2007 Match Reports

Here are the reports from all matches played by Kenilworth Cricket Club teams in the heavily rain affected 2007 season.

Sat 2nd XI 21/04/2007 Norton Lindsey Friendly KCC lost by 4 wkts
Luke Walton 65 not out, Steve Kelley 45, Lewis phillips 35, Tom Hills 23*. Bowling Phillips 2-37, Andy Smith 2-44, Andy Kennell 1-23, Colin Goodall 1-40
Sat 1st XI 28/04/2007 Weoley Hill Friendly KCC won by 124 runs
Mark Deeley 60, Mitch Lowe 41, Mike Watts 38, Joe Courts 27*. Bowling:Tom Kane 2-27, Phil Braithwaite 3-6 off 6 overs, Ali Peebles 3-26, Lewis Phillips 2-8 off 5.1 overs.
Sat 2nd XI 28/04/2007 Weoley Hill Friendly KCC lost by 6 wkts
Tony Sollis 43, Warrick Laverick 14, Luke Walton 12, Steve Kelley 11, Andy Kennell 10. Bowling: Jonny Armstrong 2-39, Andy Smith 1-23, Andy Kennell 1-5 off 7 overs.
Sun 1st XI 29/04/2007 Harborne Friendly KCC won by 36 runs
Dave Edmunds 92, Mitch Lowe 36, Chris Walsgrove 27*, Michael Faulkner 17. Bowling: Roger Kelsey 3-20, Geoff Edmunds 3-23, Lowe 1-16, Lewis Phillips 1-25.
Sat 3rd XI 05/05/2007 Four Oaks Saints League KCC win by 8 wickets
The first day of the West Midland 3rd XI CCC League season belonged to Town opener, Matt Gledhill, who steered his side to a comprehensive victory at Four Oaks Saints as he posted his maiden century and chased down the Saints total of 195 with ease. He hit a breath taking 121 not out, smashing 14 boundaries and eight sixes – one to bring up his 100 and one to win the match. He shared in an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 128 with Ian Tommason who hit 43 not out. The pair guided the Town home at a gallop, as they reached 201-2 in only 22 overs. Earlier, spinner Roger Kelsey had taken 4-31, Gareth Knights 2-34, Indy Matharu 2-41 and Nilton Green 2-44 for the Town.
Sat 1st XI 05/05/2007 Highway League KCC win by 4 wickets
The Town enjoyed a successful start to their Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division campaign with a 4 wicket win at home against neighbours, Highway at their Warwick Road ground which is devoid of a Club house and Function Room following last Christmas’ arson attack proving that cricket will be played there throughout the season as the changing rooms and scorebox remain intact. Four wickets a piece from seamer Gregg Peebles and spinner Geoff Edmunds helped restrict Highway to 129 all out. Then Edmunds showed his all round skills with 24 not out as he shared in a match winning and unbeaten 7th wicket partnership of 51 with keeper Mike Watts, 25 not out, as the pair guided the Town side to 133-6 after they had wobbled in mid order to 82-6. However, the pair batted with patience over the next 19 overs to edge the Town side to the winning post with 18 overs to spare. Butler in the number 7 berth top scored with 21 for Highway, whilst Lowe with 1-15 and 1st team debutant Tom Kane claimed 1-21 and the prize wicket of Dean Marsh as they took the other Highway wickets. Town opener Dave Edmunds hit 25 before his father and Watts saw the side home.
Sat 2nd XI 05/05/2007 Highway League KCC lost by 5 wkts
A lacklustre batting performance and dropped catches in the field condemned the Town 2’s to a 5 wicket drubbing at Highway. The Town side could only muster 123 with the bat – the highest partnerships being the 6th wicket and 10th wicket stands, both with 21. Luke Walton top scored for the Town with 18, John Armstrong hit 17, number 11 Andy Kennell 16 and debutant Tom Wright 13 as they were the only batsmen to get into double figures. Parkinson took 3-19, Bates 2-28 and Butler 2-24 for Highway. In reply, Highway took advantage of several spills in the field to canter to 126-5 off 25 overs with Kanji hitting 58. Peter Alty took 3-58 and Andy Smith 2-26 for the Town.
Sun 1st XI 06/05/2007 Nuneaton Friendly KCC won by 3 runs
The 1’s rounded the weekend off with another thrilling game, this time winning by 3 runs against Nuneaton in the Sunday League. The Town posted 224-8 from their 45 overs with Rupesh Sarvanker hitting a 52 ball 65, Gregg Peebles 50 and Luke Walton an unbeaten 34. In reply, Nuneaton’s Colkin tried to set up victory with a fine 108. However, the bowling duo of Mitch Lowe with 2-34 from his 9 overs and spinner Geoff Edmunds with 4-29 from his 9 assisted with some super Town fielding prevented Nuneaton from snatching victory at the death as they were restricted to 221-7.
Sun 1st XI 08/05/2007 Kings Heath League KCC win by 179 runs
The 1’s enjoyed a run feast against a under strength King’s Heath side and recorded a 179 run win. The side posted a massive 340-6 after Rupesh Sarvankar hit 64 with the first two balls of the match being hit for a 4 and a 6. Adie Sellar and Dave Edmunds then shared in an amazing 225 run 4th wicket partnership as they blasted the ball to all parts. Edmunds hit a blistering 127 off 73 balls which included 17 boundaries and four 6’s. Sellar was left stranded on 98 not out when the 45 over innings came to a close in which he hit a dozen boundaries. In reply, King’s Heath struggled against the accuracy of the opening seamer Phil Braithwaite whose frugal 7 overs saw only 8 runs come off it and he was unlucky to claim only 1 wicket. Sarvankar then turned all rounder by taking 3-12 whilst teenager Lewis Phillips continued his good form to pick up 4-57 as King’s Heath were skittled out for 161.
Sun 2nd XI 08/05/2007 Kings Heath League KCC win by 7 wkts
The introduction of the spinning duo of Andy Smith and Roger Kelsey paid dividends as they ripped through the King’s Heath line up to take 4 wickets each that saw King’s Heath skittled out for 84. Smith’s 8.1 overs went for a miserly 7 runs as he bowled two, trapped one LBW and had a superb stumping taken by keeper Matt Gledhill. Kelsey with 4-17 off 9 overs had youngsters Dave Temple, Jack Edwards and Guy Pearson to thank for holding onto sharp catches. Anthony Kerry and Luke Walton shared the other two wickets. In reply the Town side eased to 85-3 and victory thanks to a match winning unbeaten 49 run partnership between Pearson 19 not out and Walton 31 not out who smashed half a dozen boundaries after Gledhill had earlier made 14 and Edwards 11.
Sat 3rd XI 12/05/2007 Weoley Hill League KCC won by 8 wkts
The 3’s continued their good run to make it 2 wins out of 2 to head Division 2 after bowling Weoley Hill for a paltry 55. Nilton Green snapped up 5-18 off 11 overs and Gareth Knights 3-23 off 9 overs. The Town 3’s strolled to victory as they reached 56-2 with ease as Ian Thommason was unbeaten on 19 and Colin Goodall 10 not out.
Sat 2nd XI 12/05/2007 Bronze League KCC lost by 1 run
In front of a the largest crowd of the season at the Ground, the 2nds managed to throw away the chance of victory as they lost by one run chasing Bronze’s total of 151 after Andy Kennell had earlier taken 6-30. Well set at 106-1 after Steve Kelley had hit 51 and Tony Sollis 33, the 2’s went onto lose 9 wickets for 44 runs in a woeful batting performance to end on 150 in which they only had themselves to blame for the defeat.
Sat 3rd XI 19/05/2007 Olton 4ths League KCC win by 8 wickets
The 3’s made it 3 wins out of 3 to maintain their lead of Division 2 of the 3rd XI League thanks to a stunning bowling display from Indy Matharu who ripped through the Olton batting line up as he took a career best 8-27 from 9 overs, courtesy of keeper Matt Gledhill who snapped up 4 catches and 1 stumping behind the sticks as the hosts were bowled out for 105. Gareth Knights and Roger Kelsey took the other wickets whilst the efforts of the ‘evergreen’ seamer Peter Alty, bowled 15 consecutive but equally fruitless overs (uphill and into the wind) in a winning cause for just 25 runs went unrewarded in the wicket tally. In reply, Gledhill in the pinch hitting role had blasted a quick fire 31 when he fell in the 6th over. Tom Wright with 31 not out and Ian Tommason 18 not out had the match winning partnership of 44 as the Town 3’s reached 110-2 for an eight wicket win with 29 overs to spare. Colin Goodall earlier made 15.
Sat 2nd XI 19/05/2007 Sheldon Marlborough League KCC lost by 41 runs
Poor batting once again let the Town 2’s down after a good fielding and bowling display had restricted the visitors to 139-7 as the side, in reply, were skittled out for 98. Spinners, Andy Smith took 4-33 off 15 overs and Andy Kennell 2-14 off 9 overs, whilst Nilton Green was unlucky that his 10 over spell went unrewarded as he conceded only 27 runs. The trio had bowled good line and length whilst backed up with some sharp fielding. The Town top three batsmen of Lewis Phillips 15, Michael Faulkner 29 and Steve Kelley with 13 put the side on course for victory. However, the mid order again collapsed with only Warrick Laverick with 11 reaching double figures and Sheldon claimed the match with 10 balls to spare to leave the Town beaten for the third week running.
Sat 1st XI 19/05/2007 Fillongley League Winning Draw for KCC
The Town 1st’s enjoyed the better of a draw in a rain affected match at Fillongley who posted 180 but the Town reached the winning draw target of 131 for the loss of 7 wickets. Seamer Gregg Peebles continued his good form with the bat and ball to firstly snap up 4-26 off 16 very tidy overs. He was well supported by Geoff Edmunds who took 3-39 off 12 and Phil Braithwaite who took 2-32 before Peebles 40 not out and Braithwaite 13 not out shared in a 63 run unbroken 8th wicket partnership to see the Town pick up the majority of the points in the last over of the match when Peebles smashed 18 runs including 2 sixes.
Sun 1st XI 20/05/2007 Sutton Coldfield League KCC win by 175 runs
The 1sts secured a comprehensive Sunday League victory at Sutton Coldfield with a 175 run win. Batting first the Town hit 230 all out as skipper Dave Edmunds made hay to hit a super 82 from the opening berth whilst Rupesh Sarvankar hit 24 and Mitch Lowe 29 in the Town’s total. Sutton were unable to come to grips with the Town bowling which was on form as they were skittled out for 55. Sarvankar was impressive as his spin claimed 4-8 of 5 overs, whilst Lewis Phillips took 2-22, Roger Kelsey 1-9 and golden oldie Ali Peebles returned frugal figures of 9-5-7-1.
Sun 2nd XI 20/05/2007 Sutton Coldfield League KCC win by 9 runs
In a closer match the 2nds recorded a 9 run win after posting 167-6 with in form Tom Wright hitting 44, Tom Kane 33, Manu 20 and Mark Deeley 18. Sutton were up with the required run rate but lost wickets regularly and despite there being some 12 overs of the match left they fell short and were bowled out for 158. Indy Matharu ended his great weekend with 2-36, whilst Andy Kennell took 3-12 off 7 overs, with a wicket a piece for Tom Kane, Dave Awre and Manu
Sat 3rd XI 26/05/2007 Studley League KCC lost by 67 runs
The 3’s lost their unbeaten record after a terrific start to the season when they were bowled out for 100 chasing the Studley total of 167. The Town bowlers were on song with the ball as left armer Gareth Knights took 4-45, in form Indy Matharu 3-33, Matt Rees 2-28 and George Haynes 1-25, whilst keeper, Matt Gledhill claimed three victims from behind the sticks. However, in reply the Town struggled in worsening conditions and never recovered from being 21-5 although skipper Andy Dadswell with 16 and Knights, 18, stopped the rot for a while. After they fell, it was left to young Haynes with a solid 22 not out to try to salvage a draw but he ran out of partners and Studley took the side’s unbeaten record away from the Town 3’s.
Sat 1st XI 26/05/2007 Moseley Ashfield League KCC lost by 62 runs
The Town 1st’s lost by 62 runs against table topping Moseley Ashfield who posted 233-8 off their 50 overs as all batsmen reached double figures with Azam top scoring on 39. Pacy Town bowler, Mitch Lowe, returned his best figures of the season with 3-44 whilst Gregg Peebles collected 2-74 and Geoff Edmunds and Tom Kane a wicket apiece. The Town never recovered from losing their first wicket second ball of the innings. Despite all getting starts the batsmen struggled with the drizzly conditions as Adie Sellar made 17, Lowe 12 and Peebles 13. An obdurate Mark Deeley hung in for the Town but his 103 ball 20 run innings came to an end and it was left to number 8, Phil Braithwaite, the tail quickly folded with 5 overs to go leaving Geoff Edmunds stranded on 12 not out.
Sat 2nd XI 26/05/2007 Moseley Ashfield League KCC lost by 9 wkts
The woes of the Town 2’s continued as they recorded their 4th consecutive defeat to leave them ever stranded at the foot of the table after posting 108 all out and succumb to a 9 wicket defeat at Moseley Ashfield. The only highlights were a superb 40 from stand in opener, Warrick Laverick, who had his best innings of the season to date and 29 from the classy and fit again Adam Preece in his first game for the Club for over a year. Ashfield romped to victory inside 20 overs as the rain came down, despite the best efforts of Town bowler of the day, Peter Alty who returned figures of 9-3-38-0. Andy Smith with 1-29 claimed the only wicket courtesy of Laverick who made a sharp stumping from behind the stumps.
Sat 2nd XI 02/06/2007 Bablake OB League Drawn game
The Town 2’s stopped the rot of defeat to draw against Bablake in a low scoring affair with the side 11 short of victory. Bablake had earlier posted 129-7 with Nilton Green claiming 3-30 from his 11 overs, Pete Alty 2-31 from his 12 overs and wily spinner Andy Kennell picked up 2-26 from 19 very frugal overs of which 10 were maidens. On the run chase, Warrick Laverick hit 22 opening, Adam Preece a solid and impressive 42, Tony Sollis 17 and Michael Faulkner 12 but there efforts were not quite enough to secure the side their first victory of the season. Leatherhead took 5-47 for Bablake as the Town ended the day on 119-8.
Sat 1st XI 02/06/2007 Bablake OB League KCC lost by 1 run
The Town 1st’s (and Mitch Lowe, in particular) suffered a one run defeat with table topping Bablake Old Boys snatching victory with one ball to spare. Bablake had posted a huge total of 267-9 despite the best efforts of fiery left arm seamer Lowe who took 5-108 from an unchanged 25 overs after Paxton 60 , McAllister 45, R. Swaffield 39 and Eames 28 not out all got in the runs. Town’s Tom Kane, in his first season in the 1’s, picked up his best haul of the campaign, claiming 3-52 whilst Geoff Edmunds chipped in with 1-65. In reply, two players were on form, Bablake bowler S. Swaffield and Lowe for the Town. Dave Edmunds with 30 and Mark Deeley 37 started the Town run chase but the batting performance of the day went to Lowe who blasted a 52 ball 115 smashing 6 boundaries and 11 sixes in his incredible knock. After he fell, Gregg Peebles tried to steer the Town to victory with a super 39 not out. However, in the last over with 4 runs required for victory but with two wickets in hand, the Town succumbed to Swaffield who ended the day with superb figures of 7-77. A run out first ball of the over was followed 4 balls later by an LBW to leave the Town bowled out for 266 and to lose by the narrowest of margins in a most exciting game of cricket.
Sun 2nd XI 03/06/2007 Nuneaton League KCC lost by 1 wicket
Wayward bowling condemned the 2’s to a needless defeat in the penultimate over at Nuneaton. The side had posted 164-5 with skipper Mark Deeley hitting 61 and Colin Goodall 27 as they shared in a 101 run opening partnership. Ian Tommason hit a quick fire 14. In reply, Nuneaton struggled against the accuracy of spinners Roger Kelsey and Andy Smith who ended their spells with 2-13 and 2-19 respectively. The side then went onto concede 20 wides as Clifford blasted a match winning 49 not out for Nuneaton who won with 11 balls to spare. Sam Leach took 2-26, Goodall 1-20, Griffiths 1-40 whilst 13 year old debutant Patrick Howard had a day to remember in Town colours as he took a stunning catch followed by his first Senior wicket bowling Moyles for unlucky 13 in his spell of 1-20.
Sun 1st XI 03/06/2007 Nuneaton League KCC win by 3 runs
The 1’s rounded the weekend off with another thrilling game, this time winning by 3 runs against Nuneaton in the Sunday League. The Town posted 224-8 from their 45 overs with Rupesh Sarvanker hitting a 52 ball 65, Gregg Peebles 50 and Luke Walton an unbeaten 34. In reply, Nuneaton’s Colkin tried to set up victory with a fine 108. However, the bowling duo of Mitch Lowe with 2-34 from his 9 overs and spinner Geoff Edmunds with 4-29 from his 9 assisted with some super Town fielding prevented Nuneaton from snatching victory at the death as they were restricted to 221-7.
Sat 1st XI 09/06/2007 North Warwickshire League KCC lost by 1 wkt
The Town 1st’s suffered a last over defeat for the second week as North Warwickshire sneaked past the winning post with one wicket and one ball to spare. The 1’s posted a decent total 0f 212-6 off their 50 overs with openers Dave Edmunds 54 and Mark Deeley 43 sharing in a 96 run 1st wicket partnership. Edmunds’ 64 ball innings saw him hit 11 boundaries. James Nason then hit 62 not out from the number 6 berth to see the Town to their total. In reply, opener Khan for the hosts hit 100 before falling victim to wily left arm spinner Geoff Edmunds whose unchanged 25 over spell was rewarded with 7-78 after keeper Mike Watts took 3 catches and a stumping behind the sticks. Two further run out aided the Town cause however Dainty six with one ball to spare saw North Warwickshire reach 218-9 and victory. Mitch Lowe’s 19 over marathon effort went unrewarded as he conceded 88 runs as did Tom Kane’s 6 over spell.
Sat 3rd XI 09/06/2007 Entaco League KCC lost by 5 wkts
The 3’s never recovered from being 19-5 despite the best efforts of Ian Tommason who blasted a super 55 as the Town side were bowled out for 114 after 17 year old Sam Leach had chipped in with 19. In reply, Entaco strolled to victory inside 32 overs reaching 115-5. Seamer Ian Griffiths snapped up 3-32 from his 9 overs whilst Indy Matharu and Roger Kelsey claimned a wicket apiece.
Sat 2nd XI 09/06/2007 Bournville League KCC lost by 60 runs
Once again, poor batting let the 2’s down after an excellent first half in the field with excellent fielding and bowling saw Bournville bowled out for 166 with all the bowlers in the wickets. 17 year old left arm seamer Jon Armstrong picked up 3-37, Andy Smith 2-27, Andy Kennell 1-23 and Gregg Peebles 1-25. However when it came to their turn with the bat, the Town players could only scrape together 106 runs before being bowled out with 4 overs to spare to leave the side firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. Tony Sollis did hit 19, Gregg Peebles 15, dad Sid 14, Warrick Laverick 12 and Armstrong 10 their efforts were not enough.
Sun 1st XI 10/06/2007 Leamington League KCC lost by 29 runs
Leamington were 29 run victors in a high scoring local derby in which over 500 runs were scored at the Arlington Avenue ground. They posted 274-5 with Phillips hitting 84, D. Hawkes an unbeaten 80 and Irfan 69. Dave Edmunds was the most successful Town bowler taking 3-28. Rupesh Sarvankar was again in fine form hitting an excellent 120 in the Town run chase. Edmunds hit 47 whilst Mitch Lowe posted 29 and James Nason 24 but their efforts were in vain as the Town side could only reach 245-7.
Sun 2nd XI 10/06/2007 Leamington League KCC win by 7 wkts
In a good spirited game of cricket the Town 2’s claimed a 7 wicket win with 5 overs to spare chasing the Leamington total of 207. In a match where both sides played several youngsters who were all involved in the match, Askin clubbed his way to 106 and Bramley hit 30 for the visitors. 13 year old Matthew Bolshaw in his debut in Senior cricket snapped up 3-30 in a fine bowling spell and veteran Pete Alty claimed 3-22 fot the 2’s. Youngster Tom Pope picked up 1-21, Sam Leach 1-30 and Andy Smith 1-13. Chasing the Leamington total, the 2’s got off to a flyer as Dave Temple 77 not out and Matt Gledhill 66 put on 110 for the first wicket. Mark Deeley chipped in with 23 before Temple saw the side home to victory with a boundary. The Spa youngsters bowled well with Best claiming 1-30 from his 9 overs whilst Stern’s 8 overs went for only 31.
Sat 2nd XI 16/06/2007 Kings Heath League Abandoned
The Second’s match was treated as an abandoned game after King’s Heath had posted 150 all out from their 50 overs with conditions suiting left arm spinner, Colin Goodall who took 5-72 from a marathon 17 overs. Lewis Phillips picked up 2-23, Jon Armstrong 1-13 and Andy kennel 1-35. In reply the Town recovered from 5-2 to end the day on 71-4 off 23 overs when looking comfortable after Steve Kelley had hit 18, Tony Sollis 16 not out and Nigel Thompson 15.
Sat 1st XI 16/06/2007 Kings Heath League Losing Draw
In a low scoring and damp affair, Kenilworth’s last pairing hung on for 4 overs to secure a draw after King’s Heath had themselves earlier been bowled out for 153. Gregg Peebles was the pick of the Town bowlers, bowling a marathon 21 overs which produced superb figures of 6-57 as he removed the Kings Heath top 4 and last two. He bowled in tandem with Geoff Edmunds whose experience saw he being rewarded with 3-34 0ff 13 overs, whilst youngster Tom Kane continued to impress picking up 1-52. In reply, the Town never really recovered from being 10-3 although an 83 run 4th wicket partnership between Phil Braithwaite 48 and James Nason steadied the wobbles a while before the Heath bowlers made breakthroughs and took the game away from the Town. It was left to the wily Edmunds and veteran campaigner Ali Peebles to bat out the remainder of the overs as the Town ended the day on 128-9.
Sun 2nd XI 17/06/2007 Kings Heath League KCC win by 8 wkts
Sunday’s match proved to be another winner for the Town as they comfortably beat King’s Heath who could only post 161 all out after some fine bowling from Sam Leach who took 2-36, Indy Matharu 2-36, Mark Deeley 2-27, Chris Walsgrove 1-32 and youngster James Alty 1-28 off 9 fine overs for the Town. In reply, the Town stormed to a 8 wicket win led by Dave Temple who hit an unbeaten 70, putting on 65 for the first wicket with master blaster Matt Gledhill who hit a qucik fire stand and deliver 51 in the partnership. Temple then added 91 runs with skipper Mark Deeley who nurdled a good 34 before the latter hit his own wicket. However, the damage had already been done by Temple and Gledhill and the Town 2’s cruised to 164-2 inside 28 overs.
Sun 1st XI 17/06/2007 Kings Heath League KCC win by 3 wkts
The fixture cards saw both sides in action for the second time in two days. This time the Town secured a comfortable win after bowling King’s Heath out for 115 inside 30 overs of their 45 over a side match. Spritely work horse, Pete Alty, was the pick of the bowlers snapping up 4-34 from his 9 overs, whilst Tom Kane took 2-30 and Roger Kelsey 2-26 whilst two run outs accounted for the other wickets. Rupesh Sarvankar continued his rich vein of form with the bat in the Town reply. He hit a sold 46 from the opening berth and despite Lockyer’s late introduction into the game when he took 6 Town wickets in 6 overs for 30 runs, the Town chipped away as Mike Watts and Dave Edmunds both hit 18 a piece and the side reached the winning post at 116-7 with overs to spare.
Sat 2nd XI 07/07/2007 Nuneaton League Losing Draw to KCC
A fine century by Nuneaton’s Caratella who made 115 was the difference between the two side as he helped his side to 232 all out. Ageless Pete Alty rolled back the years for the Town with a superb 18 over bowling performance as his gentle seamers were rewarded with figures of 6-69. Andy Kennell took 2-48, Ali Peebles 1-13 and Nilton Green 1-23. In reply, the Town 2’s got off to a good start with Warrick Laverick posted 46 from the number 2 spot. However, the side could not build on his innings despite Peebles hitting 20 not out, Tony Sollis 18, Manu 15 and Lewis Phillips 12 and at stumps the side settled for a draw ending the day on 152-8.
Sat 1st XI 07/07/2007 Nuneaton League Winning Draw for KCC
HOORAH!!! THE WEATHER HELD!!!!!!! But the Town 1’s were unable to snap up the last Nuneaton wicket and had to settle for a draw. The Town 1’s had posted a respectable 175-6 with Mitch Lowe top scoring with 41 whilst James Nason was unbeaten on 27 and Mark Wisdish 21 not out. In reply, Nuneaton struggled against the accuracy of spinner Geoff Edmunds who bowled a marathon unchanged 25 over snapping up 6-44 in the process. Youngster Tom Kane chipped in with 2-40 and Gregg Peebles 1-35 but the side were unable to find that killer touch as the Nuneaton last pair clung on as the side limped to 135-9 to deny the Town victory.
Sat 3rd XI 07/07/2007 Four Oaks League KCC win by 24 runs
HOORAH!! Cricket was played!! In a very low scoring and bowler friendly match, the Town 3’s secured a 24 run win after been bowled out for 100 themselves. They had Tom Anscombe with 48 and colt George Haynes 16 to thank for reaching three figures as the pait put on 61 for the third wicket but the mid order and tail collapsed. Yet, Saints found conditions equally difficult as they slumped to 37-7 with Indy Matharu running riot through the top and mid order taking 6-19 off 10 fine overs. Spinners Colin Goodall claimed 3-35 and Roger Kelsey 1-18 as Saints were skittled out for 76.
Sun 1st XI 08/07/2007 Moseley League Abandoned
A heavy downpour washed out any hope for a positive result as the match was abandoned after the Moseley innings. They had posted 180 all out with Edmunds continuing from his Saturday form to bag 4-25 whilst Rupesh Sarvankar claimed 2-32. There was a wicket a piece from Mitch Lowe, Lewis Phillips and Phil Braithwaite. However, it was a damp ending when the heavens opened there was no chance for the Town to chase the Moseley score.
Sun 2nd XI 08/07/2007 Water Orton League KCC lost by 6 wkts
Water Orton 119-4 beat Kenilworth 137-9 by 6 wickets – Rain reduced target Water Orton beat the Town 2’s in a rain reduced match despite the Town scoring more runs. The 2’s posted 137-9 in their innings with teenager Jack Edwards top scoring with 29, followed by Dave Temple 27 and youngster Guy Pearson 19. Roscarla was the mainstay of the Water Orton innings as he hit 52 but their innings was interrupted by the rain but when play recommenced they achieved the new winning target of 119 for the loss of 4 wickets despite the best efforts of Roger Kelsey with 2-14, Ali Peebles 1-21 and a frugal 6 over spell from skipper Mark Deeley who claimed 1-5.
Sat 2nd XI 14/07/2007 Highway League KCC won by 8 wkts
In a top versus bottom clash, unbeaten league leaders Highway, played winless bottom of the table Town 2’s and what a result!! The Town’s “Golden Oldies” bowling trio ensured Highway were soundly thrashed by 8 wickets at the Warwick Road ground after a stunning bowling performance that was backed up with superb fielding from the youngsters in the side. With combined age of 146, the bowling trio rolled back the years led by Senior oldie, Ali Peebles snapped up 3-9 off 10 overs, wily late 40’s seamer Pete Alty bowled uphill until worn out to be rewarded with 3-19 off 12 overs whilst the youngest oldie of the trio, Andy Smith plodded along with his slow bowling to claim 4-12 off 7 overs as Highway were skittled out inside 38 overs for a paltry 66. The Town were aided by some exceptional fielding led by keeper Warrick Laverick who took a sharp stumping and a controlled catch behind the stumps which he took on the third palm into the air, whilst teenagers Michael Faulkner took a full diving one handed catch in the covers – the catch of the season – and Lewis Phillips, a high catch in the deep. They were not out done as fellow oldie, veteran Tony Sollis rolled back decades with a fine one handed catch in the slips. The Town 2’s romped to victory as Sollis went onto nudge 11 not out and Stuart Dalrymple 27 not out as they put on an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 45 to see the side to victory inside 19 overs as they secured their first victory when they reached 67-2.
Sat 3rd XI 14/07/2007 Weoley Hill League KCC lost by 45 runs
In a low scoring affair both sides with only 10 players after one Town player got lost en route, the Town 3’s fell short of the Weoley Hill target of 127. Roger Kelsey was on fire with the ball as the slow blower had taken all 8 Weoley Hill wickets before Colin Goodall ended his chance of all 9 when he bowled the last batsman. Kelsey took his career best of 8-48 off 21 overs as colt James Alty took 2 catches, Goodall two and two c & b’s in his stunning spell. However, his efforts were in vain as the 3’s collapsed to 82 all out, never recovering from 47-7. Matt Gledhill hit 16 from the first 3 balls of the reply but fell on the 5th ball and it was not until number 8 Goodall with 15 to be the only other player to make double figures.
Sat 1st XI 14/07/2007 Highway League KCC lost by 3 wkts
The Town 1’s came second best in the tight middle of table clash at highway. The side lost their first wicket in the first over , the second pair put on 44 as Mark Deeley hit 25 and Mike Watts 15 but the side slumped to 80-5 before the tail wagged a little to bring the sides total up to 145 after Mitch Lowe 16, James Nason had made 21 and Charlie Leonard 23. However, despite the best efforts of seamer Mitch Lowe with 4-33 off 13 overs and Geoff Edmunds 3-58 off 17 overs, Highway won with 6 overs to spare with Bennett to thank from the number 6 berth unbeaten on 60 as they made 147-7. In form Town keeper, Mike Watts took good catch behind the sticks to make it 10 In 3 games, having taken 5 last week against Nuneaton and 4 the previous against Atherstone (that I had failed to report on!!)
Sat 1st XI 28/07/2007 Fillongley League KCC win by 1 wicket
The Town 1’s secured their second victory of the season with a tense one wicket win that saw them move out of the bottom three. There were three Town heroes in a very tight, low scoring match. Fillongley seemed comfortable at 81-4 but the introduction of Charlie Leonard paid dividends as he recorded the Club’s first hat trick of the season as the ball clattered into the stumps. He ended on 3-25 off 8 overs whilst Geoff Edmunds was unplayable as his left arm spin returned superb figures of 4-3 off 5 overs. The duo ripped through the visitor’s mid order and tail as the side were skittled out for 108 courtesy of sharp fielding and two fine catches behind the sticks from keeper, Mike Watts. The Town’s batsmen found the track equally difficult as they slumped to 23-5. However, what proved to be a match winning partnership between Mark Wisdish 15 and Mitch Lowe, who despatched two sixes from his first three deliveries faced was the turning point in the match. Lowe went onto smash a blistering 53 off 24 balls and hit 7 sixes in his innings. Yet, it was left to the last wicket pairing of Gregg Peebles and number 11 Tom Kane to hold their nerve, as Kane lofted the ball high over the bowler’s head to the boundary that brought a much needed win by the narrowest of margins with 22 overs remaining as the side reached 110-9.
Sat 3rd XI 28/07/2007 Studley League KCC lost by 4 wkts
The Town 3’s were undone by a six wicket haul from Studley’s Lacey 6-10 and an unbeaten 89* from their Club’s star batsman Newdick. The Town made 137 with Warrick Laverick top scoring with 24, whilst junior Andy Legg hit 23 – his highest Senior score, followed by 20 each from Tom Hills and Colin Goodall. Despite Indy Matharu taking 3 wickets the side had no answer to Newdick as he single handedly guided Studley to a 4 wicket victory as they reached 139-6.
Sun 2nd XI 29/07/2007 Leamington League KCC lost by 8 wkts
Leamington had a comfortable 8 wicket win as the Town 2’s could only muster 81 all out with only Chris Walsgrove 20, Matt Gledhill 16 and Anthony Kerry 11 the only players to reach double figures. In reply, Leamington reached 82-2 with ease despite the best efforts of youngsters Matt Bolshaw taking 1-15 off 5 overs and Guy Pearson 1-27 off 8 overs.
Sun 1st XI 29/07/2007 Leamington League KCC win by 52 runs
A 110 run opening partnership between Rupesh Sarvankar 70 and James Nason 29 along with a first Senior 5 wicket haul for teenager Lewis Phillips 5-26 helped the Town secure a 52 run victory over neighbours Leamington. The Town posted 195-8 with Adam Stuart chipping with 29 and skipper Dave Edmunds 23. In reply, Leamington’s openers Hawkes 41 and Irfan 45 put on 96 for the 1st wicket but Phillips removed 5 out of 6 Leamington top order with a superb spell of seam bowling whilst Nason bowled 9 tidy overs to pick up 2-18 as Leamington succumbed losing their last 5 wickets for 3 runs as they were bowled out for 143. All the Town bowlers were backed up with quality fielding epitomised by Tom Anscombe with the catch of the day off Phillips’ last delivery that enabled him to claim his first five wicket performance.
Sat 1st XI 04/08/2007 Moseley Ashfield League Winning Draw
The Town 1’s had the much better of a draw against Moseley Ashfield, picking up 18 points and moving them up the table to 7th. The side posted 206-9 with the top order all chipping in. Openers Mark Deeley 22 and James Nason 28 put on 63 for the first wicket when a mix up saw the latter run out. Keeper Mike Watts 39 and Mitch Lowe 31 then added 60 for the 4th wicket but the side lost some momentum after that even though Gregg Peebles chipped in with 15 and Dave Edmunds 13. In reply Ashfield never recovered from being 48-5 as the bowlers’ accuracy caused problems. Peebles 3-48 removed the top three batsmen, Lowe was unlucky to take 1-31 from his 11 over spell of which 5 were maidens. Charlie Leonard then continued the pace with a fine 3-35 off 10 overs with Watts making a stunning stumping behind the sticks and wily Geoff Edmunds 2-39 off 15. However, their efforts were not quite enough as the last Ashfield pair clung on for 8 overs to end the day on 160-9 and deny the Town the win.
Sat 2nd XI 04/08/2007 Moseley Ashfield League KCC win by 7 wkts
The 2’s recorded their second win of the season at Moseley Ashfield who were bowled out for 118 thanks to a great bowling performance led by teenager Jonny Armstrong who took a brilliant 4-16 from 8 overs. Fellow youngster Matt Rees took 1-18 off 5 whilst the ageing duo of Ali Peebles and skipper Andy Kennell weighed in with 2-27 and 3-14 respectively. The Town romped to a 7 wicket win after Warrick Laverick hit his maiden half century for the Club with his 53, Michael Faulkner made 11 and Tony Sollis 10 before Peebles 14 not out and Tom Kane 11 not out saw the Town to the target with some ease.
Sat 1st XI 11/08/2007 Old Edwardians League Draw
Dropped catches allowed Old Eds to pile up 260-9 as Reeve made 92 and Shazad 40 both having being dropped twice each, one of which resulted in Town’s Charlie Leonard being taken to hospital with a facial injuries and the Town fielding with 10 players for 25 overs in a drawn match. Khalid also made 57 for the visitors before being run out. Mitch Lowe was the most successful Town bowler as his fiery pace was rewarded for 4-65. Geoff Edmunds took 2-49 whilst Gregg Peebles and Leonard took a wicket each. In reply, the Town were well set at 130-2 but lost Dave Edmunds for 67 and Mark Wisdish 27 in a space of two overs which resulted in the run chase coming to a halt. Adie Sellar made 22 and Lowe 16. With 7 required off the last over to claim an extra batting point, the luckless Leonard was out on the last ball of the match and the side ended on 199-9. However, the picked up 11 crucial points to ease their relegation fears.
Sat 2nd XI 11/08/2007 Old Edwardians League KCC win by 16 runs
The Seconds achieved maximum points in an unlikely 16 run win at Old Eds. The side were bowled out for 117 as the batting failed to gel. Only Tony Sollis with a stubborn 34 and Warrick Laverick’s cameo 17 ball innings of 29 which included 6 boundaries showed any form. Tom Anscombe with 13 and Matt Rees 10 added valuable runs in the lower order. The side all pulled together in the field for an amazing performance and pressure that saw Old Eds unbelievably bowled out for 101 as fine bowling and fielding paid dividends. Slow bowling warhorse, Andy Smith bowled an unchanged 15 over spell and was rewarded with 6-34 courtesy of fine catches from the youthful duo of Rees whilst Sollis took a missile of a catch at short mid wicket. Alty chipped in with a hard earned 3-26 off 12 overs whilst Tom Kane snapped up the final wicket to secure the Town what seemed at tea an unlikely win.
Sat 3rd XI 11/08/2007 Entaco League KCC lost by 10 wkts
Table topping Entaco were far too strong for the Town 3’s as the batting was ripped apart and the side could only muster a paltry 56 all out despite an impressive 26 from Ian Thommason with 4 boundaries. However, he was the only batsman to reach double figures. Entaco cruised to a ten wicket win inside 11 overs as they posted 60-0.
Sun 1st XI 12/08/2007 Bedworth League KCC win by 206 runs
The 1’s thrashed Bedworth by 206 runs to secure promotion to Division 1 for next season and set up the title decider with Coventry & NW next week in the final round of League matches. The Town made 281-5 thanks to Adie Sellar who followed his unbeaten 98 last week with a deserved unbeaten 104 this week. His 94 ball innings included a dozen boundaries and 2 sixes. James Nason was equally impressive with the bat as he made 74 from the number two berth and Mitch Lowe chipped in with 31 whilst Michael Faulkner made 18 and Tom Anscombe 10 not out. Skipper Iles was the only Bedworth player to reach double figures with 17 in his side’s total of 75 as Phil Braithwaite took 2-13, Tom Kane 3-26, Roger Kelsey 2-14 and Lewis Phillips 2-20. After the depressing loss of the Clubhouse due to arson in the winter there were deserved smiles on the field at gaining promotion.
Sun 2nd XI 12/08/2007 Ken Wardens League KCC lost by 17 runs
The Town 2’s suffered a narrow 17 run defeat at the Wardens who had posted 229-7 with Minesh Patel hitting 76, Nilesh Patel 30, Hement Gohal 29 and Jayesh Patel 28 not out. 15 year old Matt Bolshaw led the Town bowling with a fine 2-31 off 8 overs, Andy Smith took 2-31 off 9 overs and Mark Deeley 1-31 from 7 overs. In reply, the side slumped to 21-2 before a superb 145 run partnership between Deeley 67 and Colin Goodall 48 set up a tense few final overs. Jack Edwards hit a quick fire 20 but as overs ran out the Town were bowled out on the last ball of the match for 218 in an entertaining game.
Sat 1st XI 18/08/2007 Bablake OB League Abandoned
Only 6 overs were possible as the Town had elected to bat. They reached 20-0 with Mark Deeley 7 not out and James Nason 1 not out when the heavens opened and play was abandoned for the day.
Sat 3rd XI 18/08/2007 Walmley 4ths League Abandoned
The Town 3’s bowled 11 overs in their match against Walmley who were 40-2 when the weather ended any further play. Gareth Knights snapped up the two Walmley wickets ending on 2-28.
Sat 2nd XI 18/08/2007 Bablake OB League Abandoned
The Second’s match too was abandoned after 6 overs with Bablake 23-1. Andy Smith snapping up the only wicket.
Sun 2nd XI 19/08/2007 Coventry NW League Abandoned
30 overs were possible in the Town’s match against Coventry & NW who were 125-2 with Rice 58* whilst the wicket takers were Lewis Phillips 1-28 thanks to a sharp slip catch from Mark Wisdish and 1-30 from Roger Kelsey as the side ended their Sunday League performance with a creditable 4th place.
Sun 1st XI 19/08/2007 Coventry NW League Abandoned
Congratulations to the Sunday 1st XI who were crowned 2007 champions of Division 2 of the Warwickshire Sunday League after their title decider against Coventry & NW was abandoned when weather caused havoc in the final round of the 45 overs a side League matches but the 1st XI’s performance throughout the season was enough to see them win the title by two points from Coventry & NW who were 76-4 off 25 overs when the weather once against intervened after Tom Kane had taken 2-24 off his 9 overs, Mitch Lowe 1-17 courtesy of a sharp catch behind the sticks from Tom Anscombe and 1-12 by Rupesh Sarvankar. It is the Club’s first title since 2002 and came as very good news for the Club which is still recovering from the arson attack that destroyed the Clubhouse and Function Room during the winter. It also seems likely that Sarvankar will be crowned the Division’s Player of the Year with skipper, Dave Edmunds, the Divisional Runner Up, as they were the leading players before the weekend’s washout. Roger Mortimore, the Club Secretary, said : “It is great that the Club has something to celebrate about in this most difficult of years for us. The players have been totally committed to the Club and it is a fine reward for us that we can shout about our cricketing performances on the field of play. I warmly congratulate all those players who represented the Club in our Sunday 1st XI this year. I am really proud of their success. Next year will be an exciting time and a new challenge for the Club, both on and off the field, with a new Clubhouse and top level Sunday League cricket.”
Sat 2nd XI 25/08/2007 Bournville League KCC lost by 4 wkts
The Seconds missed the chance to gain maximum points when they were unable to defend their 136 total on a difficult track as they lost by 4 wickets as Bournville reached 139-6 in the penultimate over. Earlier, the Town ’s Luke Walton with 25 and 18 from Michael Faulkner were the highlight of the batting. Lewis Phillips chipped in with 15. Despite a heroic 3-44 off 15 overs from old stager Pete Alty the side were unable to prevent Bournville edging home as Andy Kennell, Ali Peebles and Phillips picked up a wicket a piece.
Sat 1st XI 25/08/2007 North Warwickshire League Drawn Match
North Warwicks had the much better of the draw in The Saturday fixture in their drawn game at Kenilworth. The side posted a stiff 246-8 off their 50 overs as Lawton made 46, Parker 47, Kelly 34 and Qayyum 28. Geoff Edmunds picked up 4-73 off 17 overs for the hosts and Gregg Peebles 2-36. Although several Town players made starts none were able to make a huge impact on the game against a tight North Warwicks attack and the side settled for a draw ending on 174-8 at close after Mark Deeley had hit 23, Dave Edmunds 26, Adie Sellar 20, Gregg Peebles 23 and Mark Wisdish 20 not out.
Sat 3rd XI 25/08/2007 Sheldon Marlborough League TIED MATCH
Number 11 Nilton Green and skipper Andy Dadswell nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in an exciting match that ended as a tie on the last ball of the match. Chasing Sheldon’s 187 in which Roger Kelsey took 5-53 off 19 overs and Green 2-63 off 18 overs. The 3’s started well as Colin Goodall made a superb 50 and Tom Parkes 23. but the mid order failed and Green and Dadswell came together on 126-9. They batted superbly and crept towards their target over by over. In the end, Green made an amazing unbeaten 39 whilst Dadswell made 23 as he was run out on the last ball of the match after they had hit 12 off the final over.
Sat 2nd XI 27/08/2007 Kings Heath League KCC win by 7 wkts
The side bounced back from their Saturday disappointment with a comprehensive seven wicket win as they skittled King’s Heath out for 78. However, there was an early scare as the side slumped to 3-4 chasing before Stuart Dalrymple hit a magnificent unbeaten 47 and a stunning six to win the game inside 15 overs as he had an 75 run unbroken partnership with Steve Kelley, fresh from his honeymoon who was 12 not out as the side reached 79-3. Earlier, evergreen Ali Peebles bowled a superb 11 over spell in which he claimed 3-15. Andy Kennell snapped up 2-13 whilst Andy Smith and Pete “Golden Hands” Alty took a wicket apiece. Two run outs accounted for the other wickets to fall.
Sat 1st XI 27/08/2007 Kings Heath League Drawn Match
The 1’s took full advantage of a superb batting track as Mitch Lowe started the run fest, opening the batting to make a quickfire 36 inside 6 overs. The side continued to hit runs, led by a superb century from in form James Nason who recorded a delightful 101 and Dave Edmunds 58 as the side made 278-5. King’s Heath started their reply well but were never going to overhaul the Town total and quickly settled for a draw. The Town were unable to whittle out the tail as Heath ended on 185-7 but they picked up 17 crucial points to leave them mid table with 3 games remaining.
Sat 2nd XI 01/09/2007 Bedworth League Losing Draw
The Second’s had a hit and miss day in the field as the Bedworth batsmen punished the side for dropped catches as Chand made 73, Irfan Khan 41 and Hirons 49. However, the Town made amends with 4 sharp run outs yet Bedworth managed to hit 212-9 off their 50 overs. Andy Smith took 2-37 off 12 overs whilst there was a wicket a piece for Andy Kennell, Ali Peebles and youngster Pete Alty. In reply, the Town never recovered from 50-4 after a loss of 3 quick wickets and hung on for a draw after Stuart Dalrymple had departed for a sold 47. Warrick Laverick made 26 and Luke Walton 22 as the side reached 156-9 at the close of play.
Sat 3rd XI 01/09/2007 Kings Heath League KCC win by 5 wkts
The Town 3’s ended there promising season with a 5 wicket drubbing of King’s Heath who had been skittled out for 68 thanks to an amazing bowling spell from Nilton Green who took an incredible 6-10 off 7.2 overs whilst Gareth Knights snapped up 2-30 and wily spinner Roger Kelsey 2-5 off 7 overs. In reply, the Town reached 69-5 to record their 5th win of the season despite a mid order wobble that saw 4 wickets fall for 4 runs but Tom Hills held his nerve to guide the side too victory as he ended on an unbeaten 24. Colin Goodall and Tom Parkes chipped in with 11 a piece.
Sat 1st XI 01/09/2007 Bedworth League KCC won by 4 wkts
Mitch Lowe starred with the bat and ball as the Town 1’s won by 4 wickets chasing Bedworth’s total of 239-9. Paceman Lowe first took a superb 5-65 off 15 overs and then in a pinch hitting role opened the Town’s innings and blasted a quickfire 65 off 34 balls with four 6’s and four boundaries as the side won in the penultimate over. Bedworth had openers Jones 84 and Parnell 58 to thank for a good start as they put on 147 for the first wicket, whilst Friswell chipped in with 26 in mid order. Gregg Peebles was also in form for the Town with the ball as his fine efforts were rewarded with 4-74 off 16 overs as that man Lowe was on hand to claim a catch for him. Dave Edmunds added 41 and Adie Sellar 35 whilst it was left to Peebles 35 not out and skipper Geoff Edmunds 7 not out to steer the side home to victory as they past the winning post ending the day on 240-6 in a fine team performance.
Sun 1st XI 02/09/2007 Coventry and North Warwicks League KCC win by 32 runs
The Sunday 1st XI’s overcame neighbours Coventry & NW to reach the Divisional cup final. Posting 171-9 the Town had the mid order duo of Adam Stuart 41 and Michael Faulkner 37 to thank as the pair put on 79 runs for the 5th wicket. Earlier, Rupesh Sarvankar hit 21, Adie Sellar 15 and Phil Braithwaite 13 in the side’s total. Gleghorn picked up 3-14 and Jakeman 3-30 for the visitors. In reply, Coventry were bowled out for 139 in the 41st over after Jakeman 30 and Townsend 29 had proved the only obstacle for the Town reaching their cup final. Sarvankar picked up 3-26, Geoff Edmunds 2-9, Braithwaite 2-25 whilst Dave Edmunds took 1-11 and Ali Peebles 1-26 in the side’s win
Sun 2nd XI 02/09/2007 Water Orton Friendly KCC lost by 107 runs
Water Orton were comfortable 107 run winners after posting 258-6 with N. Lawley retiring after reaching his century and Bevan 54 in the 40 over friendly encounter. Mark Deeley took 2-44 whilst there was a wicket each for Matt Rees, Sam Leach and Tom Hills. In reply, the Town were all out in the 39th over for 151 despite Dave Temple hitting 41, Deeley 34 and Chris Walsgrove 22.
Sat 1st XI 08/09/2007 Atherstone League KCC win by 2 wkts
Gregg Peebles was the star with the ball for the Town 1’s whilst Dave Edmunds starred with bat as the side enjoyed a 2 wicket win at Atherstone who had posted 199 all out. The hosts were in all sorts of trouble as they slumped to 80-6 but Clements and number 9 Brooks each hit 54. Peebles bowled a marathon unchanged 25 over spell and earned fine figures of 7-123 with his pacy seamers. Mitch Lowe’s 15 overs went unrewarded as he only picked up 1-44 whilst left arm spinner Geoff Edmunds bagged 2-28 off 10 tidy overs. Keeper, Mike Watts snapped up two catches behind the sticks whilst Mark Wisdish took 3 catches in the outfield and Edmunds Senior a brace. In the run chase, Lowe in the pinch hitting role blasted a quickfire 46 off 37 balls opening smashing half a dozen boundaries and launching 2 sixes. Dave Edmunds then took over and imposed himself on the game as he played delightfully to hit an excellent 71 despatching 8 boundaries. Phil Braithwaite chipped in with a solid 26 as a mid order wobble took place. It was left to Edmunds Senior with 12 not out and Lewis Phillips 4 not out to guide the Town to victory ending on 200-8 with 4 overs to spare. The result leaves the Town side in 4th place entering the final week of matches but they are still not safe from potential relegation as 4 teams could be relegated leaving 9 clubs on tenterhooks as the points are very tight.
Sat 2nd XI 08/09/2007 Atherstone League KCC lost by 31 runs
Once again it was a game of two halves for the Seconds as they bowled out League leaders for 129 again showing that their strength is in the field but faltered with the bat to lose by 31 runs. Pete Alty bowled a heroic spell of swinging seamers for the Town 2’s and recorded his first ever 25 over spell as he snapped up 6-57 – his bowling nearly unplayable. Jonny Armstrong, who had celebrated his 17th birthday the day before the match, was in equally inspiring form as he produced his best bowling of the season. His 12 overs went for only 10 runs and he was unlucky to claim only one scalp. Old timer Ali Peebles chipped in with 2-24. In reply, Warrick Laverick made 24 from the opening berth but this was the only score of note as the batting once again collapsed and the side were skittled out for a paltry 98 and virtually condemned the side to Division 1 cricket next season. Sadiq was in stunning form for Atherstone as he took 7-45.
Sun 1st XI 09/09/2007 Solihull Municipal Friendly KCC win by 7 wkts
The 1st’s cruised to a 7 wicket win after restricting Solihull Municipal for 123-9 with a fine fielding performance. Lewis Phillips took 3-32 but the bowling star was Tom Anscombe whose flighted slow deliveries claimed 3-16 in his best outing of the season with the ball. His wickets consisted of a stunning caught and bowled, bowled and a sharp catch from keeper Warrick Laverick. There was a wicket each for Phil Braithwaite, Ali Peebles and James Nason. In reply, Rupesh Sarvankar was the batting star as he guided the side to 123-3 with a fine unbeaten 60 whilst Nason hit 30 and Mitch Lowe chipped in with 13 and Laverick 10 not out.
Sun 2nd XI 09/09/2007 Solihull Municipal Friendly KCC lost by 4 runs
The Town 2’s fell short by 4 runs in the last over of the match chasing Municipal’s score of 191. The star bowler for the Town was under 15 colt Declan Simmons who took his first ever 5 wicket Senior haul in only his second game for the side with his first bowling performance. He claimed a memorable 5-25 on with his leg spin. Roger Kelsey took 2-30 removing both openers whilst there was a wicket each for Nilton Green and Mark Deeley. In reply, Tom Hills hit 56 and Deeley in the number 6 berth made an unbeaten 45. However, he lost too many partners and the last two wickets of the match were run outs as the side nearly made past the winning post but fell short on 187.
Sat 1st XI 15/09/2007 Nuneaton League Match Drawn
Kenilworth 1’s completed their WACL Premier Division season with a Losing draw at home to Nuneaton and with results elsewhere going their way finishing a very creditable 5th position. Batting first on a glorious sunny day Nuneaton amassed 252-5 with Simon Barker scoring 103 off 99 balls receiving valuable support from Ruben Field 58 off 80 deliveries. The ‘king of spin’ Geoff Edmunds claimed 4-91 off 22 overs with Gregg Peebles claiming 1-91 off 18 overs. In reply, Kenilworth never looked interested in winning but closed on a respectable 213-5. Dave Edmunds continuing his recent good form with an unbeaten 99 off only 106 deliveries perhaps denied his century due to a glorious straight drive from keeper Mike Watts off the penultimate ball of the innings and Steve Kelley chipped in with a valuable 26. Dean Hopkins the most successful Nuneaton bowler took 4-72 and captain Jason Dean 1-56.
Sat 2nd XI 15/09/2007 Nuneaton League Lost by 134 runs
Kenilworth 2’s completed a miserable season with a heavy defeat at the hands of Nuneaton and their inevitable relegation to Warwickshire Division One was confirmed. Stand in skipper, Pete Alty, won the toss and asked Nuneaton to bat and never looked back as they amassed 346-2 in only 46 overs before the declaration was made. Opener Mark Evans made the Town attack suffer with an unbeaten 206 but was well supported by Tim Bates who scored 96. Pete Alty and Colin Goodall with the sole wickets takers both taking 1-51. In reply, despite 6 Kenilworth batsmen reaching the 20’s the innings finally concluded in the 49th over on 212. Warrick Laverick and Colin Goodall both top scored on 28. For Nuneaton the wickets were spread around with Adam Wilkinson 1-78, Jordan Simpson 2-41, Mark Walters 2-11, Simon Lester 2-12 , Rob Harris 1-7 and Mark Evans 2-13.