Leamington Suffer Heavy Loss

Last Updated: May 9, 2016 06:40pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI 87 for 10 lost to Shrewsbury 88 for 3


Leamington lost heavily to 2015 Birmingham Premier League champions Shrewsbury on Saturday, an untested batting line up team unable to cope with challenging bowling from the Shropshire side on what was acknowledged to be a sub-standard wicket.
Leamington have been hit hard as a crop of last season's First XI have left for 'pastures new', and the relative inexperience in the batting showed against a workmanlike side, benefiting from good bowling conditions. 
Batting first Leamington lost two quick wickets before Aussie Max Webber and skipper Lee Hopkins steadied the ship a little taking the score to 36. A flurry of wickets put Shrewsbury on top and they never released their grip as Leamington were bowled out for a measly 87 in the 30th over. Two wickets apiece for Sam Griffiths and Adam King; three for Ed Foster and Brad Thornton.
The wicket had improved a little and faced with a modest target, Shrewsbury made a confident start. Tom Warner dismissed both openers, Will Parton and Ed Foster, and Ben Stebbings was leg before to the veteran Neil Smith. Shrewsbury eased to their target in the 20th over aided by a flurry of wides - an old failing of Leamington's bowlers throughout the club!


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