Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI v Water Orton on Sat 14 Jun 2014 at 12.00
Leamington Cricket Club Won By 6 Wickets

Match report Division Two leaders Leamington sought to continue their unbeaten run since the beginning of the season in their home match against lowly Water Orton. The sun was shining; the wicket a little temperamental – the day was set for a good game of cricket.

Water Orton won the toss and chose to bat first. They made a very strong start with opening pair Matthew Dawes and Sukhjit Singh quickly building a partnership of 63 in 12 overs. Dawes was the first to fall, having scored 43 off 39 balls (including 8 fours), bowled by an always threatening Grant Thornton.

From this point on Water Orton crumbled. Only the stalwart Singh soldiered on, eventually scoring 22 (caught at mid-on by captain Rob Williams off Faisal Khalid’s bowling). He had been joined by five other batsmen, none of whom managed double figures. This was down to the early introduction of the off-spin of Nabeel Ashgar (5 for 17 off 11 overs) and the continued threat of Thornton (3 for 35 off 10). Water Orton tumbled from 63 for 1 in the 12th over to 112 all out in the 32nd. Singh and the experience of Lesroy Irish (not out 11) was the only stand-out sign of resistance, but he simply ran out of partners.

Irish continued to show his craft by taking the wicket of Leamington opener Shahbaz Alam (4) in the first over, caught behind. Fellow opener Jonathan Wigley was joined by Ollie Currill and together they put on a fine partnership of 49 when Currill was out lbw (off the bowling of Stephen Bevan, 2 for 43 off 9 overs). David Bailey (12) joined Wigley to take the score to 75, at which point Wigley was caught having scored a most valuable 43. It was left to the final pairing of Lee Hopkins (25 off 27 balls) and Max Webber (21 off 14 balls) to finish the game with a flurry of strong, sensible batting each scoring 5 fours in a very short time). Leamington were 124 for 4 off 27.4 overs – another 24 points had been added to their total.

This meant that not only had Leamington kept hold of their position at the top of the division, they had increased their lead to 45 points as second place Stourbridge could only manage a losing draw at Attock! In addition, the First XI is currently top of the Birmingham and District’s ‘Team of the Year’, having amassed more points than any other team in the entire league. Next week the team is away to Tamworth.

Water Orton Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 8w 19b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
121 (32.0 overs)

Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tom Warner5.013300.006.60
Grant Thornton10.0335311.673.50
Nabeel Asghar11.011753.401.55
Faisal Khalid6.011628.002.67

Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 6b 4lb 
for 4 wickets

(27.4 overs)
Shabaaz Alam Caught  4
Jonathan Wigley Caught  43
Ollie Currill Lbw  8
David Bailey  
Lee Hopkins Not Out  25
Max Webber Not Out  21
Rob Williams   1
Grant Thornton  
Nabeel Asghar  
Faisal Khalid  
Tom Warner   1

Water Orton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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