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Leamington's unbeaten run ends

Leamington 1st XI 149 for 10 : Wellington 150 for 8

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2013 07:26pm
Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick
By Leamington Cricket Club
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Leamington’s four match unbeaten run came to end on Saturday as they suffered a narrow twowicket defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Wellington.

After skipper David Bailey had lost the toss, Leamington found themselves batting on a surface that offered both pace and bounce to the seamers.

A steady start from openers Mark Best (10) and Shabbaz Alam (19) took Leamington to 33 without loss before both fell in quick succession to veteran trundler Anthony O’Connor, who was to finish the afternoon with excellent figures of 4 for 48.

Although Bailey (31) and the experienced Simon Magill (29) offered some resistance against an accurate Wellington attack, the home side’s innings terminated on 149 in the penultimate over.

The visitors were made to work hard in reply, and despite chasing such a slender total they found themselves in big trouble at 49 for 5 as Paul Rowe (4 for 37) dismantled the top order, removing former Nottinghamshire squad member Neil Edwards (1), Worcestershire’s Michael Johnson (8) and Sam Lloyd (6) in quick succession. 

With the pace of Luke Radford and Tom Warner in support Leamington sensed victory; however, the experienced Matthew Tilt (22 not out) and Mark Delaney (30) showed grit and determination to guide Wellington to a ninth win of the season and a double in the league over the Arlington Avenue side, who now slip back into the bottom two.

Leamington visit rivals Kenilworth Wardens this Saturday, welcoming veteran Neil Smith back into the side after his four wickets at Ombersley earlier in the month.

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