Lewis brothers play leading roles in Leamington win

Following last year’s friendly in London, Hampstead CC and actor-chairman Jim Carter made the journey north to Leamington for the reverse fixture at Arlington Road.

Batting first, Leamington built their score of 260 for nine around a superb 77 from captain for the day, Mark Lewis.

Lewis batted positively throughout, hitting frequent boundaries off his legs. He was well supported by contributions from younger brother Tom (34) and Alex Phillips and Jason Young (both scoring 29).

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Young, making his first appearance since returning from Kenilworth Wardens, shared the new ball with Tom Lewis and the pair soon had Hampstead reeling at 37 for four.

A wicket each for James Uddin and David Bailey then saw Hampstead fall to 64 for six before a torrential downpour resulted in six overs being lost.

Once the rain subsided, Hampstead rallied, with captain Joe Cotterill making 49 and Lombard 33.

Lewis and Young pushed for the victory but Hampstead held on, finishing on 178 for nine.

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Young (12-2-46-3) and Lewis (12-2-30-3) were the pick of the bowlers, while Leamington were excellent in the field, with Michael Balac taking two superb leg-side stumpings.

Leamington 2nds lost a close contest to their Hampstead counterparts on the second pitch.

Spa’s challenging total of 281 for seven in 50 overs was built on 83 from Dave Hawkes supported by an excellent 64 from Jon Allcock.

Leamington old boy Ross Antrobus led Hampstead’s response with a well-crafted century, making 106 before departing LBW to Darrel Williams.

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Despite three wickets for Jack Hawkes and two for Lee Credgington, Hampstead secured a two-wicket victory with two overs to spare.

Earlier in the week, a young Leamington side played host to Oxford Brookes University.

Leamington amassed 320 for seven in 40 overs, led by 100 from David Bailey and 70 from Lee Hopkins.

The University were dismissed for 161, with three wickets for Jack Hawkes and two apiece for debutant Darrel Williams and Joe Jones.

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Leamington’s 3rds travelled to Rowington to play the villagers’ 1st XI and came away with a 30-run victory.

Leamington made 202 for nine in 40 overs. Connor Grant, Harry Philpot and Josh Emery all passed 20 as did late-order batters Gaurav Gandecha and Pardeep Kumar.

Gandecha and Asad Ullah, who took two wickets each, were the pick of the Leamington bowlers as Rowington replied with 172 for eight.