to 228-9 from their 45 overs, with only Havers (39) and Evans (31) making significant contributions.  Matt Sellars was the best of the Leamington bowlers with figures of 10-4-34-3.  The Leamington reply got off to a disastrous start when James Cowan was run out without facing a ball and, thereafter, wickets fell regularly to leave Leamington 20-6 in the 10th. over.  Matt Davison (13*) and skipper Matthew Dale (17) staged a brief recovery, but after Dale was brilliantly caught at mid-on the innings quickly subsided to 62 all out.

 

Leamington Cricket Club 4th XI 143 for 10 beat Winchcombe 2nd XI 131 for 10

Leamington squeezed out a win at picturesque Winchcombe, defending a low total.
Leamington batted first on what proved to be a low, slow Trent Bridge type wicket. Wayne Killian fell to the first ball of the day,soon followed by Shaun Williams who chased a wide delivery. Drinks saw off Mark Reynolds and whilst Liam Killian made 25, Leamington were in strife at 75 - 5. However captain Jocky Wilson has set out his stall to bat through, and he received valuable support from Will Dixon, whose cavalier 32, saw Leamington towards respectability. However, Leamington's tail failed to wag, and Wilson was left 37*,as his side were dismissed for 143 in the 40th over.
Leamington needed to bowl well and they started well through Steve Axcell and Gary Bass. Wayne Killian then tore into the top order taking four quick wickets, as Winchcombe fell victim to the quicker ball on a number of occasions. Leamington's support bowlers were less of a threat and Winch appeared to be cruising until a sharp run out precipitated a collapse. Liam Killian came to the fore with two late wickets, as Winch were dismissed for 131 with 11 overs to spare. Wayne Killian's 5 for 12 was the stand out performance.
Leamington have a slender lead at the top of the division over Stoneleigh who they play at Arlington Avenue on Saturday.

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