Fagg’s fifty is unable to prevent Spa going down to comprehensive defeat

A Leamington side missing four first XI regulars suffered a disappointing five-wicket defeat at the hands of visiting Old Hill in Birmingham League Division One.

Batting is thirsty work for Leamingtons Zack Fagg, who top-scored for his side side with 60. Picture: Morris Troughton
Batting is thirsty work for Leamingtons Zack Fagg, who top-scored for his side side with 60. Picture: Morris Troughton

After being put in, Leamington lost regular wickets on what was a decent cricket wicket.

A combination of poor shot selection and controversial umpiring decisions meant that despite Zack Fagg (60 off 46 balls) getting the innings off to a flyer, no one else in the home side was able to follow up his early example.

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Once Fagg departed, Leamington were unable to come to terms with the visiting attack as Howell (2-50) and Davenport (4-34) ensured the hosts posted a sub-par score of 192.

Rob Williams (33) and Vidhyesh Balasubramaniam (21) were the only other scores of note.

In reply, the visitors got off to a positive start and captain Cox (59), Patel (35) and Ahmed (33 not out) ensured there were no great alarms as Old Hill cantered to victory with five wickets and 14.1 overs to spare.

Matthew Davison (3-38) and Balasubramaniam (1-36) were the pick of the bowlers.

Leamington 2nds earned a surprisingly easy win at Barnt Green.

Batting first, Leamington made a solid start, passing 40 for the first wicket before the wheels fell off in dramatic fashion.

Green’s Aadil Rashid took three wickets they slumped to 66 for six.

Fortunately, Leamington bat all the way through the order and Jim Gethins set about restoring order.

He was supported by Tom Davison who made a cultured 39 and then Abdul Najam with 24.

Gethins took heavy toll on the change bowlers, ending with an excellent undefeated 91 as Leamington took tea on 255 for eight, a total boosted by 24 penalty runs awarded following Green’s funereal over rate.

Barnt Green made a fine start in response as openers Ramsey and Powell both passed 40.

Once they fell, Green’s resistance was only spasmodic as Gethins, Najam and all-rounder Steve Dyer tore through the middle order.

Najam impressed on his second team debut, taking four for 20 as Green folded to 174 all out with almost ten overs in hand.

Wicketkeeper Will Dixon claimed four victims.

A proficient performance from Leamington 4ths earned then a 154-run win over Ashton-under-Hill 2nds.

Batting first, Leamingto closed on 217 for nine with Liam Killian (54), Matthew Dale (38) and Shaun Williams (41) all contributing well.

For the second week running, Leamington’s catching and fielding was first class, with Shamir taking four wickets as Ashton were all out for 63.

Leamington moved into the semi-finals of the Coventry Charity Knockout with a five-wicket win at Highway.

The prolific Jamie March was the driving force in Highway’s daunting 171 for three, but Leamington rose to the challenge in fine style.

Lee Hopkins made an undefeated 60 and former Highway star Grant Thornton added a powerful 67 as they reached their target for the loss of five wickets.