Success secured by bowling double act
LEATHERHEAD enjoyed a comfortable afternoon at home to Walton-on-Thames on Saturday.
It was a tale of two bowlers for the home side as they inserted their opponents into bat first, with Jonathan Tribe accounting for the top order and Mike Nicol doing the damage at the bottom of the order.
Walton had actually started quite well with opening partnership Paul Bainbridge and James Godfrey putting on 47 for the first wicket.
Tribe had Godfrey caught for 29 and Alastair Stanley came and went soon after. Bainbridge became Tribe's third victim and Walton were suddenly 63-3.
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That turned to 67-4 when Mark Farrant snared the wicket of Mark Bainbridge for six.
Chris Harrison and Bilal Chohan put on 31 before the former was trapped lbw by Nicol with the score on 98.
Chohan and new partner Andrew Parkinson added another 24 runs for the next wicket, but, once they were separated, the innings capitulated.
The last five wickets were lost for the concession of just four runs with Nicol exacting a run out on the way to returning figures of 4-10, with Tribe just behind with 4-27.
It did not take long for Leatherhead to amass the required runs for the 13 points.
Joe Peak (52) and Matt Laidman (44) put on an opening stand of 85 before the latter was trapped lbw by John Fosbraey.
Peak and Nicol (18) departed, both with the score on 119, but Leatherhead were almost home and dry and Alex Thompson and captain Matt Joblin saw the job out with consummate ease.
This win ensures Leatherhead remain 13 points clear of their nearest rivals Worcester Park in the Division Two standings and have a 21-point gap to third-placed team Esher as their impressive opening to the season continues.