Match ends in a thrilling tie

Sunday XI v. Hampton & Solihull




On Sunday 16th June, Kenilworth hosted Hampton and Solihull for their latest Arden Sunday Cricket League fixture and somehow the match did not fall victim to the recent weather with a full 40 overs a side being bowled as the rain stayed away.

What a thrilling end to the match it was, as Kenilworth took a wicket by a run out on the last ball  of the match with the scores level as H & S were trying to come back for the match winning second run. The match ended in a rare tie.

Asked to bat first, Kenilworth openers Henry Curran and Uma Umashanker made a watchful start against the accurate Hampton opening bowlers. After ten overs the home side were 16 without loss, but in the 11th over, Umashanker mistimed a pull and was caught by Mackey off Friend for 6, Kenilworth 18 for 1. Matt Casey then joined Curran, the pair were now looking to increase the tempo, adding 40 together in nine overs, at the half way point, Kenilworth were 56 for 1. The pair bought up the hundred I n the 29th over, meantime Curran went on to complete a solid fifty. But in the 30th over, Casey was bowled by Mackey for a solid 30 the home side 101 for 2, the pair adding 85 for the second wicket. Casey out, looking to force the run rate. The in form George Baines, fresh from his century last week joined Curran the pair were to add 34 together in six overs before Baines was bowled by Rollinson for 19, now 135 for 3, next man in Drew Dyer got off the mark first ball with a four through square leg, both Curran and Dyer tried to get Kenilworth to a defendable total in the last couple of overs, the home side posted 149 for 3 from their forty overs, Curran carrying his bat from ball one for an unbeaten innings of 77, his innings having six boundary fours. Three wicket takers for Hampton and Solihull, as the players headed off for tea.

The visitors began their chase after the tea interval with Speake and Mackey opening the batting, Matthew Dadswell and Geoff Edmunds opened the bowling for the home side, both bowlers bowled a tight line and length, the batsmen finding the runs hard to come by, Dadswell was rewarded with the early wicket of Speake, bowled for 2, Hampton 2 for 1. James was next man in for the visitors, he was more pro active, looking to score, but the Kenilworth bowlers remained disciplined, Charlie Stranks replaced Edmunds from the bottom end, and soon had the wicket of Mackey, bowled for 10, the visitors 27 for 2. Verbort joined James and together the pair were to add a steady 34 runs together, with the score on 61, Stranks had Verbort caught by Geoff Edmunds at short cover, Verbort making 15, after twenty overs the visitors were 61 for 3. Tom Skinner had replaced Dadswell from the pavilion end, he too wasn’t giving anything away, Kieran Umashanker then replaced Stranks from the bottom, Stranks bowling a fine eight over spell. Young Umashanker affected a wicket with his first ball, getting a finger on a drive from James, running out the non striker Gouldingey for 5, Hampton now 72 for 5, this became 75 for 5, with Umashanker’s final ball of his opening over, bowled Friend first ball. James though was resolute, going on to make a fine half century, he and new man in Scots, began to increase the tempo, the visitors now past a hundred, five down, after 35 overs, Hampton were 115 for 5, needing 35 to win off seven overs, Matt Casey replaced Umashanker from the bottom end, Sam Leach had replaced Skinner from the top, as both sides battled it out.

18 runs were needed from the last three overs for H & S with wickets in hand and the match became very exciting.

Casey bowled a superb over, going for just 2, 16 needed off two, Leach to bowl the penultimate over, a four off the second ball for James, three singles and the visitors needed 9 off the last over, a change of bowling again, Edmunds replacing Casey for the final over from the bottom, a couple of two’s, a single, another two.

Hampton & Solihull were left needing two off the last ball for victory, James facing, Edmunds bowled, James squeezed the ball out on the off side, Drew Dyer with quick fielding, got a throw to Edmunds at the bowler’s end  – and the bails are off…….WICKET !! …… Scots is run out coming back for the match winning run. The match ends in an incredible tie. WOW!

Hampton and Solihull finishing on 149 for 6 from their forty overs, James ending on a superb 90 not out, so close to getting his side over the line. Bowling honours for Kenilworth went to Charlie Stranks with 2 for 28 from eight overs, Matthew Dadswell with 1 for 12 from six overs and Kieran Umashanker with 1 for 19 from five tidy overs. Kenilworth take 9 points Hampton 8 in a thrilling game of cricket.

What a great end to a good game. It kept the heart racing!




Saved by the rain?…….. Booker and Rhodes remained steadfast after batting collapse.

1st. XI v. Water Orton




On Saturday 15th June , Kenilworth hosted Water Orton for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture, survived a top order batting collapse until Tom Booker and Steve Rhodes put runs on the board until the weather intervened, meaning that the match was abandoned.

Put into bat , Kenilworth had the worst possible start, losing opener Dave Edmunds to the first Ball of the match, lbw to Devinda, that became 5 for 2 when Fahim Ahmed was caught off Glastonbury for four, with both openers gone, number three Joe Atkinson and number four Henry Curran looked to get their side back on track, but Atkinson also fell lbw to Devinda, out for three, Kenilworth 11 for 3, this became 15 for 4 when next man in Sunny Ahmed was the third lbw victim of Devinda. Unbelievably Skipper Pete Magafas also fell lbw to Devinda, going without scoring, the home side in all sorts of trouble on 15 for 5. Meanwhile Curran was watching all this from the other end, but he to was adjudged lbw, this time off the bowling of Lloyd, now 23 for 6. Keeper batsman Tom Booker and Steve Rhodes then began to bat their side back into the game and together the pair began to get the scoreboard moving, as Kenilworth passed fifty, Booker and Rhodes went on to record a fifty run stand together for the seventh wicket. They both played well, taking the side past a hundred, with the score on 101, Rhodes was out LBW to Sanayake for a solid innings of 34, with next man in Ilyas was also lbw to Sanayake, out for one. With rain falling now, the players went off, the home side on 108 for 8 after thirty eight overs. Booker was left stranded on 44 not out. The rain left the ground in an unfit state by the time the game had run out of time for the match to be completed, the game called off, match abandoned.

Kenilworth ending on 108 for 8 on a day when the weather beat the players, and of the eight wickets to fall, seven were adjudged lbw, Devinda taking four wickets for Water Orton, Kenilworth take four points. 



Seconds suffer a second wash out

2nd. XI v. Wilnecote




Sadly, the Seconds match at Wilnecote in Division 8 of the Warwickshire County Cricket League was cancelled without a ball being bowled due to the weather and unfit pitch.


Both sides receive 4 points each for an abandoned match.



Rain ruins the day for the Thirds

3rd. XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV




On Saturday 15th June, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted rivals Kenilworth Wardens for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground but the match was abandoned due to the weather and persistent rain part way through the game.

Kenilworth skipper Sam Leach won the toss and asked the Wardens to bat first, Reid and Jefferies Readman made a solid start against the Kenilworth opening pair of Matt Dadswell and Sam Leach, putting on 40 together in the first nine overs. Young Daniel Barrie replaced Sam Leach, and in his second over, affected the run out of Reid, after some fine fielding from Dan Roden, Reid out for 7, the visitors 46 for 1. Spinner Matt Casey replaced Dadswell from the road end, he soon had Jefferies Readman and Fitzgerald bamboozled, getting lots of turn, soon he had Fitzgerald walking back to the pavilion, bowled for 3, Wardens losing their second wicket with the score on 73. After a decent spell from Daniel Barrie, Tom Skinner replaced him, he too had the ball on a string, too good for Morgan Jones, bowling him for 7, the home side now back in the game, the visitors 99 for 3. The next man in for the Wardens was John Casey, but was out early for no score, bowled by Matt Casey, the visitors 102 for 4. All the while, Jefferies Readman was piling on the runs, passing fifty as his side struggled at the other end, but his decent innings was ended by Casey, bowled for 80 out of 114 for 5. Jo Mills and Nick Lewis then looked to get their side to a score of note, but in the 32nd over, the players were forced off, the rain that had threatened, arrived, after an early tea, the sides were hopeful of a return, but after a brief sunny spell, another shower arrived and despite the best efforts of the home side to make the ground playable, the sides were beaten by the weather, unable to have enough time in the game to force a result, so it was match abandoned at 17.45. Wardens ending on 138 for 5 after 31.5 overs. Jefferies Readman with 80 for the visitors, Matt Casey with a fine 3 for 32 from nine overs and Tom Skinner with 1 for 15 from five overs, the wicket takers for Kenilworth.

Both sides taking seven points each, on a day where the rain had the final say, spoiling what was looking like a good game.

Rain at Harbury



Warwickshire Under 12’s v. Worcestershire Under 12’s


The Club is hosting a County Age Group Representative Match at our Warwick Road Ground between Warwickshire and Worcestershire, weather and ground conditions permitting on Sunday 9th. June.

1.30 p.m. start time.

All welcome.

Come and support the Young Bears!