Leamington Remain Unbeaten

Leamington 1st XI 242 for 4 beat Whitchurch 239 for 9

Last Updated: May 22, 2014 06:11am
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington remain the only unbeaten team in division 2 following a stunning six wicket victory against Whitchurch on Saturday.

Having won the toss and electing to bowl first, Leamington made early inroads into the visitors top order as Tom Warner and Faisal Khalid (2-61) took two wickets each to reduce Whitchurch to 58-4. Dimelow (30) and Yousaf then set about a recovery adding 55 for the fifth wicket, before a couple more quick wickets left the visitors on 160-8. However, with Yousaf still at the crease and becoming increasingly confident, he started dispatching the home side attack to all parts during a wonderful innings of 115, including some mammoth sixes! He eventually fell to a smart catch on the boundary off Warner (3-47) as the visitors finished on a very competitive 239-9 off their 50 overs.
In reply, Leamington got off to a steady start as Shahbaz Alam (19), Mark Lewis (12) and David Bailey (20) all got starts as the score moved to 70-3. The home side needed the best part of 8 an over off the last 20 overs after some very disciplined bowling from the visiting attack made scoring difficult but it was the partnership between Mark Ashcroft (42) and Lee Hopkins who really turned the game in Leamington's favor. The pair combined quick singles with lusty blows as gradually the run rate fell in Leamington's favor. The pair had added 95 when Ashcroft fell, caught behind, but skipper Rob Williams picked up from the good work of Ashcroft. The star of the show was Hopkins, however, who hit a magnificent 93* (7x4, 3x6) off only 80 balls, which must be one of the finest innings seen down Arlington Avenue for many a year. Fittingly, Hopkins hit the winning runs with a huge six to see Leamington home by 4 wickets with 7 balls remaining. Williams finished on 31* as the pair added an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 77.

Leamington now stand 9 points clear at the top of division 2.


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