16th Sep, 2019

Clean sweep for Leamington

Craig Gibbons 18th May, 2018

AFTER a mixed start to the season, Leamington got back on track on Saturday with all four league sides enjoying victories.

The firsts hosted Herefordshire side Brockhampton and emerged with a comfortable win in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

Captain Jon Wigley elected to bat and, despite losing fellow opener Steve Dyer, he made sure Leamington got off to a reasonable start.

When he was out to Dom Badger for 21, Luke De Souza was joined by Waqar Ahmed and they set about building a healthy total.

De Souza fell for a patient 47 but Ahmed ploughed on.

The former Smethwick batsman was going well until run out for 68 with the score on 197.

Late-order runs from Nathan Hooker – a run-a-ball 37 – and Chris Calcott guided Leamington to 250-7 after their 50 overs.

Badger was the pick of the bowlers for Brockhampton, taking 3-48.

The visitors looked comfortable initially, but subsided from 37-0 to 50-5 as opening bowlers Tom Warner and Matt Davison demolished the top order.

Brockhampton skipper Nick Powell stepped up with a well-made 48 but he found little support from his team-mates and the visitors were bowled out for 144 with almost 15 overs unused.

Warner led the way for Spa, taking 3-58, while Davison, Wigley and Perry Derrick each took two wickets in a commanding bowling performance.

The seconds returned from Brockhampton with a narrow but deserved two-wicket win in the Premier Division Second XI.

Brockhampton batted first but could never break free of Leamington’s tight control.

The returning Paul Lawrence led with way with 3-30 in his nine-over spell, only topped by Nick Couzens’ off-spin that gathered 4-20 in his stint as Brockhampton ended on 164-9 after 45 overs.

The target looked beyond Leamington initially as wickets fell steadily, but captain Jack Hawkes had other ideas and his undefeated 67 laced with nine boundaries saw Leamington edge to 165-8.

The thirds built an impressive 241-6 in 45 overs at home to Elmley Castle in Cotswold Hills League Division One, before bowling out their opponents for 183.

Meanwhile, the fourths sit top of CHL Division Three following a straightforward win at neighbours Long Itchington.

Leamington bowled Itchington out for 115 before racing to 116 without loss in reply.

On Saturday Leamington’s first and second teams take on Tamworth, the thirds play host to Stratford side FISSC and the fourths travel to Stanway.

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