24th Jul, 2017

Leamington scrape home to earn losing draw on the road to Bromsgrove

CRICKET: LEAMINGTON were lucky to leave Bromsgrove CC without a loss next to their name after losing nine of their ten wickets while chasing a large target.

Helped by a century from Jayden Levitt, Bromsgrove managed to total a huge 304/5 from their 50 overs.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat – a decision which proved fruitful as opener Ashley Newfield and Jayden Levitt rushed the score along to 121/0 before Newfield fell for 40.

Solid mid-order contributions from Ryan Pedley (34) Alexei Kervezee (45), and Lewis Cordes (23*) ensured Bromsgrove raced to their eventual six-an-over target.

In reply, Leamington were quickly up against it when Jonathan Wigley fell for three runs.

A superb knock of 92 from Alex Mellor helped Leamington keep the scoreboard honest, but Steve Dyer (18) and Lee Hopkins (43) couldn’t score at the run-rate required.

Australian national Hamish Kingston fell for six when he was caught by Jack Taylor.

A solid all-round effort from Bromsgrove’s bowling attack saw four players chip in with at least two wickets.

Frustratingly for them though, Leamington turned their focus to digging out a losing draw as middle order batsmen Tom Warner and Nathaniel Hooker (31*) helped the visiting side advance through the game without loss of wicket.

Eventually, Leamington closed on 234/9.

2ND XI

Having lost the toss again, Leamington were asked to bat by Wolverhampton.

Spa were quickly up against it at 29/3 – losing their top three batsmen.

But a 107 partnership between in form Nick Couzens (80) and skipper Jason Butler (45) scored at a good rate brought Spa back on track.

Looking like a big score was on the cards, Leamington fell somewhat short of a par total finishing on 223 all out.

Some loose bowling saw Wolverhampton off to a flyer at ten per over for the first nine.

But the introduction of Couzens and Credgington slowed the run rate.

But with Stanley making 68 and Simon Lycett hitting 106*, Wolves cruised home with 11 overs to spare.