October 20th, 2016

Leamington still searching for first league win in 2016

Updated: 5:36 pm, Aug 03, 2016

LEAMINGTON moved into August still searching for their first win of the season after falling to a comprehensive 212-run defeat at home to Walmley.

The Sutton Coldfield side are themselves in danger of relegation but a deserved 24-point maximum haul pushes them closer to safety, while Leamington now sit 90 points away from their rivals at the bottom of the Birmingham Premier League table.

Leamington put Walmley in to bat first and despite an early wicket for Matt Davison, opener George Hargrave and captain Tom Burton set about the bowling with relish.

The pair added 153 runs before ‘keeper  Hargrave fell to Nabeel Asghar for 44, which was the first of four wickets for Leamington’s slow bowler.

Burton ploughed on remorselessly, with little support from the other end, stroking 12 fours and he bludgeoned 12 maximums as all of Leamington’s bowlers suffered to some extent.

Burton finished unbeaten on 175 as Walmlet careered to 313 for 6 in 55 overs. Asghar took 4 for 60 in 12 overs with Davison’s 2 for 34 the only other figures of note. Old failings returned for Spa as Walmley’s total was boosted by 43 extras.

Dispirited Leamington showed little when they came to bat with only Asghar passing 20 but his 22 not out at number proved to be the only highlight of a poor innings.

Spa capitulated as Walmley’s five man attack all got on the board. Sultan Afsal took 3 for 15, with two cheap wickets apiece for Kasir Shah and Shozair Ali as Leamington stumbled to 101 all out with more than 20 overs unused.