22nd Jul, 2019

Leamington claim winning draw over struggling Himley

Craig Gibbons 28th Jun, 2018

LEAMINGTON came away with a creditable winning draw against fellow Birmingham League Division One strugglers Himley to maintain their unbeaten home record.

At the toss it was no surprise Himley inserted Spa into bat after a few below-par batting performances in previous weeks.

A shake-up in the batting order meant the dangerous Tom Warner opened with skipper Jonathan Wigley.

However, Warner departed with the score on six in the first over.

Waqar Ahmed then joined the skipper at the crease and started to build foundations before Wigley fell to Boroughs for a well-worked 35.

Sulimain Hussain was next in and played some attacking shots early on.

Ahmed then fell to Boroughs for a patient 28 before overseas signing William Mashinge and Hussain upped the run rate immediately, only for the latter to fall just two short of a deserved half century.

A mini collapse then followed with Matt Payne and Rob Williams falling cheaply.

Chris Calcott joined Mashinge and they scored quickly to get the score past 200.

Calcott eventually departed for a quickfire 50 and Mashinge followed a few overs later for the same score.

Derrick and Asghar continued to add the runs as Leamington finished on 256-8 from their 55 overs.

Spa started well in reply with Wigley (2-30) and Warner (1-16) taking the new ball and making early inroads into the Himley top order.

Wright was trapped LBW by Warner and then Nikhil Vaidya was also removed in similar fashion by Wigley.

Wigley then got the important wicket of Worcestershire batsman Oliver Westbury who was caught behind by Calcott.

Matt Davison (3-11) was introduced to the attack and immediately got the experienced Boroughs.

Davison and Perry Derrick (2-31) then bowled well in partnership as the visitors seemed to be going nowhere.

Only Daniel Durman provided resistance with a patient 83 as Derrick and Davison took regular wickets.

Mashinge (1-13) rejoined the attack and bowled quickly on what was a slow wicket at Arlington Avenue and was simply too quick for the Himley tail as he bagged himself a wicket.

The last pair survived some very close shouts from the Leamington bowlers to cling on for a losing draw.

Leamington travel to Oswestry on Saturday.

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