October 27th, 2016

Leamington fail to shine at neighbours Kenilworth Wardens

Updated: 11:07 am, Sep 01, 2016

The rain may have hampered LEAMINGTON’s progress away at West Bromwich Dartmouth on Saturday, but for once the Bank Holiday produced conditions ideal for cricket although their performance with the bat did not match the glorious weather.

Leamington travelled up the M5 on Saturday and after winning the toss, they elected to put the home side in to bat first.

On a high scoring ground, West Brom’s batsmen all made starts but none went on to build a match defining innings.

Amit John crafted a patient 66 before being snared by Neil Smith who also accounted for Dan Bassett for 52. There were also two wickets apiece for Matt Davison and Jon Wigley as West Brom accumulated 283 for 7 when the storm came at tea and the match was ended.

On Monday conditions were ideal for cricket as now relegated Leamington visited neighbours Kenilworth Wardens and produced a limp performance.

Inserted on a damp wicket, Warden’s Aussie Blake Maher struck three times as Leamington were in trouble at 34 for 3.

A revival through Jon Wigley (23) and Lee Hopkins (35) was ended in a flurry of wickets as Leamington subsided to 65 for 6.

A generous helping of extras allowed the visitors to reach 129 all out in the 40th over with Nathan Edwards, Basit Zaman and Matthew Hancock each taking two wickets.

With the wicket drying under the warm sun, Wardens had the better of the conditions and despite an early setback as Nick Seager fell to Matt Davison, they sailed to nine wicket win with a cultured 48 not out from Harry Johnson and rapid unbeaten 65 from Zaman.