Leamington Cricket Weekend Round Up

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2014 08:39pm
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Leamington 1st XI 190 for 7 beat Coventry & N Warwicks 148 for 10

Division Two leaders Leamington fought to hold on to their position with a team lacking several key players when they were put into bat by Coventry and North Warwicks at their Binley Road ground.

On a wicket that was two-paced, erring on the side of slow, and a slow outfield, they did not begin well, with both openers falling with only 24 on the board. But Jonathan Wigley steadied the ship with a well-crafted 60. The situation was made even steadier when he was joined by in-form Captain Rob Williams whose keen eye earned him a much needed 74. This partnership of youth and experience led to a stand of 117, before both fell to the pacey bowling of Manbir Johal, who went on to take 4 for 44 off 14 overs. His fellow opening bowler, Harry Horsley, took 2 for 32 off 17 overs. Both bowlers bowled strongly both at the start and the end of the innings to contain Leamington to what was probably a fractionally below par score of 190 for 7. The gauntlet had been thrown down, and the challenge set for the Coventry batsmen.
There was a brighter start for Leamington when fast bowler Grant Thornton steamed in to take the wicket of Luke Reeves with the first ball of the innings. Wickets then fell regularly with only Coventry’s overseas’ player Lesiba Chris Ngoepe putting on a stubborn 27 before being superbly stumped by young keeper Chris Calcott. This was a key wicket, for after Ngoepe had gone, Coventry fell away rapidly to 104 for 9, with Faisal Khalid taking 4 for 55 off 17 overs. Manbir Johal and Michael Cook were left to brave out the last 15 overs as the last wicket pair. And brave it out they did! Despite a dropped catch and several appeals for LBW they stayed stubbornly at the crease until, with 8 balls to go, young Australian Max Webber managed to dislodge Johal’s bails, and the game went to Leamington – Coventry all out for 148, with Cook scoring 38 and Johal 10. Leamington had also retained their unblemished record of played 4, won 4! The relief on the faces of players was palpable!!
This was a game with everything – one that gripped every spectator’s attention right through to the very end. It was the first in a series of 55 over games, and the taking of the final wicket was all important in keeping Leamington in the title race. Getting it meant that they retain their position as Division 2 leaders with 94 points, a 9 point lead over nearest challengers Stourbridge.

Leamington 2nd XI 143 for 9 drew with Barnt Green 197 for 9

Leamington 2nd XI allowed a strong position to slip and ultimately fought hard to avoid defeat at home to Barnt Green.
Green were inserted on an appropriately verdant wicket following last week's wet weather, and progressed almost entirely in wides in the early overs. Captain Jason Butler was involved in all Leamington's good moments, taking two catches and three wickets as Green reached drinks on 87 - 5. Only former Leamington star Darrel Williams showed much application for Green accumulating 46. Green gained the upper hand in the last part of the innings through Butts (54) and Owen (42*) and they will have been happy to close on 197 - 7.
Leamington started poorly and in truth never got going with only Jack Hawkes, with 31, making a telling contribution. Green whittled away at the Leamington line up and seemed to be in a position to claim victory with a few overs to go. However last pair Matthew Davison and Harj Singh were not to be moved, and Leamington escaped with a draw, if not many points, finishing on 143 - 9.

Cotswold Hills League – Premier Division

Saturday, 31st May, 2014:  Elmley Castle v Leamington III

Leamington III travelled to Elmley Castle to play on a wicket that had been under water as recently as Thursday evening. 

They found batting on the soft, slow, pitted surface very difficult, with wickets falling to a succession of looping catches as the ball bounced unpredictably.  Honourable exceptions were James Cutts (24) who used his long stride to good effect and Tom Davison (18) and Phil Whitehead (16) who added 25 for the ninth wicket.  Shortly afterwards Leamington were bowled out for 98 in just 32,2 of their reduced allocation of 34 overs.  In their turn the majority of the Leamington bowlers were unable to find the right length to exploit the devil in the wicket and Simon Cooper was happy to smash a sequence of short deliveries to all parts of the ground. 

As ever, Jagdeep Khunara was the pick of the bowlers, returning respectable figures of 8-2-24-1.  Elmley Castle romped home by 8 wickets, in just 17,3 overs.

Leamington 4ths vs Elmley Castle 2nds

A regulatory win for the high flying 4ths. Elmley Castle were bowled out for 133 with 3 wickets for Rob Lord and 2 for Killian and Ryan, proving the teams ability across the whole age spectrum.
Leamington made short work of chasing with Killian 45no and Sam Forster 27 scoring the majority



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