Leamington 1sts draw with Brewood

Leamingtn 1st XI 309 -6 Brewood 203 - 7

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014 09:28pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington's fine season continued as they took 17 points from a well earned winning draw against a battling Brewood side.

Brewood won the toss and elected to bowl and, despite losing Jonathan Wigley early for 5, Shahbaz Alam and Max Webber put on a fine 96 run partnership for the second wicket. Webber (54) compiled his second successive score of 50 or more. Brewood were up against it from the start when opening bowler Dave Wedge pulled up after three deliveries before Alam and captain David Bailey took full advantage as the pair added an excellent partnership of 139 for the third wicket. When Bailey departed for a well made 70, the pair had accelerated nicely to take the score to 254. Lee Hopkins then added a quickfire 32 to help Leamington reach a formidable 309-6 from their 55 overs. Alam, who fell with three ball of the innings remaining, compiled a masterful 132 and must be the in-form batsmen in the league with scores of 43*, 58, 85 and 132 in his last four innings. For Brewood, Day was the pick of the bowlers with 4-107 from his 17 overs.
In reply, Brewood lost a series of early wickets to accurate bowling from Grant Thornton (14-4-44-2) and Tom Warner (12-1-34-1) as they slid to 48-3. The introduction of spin then pegged the visitors back even further as spin-twins Mark Ashcroft (2-38) and Nabeel Ashgar (1-27) ripped through the heart of the middle order to reduce Brewood to 133-7. However, with the best part of 20 overs to go, Leamington failed to take any more wickets as Bird (28*) and the injured Wedge (29*) batted admirably to put on 70 for the eighth wicket and deny Leamington a full 24 points.
Leamington now sit forty points clear of Penkridge in second and 57 of Stourbridge in third and welcome local rivals Coventry and North Warwickshire this weekend to Arlington Avenue.


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