Best efforts not enough for Spa

25/07 Updated: 25/07 15:13

STRUGGLING Leamington failed to ease their Birmingham League Premier Division relegation fears after slipping to a six wicket defeat at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry, used wicket which looked likely to deteriorate as the match went on.

However, things did not quite go to plan as Leach and Barnard picked up one wicket apiece with the new ball to leave Leamington 16 for 2.

Mark Best 35 and Tom Lewis 19 took the score to 53 before the introduction of off-spinner Rob Foster turned the game on its head.

The Spa batsmen were unable to cope with the lavish turn. Sam Cheshire 17 did his best to take Leamington to a competitive score but Foster returned match-winning figures of 6-20 from 9.1 overs as the innings terminated on 114.

Leamington opted to open with Warwickshire spinner Paul Best and the decision paid dividends as he returned fine figures of 4-37 off 17 overs.

But Spa were unable to remove the excellent Bishop 52no who carried his bat and ensured Shrewsbury reached 118 for 4.

The 2nds held on for a draw against their Shrewsbury counterparts at Arlington Avenue.

Shrewsbury were dismissed for 234 with the promising 16-year-old seam duo of Paul Lawrence 3-39 and Will Field 2-59 the most successful bowlers.

Veteran opener Dave Hawkes 75 and Mark Lewis 44 took the reply to a healthy 130 for 1 after 30 overs.

But once they were parted wickets were given away with Jack Hawkes 10 and Darrel Williams 15no helping Spa close on 179 for 9.

The 3rds eased to a seven wicket Cotswold Hills League victory at Overbury.

The home side were restricted to 127 for 9 with Lee Credgington and Chris Stearn bagging three wickets apiece, while Jason Butler grabbed two in successive balls towards the end of the innings.

Stearn got the reply off to a bright start but his dismissal heralded a typical Leamington wobble.

Jack Bewick 32no and Liam Killian 42no joined forces to share in a match-winning fourth wicket partnership.

The 4ths played their first home league match of a wet season, and celebrated with a comfortable win over Mickleton.

The visitors were dismissed for a paltry 86, which Leamington sailed past for the loss of four wickets.

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