18th Dec, 2017

Leamington secure back-to-back promotions to the top flight

Leamington Editorial 16th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

LEAMINGTON Cricket Club are celebrating after securing promotion to the Birmingham League Premier Division.

Leamington travelled to Attock on Saturday knowing that if they won and Walsall beat Old Hill, then they would secure their second successive promotion.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first in a match reduced to 43 overs due to the overnight rain and it was the in form Grant Thornton who got the ball rolling with two early wickets to reduce the hosts to 29-2.

The score slid to 49-3 but a 73 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Junaid Khan (23) and Mohammed Qamar Khan (88) helped the home side on their way to a competitive total of 186 for nine.

In reply, Leamington raced to their victory target thanks to a rapid opening partnership of 63 between Zack Fagg and Shahbaz Alam (29).

Despite Jamie Marsh (10) falling cheaply, Tom Lewis (40) kept the momentum going and even when Fagg (60 from 48 balls) was bowled after another trademark aggressive innings in a fine first season for the club, it was left to Lee Hopkins (27 not out) and Jonathan Wigley (13 not out) to secure the victory the visitors much needed.

Once the game finished, there was a nervous wait to find out the result between Old Hill and Walsall, but when the good news came through the celebrations started as Leamington secured back-to-back promotions.

Next season will see Leamington reignite local derbies with Kenilworth Wardens, Berkswell and Knowle and Dorridge.

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