Spa escape with a draw - The Leamington Observer

Spa escape with a draw

Leamington Editorial 1st Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

AFTER enduring another rainy Saturday, Leamington will be grateful their unbeaten Birmingham League Division Two record remains intact following the abandoned match at home to Old Elizabethans.

After a delayed start, Worcester visitors OEs asked Leamington to bat first on an Arlington Avenue wicket offering help to seamers. OEs used the conditions well as Damon Gariff removed openers Shahbaaz Alam and Jon Wigley, who have been in imperious form of late.

Mark Lewis followed to Liam Booth and change bowler Liam Selvey accounted for captain Dave Bailey, Mark Ashcroft and Lee Hopkins in a testing spell.

There had been three catches for lively stumper Johann Smit, before the rain returned with a vengance and the match was abandoned with Leamington on 69-6 in the 25th over.

Despite this minor setback, Leamington remain at the head of the table by 37 points. They reach the halfway point of the season when they visit Attock on Saturday.

THERE was better news for Leamington U15s who won against Stratford U15s last Tuesday thanks to a sensational bowling effort from Callum Dixon.

The 15-year-old spinner Dixon bowled a magnificent second over in which he took five wickets. Although the first ball was a no ball, he then took four consecutive wickets.

He then bowled a dot ball before taking his fifth wicket in the over, meaning Stratford finished on 50 all out and Dixon took 5-9.

KENILWORTH recorded a losing draw at Bablake OB in the Warwickshire League Premier Division.

In a tight match that Bablake were ultimately the favourites for, they had been bowled out for 165 inside 45 overs.

Liam Newton, who ended the day with a creditable 4-48, and Joe Boyle 3-48, gave their best efforts, while Neil Goodman and Dave Edmunds took the other wickets to fall.

Rain prevented the match coming to a natural conclusion. Kenilworth were left 20 runs short and a wicket in hand with three overs of the match remaining. This left Boyle unbeaten on 14 as they ended the day on 146-9 to take nine points.

The rain also stopped play for Kenilworth’s second team against Massey Ferguson. The match was abandoned after 39 overs, resulting in a draw and leaving Kenilworth in 7th place in the Division Two table.

WARWICK secured an easy nine-wicket victory at Griff & Coton, who were bowled out for only 65 in this Warwickshire League Division Four encounter.

Joe Poole had a quick spell of three overs but still managed to pick up two wickets for only one run and with two maidens.

Warwick knocked off the target with ease, as opener Matt Warren scored 44 not out.

Warwick’s Saturday second team hosted Griff and Coton, but after 9.3 overs the rain proved too much and the match was abandoned.

The Saturday third team hosted Kenilworth but light drizzle forced the covers on and after a long break the covers were unable to be removed and play was abandoned.

The Sunday second team lost at Berkswell, whose opening batsman Pete Wreford made light work of the Warwick opening bowlers to score 61, before Tracey scored a pacy 75.

Hedderman finished with match figures of 2-34 and Fred Lewis proved economical to have figures of 2-25.

Warwick faulted in reply and lost their first five wickets for only 20 runs and fell to 96 all out as Berkswell claiming victory.

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