October 20th, 2016

Leamington bounce back with Wellington win

LEAMINGTON managed to put the disappointment of last week’s defeat behind them by securing a three wicket victory away at Wellington in the Birmingham League First Division.

After winning a rare toss Leamington skipper chose to bowl and that decision looked to be the correct one early on with Grant Thornton removing Neil Edwards (12) and Jamie Miller (7) early on to leave the hosts 32-2.

Tom Lewis (3-20), Matthew Davison (1-17) and Mark Ashcroft (1-23) then tied down Wellington’s middle order to reduce the hosts to 118-7.

But Vaughan (31) and Byram (21*) steadied the ship as Wellington set Leamington 169 to win on a wicket that did plenty throughout.

The visitors got off to a shaky start with Shahbaz Alam (6) and Ollie Curril (2) being removed early.

But Zack Fagg (44) and David Bailey (34) set about rebuilding the innings with a partnership of 47.

A flurry of wickets in the middle overs made for a nervy finish but Tom Lewis (25), Mark Ashcroft (19*) and Grant Thornton (9*) ensured there were no further hiccups as Leamington sealed a three wicket win.

They move up to fifth in the table ahead of this weekend’s trip to Himley.

In the Warwickshire Premoer League, there was not such good news for Kenilworth who lost by four wickets at Ambleside.

Kenilworth’s batsmen found it hard against an accurate home attack with a third wicket stand of 42 between Vish Bora (12) and Liam Newton (25) being the only highlight as they were bowled all out for 99 inside 41 overs.

The hosts struggled in reply against Kenilworth’s opening bowlers, with Joe Boyle taking a tidy 2 for 29 from ten overs and Jorjit Singh, who bowled an oustanding spell, was rewarded with 2 for 14 off 12.

But Neale’s 36 got Ambleside over the line and Kenilworth will be looking to make a quick return to winning ways this Saturday when they host Marston Green.