20th Aug, 2019

Spa stay in touching distance of leaders after Oswestry win

Ben Tyler 23rd Jul, 2019

LEAMINGTON are up to second in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two, following a two-wicket win at Oswestry.

A low scoring affair was edged by Spa, who bowled Oswestry out for 179 in the 48th over, before tailenders Jamie Treasure (27no) and Perry Derrick (3no) claimed victory.

Fielding first, Spa made an early dismissal when Waqar Ahmed caught Warrick Flynn (6) from William Mashinge’s delivery, before Joe Carrasco (39) and Connor Davies (30) put together a partnership of 62 to get the hosts back on track.

That was the biggest stand that Oswestry managed throughout the encounter, as Leamington’s bowlers came to the fore.

Nabeel Ashgar (4-44) bowled Xavier Clarke (23) at 107-3 for his first dismissal of the game, while Davies was caught by Mashinge from a Perry Derrick (3-41) ball.

Josh Coleridge (3), Dean Suter (4) and Lahiru Samarakoon (0) all fell in quick succession, before the stubborn Roman Walker (46) was finally gone when caught by Ahmed off Derrick’s delivery at 179-8.

Tailender Ben Roberts (9) was out from the next ball, while Christopher Cathrall (0) suffered the same fate three balls later to end the innings.

Spa started slowly in reply, slipping to 38-4 with bowler Samarakoon (5-37) in inspired form.

He dismissed the usually reliable Harrison Smith (1), Ahmed (18) and Jonathan Wigley (4) for low totals, and even proved proficient in the field when catching Ibrahim Afzal (13) from a Flynn delivery.

Mashinge (31) was then joined by Sulaiman Hussain (47), as the pair laid on 61 for the fifth wicket to creep Leamington towards the 100-run mark.

Both were gone by the sixth wicket, but their contributions, followed by the totals of Chris Calcott (17) and Ashgar (15), allowed Treasure and Derrick to bat their way towards the 180 total.

Leamington sit just a point behind the leaders Harborne, and next visit mid-table Barnards Green on Saturday (noon).

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