Phoenix 100 Club – June’s winner

The money’s been Nicked!

The June Draw for the Phoenix 100 Club was made earlier in the month for the monthly £25 prize.

The lucky winner whose number was drawn by Committee Member, Sam Leach, is:

13 – Nick Wright

Congratulations.

It’s the second time in three months that Nick’s  number has been drawn out of the barrel, the lucky man!

One loss, one win in T20 day.

Arden Sunday League T20 day

 

The Sunday XI had an entertaining day at Birmingham League Knowle & Dorridge’s ground as they participated in a triangular round of T20 matches between them, K & D and Midland Lankans in the Arden Sunday Cricket League T20 competition.

Underdogs, the Sunday XI lost against K & D but ended the day with a very good win over the Midland Lankans.

Sunday XI v. Knowle & Dorridge

K & D batted first and reached a very stiff 209-8 from their 20 overs as opener Janjua hit a blistering 111 as he and fellow opener, Murrow, 32 put on 131 for the 1st. wicket, the side’s only scores of note. The Kenilworth bowlers settled down into a good rhythm once the pair were out and wickets started to fall with Darius Potten-Ravenshad picking up 3-30 from his 4 overs and fellow spinner Jorjeet Singh 3-35 from his. There was a wicket a piece for Pat Howard and Henry Curran, whilst keeper Tom Booker took 3 catches behind the stumps.

Undaunted with the K & D total, the Kenilworth batsmen stayed positive throughout their innings as Chris Prophet and Booker put on 86 for the 1st wicket. After Prophet departed for 31, Booker continued on his way to a fine half century making 59 before he fell. However, K &D remained on top but Pat Howard was in dangerous form. However, in the last over the side needed 29 and this proved too much. Howard hit 3 sixes and ended the day unbeaten on 55 but his efforts were in vain as the Kenilworth side ended on 200-6 to lose by 9 runs.

 

Sunday XI v. Midland Lankans

In their second match of the day, the Sunday XI restricted Midland Lankans to 115-9 in their 20 over allocation as the side’s bowlers were on top throughout the innings. Only Joy at 8 made any contribution of note as he made 28 not out for the Lankans. Good bowling saw Steve Rhodes take 2-28, Matt Casey 2-14, Charlie Stranks 2-18, Potten-Ravenshad 2-13 and Henry Curran 1-23.

Booker then led the Kenilworth side to victory as they reached 117-5 in 18.1 overs to cap off a fine day for him as he hit his second half century of the day making a fine 67 not out. Curran chipped in with 16 and Prophet 12 in the side’s win as Lankans’ Saliya and Pasan both took 2-23 each and Arsha 1-19 to cap off a good and positive day for the Sunday XI.

Sunny and Henry see side home for 3rd win after spinners strike

1st. XI v. Moseley Ashfield

 

On Saturday 16th June, Kenilworth’s first team hosted Moseley Ashfield for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture.

Kenilworth invited the visitors to bat first, and Steve Rhodes soon had the visitors one down, clean bowling Ward for 2, the visitors then began to dig in, opener Thomas and number three Jeffries put on a stand of 48, before both fell in quick succession, Thomas for 27 and Jeffries for 22, Pemberton made 14 and Qumor 36, but Ashfield struggled after they were out. The visitors unable to bat their fifty overs, all out for just 134 in the 41st over. Along with the wicket from Rhodes (1 for 28 from 7 overs), it was the spinning duo of Jorjeet Singh and Darius Potten Ravenshad who did all the damage, both bowlers taking four wickets each, Singh having outstanding figures of 4 for 19 from 8.1 overs and Potten Ravenshad with 4 for 31 from 12 tidy overs, two catches for Chris Prophet and a run from Adie Sellar, Kenilworth enjoyed a great day in the field.

Kenilworth had a terrible start in reply, losing Sellar without scoring, 0 for 1. When Chris Prophet fell for 5 Kenilworth were I trouble at 18 for 2, Sunny Ahmed and Tom Booker took the score to 44, before Booker fell for 10, the home sides innings in the balance at 44 for 3. Two more home wickets fell, Kenilworth now 71 for 5, but Ahmed was still at the crease, and was joined by Henry Curran, the adding a valuable partnership of 49 for the 6th wicket, Sunny Ahmed dismissed for a superb innings of 70, his innings having 8 x 4 and 2 x 6. That partnership almost getting the home side to victory at 120 for 6, one more wicket for the visitors, but Curran with a fine 31 not out saw his side home on 138 for 7 in the 37th over.

Kenilworth the winners by three wickets on a day that the Club hosted its Old Players’ Reunion and brought much added celebrations all round.

Jeffries with 4 for 40 from ten overs and Carey taking 2 for 41 off eleven the pick of the Ashfield bowling.
Kenilworth take 20 points for their third win in a row.

 

2’s hang on for winning draw after Stranks’ century

2nd XI v. Weoley Hill

Kenilworth’s second team travelled to Birmingham side Weoley Hill for their Warwickshire Division Seven fixture on Saturday 16th June and narrowly achieved a winning draw in a high scoring match win two centurions in the match.

Visitors Kenilworth were asked to bat first, openers Mark Stranks and captain Dan Horner strode to the middle for the visitors, Horner was the first wicket to fall with the score on ten, Horner making 8. Young batsman George Baines joined Stranks at the crease, the pair began to build a partnership together, both players finding the boundary, along with plenty of good running, the pair looked in like making the decision to put them in a bad one. After the two players had got the score to 148, Baines was out for a fine innings of 40, the pair added a brilliant 138 runs together.
George Boylin added a brisk 16 in a stand of 21 with Stranks, James Adamson 4 and Charlie Stranks 6, as the home side reduced the visitors to 195 for 5, Mark Stranks was still going strong, bringing up yet another century, finally being out for a quite brilliant 114, his innings having 14 x 4. David Barclay weighed in with a quick fire 44 not out, along with Elliot Haynes Sorrell 11 not out, the visitors Kenilworth finishing on a very decent 267 for 7 from their fifty overs.

For Weoley Hill, Luhar taking 4 for 45 from nine overs and McConvery with 2 for 46 from eleven overs, the best of the home sides bowling.

Weoley Hill openers Grant and Crathorne put a steady opening partnership together, before Max Howard removed Grant for 15 with the score on 74, Luhar joined Ross McConvery, and kept their side in the hunt, taking the score to 124, adding 50 together before Luhar fell to the spin of Chris Beach for 23, like Stranks on the Kenilworth innings, McConvery was showing a big hand for his side.  A wicket for Charlie Stranks left the home side on 134 for 3, then 169 for 4. Two wickets for Max Howard with the score on 191, left the game in the balance at 191 for 6. Another wicket each for Charlie Stranks and Max Howard, the home side now 245 for 8, but McConvery was still their, ending up not out on 147, a brilliant effort for his side, but Weoley Hill fell narrowly just short on 259 for 8 from their fifty overs, a winning draw for Kenilworth saw them collect 17 points for their efforts.

Kenilworth bowling honours went to Max Howard with 4 for 76 from 9 overs, Charlie Stranks 3 for 66 and 1 for 47 from twelve overs for Chris Beach.

All in all a great game of cricket, with father and son Stranks excelled for Kenilworth.

 

 

3rds hold their nerves to secure a 2 run win

3rd XI v. Earlswood IV

On Saturday 16th June, Kenilworth’s Thirds travelled to Earlswood for the second time in two weeks for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture, looking to make it back to back wins there. They held their nerves and so did in an absorbing final over finish.

As per the other fixture, skipper Sam Leach lost the toss and his side were asked to bat again.

Openers Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry strode to the wicket, after a steady start, both openers fell with the score on 25. Then, at the crease were Andy Dadswell and Nigel Thompson, both players looked to be positive until Dadswell fell to a sharp catch at slip for 11, the score now 48 for 3 that brought  Jack Howard in to join Thompson. There was sensible batting, hitting the bad ball and rotating the strike saw pair add a fine 95 together, before Howard fell one after reaching a fine 50, his innings including 8 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth well placed at 35 overs on 143 for 4. Next man in Tom Anscombe hit a sublime cover drive for four first ball, before he fell for 14 with the score on 164 for 5. Ed Smith was the new man in, he began to up the tempo, a typical Smith power innings of 27 not out, along with Thompson who was unbeaten on 61 (7 x 4), Kenilworth finished on 212 for 5 from their forty five over allocation. For Earlswood, Ben Fitzgerald took 2 for 45 from ten overs.

After the players enjoyed another quality Earlswood tea, the home side went in search of 213. Matt Dadswell and Ed Smith opened the attack for the visitors Kenilworth, and both claimed an early wicket each, both to slip catches from skipper Sam Leach, the first of Smith an absolute screamer, the home side 13 for 2. Another wicket for Smith saw the home side tottering on 36 for 3, but with a dark cloud appearing from nowhere, the players were forced off, as a twenty minute cloud burst saw the teams leaving the field after 11.2 overs.

After the rain had stopped, both sided agreed a start and revised total, this was now 180 off 38 overs for the win. With the wet ball, Leach made an immediate change at both ends, spinners Geoff Edmunds and Tom Skinner replaced Dadswell and Smith. This put the brakes on the home side, both picking up early wickets, Earlswood now 88 for 5 after 19 overs. The pair bowled 19 overs between them, leaving Skinner with one left.

Edmunds was in miserly form, he was to keep taking wickets, one of which was due to a spectacular two handed diving catch from Tom Anscombe, backed by his enthusiastic celebration. Edmunds returned excellent figures of 4 for 21 from ten quality overs. The home side in trouble on 95 for 7, but Thorne was being a thorn in the side for Kenilworth, while he was there they still had hope. After two overs from Jack Howard, skipper Leach turned to Skinner to bowl his last and the penultimate over, the home side 15 away from victory, but Skinner tempted Thorne down the wicket, only to be stumped by Andy Dadswell for 37, Earlswood 169 for 9.

Down to the last over, eleven needed for the home side, Ed Smith to bowl, after a four singles and a two, Earlswood needed five off the last ball, they only managed two, ending on 177 for 9, Kenilworth the winners by a narrow two runs, a great game of cricket from both sides sees Kenilworth rewarded with a 21 point win. Other wicket takers after Edmunds were, Ed Smith with 2 for 48 from ten overs, Tom Skinner 2 for 53 from ten overs and Matt Dadswell with 1 for 19 off six overs.

A very solid team performance with a happy outcome for the side.