Mashinge rounds off a fine season by leading Leamington to final-day win

Leamington ended an encouraging season with a three-wicket win at home to Oswestry on Saturday, earning eighth place in Division One of the Birmingham League as a result.

Perry Derrick comes close to picking up the wicket of Josh Darley. Picture: Morris Troughton

The team from close to the Welsh Borders chose to bat first on a good track and made a fast start through skipper Warrick Fynn and Joe Carrasco.

They added 40 before Matt Davison rearranged Fynn’s stumps when on 25.

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Carrasco was joined by Josh Darley and the score had moved to 112 when Will Mashinge had the opener caught one short of his half-century.

Roman Walker immediately increased the run rate as all of Leamington’s bowlers suffered.

Darley made a patient 34 and Josh Coleridge a rapid 
29 before Mashinge dismissed Walker for a fine 95 which included 17 boundaries.

Oswestry closed on an imposing 286 for five, with Mashinge and Davison having picked up two wickets apiece.

Despite an early wicket, Leamington made a promising start, reaching 72 before Waqar Ahmed was caught and bowled by Carrasco for 28.

Jon Wigley was Carrasco’s next victim for a well-made 51, bringing Mashinge to the crease.

He received vital support from Rob Williams (19) and Nabeel Asghar whose 40 came at better than a run-a-ball as Leamington progressed to 222 for five.

Mashinge was pacing his innings well and aided by a quickfire 22 from Chris Calcott, Oswestry’s total remained within reach.

The first ball of the 50th over disappeared over mid-wicket for six, leaving Mashinge unbeaten on 97 and Leamington home by three wickets.

It completed a fine season for Zimbabwean Mashinge who finished the league’s third highest run-scorer having compiled 768 runs at an average of 54.86, while also claiming 27 wickets.