Tamworth v Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 21 Jun 2014 at 12.00
Match was Drawn 14 points

Match report Leamington maintained their outstanding start to the season after holding their nerve to come away from Tamworth with a hard-fought winning draw.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, the visitors could not have got off to a better start as Shahbaz Alam and Jonathan Wigley put on a magnificent 161 for the opening partnership as they ran the home side ragged through a combination of quick singles and lusty blows. Wigley eventually fell for 80, well caught in the deep, but the visitors maintained their momentum as David Bailey (24) and Mark Ashcroft (30) helped take Leamington to a formidable 280-6 off their 55 overs. The star of the show, however, was Alam who, despite being short of runs so far this season, showed his class once again with a wonderful 111. For the home side, captain Mike Talbot returned figures of 4-67.

In reply, despite losing Orton early LBW to Tom Warner for 7, the home side got off to a flyer as Talbot (45) and Flower (42) set about the large run chase. Even after Talbot and Flower were out to Grant Thornton and Faisal Khalid respectively, the home side kept coming at the visitors as the experienced Stuart Burrows was joined by former Worcestershire player, Jack Manuel. Mark Ashcroft then clean bowled Manuel for (22) and when Bailey superbly ran out Burrows for 55, the visitors felt they were well and truly in the driving seat. This wasn't the case as the game continued to ebb and flow and with Tamworth requiring 80 off the last 10 overs they then whittled it down to needing 11 off the last over. Grant Thornton was given the task of bowling the last over and in a very tense finish, he held his nerve as the visitors fell just short by 3 runs, meaning Leamington took the majority of the points with a winning draw. The result was harsh on McNulty who contributed a brilliant 45* to nearly guide his side home. For Leamington, the pick of the bowlers were Faisal Khalid (1-39) and Mark Ashcroft (2-65).

The result means that Leamington are still unbeaten this season and with Stourbridge losing to Eastnor, Leamington's lead at the top of the table has now extended to 54 points

Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1w 4b 4lb 
for 6 wickets

(55.0 overs)
Shabaaz Alam st Maddox b Talbot 111
Jonathan Wigley ct Manuel b Burrows 80
David Bailey lbw Talbot 24 1
Mark Ashcroft ct Manuel b Twigger 30
Lee Hopkins ct Nield b Talbot 10
Max Webber Not Out  10 1
Grant Thornton st Maddox b Talbot 0 1
Rob Williams Not Out  6
Tom Warner  
Nabeel Asghar  
Faisal Khalid  

Tamworth Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Tamworth Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
5w 10b 9lb 
for 6 wickets
277 (55.0 overs)
Talbot ct Webber b Thornton 45
Orton lbw Warner 7
Flower lbw Khalid 42
Burrows run out (Bailey) 55
Manuel b Ashcroft 22
Maddox ct Thornton b Ashcroft 15
McNulty Not Out  45
Nield Not Out  22

Leamington Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tom Warner10.0166166.006.60
Grant Thornton13.0064164.004.92
Faisal Khalid14.0339139.002.79
Nabeel Asghar5.012400.004.80
Mark Ashcroft13.0165232.505.00