No joy for the Firsts

1st XI v. Dunlop Stars

 

On Saturday 26th May, Kenilworth hosted  Dunlop Stars for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture.

Kenilworth were put in to bat first, openers Dave Edmunds and Adie Sellar made a solid start, the pair making 49, before Edmunds was dismissed for 23, his innings including one massive six, after he was out, Kenilworth lost two more quick wickets, slipping to 53 for 3, Sellar also out after making 19.

A cameo from Henry Curran, who made 21 and 16 from Mark Stranks steadied the home side, but the home side were struggling against the Dunlop bowlers, three more wickets left Kenilworth on 100 for 6. Batting at number eight, Steve Rhodes made 13, but the home side were to be all out in the 47th over for a below par score of 135.
For Dunlop Stars, Mahmood took 4 for 22 from ten overs and Hafiz 3 for 22 from nine overs, proving to be too good for the home sides batsmen.

In reply, Dunlop openers looked to make a fast start in their reply, they did lose an early wicket with the score on 22, Afzal caught behind by Dan Horner off Steve Rhodes for just 2. That would be the only success for the home side’s bowlers, as Baber and Azim plundered the home bowling to all parts, Baber being particularly aggressive, he finished unbeaten on 83 and number three Azim unbeaten on 31 Dunlop Stars finishing on 136 for 1 in only twenty seven overs, winning by nine wickets, Steve Rhodes with 1 for 36 from six overs, the only success for the home team.
Kenilworth taking just a single point for their efforts.

 

 

Can’t quite hang on at Wishaw

2nd XI v Wishaw

Kenilworth seconds travelled to Wishaw for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture on Saturday 26th May.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked the home side Wishaw to bat first. Opening bowler Joey Poole was soon worrying the home batsmen, striking early with some quality seam bowling. Opener Shahid was holding firm, he went on to make a solid 32, but it was Stonehouse, batting at number four who was to be the rock in his sides innings, he went on to record a fine half century, before eventually being out for 63. Ball with 25 helped his side get to end of their fifty overs with 176 for 9. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Joey Poole with a superb 4 for 26 off eleven overs, spinners Charlie Stranks with 3 for 42 off twelve overs and Chris Beach 2 for 36 off eleven overs.

After the tea interval, key Kenilworth’s opening pair Elliot Haynes Sorrell and Danny Boneham began the run chase, the pair put on 19 together, before Sorrell was dismissed for 10. George Baines joined Boneham, again another partnership was broken just as it looked like the visitors were on track, the pair putting on 31, before Boneham fell for 19 with the score on fifty. Baines was now joined by Jack Howard, again another partnership was building, the score was on 80 when Howard was out for 13, adding 30. Baines soon followed for 23, and two more quick wickets fell, meant Kenilworth were up against it now on 101 for 6, still needing 71 for the outright win.

The visitors continued to struggle against the Wishaw bowling, and lost their last four wickets for only 24 more runs, all out for 125 in the 49th over, just eight balls from securing the draw. Joey Poole stood firm, added to his fine bowling with 16 not out. Smith with 4 for 24 being the pick of the Wishaw bowling, the home side winning by 51 runs, Kenilworth taking 5 points.

 

Leach and Machin hold their nerves to secure a tense one wicket win

3rd XI v. Ashton under Hill

 

On Saturday 26th May, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Ashton under Hill seconds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Seven fixture at their Harbury ground. The match turned out to be a very low scoring affair with Kenilworth’s last pair of Sam Leach and young Will Machin holding their nerves to secure a well deserved win against table topping Ashton, the Club’s first win a across all sides for two weekends.

 
Home captain invited the visitors Ashton to bat first, new ball pair of Ed Smith and George Boylin began with pace and aggression, Smith striking first, the visitors 9 for 1, not to be outdone, Boylin reducing the visitors to 16 for 2, also bowling the visitors top order middle stump. A partnership of 23, saw Ashton to 39, before Smith struck the woodwork again, 39 for 3, this was 44 for 4 when Boylin repeated the dose, two fine seven over spells each. If Ashton thought it would get easier when the change bowling arrived, they were wrong, Max Howard replaced Smith, he too got in on the act via a catch from Smith at cover, Skipper Leach replaced Boylin, Leach soon found the stumps, Ashton now 60 for 6. Young Will Machin then replaced Howard and he also got amongst the wickets, three clean bowled and a catch for keeper Andy Dadswell behind, as the visitors were all out in a flash in side thirty one overs for 97. Wicket takers Ed Smith 2 for 29, George Boylin 2 for 13, both off seven overs, Max Howard 1 for 15, Sam Leach 1 for 13, but young Will Machin taking the last four wickets, finishing with a superb 4 for 15 off 3.2 overs.

After tea, Kenilworth had 59 overs to get the 98 needed for victory, openers Matt Dadswell and Uma Shanker strode to the wicket, but when Dadswell fell for 5 and Shanker for 1, the home side in trouble at 6 for 2. Boylin fell to a sharp catch for 4, Kenilworth now 21 for 3, soon became 26 for 4 then 41 for 5, this game was now in the balance, Tom Anscombe batting at three, was standing firm, soaking up the overs, ten from Nigel Thompson, and Kenilworth now 59 for 6, Andy Dadswell with 15, Anscombe’s long vigil ended for 12 in thirty five overs (!!) , the score now 87 for 8 and on a knife edge, Ed Smith joined skipper Sam Leach, but fell quickly, now 91 for 9, seven runs needed as last man Will Machin joined Leach, Machin survived the over, Leach taking a two then a single, 95 for 9, with Leach on strike to the leg spinner Perks, and three needed, Leach calmly lifted the spinner over wide mid on for a six to win the game in the 48th over of 59.

 

Kenilworth finishing on 101 for 9, to win a brilliant game of cricket by one wicket, well played all.
Wicket takers for Ashton were Archer 3 for 17 off ten overs, Garland 2 for 16 off ten overs and spinner Perks with 2 for 22 off 9.2 overs.

Kenilworth take 18 points for their fine efforts.

Images of the Club

Drone Images

Yesterday (23rd. May 2018), the below images were taken at the Club by an outside company using a drone and they have kindly sent them to the Club as a gesture of thanks for using our location to capture images of the neighbouring area.

The images are truly stunning.

Views of the Club and Ground as never seen before.

They show how fortunate we are to have such a fine playing facility and grounds staff who maintain the Ground for players, spectators and Members and whom are ALL volunteers.

Our continued thanks go to them.

Enjoy the magnificent photographic images.

 

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Death of Vice President member and former Player

Brian Hughes

It is with great sadness that I have been informed by his daughter, that Brian Hughes, a Vice President Member and former Player, died on May 20th.

He was living in Norfolk in recent years.

He was Deputy Head of Abbey High School in Kenilworth (whilst I and several Club members of my generation were at school there). We called him ‘Boz’. A great bloke but scary to us kids!

It is just over 50 years since he and his family moved to Kenilworth where he quickly became a member of Kenilworth Cricket Club, playing many matches for Club over a number of years and became a Club Stalwart. By all accounts he was a vicious in swinging and pacy bowler in his day.

Cricket was a lifelong interest of his and I am told he was still watching cricket on the TV shortly before he died.

I know that several ‘older’ members will know Brian well, some even worked with him. I have his daughter’s email address, if needed.

I have asked for details of his funeral which I will send out in due course.

I have passed on the Club’s condolences and thoughts to Brian’s family at this sad and difficult time for them.

 

Andy Smith
Hon. Secretary
Kenilworth Cricket Club