October 23rd, 2016

Leamington return to losing ways after two-wicket defeat against Wolverhampton

Updated: 9:50 am, Aug 23, 2016

LEAMINGTON narrowly failed to notch consecutive victories after falling to a two-wicket defeat at home to Wolverhampton in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

The hosts were asked to bat first in bowler-friendly conditions following heavy overnight rain and subsequent heavy cloud cover.

Veteran Neil Smith was an early victim for Johannes Bothma and both Nathan Hooker and Lee Hopkins were dismissed by Usman Arif.

Wolves were bowling well but Leamington showed little application in testing circumstances.

Joe Somra compiled a patient 28 before being bowled by England Under-19 left armer Ben Twohig and Adeel Sajid played some pleasing shots on his way to making 26 but Leamington were dismissed in the 34th over for a paltry 127.

Leamington were not finished yet however, and openers Tom Warner and Matt Davison both struck in their first over.

Worcestershire’s Tom Fell was clean bowled by Warner, with Davison accounting for skipper Dan Bowyer in similar fashion.

The prize wicket of Wasim Jaffer, averaging 160 in the league, fell to Warner as the former Indian Test player was adjudged leg before for 10.

Wolves’ other England Under 19 star, Zen Malik, dropped anchor. He received little support from the other end and when he was stumped by Hooker for 45, Wolves were in trouble at 74 for 6.

Adam Lawley and Will Neild took advantage of some loose bowling from Leamington, but the latter was bowled by Davison and Smith accounted for Amritpal Singh leaving Wolves on 114 for 8.

Lawley played patiently however and with time on their side Wolves inched towards their target, and despite a couple of alarms, the Black Country side scraped home with two wickets in hand.