THE LONG wait for a first league win in 2016 finally came to an end for struggling Leamington after they claimed a nail-biting one wicket victory at home to Ombersley in the Birmingham Premier League.
Batting first, the Worcestershire side made a positive start before youngster Matthew Davison dismissed both Liam Gwynne and Jack Haynes.
Frederick Wynn and Nick Hammond took the total past 100 before Nabeel Asghar ended the latter’s bright knock of 31. Wynn was next to go after becoming Davison’s third victim for a well-made 70.
Ombersley’s middle order pressed on with all batters making solid contributions, though Leamington’s bowlers ensured the scoring was kept in check.
A late flourish from Jack park and Arti Foaz saw Ombersley take tea on an impressive 259 for 6 with Davison being the pick of Leamington’s attack with figures of 3 for 62.
At first, Leamington’s response suggested the match would go the way of most others this season as Wynn and Ed Baylis each took two victims to leave Leamington reeling on 19 for 4.
Stand-in skipper Jon Wigley took root however and the ship was steadied somewhat with support from Adeel Sajid and Billy Hallett.
Baylis removed both however and Leamington were staring down the barrel once again at 73 for 6.
Wigley was playing nicely however and he was joined by keeper Nathan Hooker in a stand of 139 that brought Leamington back in the game.
Both batted with tempo ensuring the run rate of just over five an over was maintained but with the winning post in sight, the match turned once more as Hooker was dismissed by the returning Wynn for 70 and Wigley followed soon after bowled for a fine 97.
A third quick wicket saw Leamington’s last pair at the crease with over 40 runs required but with overs in hand, the youth of Davison and experience of Neil Smith saw Leamington work positively towards the target.
Smith eschewing quick singles hit five boundaries in making an unbeaten 23, supporting Davison’s 20 not out as Leamington scraped home by one wicket with two overs to spare.
Ombersley’s opening bowlers Baylis and Wynn each took four wickets, but the honours deservedly went to a jubilant Leamington, for the first time this season.