September 27th, 2016

Levitt stars as Boars thrash Leamington

Levitt stars as Boars thrash Leamington Levitt stars as Boars thrash Leamington

JAYDEN Levitt and Alexei Kervezee piled on the runs for Bromsgrove as they thrashed Leamington Spa by 190 runs on Saturday.

Kervezee’s run of good form continued as he hit 61 but Levitt was the star with an unbeaten 137 from 101 balls as the Boars posted an impressive 348.

In reply, Nick Husbands took 4-51 while Graeme Whiles, Alex Wilkinson and Kervezee all claimed a brace of wickets as the hosts celebrated a fourth successive victory in Birmingham League Division One.

After moved up the order, Ryan Pedley would have been looking to stake his claim for a regular slot as opener, but his innings ended on eight as he was trapped LBW by Grant Thornton.

Despite the early set back, Bromsgrove appeared to have found their feet as Ashley Newfield and George Cracknell edged their side to 105-1.

However, in the space of a few ball this became 106-3 as Newfield (21) and Cracknell (21) were both removed to put Leamington back in the match.

This could have derailed Boars, but with Levitt and an in-form Kervezee at the crease, the visitors were soon on the back foot again.

The pair took Bromsgrove past 200 and 250 as they both notched up their half centuries. After their partnership was finally broken, with Kervezee being dismissed for 61, Tom Underhill and Adam Jones fell for ducks as Mohammed Faisal Khalid secured three quick wickets.

But Levitt remained resolute as he reached his century before Whiles (10) and Mark Evenson (2) were removed by Jonathan Wigley.

Thanks to the efforts of Levitt and Kervezee, all the momentum appeared to be with the home side as they made two early breakthroughs. Cracknell caught Zack Fagg (4) off the bowling of Wilkinson, while Wigley faced just eight balls with scoring a run before Wilkinson trapped him LBW.

With the score on 10-2, Leamington had it all to do, but matters did not get any better as Tom Lewis was dismissed before another two went, with David Bailey going for a duck to leave the visitors struggling on 88-5.

Lee Hopkins dug in, but Bromsgrove were proving too strong as they continued to pick up wickets to close in on victory. Kervezee removed Hopkins (24) before Husbands took three of the last four wickets, with Whiles taking the other.

Meanwhile, Bromsgrove Seconds kept up their slim hopes of promotion with a five-wicket victory at Berkswell. The home team batted first and were restricted to 189 with three wickets a piece from Ben Johnson and Tom Russell.

Lewis Cordes and Dave Collins then saw the Boars home, with the former finishing unbeaten on 49 and the latter ending on 30.

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