Leigh’s 1st XI began their busy weekend with a seven wicket victory over Hightown on Saturday at Beech Walk.
Invited to bat first, Hightown’s batsmen defended well and frustrated Leigh’s bowlers, progressing the score to 70 for no loss. However, Leigh’s bowlers remained patient and were rewarded when Hamish Kingston claimed two wickets in as many balls to swing the momentum in to his sides favour.
Wickets then began to fall at regular intervals as Hightown’s batsmen could no longer resist Leigh’s accurate bowling and improved fielding. Kingston claimed two further wickets and was well supported by Richard Dempster (2-27) and Mattie McKiernan (2-46). The visitors were then dismissed for 159, which seemed a little below par in conditions appropriate for batting.
In reply, Leigh’s opening pair dominated. Stroke play of the highest order resulted in the 50 partnership being brought up inside the first seven overs. A hiccup at 61-2 was soon erased, new batsmen Chris Riley (35) and Hamish Kingston tallying 90 for the third wicket. The latter continued to be the aggressor and the Tasmanian raised his bat for a better than a run a ball maiden century. Leigh won the match and began the weekend as desired.
On Sunday Leigh sent to a weakened and inexperienced side to Bootle in the quarter final of the league cup and found themselves fielding first on a good wicket in sunny conditions. Most of the Leigh bowlers suffered at the hands of aggressive batting from Bootle who made 336 for 6 from their 45 overs with 3 of their batsmen passing 50. Mattie McKiernan took 3 wickets and Hamish Kingston 2 wickets, but Chris Melia was the pick of the bowlers going for just 30 runs in his 9 overs, In reply any hopes of a successful run chase were quickly dashed as Leigh slumped to 54 for 3. Kingston again played a magnificent innings hitting an unbeaten century for the second successive day. He was well supported by Martyn Glover who made 31 on his 1st X1 debut and Tony Atkin and Hamish Kingston came off with Leigh well short but heads held high at 188 for 6.