October 24th, 2016

Leamington still searching for first league win of 2016

Updated: 11:32 am, Jul 14, 2016

LEAMINGTON reached the half-way point of a testing 2016 season in Birmingham Premier League still looking for a first win after losing away at Kidderminster on Saturday.

The home side were inserted to bat first by Lee Hopkins and made a steady start before Nathan Round was bowled by Tom Warner.

Skipper Tom Pardoe was joined by Jonathan Wright at the crease and they set out to put Kidderminster in a dominant position, with Pardoe reaching 55 before he fell to the veteran Spa pairing – caught by David Hawkes off the bowling of Neil Smith.

Neil Pinner joined Wright and the momentum increased as the scoring sailed along at around a run a ball.

Wright was snared by Jon Wigley for 72 and Pinner castled by Matt Davison for 87 as Leamington fought hard but despite a late flurry of wickets from Wigley, Davision and Smith, the home side finished on a daunting 315 for 8 from 55 overs.

Looking forward to responding on a good wicket, Leamington made a positive start with Wigley and Hawkes adding 38 for the first wicket.

Worcestershire’s Chris Russell had worked up a good head of steam and he accounted for Hawkes for 21, just after the unfortunate run out of Wigley for 23.

Alex Mellor and Hopkins batted nicely in the middle order though neither reached 30 as Vics gained the upper hand.

Keeper Nathan Hooker, batting at seven, went on the attack, compiling 59, including 12 boundaries.

Whilst the win was out of reach, Spa could have held out for a draw, but four ducks in the late order put paid to that challenge as Leamington faded to 195 all out, with Pardoe pikcing up impressive figures of 4 for 41 for the Worcestershire side.

In the corresponding fixture for the second team, Leamington returned to form with a win at home over basement-dwellers Kidderminster Victoria.

Billy Hallett and Rob Williams both produced the goods with the bat by scoring 54 each as Leamington reach 220 for 8 from 50 overs.

Leamington then tore in the frail attacking line-up with Will Field, Paul Lawrence and Jamie Marsh all bagging a pair of wickets each as Kidderminster were bowled all out for 197.