16th Jul, 2019

Smith and co. unable to handle Himley as Spa slip to third

Ben Tyler 25th Jun, 2019

A HALF-CENTURY for opener Harrison Smith was overshadowed by an unbeaten century for Himley’s Oliver Westbury, as Leamington were dislodged from the summit of the league.

The six-wicket loss means Spa are down to third in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two, after their 204-9 total was beaten in the 48th over of the second innings.

Top-scorer Smith (56) formed an opening partnership of 65 with skipper Jonathan Wigley (27) – who was first to go, before Smith followed at 91-2.

Waqar Ahmed (8) and Sulaiman Hussain (2) were both gone after unsuccessful batting spells, though Leamington were boosted by the 75 between William Mashinge (39) and Oliver Currill (39).

Chris Calcott (11) and Nabeel Ashgar (14) added useful totals, as Leamington finished their innings.

Westbury (106) and Greg Wright (36) were in touching distance of a century for their opening partnership, with Wright being caught by Calcott from Ashgar’s (3-61) delivery at 96-1.

James Lunn (3) was caught by Mashinge from another Ashgar ball, before number four batsman Nipun Karunanayake was removed from the crease with a straight dismissal by the Leamington bowler.

Daniel Durman (22) was the last to go when caught by Calcott from a Mashinge delivery at 180-4, but Himley were always assured of victory with Westbury at the crease.

Leamington hope to bounce back when hosting Tamworth on Saturday (noon).

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