2004 Match Reports

Here are the reports from the matches played by Kenilworth Cricket Club’s various teams in the 2004 season.

Saturday 1st XI v Aston Manor
Less than 25 overs were played before rain came down and the match was abandoned. Kenilworth were 64-4 at close. They did not get off to a good start losing opener Mark Wisdish to the first legal ball of the day and then slumping to 18-3 before Wayne Matthews at number three settled the nerves with a steady unbeaten 20. Bryan Melliard at number five hit 26 before being adjudged leg before on the last delivery of the day.
Saturday 2nd XI v Aston Manor
Kenilworth’s batsmen were unable to capitalise on Andy Smith’s excellent haul of 7-52 off 17 overs as Aston Manor were bowled out in the 50th over for 172. Sandu at 8 had thrown caution to the wind and made a crucial unbeaten half century for the home side. Gareth May, Gareth Knights and Rich Harris were the other Town wicket takers. In reply, apart from an excellent 35 by Adrian Sellar, the rest of the Town batsmen struggled to get the ball off the square and the game fizzled out into a draw as Kenilworth ended the day on 120-6. Ali Peebles 14 and Jeff Stanners 11 not out were the only other Town batsmen to reach double figures.
Saturday 2nd XI v Four Oak Saints
The Town Seconds had a comprehensive 7 wicket victory over visitors Four Oaks Saints as the bowling quartet of Gareth May, Ali Peebles, Andy Smith and Andy Kennell bowled superbly. The Saints were skittled out for a paltry 46 inside 29 overs. Seamers Gareth May and Ali Peebles removed the top 5 batsmen to leave the Saints shell shocked on 24-5 with Jeff Stanners taking a stunning one handed diving catch behind the stumps. Spinners Smith and Kennell then teamed up to remove the lower order. May took 2-18 from his 5 overs, Peebles 3-8 off 7 overs, Kennell 1-3 from 7 overs and Smith 3-7 off 9.2 overs which saw 7 consecutive maidens. In reply, Chris Bennett blasted the Town side to victory with a quickfire 31 that saw two classy sixes. Steve Kelley hit 9 and Ash Rahman 3 not out as the Seconds strolled to an easy 7 wicket win inside 17 overs ending on 47-3.
Sunday 1st XI v Kenilworth Wardens
In the last pre-league friendly before the Warwickshire Sunday League starts this coming weekend the Town side had a comfortable 92 run win against the youthful Wardens side in this good spirited friendly fixture. Kenilworth posted a solid 233-5 in their 45 overs thanks to a good 59 from opener Mark Wisdish and a 104 run 5th wicket partnership between Gregg Peebles and Mitch Lowe. Peebles hit 42 including 3 boundaries and a six whilst Lowe blasted a quick fire unbeaten 64 that delighted the spectators as he hit 5 boundaries and five mega sixes in his knock in their 12 over partnership. In reply, two sharp run outs proved costly as Bush was run out at the non strikers end for 0 and then Lowe dispatched Stenning for 12 from the boundary with a direct hit for 12. Only Andy Whitehall showed any resistance with a fine 80 at number 4 as the wickets were shared around by the Town bowling. Spinners Andy Smith and James Nason took a brace apiece. Smith 2-24 and Nason 2-20. Gareth Knights took 2-21, whilst Ali Peebles 1-33 and occasional bowler Mark Deeley claimed 1-21. Joe Courts snaffled 2 sharp stumpings as the Wardens succumbed to 141 all out.
Sunday 2nd XI v Water Orton
Despite 46 from Gareth Thomas 46 and 33 from the old warhorse and stand in skipper Andy Gledhill, the Seconds score of 136-8 was to prove an insufficient total as Water Orton reached 137 for the lose of 5 wickets. However, the side performed admirably in the field as several players made their Senior debut. Nick Robbins showed himself to be a fine potential for the future conceding only 6 runs off his 5 overs whilst James Armstrong celebrated his first Senior wicket in fine style with 1-20. Rooshab Shah took 2-39, Gledhill 2-24 and Roger Kelsey 2 good catches.
Saturday 2nd XI v Marston Green
Spinners Andy Kennell and Colin Goodall with four wickets apiece helped restrict Marston Green to 126 all out. Kennell took 4-33 off 16 tidy overs and Goodall 4-38 off 9 overs. The other wicket takers were Ali Peebles 1-28 and Gareth Knights 1-23.
Saturday 1st XI v Marston Green
Marston Green proved too strong a unit as they were the better side on the day. They amassed a strong 242-5 in their 50 overs on a gloriously sunny day with Greenway smashing an unbeaten 65. Mitch Lowe was unlucky to finish with 1-44 off 9 overs after seeing two easy catches spilled. John Fundak toiled hard to take 2-70 off his marathon 18 overs. In reply, the Town side never recovered from being 38-4 as the Green opening seamer, Greenaway added to his runs with the bat and ripped through the top order. He eventually returned fine figures of 5-26 off 15 overs as Kenilworth clung on for a draw, ending the day on 137-8. Wright took 3-62 for Green, whilst Joe Courts with 26 and Mitch Lowe 20 top scored for the Town side.
Saturday 3rd XI v Old Edwardians
The Thirds started their League campaign after their first two matches of the season had been rained off with a 45 run victory over hosts Old Eds. The Thirds posted 165-8 with opener Geoff Hay hitting a superb 65, He was backed up in mid order by youngster M. Church who hit 26 and old timer Andy Wood with 14. Roger Kelsey was like a man possessed with the ball when the Old Eds innings started and he bowled a 24 over unchanged spell that had Old Eds in disarray. Kelsey went onto to take a stunning 7-36, helped by 6 outfield catches. Young Lewis Phillips then claimed 3-18 as Old Eds were bowled out for 120.
Sunday 1st XI v Knowle & Dorridge
The day belonged to home skipper Dave Edmunds as he hit 52 opening to set Kenilworth on the way to their total of 160-8 and then took the last three K&D wickets in the last over of the match to secure the Town side a 7 run victory in a tense finish. Edmunds Junior hit 2 sixes and 3 fours in his innings and the tail wagged with his father Geoff at the crease. Edmunds Senior hit 22 and James Nason an unbeaten 27 as they shared a crucial 8th wicket partnership of 44. Tall took 3-36, Smith 2-26 and Davidson 2-31 with the ball for K&D. The visitors seemed to be coasting to victory at 108-3 after Danny Dalton had hit 44, Johnson 21 and Sammonds 37. Nason took 2-36 and Edmunds Senior 2-21 before Dave Edmunds condemned K & D to defeat with his last over feat, ending on 0-3 off 9 balls and K&D 153 all out with three balls of the match remaining.
Sunday 2nd XI v Knowle & Dorridge
The Seconds were no match for their K & D counterparts who proved far too strong for the Town side. K & D rattled up 205-3 in their 45 over allocation as Brown 78* and Coley 81* put on an unbroken partnership of 165 as the bowlers toiled in the afternoon sun. Robbins, Kelsey and Phillips took a wicket a piece. Replying, Kenilworth struggled throughout their innings and limped to 89-8. K & D tried 9 bowlers in the attempt to bowl the obdurate Seconds out. Mark Deeley 17 Chris Walsgrove 11 and Andy Gledhill 10 were the only batsmen to reach double figures in a one sided game that saw K & D win with ease.
Saturday 1st XI v North Warwickshire
North Warwick took the spoils in a high scoring match with a five wicket win with two overs to spare after Kenilworth had posted 228-6. Wayne Matthews hit a classy unbeaten 99 and Mark Wisdish 73 as they put on 142 in their fourth wicket partnership. However, their efforts were in vain, as the hosts also had two batsmen in form with Freeman hitting 70 and Adams 61. Mitch Lowe bowled a marathon 22 over in two spells to be rewarded with 3-103 as North Warwick reached 232-6 in the 48th over.
Saturday 2nd XI v North Warwickshire
Posting 200-6 was too much for North Warwick to chase after Mark Deeley had hit 78 and in form Adrian Sellar 45 but the Town side could not quite wrap up their 3rd win of the season as the visitors clung on to end on 153-9. Barry Vernon took 4-62 for North Warwick whilst Andy Kennell starred with the ball for the Town recording 4-38 off 14 overs and Andy Smith 2-37 off 16 as the side deservedly took the majority of the points on offer.
Saturday 3rd XI v Nuneaton 3rd XI
In a one sided affair, Nuneaton proved easy winners as Kenilworth slumped to 79 all out. Only a battling unbeaten 25 from Matt Gledhill at 8 saved more Town blushes as he helped recover the side from 34-7. Nuneaton raced to victory inside 20 overs with the loss of one wicket as they sprinted to 83-1. Nick Wright the only wicket taker with 1-2 off 3 overs.
Sunday 1st XI v Sutton Coldfield
Sutton Coldfield’s 183 was just too much as the Town side faltered and fell 13 runs short. Dave Edmunds hit 57 and Adam Stuart 48 in mid order after the side had been 7-3 but there efforts were not quite enough as the tail collapsed. Beaumont took 5-21 and Gronwold 3-10 as Kenilworth were bowled out for 171.
Sunday 2nd XI v Olton
Rejuvenated veteran Andy Gledhill rolled back the years as he notched up his second ever and first league half century for the Club in the Town total of 169-6 smashing 6 boundaries and a six. He also shared in a century partnership of years with old timer Mick Wheatley who nurdled 14 runs. Chris Walsgrove earlier had hit 27. However, in a very tight match Olton took the spoils as they reached 170-5 in the penultimate over after Maycock had hit 52. A poor umpiring decision aided Olton’s cause in an otherwise good spirited match that saw Ant Kerry the pick of the Town attack with 2-24.
Midweek League v Pak Shaheen
In an unforgettable match for the writer of this piece, the highlight of the evening was that seventeen year old Gareth Knights claimed his first ever hat trick for Kenilworth, when he took the last three wickets of the Pak Shaheen innings – thanks to father Dave starting the hat trick off with a catch at point after the ball looped for ages in the air, a deep casual catch at long on by Mitch Lowe and for Gareth to actually bowl a ball at the stumps that clattered on off peg. The reward of bowling straight! Well done Gareth – the first of many I hope. The rest of the evening was interesting too but for different reasons. The match had been curtailed from 20 overs a side to 16 overs each after the hosts forgot to bring any stumps with them to Heckley “Park”, Exhall. This allowed the assembled masses of youth to continue to play their football game and ride their bikes on the outfield and the square until the pieces of timber were brought to the ground some 40 minutes later. The metal fencing around the disused tennis courts were being used as the goal nets. Clatter, clatter, clatter. Even the Town Captain had been asked if he just happened to have any spare stumps in his kit bag or car. His car, along with the other team members’ cars, was located in the “car park” some 200 yards away. (All car drivers were hoping that they were covered for fire and theft on their insurance policies as well checking out their no claims policies). Various hybrid dogs roamed freely nearby (no pedigrees were seen, not that any were likely to be seen) as fielders were careful where to tread, hoping that the only stains on their whites would be from grass. The sun momentarily popped out in an otherwise dull and cold evening and then decided to disappear for good. Batting first, the Town batsmen played by numbers as the ball came out of red roof tiling from one end of the wasteland, sorry, ground and out of tall trees the other end. Mitch Lowe hit a huge six that crashed into and dented the metal security doors of the changing rooms that from the outside looked like a maximum security prison. He had also been confused first ball of the innings as the bowler came upto the wicket wearing his red baseball cap, went past the umpire to whom Mitch had been expecting to take hold of the cap but instead the ball was bowled. A short innings and a chunter on the way back, it was soon the end of Mitch. Young Edmunds joined the fray and started well blasting 3 boundaries in his score of 12. He then creamed one through the covers or so he thought. Well, the bottom of his bat went through the covers whilst the bowler had been foolish enough to hold onto an exocet of a return catch that certainly warmed his hands up. Joe Courts continued to hold the innings together and performed admirably to just do enough ‘2005 Handbook avoidance’ with a 49*. The side totalled 115-5 with young Yorkshireman Jon Tipton running madly and suicidally between the wickets to finish 1 not out. At this point, the groups of local youths disappeared. The Home Detention Curfew Orders and Tagging Orders were obviously about to kick in and they had to be indoors at home by 8pm, even those that had been sitting in a circle smoking something herbaceous disappeared after mobile telephone calls had been made to whom I can only guess. The hosts lost a wicket first over when Deels took a steepler of a catch, just avoiding some doggy do-do in front of him. They then took an interest in Plod’s assortment of pies. His hearing was as shot as his eyesight is alleged to be, not realising or listening to the Captain that he was bowling the second over. As a result, he got the “AK” treatment and went for 32 in 4 overs. Young Wisdish took a further wicket, ending with two, the Captain was as frugal as ever snapping up 4 victims despite Plod dropping his umpteenth catch of the season and 4 wickets for young Knights who then claimed, or stole (I am open minded to this) the match ball, aided and abetted by his minder, Mitch at the end of the match. No one was going to argue with the Harbury Hercules. There was also some daft appealing from someone with a Northern dialect for LBW at deep mid wicket (note Master Tipson). The only thing that was missing from the entertainment at the Park on the evening was a distinct lack of abandoned shopping trolleys, burnt out cars, joy riding motor cyclists without crash helmets or early teenage mothers pushing their children about. Fortunately, all the wheels had been left on the team vehicles and everyone left safely or managed to escape in one peice happy that there was just a bit of daylight left to return to the lovely surrounds and security of the Kenilworth ground. So, another week of travelling to dubious cricket grounds and their surroundings in the Coventry area was over. The joys of Midweek League cricket!!
Saturday 1st XI v Hampton
Despite restricting visitors Hampton to 168 all out, it was Kenilworth who were left to cling on and salvage a draw. George Barr turned hero with the bat and ball as he took 7-44 off 22 overs and then as the last batsman in he survived 7 overs to frustrate Hampton as the Town side ended the day on 142-9. Earlier, Hampton’s Vickerstaff had hit 42 with the bat and then taken 6 –35 off 19 tight overs. Mark Deeley had hit 26 opening for the Town side, Joe Courts 45 and Mark Wisdish an unbeaten 27 in mid order as the latter steered Kenilworth to safety along with Barr.
Saturday 2nd XI v Hampton
The 2’s good run of form continued with their 3rd victory of the season. The side posted a fine 223 with skipper Tony “Twinkle Toes” Sollis smashing a fine 66 as he danced down the wicket to the slow bowlers. Chris Bennett opening hit 43 and Nigel Thompson a solid 35. Young Gareth Knights struck 20. In reply, Hampton struggled against the bowling trio of Jeremy Forster and spinners Andy Kennell and Colin Goodall. Forster took out the Hampton top 4, leaving Kennell and Goodall to scrap like vultures over the rest of the wickets. Hampton were bowled out for 107 to give the 2’s maximum points and a 116 run win with 7 overs to spare. Forster ending the day with 4-24, Kennell 3-22 and Goodall 3-7.
Saturday 3rd XI v  Moseley Ashfield
Moseley’s bowling was far too superior to the Town batting as the 3’s slumped to 79 all out. Only youngsters Lewis Phillips with 11 and G. Hill with 13 reached double figures as Extras top scored with 33. Moseley reached 80-3 with ease as Dave Knights took 2-19 and Nick Wright 1-33.
Saturday 1st XI v Berkswell
The Town side recorded their first win of the League campaign with a 99 run victory over neighbours Berkswell in the last over of the match in a tense finale. The 1’s posted a stiff 221 thanks to good contributions from top scorer Joe Courts with 45, an excellent unbeaten 37 from Adi Sellar a nineteen ball 33 from hard hitting Mitch Lowe and 29 from Mark Wisdish. Milnes took 6-77 for Berkswell The hosts struggled against the Town attack led by skipper Geoff Edmunds who returned fine figures of 5-42 off 23 overs of which 13 were maidens. George Barr and Mitch Lowe chipped in with a wicket a piece but it was left to seamer John Fundak to take the glory with a last over wicket to secure Kenilworth victory. He ended up with 3-45 as Berkswell were bowled out for 122.
Saturday 2nd XI v Berkswell
In a game that both sides had chances of victory, Berkswell came out victors by 50 runs. Dave Blundell hit 66 in their total of 188-9. Martin chipped in with 32 and Pettifer 36. Ali Peebles took 3-41 and Colin Goodall 3-30 for the Town. In reply, Kenilworth started well as Peebles blasted a quick fire 22. Steve Kelley batted well for his 38 but apart from Tony Sollis who holed out on the boundary for 30 no other batsmen contributed to the Town total. The Town tail tried to save the side from its first defeat of the season but it was in vain. They were bowled out for 138 with Blundell snaffling 5 catches behind the stumps as Stockley, Randall and Jordan took three wickets a piece.
Saturday 2nd XI v Old Edwardians
Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division Kenilworth 8 points Old Edwardians 14 points The Town Seconds had the worse of a draw after they had done well to restrict Old Eds to 199 all out. They had Asad Ali to thank for reaching that score as he somehow rode his luck to post 109 in an innings that saw him put down several times. Undeterred the Town bowlers managed to remove the remaining 9 wickets for 90 runs as Andy Smith took 4-51 off 17 overs and fellow spinner Colin “Shout” Goodall snapped up 4-65. There was a wicket a piece for seamers Ali Peebles and Gareth May. In reply, after a fine start by Mark Deeley who made 29 and Ali Peebles 18, the mid order collapsed until the injured skipper Tony Sollis entered the ring and blasted a quick fire 52 with 8 boundaries. Once he departed it was left to an obdurate Jeff Stanners with 14 to save the day for the Town side as they closed on 151-8.
Saturday 3rd XI v Moseley 4th XI
West Midland 3rd XI CCC Division 1 Kenilworth 2 points Moseley 25 points A clinical all round performance ensured that table topping Moseley eased past the Town Third’s score of 123 with ease to record an 8 wicket win. Only Andy Dadswell with 38 opening, Peter Alty with 32 and youngster Lewis Phillips with 10 reached double figures. In reply, Moseley eased to 125-2 inside 28 overs as a run out and a wicket from Peter Alty were the Town’s only 7 consolation.
Saturday 1st XI v Old Edwardians
Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division Kenilworth 24points Old Edwardians 5 points The Town side picked up their second consecutive win in a low scoring affair to move them away from the drop zone. Posting 147-9, Geoff Edmunds at 7 and Joe Courts at 3 top scored with 29 runs a piece. Opener Dave Edmunds chipped in with 22 and talented youngster Adam Stuart with 21 as Old Eds only used two bowlers. Nicholls Snr took 3-59 and Katyar 5-87 from their 25 overs respectably. In reply, Old Eds found the batting track equally hard to score runs off and lost their second wicket in the 22nd over when they had posted 66. Geoff Edmunds was frugal with the ball as his wily off spin earned him 4-28 off 19 overs. Paceman Mitch Lowe took 3-41, George Barr 2-35 off 11 and John Fundak 1-19 as Old Eds fell 17 runs short of the Town score and were bowled out for 130 in the 47th over.
Sunday 2nd XI v Solihull
Warwickshire Sunday League Division 1 Excellent off spin bowling from Roger Kelsey who opened the Town attack caused mayhem with the Solihull top order as he took 5-28 as Solihull slumped to 32-6. However, a 70 run partnership then followed to give the Town side some flutters until both batsmen succumbed to replacement spinner Andy Smith who took 2-16 off 7.1 overs. Veteran Andy Gledhill chipped in with fine figures of 2-15 off 9 overs thanks to two stunning catches behind the stumps from keeper (and son) Matt Gledhill and a diving catch from Ant Kerry at slip as Solihull were bowled out for 113. In reply, skipper Nigel Thompson and veteran Gledhill put on 64 for the 1st wicket when Thompson fell for 28. Gledhill blasted his way to 38, hitting five boundaries. However, the mid order wobbled and it was left to debutant Charlie Hull 6 not out and Kerry 11 not out to see Kenilworth home for a 4 wicket win ending on 114-6.
Saturday 3rd XI v Bournville
The history books and scorecards will show, a very heavy defeat. Yet the 10 men and boys of the Third XI did well and took some stunning catches whilst fielding. There were lots of positives to come out of the match. Unfortunately, the batting was not so good! Reduced to 7 players mid week and still short Saturday morning, last minute telephone calls to youngsters were made and a near full team travelled to Four Oaks. There they managed to bowl the hosts out for 125 with super catches taken by youngsters A. Blaydon, G. Hill and M. Tyler. Nick Robbins bowled well in his two spells to take 2-30. Old war horse and skipper Nick Wright took 3-49 whilst in form spinner Roger Kelsey continued his good run to record 5-28. However, after tea, the Town innings sadly lasted only 13 overs against the pacy attack of Fiaz and Dhank. The side were bowled out for a historic 11. There were 6 ducks and 2 run outs, whilst extras top scored with 5. However, a side was put out, ten played and shall remember the day for years to come.
Saturday 1st XI v Bronze
In a one sided affair, Bronze were easy 8 wicket victors over the Town side who were bowled out for 138 inside 35 overs. The Town had Mitch Lowe to thank for even reaching this score as his lower order 24 ball 6 boundaries blast netted him 33 runs. Wayne Matthews had earlier hit 29, League debutant Stuart Dalrymple 19 and Geoff Edmunds 15 as all other batsmen failed. In reply, Bonze eased to victory with 20 overs to spare ending on 141-2. Mitch Lowe took both wickets with 2-37 as keeper Joe Courts twice snapped up the ball keeping.
Saturday 2nd XI v Bronze
The Town Seconds faired no better and succumbed to a 5 wicket defeat at the hands of Bronze. It was a poor batting display that cost the Town side the match as they were skittled out for 98 with only Tony Sollis and Mark Deeley both hitting 18, showing any form. The Bronze bowlers were made to look like Test Match stars as no one was prepared to hit them off their line and length. Second half, the Town fielding performance was excellent as was their bowling but the side were always playing catch up from such a dreadful batting performance earlier. They kept chipping away at Bronze but the visitors had enough in reserve to end on 99-5 to secure a 5 wicket victory despite the best efforts of spinners Colin Goodall, who claimed 3-29 off 11 and Andy Smith with 2-15 off 10 overs.
Sunday 1st XI v Kings Heath
Joe Courts fine unbeaten 77 was the highlight of the day for the Town side as he helped post along with Geoff Edmunds 25 not out, a score of 176-6 to defend. Courts’ patient innings saw only seven boundaries on a hot afternoon. However, his efforts were in vain as the classy batsmen from King’s Heath showed as they effortlessly eased past the Town total despite losing wickets at regular intervals to end on 178-6 with some 15 overs to spare. Mitch Lowe took 2-42, Gareth Knights 2-35 whilst James Nason and Dave Edmunds took a wicket apiece.
Sunday 2nd XI v Bedworth
The Sunday 2’s were the only side at the Club to record a victory over the weekend in a nail biting match but this was only due to a mid order Town batting collapse. The Town bowlers did well first half aided by some fine fielding to bowl hosts Bedworth out for 115 as Roger Kelsey, Andy Gledhill, Andy Smith and Colin Goodall took two wickets a piece. Indy Matharu in his comeback match accounted the other two wickets, one a sharp direct hit run out and one when bowling. Peter Huxford, also in his first Club game of the Millennium hit 19. However, the star of the batting was Chris Walsgrove who hit a superb 38 as other mid order batsmen fell cheaply yet again around him offering him nor the team any support whatsoever. Once he had departed, it was left to Colin Goodall with 16* and Indy Matharu 3* to put on an unbeaten 8th wicket partnership of 17 to steer the Town side home much to the relief of skipper Nigel Thompson who had earlier taken 3 stunning catches in the field. Town side ending on 116-8.
Saturday 3rd XI v Studley
Another excellent bowling and fielding performance by the Town 3’s but still another heavy defeat. Attock posted 218 all out despite a fine bowling spell from occasional spinner Matt Gledhill who helped himself to 5 wickets with 5-68, young Lewis Phillips took 2-38 off 10 overs. However, the side could only muster 32 in reply before being bowled out. At least that was a 300% improvement on the runs scored the previous week.
Saturday 1st XI v Bournville
Bournville managed to cling on and deprive the Town side a win after the last pair hung on for the last 5 overs of the match. The Town side hasd posted a creditable 214-7 with Dave Edmunds leading the way with a fine 47. The mid order sparkled with Wayne Matthews 39, Joe Courts 33 and Mark Wisdish 33* chipping in. Replying, Bournville struggled against the left arm spin of Geoff Edmunds who took out the top 5 batsmen as he recorded fine figures of 5-48 off 22 overs. George Barr took 2-31 and Stuart Dalrymple 1-6. However, Bournville’s last pairing survived a late barrage and ended the day on 160-9.
Saturday 2nd XI v Bournville
Bournville proved too strong for the Town Seconds as they recorded an easy 116 run victory. They posted 243-8 thanks to an unbeaten 124 from number 3 Yousaf. Debutant 15 year old Nick Robbins opened the Town bowling and was rewarded with 3-48 whilst Ali Peebles and Gareth Knights chipped in with two wickets a piece. Abdul Rahman top scored in the Town’s reply hitting 38. However apart from the last pair the rest of the batsmen all failed and the side were soon on 85-9 but Colin Goodall at 10 and Nick Robbins at 11 put on a last wicket partnership of 42 before Robbins fell for 15 with only 4 overs of the match remaining to leave Goodall stranded on 35 not out and the team 127 all out.
Sunday 1st XI v Nuneaton
Mark Wisdish’s 62 in the Town Total of 208-6 could not prevent Nuneaton achieving a 6 wicket win with 5 overs to spare. Wisdish had a strong innings as he was well supported by Dave Edmunds 23 and 36 from in form Adi Sellar. Andy Humphrey chipped in with 19 and Mitch Lowe with 16. The Nuneaton top order all contributed with Greenwood hitting 48, Whitehouse 39 Kendrick 51 and McNeil 50 not out. Only James Nason with 3-49 and Geoff Edmunds 1-22 had any success with the ball as Nuneaton eased home to end on 211-4.
Sunday 2nd XI v Moseley
Moseley were far too strong in all departments as they had a comfortable win. They posted 242-4 with Rob hitting an unbeaten 101 and Watts 57 not out after a fine bowling spell by Roger Kelsey with 4-34 off his nine overs and a frugal 0-19 from Andy Gledhill off his 9, as the other bowlers were too expensive and fielding poor. In reply, the Town side were soon in trouble after Thomas 18 and Walsgrove 16 had departed. Only a father and son mid order partnership between Andy and Matt Gledhill prevented a heavier defeat as the Town slumped to 109 all out. Gledhill Senior 13 was outscored by son Matt who hit 23.
Saturday 1st XI v Bedworth
The weather came to Bedworth’s rescue as they slumped to 71-7 off 31 overs with seamer John Fundak bowling 3-36 off 16 overs with 9 maidens and Geoff Edmunds 4-32 off 15 overs. When play finally resumed, the Town side were 9-0 when a second deluge brought proceedings to an end.
Saturday 3rd XI v Solihull Blossomfield
The only side to have an uninterupted match, saw the Thirds lose by 46 runs. They had restricted the hosts to 168 all out with in form spinner Roger Kelsey claiming another 5 wicket haul with 5-53 as he approaches a half century of wickets for the season. Lewis Phillips chipped in with 2-34. In reply, the Town side could only muster 122 in reply and this was thanks to Gareth Knights who hit 37 and Gareth May 19.
Saturday 2nd XI v Bedworth
Bedworth were 88-2 off 30 overs when play was abandoned. Ali Peebles 1-16 off 8 overs and Andy Smith 1-25 off 7 overs the Town wicket takers.
Sunday 1st XI v Harborne
The points were shared as the rain had the final say. Harborne had posted 218-6 from their 45 overs with James Nason 2-45 and Dave Edmunds 2-26 took a brace a piece. Kenilworth were only 12 overs into their reply on 54-1 when play was halted. Edmunds 23 and Joe Courts 21 not out.
Sunday 2nd XI v Harborne
Harborne posted a superb 307-2 from their 45 overs as Hirji with 117* and John Robinson 98* starred with the bat against the luckless Town bowlers. Andy Gledhill took 1-35 off his 9 over spell and Andy Smith conceded only 31 runs as the other bowlers put to the sword. Nigel Thompson and Andy Gledhill took stunning catches on a batting track made in paradise. The Town reply was halted by the rain and Harborne just bowled enough overs to constitute a match as the 2’s ended on 80-0 in reply with Gareth Tomas 31* and Andrew Humphrey 33*.
Saturday 1st XI v Atherstone
Fine bowling from John Fundak who took 5-51 off 18 unchanged overs helped to restrict Atherstone to 169-9 and see the Town side record a good win. He teamed up with Geoff Edmunds who took 1-59 off his 19 overs as the pair removed the Atherstone top six. Pacy Mitch Lowe then took 3-22 in an aggressive spell of bowling. In reply, Town opener Dave Edmunds set the side on course to victory with an excellent 65 off 84 balls in an innings that saw 3 sixes and 7 fours. It was then left to the mid order pairing of Adam Stuart with 23 not out and Bryan Melliard who hit an unbeaten 39 in his return from injury to put on an unbroken 51 run 6th wicket partnership to guide the Town side to victory with 7 overs to spare as they ended the day on 164-5.
Saturday 2nd XI v Atherstone
Ashtak Rahman and Adi Sellar were the star performers on show for the Seconds after the side had lost their only wicket in the first over of the match. The pair proceeded to put on an unbroken 241 run partnership and both scored there maiden centuries on an excellent batting track. Rahman smoted 8 boundaries in his innings of 102 not out whilst Sellar blasted 12 boundaries in his knock of 116 not out as the pair dominated proceedings with fine stroke play and cheeky running between the wickets in the Town total of 241-1. In reply, Atherstone joined in the run fest and the result was in the balance with 10 overs to go. However, they proceeded to lose wickets as spinner Andy Smith bowled a good line and length to snaffle up 5-89 off 19 overs with 4 bowled and one LBW. Fellow spinner Andy Kennell was unlucky to only be rewarded with 2-32 off his fine 12 overs. Ali Peebles was the other wicket taker as Atherstone clung on for a draw ending the day on 208-8.
Saturday 3rd XI v Sheldon Marlborough
Despite recording another defeat the batsmen managed to post a challenging total of 158-9 thanks to the efforts of Andy Dadswell who top scored with 43 and solid scores of 23 a piece from Tom Parkes and (surprisingly) Tom Anscombe. Indy Matharu hit an unbeaten 15 as the tail wagged. In reply, Matharu took 2-31 whilst Abdul Osman showed his continued promise as an off spinner to be rewarded with 3-37 off 13 overs and Anscombe 1-22. However, their efforts were not enough to prevent Sheldon reaching their target of 159 for the loss of 6 wickets.
Sunday 1st XI v Coventry & North Warwickshire
The weather claimed another scalp as the match was abandoned part way through the Town innings when the heavens opened. At that stage, the Town side were 120-6 after Adam Stuart had hit a solid 44, Stuart Dalrymple 22 and Joe Courts 18 when play was halted.
Sunday 2nd XI v Coventry & North Warwickshire
Coventry recorded an easy victory as all of the Town bowlers had a bad day at the office. The side had posted a respectable rain affected total of 166-5 as Andy Humphrey showed his form with an unbeaten 63 and skipper Nigel Thompson 31 as they shared in a 93 run opening wicket partnership. In reply, Coventry balsted their way to a 9 wicket win as Kenny Watkins Jnr hit 87 before he was stumped. It was left to G. Brooks with 41 not out and A. Funnell with 18 not out to steer the visitors home with ease to 168-1 thanks to wayward Town bowling.
Saturday 1st XI v Aston Manor
Joe Courts’ fine 61 went unrewarded as Aston Manor won by 7 wickets chasing the Town total of 188-9. Geoff and Dave Edmunds both chipped in with scores of 21 a piece. Edmunds Senior then took 3 quick wickets to leave Manor wobbling on 44-3. However, Booth 69 not out and Aukhan 85 not out came together to put on an unbroken 145 run partnership that safely saw Manor pass the winning post as they ended the day on 189-9 with six overs to spare.
Saturday 2nd XI v Aston Manor
In a rain affected match, the Town batsmen could only post a total of 129 all out as the Manor Awan brothers ran riot to take take 9 wickets between them. Only Tony Sollis 27, Jeff Stanners 22, Chris Bennet 20 and Ali Peebles 15 managed to reach double figures for the Town side. In reply, the visitors eased to an 8 wicket victory with 3 overs to spare as they reached 130-2 with Peebles and Andy Smith the only wicket takers.
Sunday 1st XI v Knowle & Dorridge
In a low scoring affair, K & D won by 11 runs after posting 145-9. Geoff Edmunds took 3-14 off 9 excellent overs whilst James Nason and Mitch Lowe each picked up a brace of wickets. Joe Courts hit 34 and Lowe 39 as they shared in a 46 run 6 wicket partnership to put the Town side on the brink of victory. However, the last three wickets fell for 3 runs and the Town side were bowled out for 134.
Sunday 2nd XI v Knowle & Dorridge
A close match was marred by poor umpiring decisions that fell the K & D way as they chased the Town total of 151-5. Opener Gareth Thomas was at the helm of the Town innings and batted throughout the 45 overs to hit an unbeaten 74 off 131 balls on a difficult track. Andy Gledhill hit 25, skipper Nigel Thompson 18 and Greg Kane blasted a quickfire 17. In reply, Town appeals went unrewarded as K & D reached the winning post on 154-5 with two overs remaining of the match. Roger Kelsey the most successful bowler with 2-26. 15 year old Gareth Hill had a fine performance in his debut match for the side taking a good catch behind the stumps.
Saturday 1st XI v Four Oaks Saints
The Town side had a comprehensive 188 run victory to claim maximum points in this one sided encounter. They posted a superb 262-7 and declared their innings with 3 overs to go. Hard hitting Mitch Lowe was the star performer with the bat as he blasted a 37 ball 68 that saw him bludgeon 10 fours and 3 sixes from mid order. Joe Courts was equally as fluent in his 53 ball innings of 56 at number 3, hitting 7 fours and two sixes, whilst Mark Deeley got the home side off to a solid start by hitting 40. Adrian Sellar 24* and John Fundak 16* were at the crease when the declaration was made. In reply, Four Oaks struggled against the seam of Fundak and the spin of Geoff Edmunds as the side slumped to 29-6 inside 16 overs. The pairing went onto take 4 wickets a piece as Fundak ended the day with 4-26 off 13 overs and Edmunds 4-39 off 15 overs. It was left to Mitch Lowe to wrap up the Four Oaks innings by taking the remaining two wickets to finish on 2-5 off 3 overs as Four Oaks were skittled out for 74.
Saturday 2nd XI v Four Oaks Saints
In contrast, the Town Seconds suffered a defeat at the hands of their Four Oaks counterparts. The side could only post 135 all out despite a solid and patient 62 from opener Jeff Stanners. However, when he was out, the final 4 Town wickets fell without a run being added to their total. Despite losing 6 wickets in the run chase, Four Oaks had 21 overs to spare in reply as they reached 136-6. Andy Kennell took 2-24 off 10 overs, Ali Peebles 2-44 with Chris Bennett 1-19 in his first bowl of the season.
Saturday 3rd XI v Old Edwardians
A very young Town side comprised mainly of junior players, several of whom made their debut Senior appearances for the Club, posted 100 all out. Greg Kane hit a super 35, Jon Tipton 20, his highest Senior score whilst veteran Pete Jones hit 25. In reply, Old Eds reached 101-6 after Luke Walton with 1-8 and Tom Parker 1-13 took their first Senior wickets. Tom Kane took 2-31 in his comeback match whilst brother Greg took 1-9.
Sunday 1st XI v Sutton Coldfield
Sutton Coldfield enjoyed a comfortable 7 wicket victory with 12 overs to spare after the Town side had posted 177-8. Joe Courts continued his rich vein of form to hit 68 whilst Geoff Edmunds was unbeaten on 27. Edmunds went onto take 2-22 and James Nason 1-60 but Sutton cruised to 178-3 with Munn steering the side to victory with an unbeaten 83.
Sunday 2nd XI v Olton
The Town Seconds fell 29 runs short of the Olton score in a match that they should have won. Olton were restricted to 185-6 as Andy Smith took 3-26, Andy Gledhill 2-21 and Greg Kane 1-34. A fine 81 run opening partnership between brothers Stephen and Andrew Humphrey set the Town side up well. However, Andrew fell for 28 and then Stephen for 54. After skipper Nigel Thompson was bowled for 22 the momentum was lost as the mid order collapsed and the side were all out for 156.
Saturday 1st XI v Marston Green
The Town 1’s enjoyed their second consecutive win after they had chased the Marston Green’s target of 240-7 to win by 3 wickets in the last over of the match. Earlier, Geoff Edmunds had bowled unchanged throughout the Marston Green innings to claim 5-109 and Mitch Lowe 2-56 as Fawcett hit 113* for the home team. The Town side wobbled at 46-3 but Joe Courts steadied the ship to hit a magnificent 78 as he shared in a 96 run partnership with Mitch Lowe who blasted 61 runs off 36 balls hitting 5 sixes and 5 fours in the process. Courts then shared in a 93 run partnership with Adam Stuart who went on to hit 48 as they set up a tense final over. Geoff Edmunds then blasted the ball to the boundary for 4 with three balls of the match remaining to secure the Town side victory in this high scoring affair as the side ended on 244-7.
Saturday 2nd XI v Marston Green
The 2’s had only themselves to blame for letting victory slip out of their hands after restricting the visitors to 156-8 in the first half of the match after a good bowling and fielding performance. Andy Smith took 3-38 off 12, Andy Kennell 3-50 off 20 and Abdul Osman 1-24. In reply, Chris Bennett and Abdul Rahman teamed up and the side were on course for victory. Bennett hit 31, Rahman 42 and Tony Sollis 20 but the rest of the team failed to make any impression and were bowled out for 138 to lose by 18 runs.
Saturday 3rd XI v Nuneaton
Table topping Nuneaton were far too strong for the Town side who could only post 106 all out after Colin Goodall had hit 18, Peter Jones 14, Gareth Knights 13, Roger Kelsey 11* and Andy Wood 10. In reply, Nuneaton cruised to a 10 wicket win inside 24 overs as they reached 109-0.
Sunday 1st XI v Solihull
A fantastic top order performance by the Town batsmen secured a 25 run win against Solihull. The Town top four were all in the runs as the side posted 263-2 off their 45 overs. Dave Edmunds and Joe Courts shared in a 105 run 1st wicket partnership with Edmunds hitting 61 (4×4 and 3×6). Once he departed, the in form Courts put on 74 with Adam Stuart before Courts fell on 86. His 111 ball innings saw 5 boundaries and three sixes. Then Stuart was joined by Stuart Dalrymple and the pair put on 74 more runs to take the Town side to 263. Stuart ended on 45* whereas Dalrymple blasted a classy unbeaten 61 off 37 balls. In reply, Solihull joined in the run feast and at one stage victory looked theirs. However, Geoff Edmunds was on hand to deliver a crucial and match winning spell of 3-13 off 8 overs aided by two fine stumpings from man of the match Courts as Solihull were bowled out for 238 with two overs of the match to spare. Dalrymple had earlier taken 2-48.
Sunday 2nd XI v Solihull
A freak injury to skipper Nigel Thompson that required 5 stitches when fielding first hampered the Town efforts as they were reduced to 10 men in the field. Solihull went onto post 273-7 despite the efforts of Andy Smith 2-42, Lewis Phillips 2-54 and Andy Gledhill 2-65. The latter taking two fine catches. In reply, Stephen Humphrey hit 40 opening, then Andy Gledhill blasted 46 before son Matt hit his highest career score of 41. However, with out star batsman Thompson, the 10 men Town side were unable to reach the Solihull target and the side were bowled out for 202.
Saturday 1st XI v North Warwickshire
A Town top three performance ensured the side their third win on the bounce as they took the scalp of North Warwickshire who had posted 233-6. Geoff Edmunds had bowled unchanged to take 5-111 before the Town order replied in style to effect a 6 wicket victory with 5 overs to spare as they reached 234-4. Man of the Match Dave Edmunds was in fine form opening the batting as firstly he starred in a 105 run 1st wicket partnership with Wayne Matthews who hit 40 (7 x 4’s) and then a 2nd wicket partnership of 87 with keeper Joe Courts. Edmunds Junior was the second man to fall but had hit a magnificent century of 108 off 100 balls including 4 x 6’s and 12 x 4’s. Courts then performed with bat, despite losing a couple of partners, to reach an unbeaten 50 that saw the Town side home with some ease. The victory also meant that the Club moved to equal third on points in the Division.
Saturday 2nd XI v North Warwickshire
Chris Bennett’s knock of 90 in the Town total of 188 all out went unrewarded as North Warwick strolled to a 7 wicket win with 7 overs to spare. His 80 ball innings saw him blast 1 x 6 and 13 x 4’s but apart from 19 from Adi Sellar no other batsmen impressed. Parker took 6-46 for the hosts. The Town bowlers toiled away with little impact or luck. George Barr took 2-68 off 16 overs and a run out accounted for the third North Warwick wicket as they eased home.
Saturday 3rd XI v Redditch
An excellent all round performance by the Town Thirds nearly saw them cause a major shock and reach the Moseley target of 225-7. The bowlers had performed admirably and were assisted with a good fielding display as Colin Goodall, Abdul Osman and Tom Parkes all took a brace of wickets. Kenilworth reached 205-7 when the overs ran out in reply. Old timers, Pete Jones and Colin Goodall, hit 36 and 33 respectively but the best batting performance was the unbeaten 8th wicket pairing of the youthful Indy Matharu who made a classy unbeaten 34 and a super 25 not out from youngster Abdul Osman as pair put on 40 runs.
Sunday 2nd XI v Bedworth
The Seconds recorded their Sunday double over Bedworth with a 6 wicket win after bowling out Bedworth for 125. Stand in skipper Andy Gledhill led from the front as he took a superb 5-14 off 8.1 overs. Roger Kelsey chipped in with 2-30 whilst Abdul Osman and Ali Peebles picked up a wicket a piece. In reply, openers Gareth Thomas and Steve Kelley put on 50 for the first wicket before Thomas departed for 30. Kelley remained unbeaten throughout the innings to record 50 not out after Lewis Phillips and Ali Peebles had chipped in with 16 and 13 respectively. However, it was left to 15 year old Michael Faulkner to claim the win with a slashing drive to the boundary as the side reached 129-4 with several overs of the match remaining.
Saturday 1st XI v Hampton
The Town 1’s enjoyed their fourth win on the bounce, cementing their third place in the League, with a comprehensive 98 run victory at Hampton as Mitch Lowe starred with bat and Geoff Edmunds with the ball. Lowe blasted a 61 ball 93 from mid order in a magnificent innings that saw him bludgeon eight 6’s and cream seven 4’s. after Wayne Matthews had earlier hit 44 and Joe Courts 30. Mark Wisdish with 37 and John Fundak with 22 joined in the run feast as the Town side put on 251-8 in their 50 overs. Hampton’s reply fell apart when they lost 5 wickets in a many overs for a paltry five runs as Edmunds ran riot when the home side slumped from 67-0 to 72-5. Fellow spinner George Barr chipped in with 2-30. Edmunds went on to claim a superb 7-37 off 18.1 overs as the Town side wrapped up Hampton innings inside 38 overs as they were skittled out for 153.
Saturday 2nd XI v Hampton
Andy Kennell claimed all 5 Hampton wickets in their total of 200-5 aided by a brace of catches from Adi Sellar and Michael Faulkner respectively. Kennell ended with fine figures of 5-44 off his 19 overs. In reply, the Town 2’s started well as openers Ash Rahman hit 61 and Jeff Stanners 39. It was left to Greg Kane at 5 to hit an unbeaten 35 as he partnered skipper Tony Sollis who hit 27 not out, the latter blasting 22 off 4 balls to give the side a comfortable win as they ended on 202-4
Sunday 1st XI v Nuneaton
The Town side had a narrow 8 run victory against Nuneaton. They posted 234-7 with Dave Edmunds hitting 58 from 64 balls and 9 boundaries in the process. Stuart Dalrymple hit a classy 55 from 52 balls ( 1 x 6 & 7 x 4), Adam Stuart 37 and Joe Courts 25. In reply, Nuneaton could not quite reach the target and ended on 226 all out as Geoff Edmunds rounds off a fine weekend in the wickets department claiming 4-23 off 8.4 overs. James Nason had earlier taken 2-48 and the was a wicket a piece for Abdul Osman, Dalrymple and Edmunds Junior.
Sunday 2nd XI v Moseley
Despite restricting Moseley to 139 all out, the Town side fell away and were themselves bowled out for 101, to give Moseley a 38 run win. Ronnie Shah top scored for the Town with 27 whilst Andy Gledhill and Jonty Cousins chipped in with 15 and 13 respectively. Earlier, Shah had also been the pick of the bowlers with 2-19. Lewis Phillips took 2-35, Roger Kelsey 2-30 and Gledhill 2-23.
Saturday 1st XI v Berkswell
Dave Edmunds was the star of the Town performance as the side recorded their 5th straight win to consolidate their third position in the Premiership title chase. Replying to Berkswell’s 259-8, Edmunds was in sparkling form to record his highest 1st XI score of 143. He blasted 7 sixes and 9 fours in his 142 ball innings. He teamed up with fellow youngster Joe Courts, who hit 45, as the pair put on a second wicket partnership of 164. The Town side reached 260-4 with 7 balls remaining in a highly entertaining match. Earlier, Mitch Lowe took 5-92 and Geoff Edmunds 2-65 in marathon spells with Berkswell’s openers Gardiner and Drury making 63 and 56 respectively.
Saturday 2nd XI v Berkswell
Table toppers Berkswell somehow managed to pull off a near miracle in a dramatic finish that saw the match tied with both sides bowled out for 149. The last 4 Town wickets fell, the last one on the last ball of the match, as the Town side searched for the winning run, slumping from 149-7 to 149 all out. Earlier, Berkswell has got off to a flyer but spinners Andy Smith and Andy Kennell managed to pull the Town side back onto the match with accurate spells of bowling. Kennell took 4-28 off 15 overs and Smith 3-41 off 18. The last 4 Berkswell wickets falling for 5 runs. In reply, the Town were in trouble at 38-5 before Jeff Stanners and Ali Peebles teamed up to put on 92 for the 6 wickets. Stanners went onto to hit 45 whilst Peebles was cruelly run out for 44 when the scores were tied. The last over saw two run outs, the match and points were shared in a game to remember.
Sunday 1st XI v Harborne
The 1st’s could only post 129, with James Nason 23* and Geoff Edmunds 24 putting 48 for the 8th wicket. Harborne cruised to 130-2 inside 19 overs as Geoff Edmunds took both Harborne wickets.
Sunday 2nd XI v Harborne
The Seconds were out classed by the visitors bowling as Potter and Duffy ripped through the Town line up to pick up 4 wickets a piece. Inside 14 overs the Town 2’s had slumped to 28-8. It was only a 32 run 9th wicket partnership between Ant Kerry and Andy Smith that saved the side from total humiliation. The side limped to 61 all out. Kerry posted his highest score of the season with 30 not out from the number 4 berth. In reply, Harborne eased to victory and the 2nd XI title ending on 62-2 inside 12 overs. Roger Kelsey picked up both wickets thanks to catches by Luke Walton and surprisingly Smith who held on to his first catch of the season at his 16th attempt!
Saturday 2nd XI v Old Edwardians
The Town side were made to pay for their sluggish start to the match and could only muster a total of 115. Mark Deeley recorded 28 and Jeff Stanners 23. However, one bright batting performance came from 15 year Lewis Phillips at number 9. The youngster hit two boundaries in his highest Senior cricket score of 26 not out. Old Eds struggled in their reply against the spin twins of Andy Kennell and Andy Smith. Kennell took 1-22 off 15 overs and Smith 1-35 off 17 overs. However, the Town side were made to pay for three dropped catches as Old Eds reached 116-4 with only 5 overs of the match remaining. Pete Alty bowled well to take 1-32 whilst Ali Peebles was the other wicket taker.
Saturday 3rd XI v Studley
Despite bowling the hosts Attock out for 112, the Town side saw themselves bowled out for 71. It had been a confident fielding display by the 3’s as 6 catches were held and a stunning stumping taken by stand in keeper Tom Anscombe. Michael Faulkner took two catches as spinner Roger Kelsey recorded his 60th wicket of the season when he took 4-18 off 12 frugal overs. Fellow spinner Colin Goodall chipped in with 2-17 whilst seamers Tom Kane and Gareth Knights took 2-36 and 2-39 respectively. However, the Town batting was not up to scratch and they soon found themselves at 34-7 but Gareth Knights then took the attack to the Attock bowlers. He wielded the blade to hit 25, the only batsman to reach double figures but when he fell the tail could not follow and the side lost by 41 runs.
Saturday 1st XI v Old Edwardians
Two magnificent performances from hard hitting Mitch Lowe and spinner Geoff Edmunds secured the Town side their sixth consecutive victory which catapulted the team into second spot in the League with four games of the season remaining. Lowe was in awesome form with the bat as he blasted an incredible 102 off 68 balls, in a Town total of 189-9. Lowe smashed the ball over the ropes for 9 sixes and half a dozen boundaries as he single handedly took the Old Eds bowling apart. Joe Courts was the next highest Town run maker with 18 followed by an unbeaten 14 from Adi Sellar. It was then the turn of super spinner Edmunds to weave his magic with ball and he took a superb 5-49 off 20 tight overs to turn the match in the Town favour as he removed three of the top five Old Eds batsmen. He also had a hand in two other wickets to fall when he took a brace of catches to round off an excellent fielding performance. John Fundak bowled a good line and length and his pacy seam attack was rewarded with 3-38 off 13 overs whilst Wayne Matthews plucked out three catches in the field. Mitch Lowe took 2-30 and fittingly he took the last wicket of the match courtesy of a catch by fellow star performer, Edmunds, as Old Eds were bowled out for 147 inside 42 overs to give the Town side victory.
Sunday 1st XI v Coventry & North Warwickshire
The Town 1sts were victorious in their game after bowling Coventry out for 187 inside 41 overs as Ali Peebles took 3-50. James Nason 2-19, Geoff Edmunds 2-27 and son David 2-51. Joe Courts was in fine form with the gloves as he took three stumpings whilst Edmunds Junior held onto a brace of catches. In reply, the Town side won by 6 wickets and 3 overs to spare as they reached 189-4 thanks to a superb unbeaten 61 from Stuart Dalrymple who hit 6 boundaries and one 6. Adam Stuart batted well for his 46 whilst Edmunds Junior hit 22.
Sunday 2nd XI v Coventry & North Warwickshire
The Seconds were second best in their match as Coventry notched up 216-2. Cook posted an unbeaten 98 and Townsend 81. Their two wickets to fall came from a run out and an obstruct field. In reply, once the Humphrey brothers fell the Town mid order collapsed. Andrew Humphrey hit 34 whilst Stephen posted 28. 15 year old Lewis Phillips rounded off a good weekend with the bat and hit a solid 20. However, at the close of play the Town side had only posted 147-8 and victory was Coventry’s.
Saturday 1st XI v Bronze
The Town 1sts enjoyed an unbeaten Bank Holiday weekend that firmly places them in second spot in the League with a draw and a win. Saturday’s game against Bronze saw the Town side post 219 all out thanks to superb knocks from in form youngsters Dave Edmunds who hit 65 off 83 balls opening the innings that saw 5 boundaries and one six and a 43 from keeper Joe Courts who hit four boundaries and one six. Geoff Edmunds was in frugal form with the ball and bowled an immaculate 22 overs to be rewarded with fine figures of 5-39. However, the Bronze last pair clung on for five overs at the death to deny the Town side their 7th consecutive win as they ended the day on 125-9.
Saturday 2nd XI v Bronze
The Seconds had an unbeaten weekend but had to cling on for draws in both matches with only one wicket remaining in each match. In Saturday’s game at Bronze, Andy Smith celebrated his 700th appearance for the Club by bagging 7 wickets for 79 and hanging on for the last 10 overs of the match to secure a draw. Bronze had blasted their way to 221 as Sadaq hit 109 and Kasujeey 48. A sharp stumping by Jeff Stanners removed the former. Andy Kennell chipped in with 2-36. In reply, only three batsmen showed any form in the runs department. Ashtak Rahman nudged a patient 35, Tony Sollis a quickfire 19 and George Barr batted 52 minutes for his 21. In the end the Town survived on 128-9. Smith 6*.
Saturday 3rd XI v Solihull Blossomfield
The Thirds ended their season with a narrow 10 run defeat after trying in vain to chase down the Blossomfield total of 177-6. Colin Goodall was the star bowler snapping up 5-78 and a run out accounted for the other wicket to fall. In reply, the Thirds were eventually bowled out for 167, after hard graft from old timer Pete Jones who hit 42 opening the innings, 33 from youngster Tom Kane and 21 from Andy Dadswell.
Saturday 1st XI v Bournville
Monday’s game saw the side being rewarded with maximum points in a very low scoring affair on what could only be described as a dodgy track. Geoff Edmunds batting at 11 was the star performer for the Town hitting 32 to kick off his 50th birthday celebrations later on in the week. Bryan Melliard at number two batted excellently to notch up for in the Town total of 125. This figure proved too much for the hosts as they succumbed to the poor pitch and were skittled out for a paltry 78 in 39.3 overs. Edmunds Senior claimed 3-32 off 29 overs whilst the bowling honours went deservedly to Mitch Lowe who was unplayable and ended the day with an amazing 6-18 off 13 overs. Dave Edmunds took three sharp catches in the field as the side won with ease.
Saturday 2nd XI v Bournville
Bank Holiday Monday saw Bournville post 185-8, in which Andy Kennell was the bowler on show taking 3-23 off 10 after the Bournville top order had blasted the ball to all parts. Charlie Leonard bowled superbly and was unlucky only to be rewarded with 2-36 off his 10 overs. The other bowlers suffered although there were single wickets for Lewis Phillips, Ali Peebles and Smith. In reply, the Town side managed to reach 164-9 at close, 22 runs from victory after Tony Sollis had blasted 37 and Ali Peebles 25. Unfortunately, the mid order did not click and the Town clung on for 3 overs to secure a draw and an unbeaten weekend.
Saturday 1st XI v Bedworth
Kenilworth’s 24 point victory against Bedworth has closed the gap on League leaders Aston Manor to 10 points with only one game left of the season and gives the Town side an outside chance of promotion into the Birmingham League after Manor could only muster 6 points from their losing draw at Old Eds. The Town enjoyed a 48 run win over Bedworth, that probably condemns the visitors to relegation. The mid order pairing of Bryan Melliard and Mitch Lowe both posted scores of 36 each in the side’s total of 166-9. Wayne Matthews played solidly for his 26 and Adam Stuart hit 24. In reply, Bedworth always struggled against the town attack losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Patel with 42 showed any form with the bat as the side were bowled out for 118 in the 48th over. Geoff Edmunds was frugal with the ball as ever, taking 3-44 off 23 marathon overs. James Nason was in excellent form to take 3-19 off 9 fine overs. John Fundak took 1-21 and Mitch Lowe 2-31, in a match that now puts great pressure on Aston Manor who play third placed Bronze in their final match next weekend. The Town side travel to lowly placed Atherstone who must also win to avoid relegation, so a fascinating last weekend of cricket is anticipated.
Saturday 2nd XI v Bedworth
The Seconds had Charlie Leonard and Tony Sollis to thank for reaching 178 all out after they had put on a much needed 78 run partnership in mid order, Leonard hit a super 59 not out whilst Sollis blasted a quick fire 45. Openers Ash Rahman 19 and Jeff Stanners 20 were the only other Town batsmen to reach double figures. Bedworth were given 4 extra overs to reach the Town total. Requiring 3 to win in the last over, Bedworth hit two and then had 4 balls to hit the running win. However, George Barr aided by some good fielding , held his nerve and bowled four dot balls to frustrate the hosts as they ended up on 178-8 and the scores level. Barr ended with 2-44 off 18 overs, Andy Kennell 3-30 off 12, Andy Smith 2-48 off 16 and Leonard 1-44.
Saturday 1st XI v Atherstone
Kenilworth’s heavy defeat in their last League game of the season had no bearing on the title as Aston Manor won their match and with it promotion into the Birmingham League. However, victory for Atherstone meant that they survived relegation and avoided the drop into Division 1. In a one sided affair, lowly Atherstone posted 237-7 in their 50 overs as Blower and Pickering hit half centuries with most of the other batsmen chipping in with scores. Geoff Edmunds took a further 4 wickets for 92 off as marathon 25 overs whilst John Fundak picked up two wickets and Mitch Lowe one. Apart from Dave Edmunds who hit 43 off 53 balls opening no other Town batsmen really performed. Joe Courts with 12 and Bryan Melliard with 13 were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as the Town season were skittled for 88 as Pickering claimed 6-34 and Healey 3-38. The Town collapse was aided by 3 LBW appeals which went the hosts way, yet despite the defeat it was a very successful season for the Town side who finished second in the League with 11 victories and their performances in general bode well for next season.
Saturday 2nd XI v Atherstone
Poor batting resulted in the Town side only being able to post 130 with only Mark Deeley 36, Tom Kane 25 and Nigel Thompson 22 showing any form with the bat. Atherstone struggled in reply and it was not until the penultimate over that they managed to reach the target for the loss of 6 wickets. Ali Peebles took 3-20 off his 10 overs as he tried in vain to prevent an Atherstone win. George Barr and Lewis Phillips were the other Town wicket takers. Atherstone 131-6 in 48.2 overs.