October 27th, 2016

Late victory keeps Leamington’s promotion hopes alive

Updated: 10:56 am, Aug 27, 2015

A LAST-GASP victory for Leamington at home to Barnards Green on Saturday keeps their promotion hopes alive.

Green, buoyed by two victories over Leamington earlier in the season batted first and made a good start through George Rhodes and Andrew Curtis.

They added 54 before Rhodes, son of Worcester coach and former England stumper Steve, gloved the pacy Will Field to Lee Hopkins behind the stumps.

Field then disposed of Worcestershire’s new boy Alex Hepburn for a boundary, and with Tapper being dismissed by Nabeel Asghar, the visitors slid to 83 for three.

However Green regrouped and reached a 143 with Curtis making 59 before a clatter of wickets late on.

The cagey Neil Smith returned to mop up the tail, ending with 3 for 27, with Ashcroft taking 3 for 51, as Green were bowled out for 188.

Despite losing Jon Wigley in the opening exchanges, Leamington made steady if slow progress in pursuit of a tricky target.

Both Jamie March and David Bailey passed 30, but were dismissed without going on to bat through.

Another good partnership between Lee Hopkins (26) and Grant Thornton (34) took the score to 148 for four before three quick wickets swung the match in Green’s favour.

However the target of 28 in four overs was made to look easy as Smith and Nasghar took a liking to Green’s bowling and a clean strike for six from Smith saw Leamington home with an over to spare for a three wicket victory. Leamington travel to Bromsgrove on Saturday before hosting Moseley on Bank Holiday Monday.