26th May, 2019

Leamington left sweating after heavy loss

Craig Gibbons 26th Jul, 2018

LEAMINGTON remain in a Birmingham League Division One relegation dogfight after losing at home to Shifnal.

Shifnal batted first and two early wickets for William Mashinge initially had Leamington in the game, but Shifnal steadied the ship as Jack Edwards and Ed Beard took the score to 93 before the former fell for 34.

Ross Aucott joined Beard and they took the game away from Leamington in a run-a-ball century partnership.

Aucott went for 72 while Beard (106) ploughed on, passing the century mark before becoming the first of two wickets for Nabeel Asghar.

Tom Collins provided a cocktail of shots, ending unbeaten on 56 as Shifnal closed on an imposing 318-7.

Leamington’s openers made their best start of the season as conditions remained favourable to the batsmen.

Skipper Jon Wigley scored a fine 59 and Luke De Souza a more measured 62.

However, the middle order failed to contribute with the exception of Mashinge who became the third batsman to pass 50.

He reached 51 before becoming the second of five victims for Alex Wyatt (5-59).

Shifnal then wrapped up the game as Leamington were dismissed for 205.

It was a different story for the Seconds who downed Shifnal to maintain top spot in Premier Division Second XI.

David Hawkes and Max Lion got Spa off to an excellent start and, when Lion was caught for 31, Hawkes was joined by Jim Gethins who was then forced to retire after picking up an injury while running for a single.

Hawkes was then bowled for 66 as Leamington faltered until Jacob Sargeant and Joe Midgley took control.

Sargeant notched a rapid 67 and Midgley 24 as Leamington went into tea on 257-7.

Shifnal made a positive start in reply with Ian Bissell and Josh White enjoying the conditions.

Bissell was bowled by Nick Couzens for 49 and White made 40 until he became the first of two quick wickets for Will Field.

Anthony Parker offered stiff resistance but found little support as Leamington worked through the Shifnal batsmen.

Parker made a fine 68 but Shifnal subsided to 201 all out.

Meanwhile, Leamington’s Thirds beat FISSC by 123 runs in Cotswold Hills League Division One and the Fourth string beat Stanway by nine wickets in Division Three.

On Saturday, the firsts and seconds take on Brockhampton, the thirds entertain Ashton-under-Hill and the fourths travel to Adlestrop.

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