A fun time had amongst friends


On Sunday, 15th September, we at Kenilworth Cricket Club played host for a six-a-side cricket tournament. The weather could not have been better all day as the sun was out and the clouds stayed away, perfect for a day of cricket. The tournament contained 5 teams: KCC ‘A’, KCC ‘B’, KCC under 15s, Leek Wootton, and Steve’s VI.

It all kicked off just after 11am in beautiful conditions, with a game between KCC ‘A’ and KCC under 15s, in which KCC ’A’ came out on top, however there would be some strange results later. As in the final game of the day, KCC ‘A’ were comprehensively beaten by KCC ‘B’, who had previously been beaten by KCC under 15s in the early afternoon.

The whole day proved to be as evenly balanced as possible, as incredibly every single team managed to win two games and lose two games. Looking at how all the teams played and the good spirit that was shown amongst all players, it was only fair that we concluded the tournament as a five-way tie, as we didn’t think it was fair to award the win on number of boundaries hit. It was enjoyable to see people of all ages playing, with the ages of the players ranging from 13 to 55.

A special thanks is in order for Hannah, Geoff, Jonty and others who volunteered to work the bar, umpire and score the matches throughout the day, as without these people the day would not have been possible. Thank you also to those who played and to those who came to watch, as you all made it a great atmosphere to be a part of.

It was a great way to round off the 2019 season, we might just have to do it again next year…!!


As the season comes to an end ……………..

Housing Development – September 2019 update


As the 2019 season has now finally ended, for those who have not been down to the Club in the past two weeks, the building work has now started in the Southern Field adjoining our beloved Ground, following clearance of the vegetation there. By the time the season starts again in April 2020, the area will undoubtedly be transformed further and forever with new neighbours.

Footings and brick work have started to be laid for the first 7 dwellings nearest to the Warwick Road side.

The Eastern Field is also being cleared of vegetation and levelled in preparation of further building work starting, in due course.

Members will be kept updated as to its progress over the winter months, mainly with posts being made onto Social Media and in particular on our Facebook page and Facebook Group – which are both in the club’s name, as well as by email or by posts on here if there is anything major that members should be made aware of, such as news of the paladin security fencing, of the ball stop netting that awaits installation, piping and the dismantling of the disused stable block that adjoins our car parking area.

The Reserved Matters/full planning application for the remainder of the (up to!) 118 dwellings has yet to be heard by the Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee (application reference numbers W/17/2150 and W/19/0784) for final permissions and discharge of any conditions.

Documents associated with the development can be found on the Council Planning portal under the above numbers and also under W/19/0322 (which is the one for the 7 dwellings currently being built).

Liaison continues with Bovis Homes over numerous matters by the Club and by its independent Chartered Surveyor that we have engaged.

Last week’s image of the commencement of the dwelling nearest to the Ground is below:




The boys do it!

1st. XI v. Kings Heath




Kenilworth WIN to survive relegation in a tactical declaration match.


With Division 1 survival in the Warwickshire County Cricket League at stake for both sides in their crucial final match of the season,  Kenilworth needed 3 points to condemn King’s Heath to relegation and it was a stunning 93 run 3rd. wicket partnership between Chris Prophet and Dave Edmunds who both stood firm under immense pressure to set up a Kenilworth victory  and break King’s Heath’s hearts after they had tactically declared.

The day started with Kenilworth in 10th. spot 22 points ahead of 11th. placed King’s Heath in a match where a maximum of 24 points were available dependant on the toss and 23 points ahead of bottom placed Water Orton, meaning that two of the three sides were going to drop into Division 2 by the end of the day.

The coin came down in King’s Heath’s favour who chose to bat – otherwise the match would have become a dead rubber had they lost the toss and would have condemned them to automatic relegation before the match had even started.

Their openers put on 34 for the first wicket before Sunny Ahmed bowled Langham-Walsh for 20. A 46 run 2nd. wicket partnership then took the side to 80-2 before Louw fell for 34 when Matt Casey took the catch off Henry Curran’s bowling. King’s Heath then found themselves at 96-3 as opener McKeever fell after posting 30, caught by Curran off Joe Atkinson’s bowling before a 4th. wicket partnership of 55 between Bird who made an unbeaten 51 and Baker then took the side to 151-4 before Ahmed bowled Baker for 10. King’s Heath then tactically declared at the fall of the wicket after 38.3 overs. Ahmed took 2-33, Atkinson 1-40 and Curran 1-44 whilst opener Steve Rhodes, although wicketless, conceded only 28 runs in his 8 overs opening burst.

Home skipper, Pete Magafas opened with Adie Sellar who fell LBW for 2 with the score on 20-1. He was then joined by Chris Prophet. The pair went onto put 35 together for the second wicket before Magafas departed for 30 (3 x 4, 1 x 6).  Dave Edmunds then joined Prophet and the pair started to build a strong partnership together. Several bowling changes were made by King’s Heath as they sought a breakthrough. However, both remained steadfast, solidly batting together for 26 overs, dampening the King’s Heath’s spirits and took the side to the brink of victory as they shared in a superb 93 run third wicket partnership. With the score onto 148, 4 away from victory, Edmunds fell for 48, after hitting 8 boundaries in his 78 ball knock. A couple more quick wickets then fell to increase the tension including Prophet’s, whose resolute innings of 51 finally came to an end after 118 balls in which he had hit 9 boundaries with the side finding themselves on 149-5.

However, a huge sigh of relief was breathed as Tom Booker and Atkinson took Kenilworth over the winning line and score the next 3 priceless runs to ensure that the side reached 152-5 in 44.3 overs to secure Kenilworth’s Division 1 status for next season after an intense and pressure filled day from start to finish.

A game played in great atmosphere and spirits by both sides and a credit to both clubs and to cricket, heightened by King’s Heath tactical declaration in their attempt to stave off relegation but it was Kenilworth’s day thanks, in the main, to Prophet and Edmunds with the bat as they remain in Division 1 for another year, which is in itself an achievement as the side started their campaign at the beginning of the season as the lowest ranked team of the 12 sides in a very tough and competitive Division.


King’s Heath 151-4 off 38.3 overs DECLARED  (Sunny Ahmed 2-33, Joe Atkinson 1-40 and Henry Curran 1-44) – 4 points

Kenilworth 152-5 (44.3 overs) (Pete Magafas 30, Chris Prophet 51 and Dave Edmunds 48 who shared in a 93 run match winning 3rd. wicket partnership) – 24 points.





Weoley Hill too strong for the 2’s

2nd  XI v. Weoley Hill




The Seconds rounded off their 2019 season with defeat in the Warwickshire County Cricket League in their final Division 8 League match on Saturday 14th. September as they travelled to Weoley Hill.

Batting first, the side made steady progress with the top five all reaching double figures with Ben Maney top scoring with 26 , hitting 4 boundaries and Dave Gamble 20 (2 x 4). Maney had shared in a 38 run partnership with Will Machin who was run out for 14 with a direct hit as the pair tried to steal a quick single. Darius Potten-Ravenshad made 12 and fellow opener Dan Roden 13. The mid order did not add much and from 105-5 the side slumped to 111 all out losing their last 5 wickets for only 6 runs with the damage being caused by spinners Brown who took 4-24 and Cole with 3-10.

In reply, a strong Weoley Hill side strolled to an 8 wicket victory inside 27 overs as they chased down the target reaching 112-2 with ease as Appleby hit an unbeaten 63 and Crathawn 27 despite Gamble taking 1-25 from his spell and Dan Barrie 1-19 thanks to a fine catch in the deep by Tom Skinner from his first ball bowled.

A decent season for the side that introduced numerous younger players into senior cricket throughout the season.


Sunday XI sign off their season with a win

Sunday XI v. Harborne




On a glorious sunny Sunday 8th September, Kenilworth entertained Birmingham outfit Harborne for a forty over a side friendly. The final Sunday match of the 2019 season and Kenilworth the last over winners. 

Visitors Harborne won the toss and elected to bat first, Clarke and Bains the opening combination for Harborne, Matt Dadswell opened up for Kenilworth from the pavilion end, his opening partner young Daniel Barrie, and it was Barrie who struck with his second ball, having Bains caught at slip by Matt Casey for 4, the visitors 10 for 1. Dadswell then had number 3 there Feraz caught at gully by Dan Horner, the visitors struggling on 14 for 2 in the 5th over. Another wicket from Barrie, Fahid caught by Tom Skinner at cover for 1, 20 for 3. Archer and Clarke then went on to put a partnership together, Keiran Umashanker replaced Dadswell, Tom Skinner replaced Barrie, and Umashanker struck in his third over, bowling Archer for 13, Clarke had Scott with him now, but after a tidy spell from Umashanker, Christian Russ replaced him, and struck in his second over, Clarke caught by Dan Horner for a decent 33.

Scott was very watchful early on, Matt Casey bought himself on from the bottom end, and soon had new man in Hamza caught behind by George Baines for no score, the visitors struggling on 60 for 6 after twenty overs. Furcan and Scott had to try and get their side to a score, Scott started to be more positive as the overs ticked by, he and Furcam took the score past the hundred, but with overs running out, Scott started to find the rope, and going to a very solid fifty, Furcam was well run out by Matt Casey, as the visitors looked for runs at the end of their innings, Russ bowled Lyttle in the penultimate over for 4, and Scott fell lbw to Matt Casey to what was the final ball, Scott making 58. Harborne making 159 for 9 from their forty overs. For Kenilworth, Matt Casey taking 2 for 21 from eight tidy overs, Daniel Barrie with a smart 2 for 24 from six overs, Russ 2 for 33 from eight overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 28 from eight overs and a wicket for Keiran Umashanker with 1 for 18 off four, as the players headed off for tea.

Dan Horner and Elliot Haynes-Sorrell opened up the home sides reply but lost Horner early, lbw to Willcox for 2, Kenilworth 14 for 1 in the 4th over. Darius Potten-Ravenshad joined Haynes-Sorrell, Potten-Ravenshad looked positive from his first ball, the pair took the score to 40 when Haynes Sorrell was bowled by Hamza for 10, 40 for 2 in the twelfth over.  Young Shayan Imam joined Potten-Ravenshad, but he fell lbw to Faizan for 2, Kenilworth in a spot of bother on 52 for 3 in the 19th over. The in form George Baines was along side Potten-Ravenshad, he fell lbw to Scott for a decent 31, the home side 63 for 4 in the 20th over. Skipper Matt Casey and Baines then started to get their side back on top, both batsmen ran well together and put the bad ball to the ropes, going on to add a fine fifty partnership together, putting on a match winning partnership of 76 in just fourteen overs, on 139 Casey was well caught off the returning Willcox for a solid 32. Keiran Umashanker was next in, but was bowled by Lyttle for 3, Matt Dadswell followed the same way for 2, Kenilworth 152 for 7 in the 37th over, Willcox bowled a maiden to Baines, Kenilworth needing 8 from two overs, fours byes in the 39th over, as Tom Skinner was now with Baines, Kenilworth were left with needing two runs to win from the last over, Willcox to Baines, two dot balls to start the over, but the third ball was sent to the square leg boundary for the winning runs, Kenilworth ending on 162 for 7, winning by three wickets and three balls to spare. Baines ending 36 not out. Lyttle and Willcox bowling well for Harborne, taking two wickets each, a fine way to close the Sunday season for Kenilworth, well played lads.

Special mention for Harborne, a good game of cricket, played with a great attitude.