Walsall v Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 07 May 2011 at 12 noon
Leamington Cricket Club Won By 5 Wickets

Match report Leamington 1st XI made the journey north to Walsall for their opening league match since gaining promotion to the Premier Division at the end of last season and started the season brilliantly with an emphatic 5 wicket victory.

After rain showers delayed the start of the match, play eventually started at 2pm with Leamington electing to bowl. From the opening over Leamington looked threatening with the new ball pairing of Lewis (7-1-30-1) and Young (8-2-29-2) taking early wickets. Young, in his first over removed Rawlinson to get the innings off to the perfect start while Lewis had the dangerous Powles caught at slip. Young and Lewis were well backed up by D'Silva (4-0-11-2) and Bailey (5-0-22-1) before Talati ripped through the middle and lower order to claim figures of 4-10 with his off-breaks to bowl Walsall out for 104.

In response, Leamington started nervously having been reduced to 38-4. Will Tavare, on debut, looked incredibly assured at the crease and carried his bat to finish with a brilliant 56 not out. He was well supported by Bailey (24) as the pair put on 62 for the fifth wicket to take the visitors towards a 5 wicket victory.

Leamington will be pleased with their efforts in what, potentially, could have been a very tricky opening encounter of the season.

Leamington 1st XI are at home next week to Himley.

Walsall Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
104 (0.0 overs)
P. Baker Bowled  24
R. Rawlinson Caught  0
D. Powles Caught  8
P. Wicker Lbw  13
A. McChristie Stumped  10
J. Middleton Stumped  5
A. Hawkins Caught  12
A. Breakspear Caught  12
P. Byrne Not Out  0
T. Freeman Caught  0
C. Griggs Caught  0

Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tom Lewis7.0130130.004.29
Jason Young8.0229214.503.63
Lawrence D'Silva4.001125.502.75
David Bailey5.0022122.004.40
Udit Talati3.001042.503.33

Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 5 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Will Tavare Not Out  56
Alex Phillips Caught  3 2
Mark Lewis Caught  7 1
Tom Lewis Caught  0
Lee Hopkins Caught  3
David Bailey Lbw  24
Jason Young Not Out  0
Michael Balac   2 2
Dexter Purser  
Lawrence D'Silva  
Udit Talati   1

Walsall Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
T. Freeman7.0218118.002.57
P. Wicker8.4223211.502.65
C. Griggs5.0021121.004.20
P. Byrne6.001100.001.83
A. Hawkins4.001700.004.25
D. Powles2.00717.003.50