Maynard century helps Wellesbourne gain quickfire revenge on Leamington

Leamington 3rds wicketkeeper Matt Dale celebrates after the dismissal of Harry Jackman. Picture: Morris Troughton
Leamington 3rds wicketkeeper Matt Dale celebrates after the dismissal of Harry Jackman. Picture: Morris Troughton

An excellent century from Gary Maynard enabled Bourne to record a 28-run victory over Leamington 3rds at Loxley Close and gain some revenge for the previous week’s loss to the same opponents.

In another excellent game of cricket between two well-matched sides, the visitors won the toss and put Bourne in to bat.

Openers Gary Maynard and Nick Gabbett got off to a flying start with both players peppering the boundary and running well between the wickets.

Maynard then began to dominate the partnership, soon completing his half -century.

The century stand was brought up in the 16th over, with one Jack Hawkes over going for 17 runs.

Their partnership was broken at 116 when Gabbett was trapped lbw by Dave Lord for 25 and John Edden followed on 141 when he played on to Tom Davison.

Maynard continued to score freely and reached a deserved century before departing stumped by Matt Dale off Lord for 106 with the score on 156.

Bourne then lost their momentum as the Leamington slow bowlers took control, with the scoring rate dropping dramatically as wickets fell.

Harry Jackman was next to go when Hawkes caught him off Lord, who then grabbed his fourth wicket when he bowled Jamie Maynard for 12.

Hawkes then got in on the act, bowling both Dave Barnett and Travis Butcher and having John Smith lbw to reduce the home side to 203 for eight.

Tom Shearsby (23) and Tom Stephenson (21 not out) rallied the innings in the final stages, with the innings closing on 240 for nine.

Hawkes finished with four for 36, Lord four for 43 and Davison one for 36.

Leamington openers Liam Killian and Jim Cowan began their innings in similar fashion to Wellesbourne’s, with runs quick in coming.

The duo both brought up half-centuries as Leamington moved into three figures before Bourne made the breakthrough in the 21st over.

With the total on 121, Cowan was bowled by Jamie Maynard for 53 and Bourne’s slow bowlers then began to cause Leamington problems.

Killian was well caught in the deep by Butcher off Jackman for a fine 60 and Tom Davison (20) was smartly caught by Jamie Maynard off Jackman.

However, Leamington still seemed in control as they reached 170 for three before some fine fielding from Stephenson and Jackman resulted in Billy Hallett being run out going for a risky third run.

When Jackman took his third wicket, having Hawkes caught by Stephenson for 23, Bourne now sensed a chance.

Stephenson removed Williams caught and bowled before he had Lord stumped by Barnett for 11 and suddenly Leamington were 193 for seven with the run rate rising.

Bourne kept the pressure on and the eighth wicket fell when Mark Davison was caught at long-off by Gary Maynard off Stephenson and the innings closed shortly after on 212 for eight.

Jackman (3-35), Stephenson (3-49) and Jamie Maynard (1-36) took the bowling honours for Bourne, who lie second in the Cotswold Hills Premier Division, 19 points behind leaders Exhall and Wixford.