2008 Match Reports

Here are all the reports from the 2008 season at Kenilworth Cricket Club

Sun 1st XI 13/04/2008 Harborne Friendly KCC Lost by 2 runs
Kenilworth Cricket Club opened the new season by suffering a narrow two run defeat in a 45-over friendly at Birmingham League outfit Harborne on Sunday. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat with Simon Gear 59, Hazim Abbas 42 and Darren Culbard 18no scoring the lions share in a total of 182 for 8. Town spinner, James Nason, was the most successful bowler with 3-25, while promising youngster, Matt Rees, removed Gear and former New Zealand Test player, Ian Butler, in a smart 2-48 return. There was also one wicket a piece for Gregg Peebles, Mitch Lowe and Geoff Edmunds. Kenilworth slumped to 57 for 6 in reply but skipper Dave Edmunds and Michael Watts, who had earlier claimed a sharp stumping, effected a recovery. Edmunds Junior eventually fell for a fine 62 and Peebles struck 13 as the side limped to 132 for 9. Watts was then joined by veteran Geoff Edmunds and the experienced pair almost fashioned an amazing victory. They added 48 for the last wicket but Kiwi pace-ace Butler returned to remove Watts for a defiant 36. Edmunds Senior was left stranded on 25no as Kenilworth were dismissed for 180 with six overs remaining.
Sat 1st XI 19/04/2008 Norton Lindsey Friendly KCC lost by 4 wkts
A dreadful batting collapse sentenced Kenilworth to a four wicket defeat in their latest warm-up clash at Norton Lindsey on Saturday. There was no sign of the carnage to come as Kenilworth cruised to 42 without loss in just four overs with Mitch Lowe blasting 31. David Edmunds added 18 which lifted the total to 74 for 2 after 12 overs but the innings quickly fell apart and the visitors were dismissed for 89 in 23 overs. Home skipper Andy Dewar 4-3, Andy Currall 4-11 and Tony Warner 2-42 did the damage. Norton did not have things all their own way but edged to 92 for 6 in 38 overs with Sunny Khushi 24, Paul Ashley 14 and Steve Richardson 14 top scoring. Newcomer Jamil Khilgi returned 4-21 from eight overs, while 15-year-old Matt Bolshaw, making his senior debut, took 2-16 and fellow debutant Ryan Burkin deserved better than 0-18 in his eight overs.
Sat 2nd XI 19/04/2008 Norton Lindsey Friendly Abandoned
Rain forced an early finish to the 2nd XI clash at Warwick Road on Saturday. Norton were dismissed for 98 of which Fell hit a top score 37. Spinners Andy Smith 3-14 and Roger Kelsey 3-20 were the most successful bowlers, bowling 7 tidy overs each, while there was one wicket apiece for Ed Smith, Ali Peebles and Andy Kennell. Kenilworth had reached 36 for 3, thanks to Dave Temple 17no and Matt Gledhill 15, when the weather intervened.
Sat 1st XI 26/04/2008 Weoley Hill Friendly KCC win by 29 runs
Stuart Dalrymple hit a sparkling century as Kenilworth chalked up a 29 run victory in a high-scoring friendly against Weoley Hill at Warwick Road on Saturday. Dalrymple displayed plenty of early-season promise and put the visiting bowlers to the sword in compiling a superb 113. He shared a century second wicket partnership with James Nason 53, while Mitch Lowe 28 and David Edmunds 21 were also among the runs as Kenilworth posted a challenging total of 249 for 4 in their 45 overs. Weoley Hill never seriously threatened to overhaul the daunting target despite the efforts of Sandford 43 and Barnacle, who smashed 47 off just 20 balls, with the reply closing on 220 for 6. Nason completed a good all round performance by returning 3-50, while Matt Rees claimed 2-26.
Sun 2nd XI 27/04/2008 Wellesbourne Friendly Abandoned
The 2nds were 95 for 4, of which Matt Gledhill struck 36no, after 22 overs at Wellesbourne before play was abandoned.
Sun 1st XI 27/04/2008 Wellesbourne Friendly Abandoned
The weather called an early halt to Sunday’s friendly clash against Wellesbourne. Mitch Lowe, who was dropped three times, blasted 97no as Kenilworth reached 168 for 5 when rain intervened after 31 overs. Ed Smith 20 and Steve Kelley 15 played supporting roles.
Sat 2nd XI 03/05/2008 Handsworth League KCC lost by 147 runs
The 2nds were crushed by 147 runs at home against Handsworth in their opening League encounter. A solid Handsworth batting performance saw them achieve 234-4 thanks to Philogne who hit a superb 87 with 8 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s as he and Mills 44 put on 97 for the first wicket. Caseman then added an unbeaten 50. Despite tidy bowling, only Ali Peebles with 3-51 and Andy Kennell 1–25 made any breakthroughs, aided by a couple of sharp stumpings from keeper, Matt Gledhill. In reply, the lack of match practice showed as the Town batted ineptly. Chris Walsgrove with 31 and Tony Sollis 18 were the only batsmen to reach double figures as the Town slumped to a paltry 87 all out as the four Handsworth bowlers shared the scalps.
Sat 3rd XI 03/05/2008 Sheldon Marlborough League KCC lost by 4 wkts
In a low scoring affair the 3’s fell to a 4 wicket defeat with only two overs of the match left after posting 133-9. Skipper Andy Dadswell top scored with 30, followed by Colin Goodall 24 and Gareth Knights 19. In reply, Sheldon’s skipper, Steve Reynolds was the difference between the two sides as he hit a match winning 64 despite the superb efforts of Roger Kelsey whose 17 overs were rewarded with a fine 4-39. Indy Matharu with 1-18 and Patrick Howard 1-19 were the other wicket takers as Sheldon reached 134-6.
Sat 1st XI 03/05/2008 Handsworth League Winning Draw KCC
The 1st’s enjoyed a comfortable winning draw as they started their League campaign at Handsworth. James Nason 49 and Dave Edmunds 60 put on 107 runs for the 3rd wicket helped the side reach 228-9. Nason hit 4 boundaries in his innings whilst Edmunds Junior hit 4 sixes and 4 boundaries in his knock, his half century coming off 56 balls. Gregg Peebles at 5 chipped in with 36, whilst the tail wagged as Mark Deeley made 18 and Geoff Edmunds 17. Handsworth fifth bowler, Stone, was the pick of their attack snapping up 5-67 off his 13 overs. The home side never kept pace with the run chase despite an unbeaten 52 from Moore and 30 a piece from Peck and Buchanan. They ended the day on 181-8 with Peebles the pick of the attack taking 3-37 off his 11 overs, Edmunds Senior 2-52 off 13 overs, whilst youngsters, Pete Alty, took 1-19 from 7 tidy overs and Tom Kane 1-27 from his six overs.
Sun 1st XI 04/05/2008 Hampton & Solihull Friendly KCC win by 5 wkts
The 1’s enjoyed a 6 wicket win at Hampton and Solihull after restricting them to 167-8 in their 40 overs after they had from 53-6. Pick of the bowlers was 14 year old Patrick Howard, making his 1st XI debut, who returned stunning figures of 5-2-5-1. Roger Kelsey took 2-16, whilst there was a wicket each for Ryan Burkin, Richard Knight and James Nason as Hampton’s number 8, Keyte 37* and number 10 , Cherry, 35* helped bolster their team’s score to 167-8. In reply, the 1’s reached 168-5 with 5 overs to spare after Gregg Peebles 41 and Nason 43 had put the 1’s on the road to victory with a 90 run 1st wicket partnership. However, the most impressive knock came from 13 year old debutant, Ben Whidbourne, who made 21 from the number 5 berth and who smashed 4 boundaries in his cameo 30 ball innings, whilst fellow youngster Howard chipped in with 18 and old timer Geoff Edmunds was 18 not out to secure victory.
Sat 2nd XI 10/05/2008 Marston Green League Winning Draw
The 2nds couldn’t quite find the killer touch as Marston Green’s last pair desperately clung on for 4 overs to avoid defeat after the Town 2’s had posted 176 thanks to Michael Faulkner from the opening berth posting a solid 57 whilst Rob Heath hit a classy 40. Jeff Stanners chipped in with 19 and Ali Peebles 17. However, the batsmen didn’t have it all their own way as Archibald snapped up 7-41 with his slow right arm bowling. In reply, Marston Green never recovered from being 2-4 inside their first three overs and lost wickets at regular intervals as they struggled against some accurate Town bowling and fielding which was epitomised by 17 year old Matt Rees who took 2 sharp catches. Fellow teenagers, Jonny Armstrong took 3-13 off 12 fine overs, 14 year old Matt Bolshaw 1-8 off 4 overs, whilst the old timers put added pressure on the batsmen. Andy Kennell took 2-5 off 13 overs of which 10 were maidens whilst Andy Smith and Pete Alty took a wicket each. However, it was Archibald who continued to be the thorn in the Town’s side as he successfully batted out the last over and Marston Green ended on 101-9.
Sat 1st XI 10/05/2008 Nuneaton League Losing Draw
Nuneaton had the better of the draw as they posted 191-8 thanks to Hugh Caratella hitting 74 and Steve Bourne 35. Geoff Edmunds claimed 4-36 from his 14 overs whilst Gregg Peebles, Tom Kane and James Nason chipped in with a wicket a piece. In reply, the Town 1’s started well with opener Mitch Lowe slamming a quickfire 47 off 29 balls with 4 sixes and 4 boundaries. However, the side could not keep up the momentum despite Adie Sellar hitting 27, Charlie Leonard 18 and Stuart Dalrymple 17. The Town settled for a draw as they ended the day on 153-8 with Hopkins taking 3-61, Dean 3-35 and Cook 1-25 for the visitors.
Sat 3rd XI 10/05/2008 Studley Friendly KCC lost by 8 wicket
With no League match, the Town 3’s entertained Studley but could only post 118-7 in their 50 overs against an accurate attack. Ed Smith batting at 7 his a superb unbeaten 47. In reply, Studley eased to victory thanks to Hughes 53 not out and Williams 46. The only successful bowlers were Roger Kelsey 1-24 and Indy Matharu 1-28 as Studley reached 119-2 comfortably.
Sun 1st XI 11/05/2008 Walmley League KCC win by 91 runs
The 1’s enjoyed a comfortable 91 run victory as they started their League campaign in the top flight of the Warwickshire Sunday League. The side posted 211 with Adie Sellar being the batsman of the day, hitting a quality 73 from the number 3 berth as he proved to be the anchor for the side. Mitch Lowe made 29, James Nason 32, Charlie Leonard 18, Dave Edmunds 13 and Mark Deeley 12 in the town’s total. Usman picked up 4-32 and Jarvis 4-52 for the visitors. Usman then posted 50 in reply with the bat but once he was out the side capitulated to 120 all out as Edmunds senior snapped up 3-8 off 6 overs, Matt Bolshaw 2-36 and Leonard 1-18. Roger Kelsey rounded the match off by taking the last two wickets with his first four balls to give the Town side a convincing victory.
Sun 2nd XI 11/05/2008 Banbury Friendly KCC lost by 7 wicket
Although the side fell to a 7 wicket defeat at Banbury, the young Town side performed well. They posted 158-7 from their 40 overs and once again it was 13 year old Ben Whidbourne and 14 year old Patrick Howard that starred with the bat and showed their great potential for the future. Whidbourne hit a classy 26 from the number 4 berth whilst Howard at 6 was unbeaten on 25 smashing 5 boundaries. 17 year old Jonny Armstrong showed his all round potential with a solid 36 to top score. Fellow teenager, Jack Edwards made 19. The difference between the two sides was Banbury’s opener Ryan who hit a match winning 83 not out as they eased to 162-3. The only wicket taker was Whidbourne who showed his skill with the ball to snap up 2-18, the other wicket fell to a sharp run out.
Sat 2nd XI 17/05/2008 Pickwick P & M League Losing Draw for KCC
Kenilworth 2nds held on to secure a draw against table-topping Pickwick Post & Mail on Saturday. Pickwick totalled 201 for 9 thanks to the efforts of Ali 65 and Mahmood 39. Off-spinner Andy Smith was the most successful bowler with 4-65, while youngsters Johnny Armstrong 3-60 and Matt Bolshaw 2-16 offered good support. Kenilworth slumped to 35 for 5 as Khan (4-26) got to work with the ball but a defiant unbroken sixth wicket stand of 68 between debutant Keith Bennett (40no) and Tom Anscombe (16no) blunted the visiting attack and guided the reply to 103 for 5.
Sat 1st XI 17/05/2008 Atherstone League KCC win by 27 runs
A good performance in the field earned Kenilworth a hard fought 27 run Warwickshire League Premier Division victory at Atherstone on Saturday. Kenilworth recovered from losing a wicket to the second ball of the match thanks to a 39 run second wicket stand between Mark Wisdish and James Nason (16). Wisdish went on to hit a top score 40 but the visitors were guilty of self destruction as they were dismissed for 133 in the 47th over. Gregg Peebles (30no) and David Edmunds (19) were the only other batsmen to make any significant contributions as Steve Healey returned fine figures of 7-67. But accurate bowling, backed up by a slick fielding performance, kept Atherstone on the backfoot. Opener Dave Blower compiled 27 but wickets fell at regular intervals to Charlie Leonard (3-28), skipper Geoff Edmunds (3-25) and Peebles (3-31) as the reply terminated on 106 in the 46th over. Kenilworth completed a weekend double by easing to a 117 run
Sun 1st XI 18/05/2008 Ken Wardens League KCC win
Warwickshire Sunday League success over neighbours Kenilworth Wardens. A sparkling first wicket stand of 160 between Rupesh Sarvankar (68) and James Nason (63) paved the way for a formidable total. But Kenilworth lost their way until David Edmunds (45) and Mitch Lowe (22) blasted 72 off the final five overs which lifted the total to 267 for 6. Raj Gohil claimed 3-38. Wardens were restricted to 150 for 6 of which Sitanshu Kotak 74, Patel 28 and Paul Smith 20 scored the lions share. Promising 14-year-old seamer Matt Bolshaw proved pick of the home attack with 3-34 from nine tidy overs.
Sat 2nd XI 24/05/2008 Camp Hill Old Eds League KCC win by 9 wickets
The 2nds claimed their first win of the season in emphatic style by crushing Camp Hill Old Eds by 9 wickets. Electing to bat, Camp Hill struggled against the pace of Tom Kane who took 3-26 and were then bamboozled by the accuracy of the slow bowling from a trio of Town golden oldies. Ali Peebles snapped up 2-28, whilst the spin duo of Andy Kennell and Andy Smith conceded just 41 runs from their 25 overs partnership. Kennell took 2-19 and Smith 3-22. Camp Hill had no answer to the opening partnership of Mike Faulkner and Jeff Stanners as the pair put on a superb 121 when Faulkner departed for 47 seven balls short of victory. Stanners played a sublime innings to end unbeaten on 51 with 7 boundaries as the side coasted to 124-1 inside 34 overs on a day that all cylinders fired for the 2’s in a great all round performance.
Sat 1st XI 24/05/2008 Bedworth League KCC win by 54 runs
The Town 1’s climbed to the top of the Premier Division table with a 54 run victory against Bedworth. Put into bat, the Town made 226-9 after Mitch Lowe made an amazing start to the game when he hit the first three balls of the match for a six a piece. His firework cameo innings lasted only 11 balls but he blasted 28 but had set the Town on their way. James Nason and Dave Edmunds then shared in a 100 run 3rd wicket partnership that set the side up for a large score. Nason’s 101 ball innings was rewarded with a fine 69, whilst Edmunds took over where Lowe had left and his 66 came off 51 balls and saw 6 boundaries and 3 sixes. Adie Sellar chipped in with 17 and Mick Watts 14 in the Town’s total. Khan was the most successful Bedworth bowler snapping up 5-83 off his 19 overs whilst Jones took 2-33. In reply, Bedworth started well reaching 107-1 with Friswell 59 and Higgins 36 putting on 88 for the second wicket. However, the Town bowlers stepped up their pace and the visitors went onto lose their last 7 wickets for 21 runs and to be bowled out for 172, as seamer Gregg Peebles ripped through the mid order and tail to claim an impressive 6-40 off 15 fine overs. Nason showed his all round qualities as he took 2-19 with his left arm spin whilst Rob Heath and Lowe snapped up a wicket each to give the Town a quality 54 run victory.
Sat 3rd XI 24/05/2008 Rushall League KCC win by 7 wickets
The 3’s rounded off a great Saturday for the Club by achieving their first win of the season with a clinical 7 wicket win against Rushall who struggled against another Town spin duo. After Indy Matharu and Gareth Knights had picked up a wicket each, it was spinners Colin Goodall and Roger Kelsey who teamed up and ripped through the Rushall side as they were skittled out for 124. Goodall took 5-27 of 11 overs whilst Kelsey weighed in with a fine 3-22 from 13 overs. It took the Town 3’s just 22 overs to reach the winning post after keeper Matt Gledhill had blasted 63 hitting 9 boundaries and 2 sixes in his knock. Skipper Nigel Thompson made an unbeaten 31 and Andy Dadswell 10 not out eased the 3’s home as the side reached 125-3
Sat 1st XI 26/05/2008 Kings Heath League Abandoned
Only 29 overs were able to be played at the Warwick Road ground, with King’s Heath struggling against the pace of seamers Mitch Lowe and Gregg Peebles in the wet conditions. King’s Heath were 90-5 off 29 overs, with opener Davis 46 showing any resistance. Lowe took a fine 4-47 from 15 overs and his wicket tally was aided by a brace of sharp catches behind the sticks from keeper Mick Watts. Peebles took 1-26 but play was abandoned when the heavens finally opened.
Sat 2nd XI 26/05/2008 Kings Heath League Abandoned
Just 37 overs were bowled at King’s Heath when the weather intervened to halt the Town 2’s good batting performance. Jack Edwards looked in form with the bat as he remained unbeaten on 45 whilst Joe Courts hit a solid 42 as the side reached 165-4 when the inclement weather triumphed.
Sat 1st XI 31/05/2008 North Warwickshire League KCC win by 95 runs
The Town 1’s continued their unbeaten start to the season with their 3rd 24 point haul of the season in 4 games against North Warwickshire to lead the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division on 103 points , 5 clear of Southam. Batting first after winning the toss Kenilworth mustered a competive total of 189-7 on a damp pitch and slow outfield due to the torrential rain earlier in the way. Dave Edmunds top scored with 47 but there were also valuable contributions from James Nason 30 and Gregg Peebles 31 before Mark Deeley and Michael Watts put on a valuable 44 runs for the 7th wkt partnership. In reply, apart from opener Tariq Khan who hit 34, the rest of the batsman struggled with only Mike Corbett 15 and Matt Sadler 22 not out the only other batsman to reach double figures. For the Town, Mitch Lowe took 2-27 Geoff Edmunds 3-19 , James Nason 2-17 but the outstanding performer was wily paceman, Pete Alty, who snapped up 3-12 from 6 accurate overs as North Warwickshire were bowled out for 94.
Sat 2nd XI 31/05/2008 North Warwickshire League KCC won by 4 wkts
Kenilworth 2nds continued their good form by recording a four wicket victory at North Warwick on Saturday. The home side were restricted to 174 for 9 with Chris Liverton 44 and Rob Simms 38 top scoring. Promising youngster Johnny Armstrong returned fine figures of 3-24 from nine overs, while experienced left-arm spinner Andy Kennell bagged 3-27 from 15 tidy overs. Skipper Steve Kelley led the way by hitting a top score 60, while Tony Sollis 43 and Mark Stranks 25no offered support as Kenilworth eased to 175 for 6.
Sun 1st XI 01/06/2008 Solihull League KCC win by 83 runs
Kenilworth are also setting the pace at the top of Warwickshire Sunday League Division One after chalking up a convincing 83 run success over Solihull. Opener Rupesh Sarvankar laid the platform for Kenilworth to make it three wins out of three by compiling a classy 135. He survived a dropped catch on 30 and went on to make the most of his good fortune with an array of shots around the wicket. Gregg Peebles struck 29 which helped the visitors total 246 with Bailor grabbing 3-30. A promising third wicket stand between Pariakh 65 and Suleman 35 kept Solihull in contention but the latter was smartly caught by Ed Smith off the bowling of James Nason. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and the reply terminated on 163 with Geoff Edmunds 3-15, Smith 3-34 and Nason 2-20 doing the damage.
Sun 2nd XI 01/06/2008 Kings Heath League KCC lost by 4 wkts
The 2nds suffered a narrow four wicket defeat in their opening Warwickshire Sunday League clash against Kings Heath. Dave Temple 52 and skipper Mark Deeley 26 top scored as Kenilworth totalled 149 for 6 in their 45 overs. but the Birmingham visitors reached 151 for 6 with three balls to spare despite the efforts of spinner Roger Kelsey 3-27.
Sat 1st XI 07/06/2008 Solihull Blossomfield League KCC lost by 13 runs
The Towns 1’s unbeaten League run finally came to an end at the hands of Solihull Blossomfield with a narrow 13 run defeat which has meant that neighbours, Southam, have leap frogged them into pole position following their own win at the weekend. Batting first, Solihull Blossomfield amassed 176-9 in 50 overs on a low, slow pitch. Opening bat and Warwickshire Under 17 player, Rob Edmond, top scored with a patient 50 off 123 balls but there were also valuable contribution from Kassim Abassi 29 and Sheraz Khan 30. For the Town, Gregg Peebles took 3-49, James Nason 3-33 and Geoff Edmunds 2-55. Chasing, the Town slumped to 14-2 and then to 49-3 before a 65 run partnership between Mitch Lowe who finished on a rapid fire 53 off only 20 balls with 5 x 4 and 5 x 6 and Mark Wisdish 33 set up a winning position. However, Blossomfield bowler Andy Greenwood had other ideas as he tore through the lower middle order to finish with outstanding figures of 21.4-7-42-7 to leave Kenilworth 13 runs short of victory with Gregg Peebles completing a fine all round contribution to be left stranded on 28 not out as the side were bowled out for 163.
Sat 3rd XI 07/06/2008 Four Oaks Saints League KCC lost by 6 wkts
The 3’s were soundly beaten after being routed for 78 with only skipper Nigel Thompson and Colin Goodall reaching double figures, scoring 16 a piece. Minhas took 3-26, Khatkar 3-16 and Wardell 3-12 for the Saints. Four Oaks batsman Dawes led the side to a comfortable 6 wicket win with an unbeaten 47. Ed Smith picked up 2-15 off 12 fine overs but his efforts were in vain as Four oaks reached 79-4 with ease.
Sat 2nd XI 07/06/2008 Offchurch/Lapworth League KCC lost by 3 wicket
Offchurch and Lapworth had Jim Whitworth to thank for guiding them to a 3 wicket win with only 5 balls to spare after the Town 2’s had posted 168-5 in a tight and thrilling match. The Town 2’s skipper, Steve Kelley, hit his second successive League half century with a fine 56 as he was easily the side’s top scorer. New boy Mark Stranks added a solid unbeaten 22 whilst a trio of batsmen, Ali Peebles, Jeff Stanners and Keith Bennett chipped in with 17 runs each. Manoharan picked up 3-52 for the visitors. In reply, Offchurch slumped to 28-2 but then added run by run with Read top scoring with 41 whilst Graham added 28 and Williams 21. With 40 needed off the last 10 overs, Whitworth lashed out to hit a match winning unbeaten 32 in the last over despite the best efforts of the Town’s bowlers Jon Armstrong 3-50, Andy Kennell 2-35 and a wicket each for Tom Kane and Matt Rees as the visitors reached 170-7 and victory.
Sun 2nd XI 08/06/2008 Coleshill League KCC lost by 119 runs
Coleshill proved too strong for the town 2’s as they won by 119 runs after posting a formidable 264-4 thanks to a superb unbeaten 111 from their number 3 Scott. Swift added 59, Field 37 and Davies 31 in their total. 8 bowlers were used by the Town to try to stop the Coleshill onslaught but only Mark Deeley 2-23, Indy Matharu 1-34 and Roger Kelsey 1-74 claimed any wickets. Despite a fine 41 from youngster Jack Edwards the Town could not pressure Coleshill and the side had to finish the day on 145-8 with Matharu unbeaten on 20 and Kelsey 11 not out after Pope had earlier hit 17, Chris Walsgrove 13 and Ben Whidbourne 13. Poulton took 3-36 and Field 2-12 for the visitors.
Sun 1st XI 08/06/2008 Harborne League KCC win by 31 runs
The 1sts Sunday form continued as they beaten Harborne by 31 runs and remain unbeaten in the League. Batting first, the Town 1’s posted 235-9 off their 45 overs with James Nason once again starring with the bat, hitting 52 from the opening berth, Mitch Lowe a quickfire 38, Rupesh Sarvankar hit 25, Gregg Peebles 27, Dave Edmunds 21, father Geoff batting at 11, 21 not out and Mike Watts 20 as all batsmen got a start. S. Moreton took 4-48, J. Moreton 2-18 and Thompson 3-36 for the hosts. Harborne never recovered from being 11-3 inside 8 overs as Geoff Edmunds took the wickets. He went onto take a match winning 5-22 off 7 overs whilst Nason chipped in with 2-32, Matt Rees 2-40 and Sarvankar 1-43 as Harborne were bowled out for 204 with 5 overs to spare. Franklin hit 59, J. Moreton 44 and Holland 30 for the hosts but victory was the Town’s.
Sat 3rd XI 14/06/2008 Weoley Hill League Losing Draw for KCC
The 3’s fell 24 runs short of victory in their drawn game at Weoley Hill who had posted 210-9 thanks to 38 from Smith, 33 from Clay and 31 from Fletcher as youngster Gareth Knights picked up 4-38 from 11 tidy overs. Matt Rees claimed 2-33 from 12 overs and spinner Roger Kelsey 2-37 for the Town. In reply, Andy Dadswell top scored with a fine 67 whilst Rees showed his all round potential hitting 30 whilst Knights chipped in with 22 as the Town ended the day on 187-8. Brooks took 4-67 from an unchanged 25 over spell whilst Clay took 2-21 off 11 overs.
Sat 1st XI 14/06/2008 Old Edwardians League KCC won by 3 wkts
The Town 1’s climbed back to the summit of the Warwickshire Premier League with a nervy 3 wicket win against Old Edwardians after routing them for a paltry 86 after Geoff Edmunds had taken a splendid 6-19 off 11.5 overs and Charlie Leonard weighed in with 2-15 as the fielding and bowling performances were on song. Mark Wisdish and Adie Sellar epitomised the excellent out fielding and were responsible for sharp catches and run outs. Keeper Mike Watts was in equally sparkling form behind the sticks snapping up 2 catches and a stumping. after the Town side slumped to 31-4, 53-5 and 66-6. Hussain took 5-33. However, far from romping to victory the Town batters had wobbles losing wickets regularly. They disappointingly slumped to 31-4, 53-5 and 66-6 but it was Dave Edmunds who held stead fast and steered the side to victory with a 45 not out as wickets tumbled around him. He calmed the increasing Town nerves and the side edged to victory ending on 87-7 side to keep their title aspirations very much alive.
Sat 2nd XI 14/06/2008 Warwick League Losing Draw for KCC
Warwick claimed the lions-share of the points against local rivals Kenilworth in an entertaining draw at Hampton Road. Batting first Warwick scored an impressive 266-5 from their 50 overs thanks to a superb partnership of 146 between Danny Robbins 90 & Matt Puffett 71. Once the pair were dismissed Steve Dellow 28* & Richard Rudnicki 21 continued to dominate the Kenilworth attack which was generally ineffective on a batsman friendly wicket. Jonny Armstrong took 3 wickets and Tom Kane 2 wickets whilst spinner Andy Kennell chipped in with a wicket. In reply, Kenilworth played well with some impressive batting of their own as Tony Sollis struck 57, Matt Gledhill 37 & Tom Kane 32 not out. Warwick worked hard for the victory but only managed to claim 8 wickets as the Kenilworth innings closed on 181. Dave White 3-43 and Matt Hodgkin 2-14 were the most successful bowlers while Alan Champ & Lee Skrypchuk picked up 1 wicket each.
Sun 2nd XI 15/06/2008 Bablake Old Boys League KCC lost by 14 runs
The 2’s narrowly missed out on victory chasing Bablake Old Boys total of 204-8 by 14 runs after Indy Matharu had earlier taken 3-22 and Ben Whidbourne 2-47. Skipper Mark Deeley set up the exciting run chase as he anchored the innings. He hit a splendid 94 and Chris Walsgrave a quick fire 35 but after the pair returned to the hutch the side could not quite continue the pace and at the close the side had managed 190-5.
Sun 1st XI 15/06/2008 Olton League KCC won by 4 wkts
Dave Edmunds continued his fine weekend with a match winning unbeaten 77 from the number 8 berth as he teamed up with former overseas player Zimbabwean Guy Savory who made a welcome weekend return to the club and made 51 to help the side achieve a 4 wicket win to maintain the sides unbeaten Sunday League form after Olton had posted 185-6 in their Sunday League encounter with Geoff Edmunds taking 2-45, Matt Bolshaw 1-31, Rupesh Sarvankar 1-35 and James Nason 1-31. The Town ended victorious on 186-6.
Sat 3rd XI 21/06/2008 Olton 4ths League KCC won by 5 wkts
Unbeaten League leaders Olton fell to a shock defeat against the Town 3’s. In a match reduced to 40 overs a side, Olton struggled in the conditions and against some accurate bowling to only post 102-8. Spinner Roger Kelsey was the most destructive town bowler as he took 5-49 and claimed a superb run out whilst fellow spinner, Andy Smith bowled an unchanged 20 overs to be rewarded with 2-40. In reply, the Town’s batsmen paced their innings well and it was Dean Martin, in his first Club game for 5 years, who turned out to be the hero as he made a match winning unbeaten 40. He hit two consecutive boundaries to win the match after Guy Pearson had earlier hit 13, Luke Walton 13 and Lewis Phillips 10. The side reached 106-5 with 9 balls of the match remaining. Pete Southons took 2-18 for the visitors and Gary Moore 2-23.
Sun 1st XI 22/06/2008 Dorridge League KCC lost by 5 wkts
The 1st’s lost their first Sunday League match of the season when they fell to a 5 wicket defeat against Dorridge. The side had Rupesh Sarvankar to thank in reaching 181-6 as he hit a flawless 80 from the opening berth as he was the only Town batsmen on song. The next highest scores came from Dave Edmunds with 18 and Adie Sellar with 11. Eddie Seal snapped up 3-42 and Lancaster 2-28. Seal also spearheaded the Dorridge reply as he made 65, Spike 31 and McNellie 24. However, it was left to Hafeez with 23 not out to guide the side home to victory with 8 balls remaining as Dorridge reached 182-5. Dave Edmunds snapped up 2-21 for the Town.
Sun 2nd XI 22/06/2008 Attock League KCC lost by 5 wkts
Despite most batsmen scoring runs for the Town, their efforts were in vain as they fell to a 5 wicket defeat at Attock after posting 166-9. Dave Temple top scored with 35, whilst 14 year old Patrick Howard hit an impressive 23 not out, Lewis Phillips 18, Mark Deeley 16, Guy Pearson 15 and Chris Walsgrove 14. Hussain took 4-31 and Sagad 2-25 for the hosts. In reply, Attock needed only 32 overs to pass the Town’s total thanks to a solid match winning partnership between Amil 56 not out and Khan 23 not out after Khurrum had earlier hit 34. Roger Kelsey took 2-30 whilst there was a wicket apiece from Howard and Phillips as Attock reached 168-5 and victory.
Sat 3rd XI 28/06/2008 Kings Heath League KCC won by 90 runs
Kenilworth 3rd’s enjoyed a convincing 90 run West Midlands League Division One victory at King’s Heath on Saturday. The visitors totalled 222 for 9 with Patrick Howard 43 and Tom Hills 34 top scoring, while there was also an unbroken tenth wicket stand of 48 between Roger Kelsey 26no and Indy Matharu 22no. Kings Heath were then dismissed for 132 with young spinners Declan Simmons 3-38 and Phil Edmonds 3-7 doing the damage.
Sat 2nd XI 28/06/2008 Ansley Sports League Winning Draw for KCC
A splendid century from Stuart Dalrymple helped the 2nds gain the better of a draw against Ansley Sports on a batsman friendly wicket at Warwick Road on Saturday. Dalrymple hit 133 with Mark Stranks 42, Tony Sollis 22no and Guy Pearson 14no playing supporting roles in a total of 239 for 5. Ansley never threatened the target but comfortably avoided defeat by closing on 212 for 5.
Sat 1st XI 28/06/2008 Southam League Losing Draw for KCC
Kenilworth lost top spot in the Warwickshire League Premier Division after being forced to hang on for a draw in a high-scoring clash at neighbours Southam who moved into pole position. Southam skipper Dave Hawkes won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a very flat pitch. It proved a wise decision as Southam amassed a substantial 295 for 8 thanks largely to opener Chris Bramley who compiled a fine 128 off only 124 balls. Valuable support was provided by Warwickshire under 17 player Dan Vernon who hit a boundary-laden 53 and Hawkes 31. Charlie Leonard toiled through 16 overs and was rewarded with figures of 3-92, while Mitch Lowe 2-58, Gregg Peebles 1-37, Pete Alty 1-50 and James Nason 1-48 were the other wicket-takers. In reply Kenilworth made a brave chase but were happy to finish on 238 for 7 and take 11 points to Southam’s 17. Dave Edmunds continued his recent good form by hitting 88 off 71 balls and Lowe provided his usual fireworks by smashing 47 off only 20 balls, which included three fours and five 6s. Vernon completed a fine all round performance by snapping up 4-66 which helped lift Southam one point clear of Kenilworth at the top of the table.
Sun 2nd XI 29/06/2008 Sutton Coldfield League KCC lost by 6 wkts
The 2nds suffered a six wicket defeat at Sutton Coldfield on Sunday. Kenilworth were dismissed for 140 with Dave Temple 51, Mark Deeley 20 and Alan Pearson 17 top scoring but Sotton cruised to 141 for 4 in just 18 overs despite the efforts of Tom Pope 2-26.
Sun 1st XI 29/06/2008 Coventry NW League KCC won by 13 runs R
A fine century from Gregg Peebles helped table-topping Kenilworth record a 13 run Warwickshire Sunday League victory over Coventry & North Warwickshire in a rain-affected clash at Warwick Road. Kenilworth slumped to 126 for 8 before a 68 run partnership between Peebles, who hit the last ball of the innings to the boundary to finish exactly 100no, and Matt Bolshaw added respectability. Peebles, who struck seven 4s and five 6s off just 93 balls, was in sparkling form as the home side reached 194 for 8. Tom Lawrence 3-45 was the most successful Coventry bowler. Rain during the tea interval reduced the target to 160 off 37 overs but only George McKenzie 38 and Lawrence 24 made significant contributions against an accurate Town attack and the reply closed on 146 for 7. Skipper Dave Edmunds was the outstanding performer with the ball by taking 3-23 from nine overs.
Sat 2nd XI 05/07/2008 Fillongley League KCC lost by 6wkts
Despite youngsters Michael Faulkner notching 36 and Guy Pearson 23, the Town 2’s put up little resistance against Fillongley who were easy 6 wicket victors. Skipper, Steve Kelley 11 and Matt Bolshaw 10 were the only other batsmen who reached double figures as the side could only muster 120 after Rose had taken 5-24 and Cashmore 4-53 for the hosts who easily reached 123-4 inside 31 overs as Smith remained unbeaten on 52 and Gardner had made 37. There four wickets were taken by Jon Armstrong, Ed Smith, Peter Alty and Ali Peebles.
Sat 1st XI 05/07/2008 Fillongley League Losing Draw for KCC
Rain ruined the chance for a positive result as Kenilworth slipped to 3rd place in the Warwickshire League Premier Division after having to settle for a draw at home to Fillongley at Warwick Road when the match was interestingly poised for both sides. Batting first, the Town 1’s accrued 161-9 from their 50 overs. An opening partnership of 84 between James Nason 39 and Mark Wisdish 41 in 28 overs should have set Kenilworth up for a larger total but fine bowling from Steve Gardner who took 4-51 from 19 overs and Ian Webster 3-26 from 11 saw Kenilworth slip from 103-3 to end on a perhaps disappointing 161-9. In reply, after a couple of short rain interruptions Fillongley were left with 49 overs to reach their winning total. The Town 1’s got off to the best possible start with Mitch Lowe having opener Chris Hill caught behind in the 3rd over. The score progressed to 51 before Gregg Peebles had Chris Moore trapped in front.Worse was to follow as Tom Nightingale was run out by a stunning direct hit from Charlie Leonard and skipper Phil Hammond quickly followed caught behind first ball after an excellent catch from keeper Mick Watts off seamer Mitch Lowe as the visitors lost two wickets in two balls. However, an unbeaten 5th wicket 41 run partnership between Andrew Carty 34 not out and Andrew Pell 22 not out left Fillongley on 112-4 after 26 overs before the rain ended the day for all.
Sat 3rd XI 05/07/2008 Sheldon Marlborough League Winning Draw for KCC
The 3rd’s match in Division 2 of the West Midlands League was curtailed by the weather after they had posted 171-9, with Abdul Rahman starring with the bat as he made a fine 72 and youngster Tom Hills 32. Ramzan took 3-24 and Ali 2-39 for the visitors. Sheldon were 89-2 when the heavens opened in the 28th over of their reply and the match was abandoned as a draw with the Town 3’s picking up 12 points and Sheldon 6. Lewis Phillips with 1-20 and Matty Rees 1-31 were the Town wicket takers.
Sat 1st XI 12/07/2008 Handsworth League KCC lost by 7 wkts
Out-of-sorts Kenilworth slipped to their first defeat of the League season when they fell to a disappointing seven wicket Warwickshire League Premier Division defeat against Handsworth at Warwick Road on Saturday. It leaves them in 4th place but 20 points behind new leader, Moseley Ashfield, as the second half of the season gets underway. Losing wickets at regular intervals did not help the hosts’ cause as they were restricted to 161 for 9 in their 50 overs. Opener James Nason top scored with 43, while support down the order came from Adrian Sellar 38 and Mike Watts 30 but Ernie Ramsey 4-49 and Jagdish Patel 3-47 put the visitors in control. Handsworth survived a couple of early scares before cruising to 162 for 3 in the 37th over thanks to the efforts of Carby Dawkins 78no and keeper Renrick Hooper 28. Skipper Geoff Edmunds 2-33 and fellow slow bowler Nason 1-46 were the wicket-takers.
Sun 1st XI 13/07/2008 Ken Wardens League KCC lost by 7 wkts
The 1’s crashed to a seven wicket Warwickshire Sunday League Division One victory a title rivals and neighbours Kenilworth Wardens at Glasshouse Lane. The top of the table clash turned into a very one-sided affair as only James Nason 24 and Mitch Lowe 20 offered any resistance to some fine bowling as the visitors were shot out for just 89 in 40 overs. The pick of the seven bowlers used were Liam Newton 2-12, Kotak 2-4, Scott Stenning 3-29 and Gavin Dhaliwal 2-4. Wardens openers Stenning 19 and Nick Storey 47no led the way with a 39 run stand before Charlie Leonard 1-34 and Tom Kane 2-20 took three quick wickets. But an unbroken stand of 38 between Storey and Gavin Dhaliwal 10no saw Wardens home with 23 overs to spare. However, the 1’s still top the table albeit by the narrowest of margins.
Sun 2nd XI 13/07/2008 Olton League KCC lost by 40 runs
The 2nds suffered a 40 run Sunday League defeat against Olton. The Birmingham side totalled 194 for 7 with Steve Wallace hitting a top score 54. Youngsters, Patrick Howard 3-36 and Lewis Phillips 2-29, proved pick of the bowlers. Alan Pearson 32no, Dave Temple 23 and skipper Mark Deeley 22 top scored in Kenilworth’s reply of 154 for 9 which was blunted by Mohammed 4-32 and Phil Russell 2-29.
Sat 2nd XI 19/07/2008 Marston Green League KCC lost by 3 wkts
The 2’s never recovered from 8-3 in their 3 wicket defeat at the hands of Marston Green. The side lost both openers for ducks and the side could only amass 146-9 in their 50 overs as they struggled against the Marston attack. It was a fine 57 from veteran Tony Sollis and 41 from newbie Mark Stranks who the side had to thank for reaching three figures as Middleton took 5-13 from 12 superb overs and Archibald 3-32. In reply, it was number 3, Arthurton with an unbeaten 56 who guided Marston to victory to end the day on 147-7 with 7 overs to spare despite 5-34 off 17 overs from Town’s Andy Kennell. Matt Bolshaw and Patrick Howard were the other wicket takers.
Sat 1st XI 19/07/2008 Nuneaton League KCC lost by 21 runs
The Town 1’s slipped to their 2nd defeat in as many weeks with a 21 run defeat at Nuneaton . In a low scoring encounter at Weddington Road skipper Geoff Edmunds won the toss and had no hesitation in making first use of a green wicket on which both sides struggled with the conditions. Only 36 from opener James Taplin was any score of note for Nuneaton as they made only 100 all out. Geoff Edmunds bowled an incredible 18 over spell to be reward with 8-23. Other wicket takers were Charlie Leonard 1-44 and Tom Kane 1-11. In reply, the Town found the track even more unplayable and they slumped to 24-5 before a 24 run partnership between Mark Deeley and Charlie Leonard left the game in the balance but once they were both out Jason Dean and Dean Hopkins tore through the lower middle order to finish with figures of 4-30 and 6-38 respectively and leave Kenilworth 79 all out, despite a creditable rear guard by number 10, Tom Anscombe with 10 not out but his efforts were in vain. The defeat leaves the Town with plenty of work to be done if they are to push for the league title.
Sat 3rd XI 19/07/2008 Aston Unity League KCC won by 6 wkts
Eight man Aston Unity were no mtach for the Town 3’s as they easily romped to a 6 wicket win inside 14 overs after the visitors were skittled out for 55 in the 32nd over after never recovering from being 15-4. Andy Smith was the pick of the bowlers with 3-7 off 5 overs, whilst Indy Matharu snapped up 2-5 and Gareth Knights 1-11. Owen 25 and Arnett 20 were only two of three batsmen who scored runs as 5 Unity players were out for ducks. The Town eased to victory led by Ashak Rahman 17 not out after Luke Walton had earlier hit 15 and Tom Hills 10. Muri took 2-15 for the visitors but the Town 3’s reached 56-4 at a canter.
Sun 1st XI 20/07/2008 Solihull League KCC lost
The Sunday 1’s slumped to their 3rd defeat in a row with a 5 wicket defeat at the hands of Solihull as they surrendered pole position in the League. Batting first, on a well used pitch, Kenilworth amassed a competitive total of 217-7 in 45 overs. The innings got off to a fine start with a century partnership between Rupesh Sarvankar who was finally out for 93 off 97 balls with 8 x 4s and 1 x 6 whilst 19 year old newcomer Joe Staines impressed with 64 off 73 balls. Once these were out the rest of the middle order struggled and it was left to Tom Kane 19 not out to guide Kenilworth to their final total. For Solihull, leg spinner Navjot Singh took 3-33 and Vivek Parikh 2-31. In reply, Solihull were reduced to 61-3 but then a fine partnership of 151 off 132 balls between S Kartie 79 off 70 ball and wicketkeeper Louis Power 70 off 79 took Solihull to the brink of victory before they were both out. It was left to Gower Bahindri to hit the winning boundary with just over 7 overs to spare. For the town 8 bowlers were used with Matt Rees taking 2-23 , Tom Kane 1-25, Matt Bolshaw 1-54 and Rupesh Sarvankar 1-20.
Sun 2nd XI 20/07/2008 Leamington League KCC won by 6 wkts
In a thrilling match, the Town chased down Leamington’s score of 179 to win by 6 wickets after skipper Mark Deeley hit the winning boundary on the penultimate ball of the match. Youngster Hallett for the Spa hit an impressive 66 before he was caught on the boundary by undoubtedly the catch of the season from a diving 14 year old Phil Edmonds who plucked the ball out of the air whilst at full stretch off the ground on the boundary edge. Fellow teenager and debutant, Patrick Jenkinson, took an equally difficult chance when he snapped up a skier over his shoulder to remove opener Bellfield for 28. Their efforts epitomised a superb fielding performance for the Town who bowled Spa out in 43 overs. Roger Kelsey was pick of the attack with a fine 3-18 off 9 overs, whilst Indy Matharu snapped up 2-16 and Edmonds 2-28. Andy Smith claimed a wicket courtesy of Edmonds whilst there were two run outs. Replying a superb 103 second wicket partnership between Dave Temple 65 and Deeley 80 not out set up the match for a nervy finish and it was left to Deeley to strike the winning runs as the side ended on 183-4 with one ball to spare. Sutton took 2-36 for the hosts.
Sat 1st XI 26/07/2008 Atherstone League Winning Draw for KCC
In an exciting game at Warwick Road which could have swung either way The Town 1s claimed a winning draw and 17 points. On winning the toss, skipper Geoff Edmunds had no hesitation in making first use of a fine batting surface and the decision look to be justified as Kenilworth amassed 245-5 in 50 overs. Opener Mark Wisdish showed some fine form as he batted through almost the entire innings to make 91 off 146 balls with 11 x 4 , Dave Edmunds provided valuable support with 51 off 56 balls with 4 x 4 and 3 x 6 before Charlie Leonard and Gregg Peebles with some lusty hitting and scampering between the wickets took Kenilworth up to their final total. In reply, Atherstone were reduced to 40-2 and 75-4 as Leonard claimed all 4 wickets of the top order including dangermen Matt Pickering 36 off 29 balls and wicketkeeper Luke Reeves 43 off 36. With Atherstone 140-6 after 25 overs gone the game was in the balance and Atherstone then looked favourites as a fine 101 partnership between Alan Millar 36 and Mark Hennesey 73 off 74 balls with 7 x 4 took them to the brink off victory but some final tight overs from Geoff Edmunds and Gregg Peebles ensure Atherstone finished just short on 241-7. Charlie Leonard led the town attack with 4-74 and Geoff Edmunds took 3-76 as Pickering was out off the final ball of the innings to give Kenilworth an extra bowling point in a most entertaining match.
Sat 3rd XI 26/07/2008 Rushall League KCC lost by 60 runs
A poor batting display condemned the Town 3’s to a 60 run defeat – their first for a month – after bowling out Rushall for 160 after man of the match, Rushall’s skipper, Mike Cooke made a hard hitting 60 from the number 7 berth. Roger Kelsey continued his good form and snapped up 4-38 whilst Andy Smith chipped in with 2-31. Youngster Phil Edmonds was the fielder of the day bucketing 4 good outfield catches. In reply, the side never recovered from being 3-2 inside 3 overs. They further slumped to 40-5 with only Ashak Rahman showing any form with the bat as he made 38 in the Town’s paltry total of 100 all out.
Sat 2nd XI 26/07/2008 Pickwick P & M League KCC lost by 3 wkts
The Town 2’s were unable to dent the title aspirations of League leaders, Pickwick, as the side fell to a three wicket defeat after posting 152-7 and then Pickwick achieved 158-7 with 4 overs to spare.
Sun 1st XI 27/07/2008 Harborne League KCC lost by 5 wkts
The Sunday 1s suffered their 2nd home defeat in a row, this time at the hands of Harborne. Batting first on a glorious sunny day Kenilworth made 206 all out a slight disappointment having been well placed at 151-3 for a slightly larger total . Predictably, Rupesh Sarvankar top scored with 70 off 66 balls 12 x 4 and one 6, Adrian Sellar made a patient 50 off 92 balls and Gregg Peebles 35 off 39 balls 4 x 4 and 1 x 6. For Harborne, former Kiwi test player and ODI player, Ian Butler finished with 5-23, Darren Franklin 1-17 and young Tom Arnold 1-30 took the other wickets. In reply, Harborne raced to 80-2 off only 10 overs with Butler completing a fine all round day to blast 43 off 28 balls with 5 x 4 and 2 x 6 , but their were runs all through the middle order with George Land 38 , Joe Palmer 26 and Tom Arnold but an unbeaten 74 from 73 balls from Daren Franklin (who top scored for them in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season) with 4 x 4 and 3 x 6 guided Harborne to victory with more than 10 overs to spare. For the Town the bowlers toiled away with Gregg Peebles 2-43 including the scalp of Butler , Abdul Osman 1-56 , Rupesh Sarvankar 1-32 and Matt Rees 1-22.
Sat 3rd XI 02/08/2008 Aston Unity League KCC won by 8 wkts
With a week off from the League programme, the 3’s travelled to Aston Unity and came away 8 wicket victors after restricting the home side to 173 all out. Waterman notched up 53 and Allen was unbeaten on 52 in the Unity total. Seamer Josh Meszar snapped up 3-40 from his two spells, whilst the spinning trio of Roger Kelsey took a fine 3-41 from 11 overs Andy Smith 3-35 from 8 overs and youngster, Phil Edmonds 1-37 from 7 overs. In reply, Ashak Rahman got the side off to a good start in the run chase with 43 as he and Jeff Stanners 37 not out put on 76 runs for the second wicket. Indy Matharu then joined in with some superb hitting as he clubbed 8 boundaries and a six as he made his highest score for the Club with 48 not out. He was on the verge of his maiden half century but was cruelly denied by a ball going for 5 wides that saw the Town reach the winning post on 175-2 with 10 overs to spare.
Sat 1st XI 02/08/2008 Bedworth League KCC won by 3 wkts
The Town 1’s enjoyed their first victory in almost a month with a 3 wicket victory over Bedworth at the Miners’ Welfare Park to keep the side in the title chase that now sees, with 7 matches remaining, 6 teams within only 7 points of each other as they all hunt to claim the Birmingham Premier Cricket League spot for 2009. Bedworth were asked to bat first on a damp pitch following the covers being left off after a match the previous evening and an early morning rain shower. They slumped to 25-3 with Charlie Leonard claiming all 3 wickets helped by 2 short leg catches from Dave Edmunds. Bedworth recovered thanks to an 80 runs partnership off 113 balls between Sean Hirons who finished on 63 off 72 balls with 10 x 4 and Heath Parnell who was last man out for 77 off 130 balls. The rest of the batsmen struggled against the Town attack as Geoff Edmunds claimed his 3rd 5 wicket haul of the season with a fine 5-46 whilst Charlie Leonard 3-61 and Pete Alty chipped in with 2-23 as Bedworth made 185-10. In reply, Kenilworth slumped from 73-2 to 88-5 as the middle order failed but a 69 partnership between Adrian Sellar and Joe Courts took Kenilworth to brink of victory. However, the game wasn’t over as Sellar was forced to retire hurt on 55 off 86 balls with 7 x 4 after being struck in the grill from a short ball from Faisal Raiz in the fading light. Geoff Edmunds then went first ball but Joe Courts kept his nerve to hit the winning boundary off Scott Friswell as they reached 189-7 with 1 over to spare to give Kenilworth a much needed 20 points to Bedworth’s 6 and keep the Premier Division title race wide open. For Bedworth, Nigel Camwell took 4-57 , Faisal Riaz 2-39 and Heath Parnell 1-39.
Sun 1st XI 03/08/2008 Olton League KCC lost by 10 wkts
The Sunday 1’s continued their poor recent form with another defeat this time a crushing 10 wicket defeat at Olton and West Warwicks . Kenilworth batted first on a damp pitch which had seen no play at all on Saturday due to water leaking under the covers on Saturday morning and made just 88. Only Gregg Peebles with 32 showed any resistance but the highlight of the innings was undoubtedly teenager Matt Rees’ straight 6 from the Olton pro Roy Adams who ended with fine figures of 9-4-21-1. Sunil Vyakaranam 1-9, Munaf Mohammed 1-11 , Chris Clarke 3-13 and Gary Hawkins 1-7 were the other Olton wicket takers in reply Olton needed just 22 overs to complete victory with Adams completing a final all round performance hitting the winning 6 off Tom Anscombe to end on 52 off 65 other opener Richard Stevens made a patient 31 off 68 to see Olton over the finishing line as they cantered to 89-0.
Sun 1st XI 10/08/2008 Dorridge League KCC lost by 57 runs
Kenilworth miserable form in the Warwickshire Sunday League Division 1 continued with a 57 run defeat in rain affected game at Dorridge. Dorridge won the toss and elected to bat first and Tom McNeillie and Abdul Hafeez put on 61 for the opening wicket before they both fell in successive overs for 27 and 23 respectively. Aussie, David Ball, then chopped onto Geoff Edmunds to leave Dorridge 61-3 . The wickets continued to tumble as Geoff Edmunds finished with fine figures of 9-5-14-3 at 91-6 , Andy Wing and Rob Collen set up rebuilding the innings with a 34 run partnership. The innings closed on 137-8 from 42 overs. Gregg Peebles 2-23 and James Nason 2-47. In reply, Kenilworth struggled against a fine Dorridge attack and were all out for 80 inside 29 overs. Lewis Phillips and Dave Edmunds top scored with 13 each . Stuart Dalrymple with 12 was the only other batsman to make double figures. For Dorridge, skipper Elliott Seal took 2-18, Rob Collen 3-8 and Abdul Hafeez 4-10.
Sun 2nd XI 10/08/2008 Olton & West Warwicks Friendly Abandoned
Only 2.3 overs were possible in this win/lose 40 over friendly at Warwick Road before the rain ended the day’s play. Dave Temple was the unlucky batsman to be out on 2 after he chopped on before players took solace from the liquid sun. The match ended with the 2’s on 4-1.
Sat 1st XI 16/08/2008 North Warwickshire League KCC won by 3 wkts
The Town 1’s maintained their title challenge with a 20 point 3 wicket win at North Warwickshire after bowling the hosts out for 151 to leave them 11 points behind leaders Southam. Charlie Leonard, who went onto claim 2-32, took a wicket first ball of the match and then fellow opener, Mitch Lowe, snapped up a wicket with his first delivery as North Warwickshire slumped to 2-2 inside 2 overs. Lowe continued his fiery pace to end the day on 3-40, whilst Geoff Edmunds bagged 4-50 – thanks to 2 smart catches and a stumping from in form keeper, Mike Watts, whilst Gregg Peebles claimed the other wicket to fall. North Warwickshire had slumped to 27-5 before Daniel Wicks made 38, numbers 8 and 9 Paul Dainty with 40 and Paul Webb with 26 brought the score to some sort of respectability. In reply, Mark Wisdish notched up 39 from the opening spot and Mitch Lowe made 22 but it was Peebles who had the match winning performance with an unbeaten 49 slamming 8 boundaries and a six to give the Town a comfortable win as they reached 152-7 inside 37 overs.
Sat 3rd XI 16/08/2008 Weoley Hill League KCC won by 4 wkts
Opener, Nigel Thompson, guided the Town 3’s to a 4 wicket win with a superb unbeaten 71 from the opening berth as the side easily chased down the Weoley Hill total of 145 all out and claimed victory just before the heavens opened. Mike Smith top scored with 43 for the visitors as the Town spinning trio claimed 9 of the Weoley Hill wickets. Abdul Osman was on fire with the ball as he snapped up 5-26 from 13 fine overs, Roger Kelsey 1-24 whilst old timer, Andy Smith ripped through up the tail to take 3-13 courtesy of three close in field catches. Josh Meszar with 1-43 was the other wicket taker. Thompson remained steadfast in the run chase as wickets tumbled at the other end. His innings saw 10 boundaries and one 6. Luke Walton chipped in with 22 and Matt Gledhill 16 as the side won with 22 overs to spare and ended the day on 146-7.
Sat 2nd XI 16/08/2008 North Warwickshire League Winning Draw for KCC
Rain ended the match early after North Warwickshire had been bowled out in the 44th over for 150-10 batting first after Andy Kennell had taken 4-41, Ed Smith 2-28, Ali Peebles 2-14 and Matt Bolshaw 1-29 . Replying, Lewis Phillips hit 38 and Ashak Rahman 13 for the Town, who were 110-6 when play ended for the day, in a match that was interesting poised in match that either side could have been victorious in. Skipper, Steve Kelley, was 8 not out and Ali Peebles 7 not out at the close.
Sun 2nd XI 17/08/2008 Hearsall Friendly KCC won by 114 runs
The Town 2’s eased to a 114 run win against Hearsall as they posted 195-4 after Micheal Faulkner made an unbeaten 73 and Dave Temple 50 not out in the 40 over friendly. Youngsters, Patrick Howard, made 22 whilst there were 10 runs a piece for Phil Edmonds and Chris Walsgrove. Loveitt took 2-39 and Elkins 2-29 for Hearsall. In reply, there were wickets for all 5 bowlers used by the Town as Hearsall were skittled out for 81. Howard took 3-6, after fellow teenagers, Tom Pope took the first two wickets to fall as his 5 overs went for 11 runs and Declan Simmons flummoxed three batsmen with his leg spin to snap up 3-23. There was a wicket a piece for Seniors, Andy Smith and Roger Kelsey. Hughes with 23 top scored for Hearsall.
Sat 1st XI 23/08/2008 Solihull Blossomfield League Winning Draw for KCC
Kenilworth kept their title hopes alive with a winning draw at home to Solihull Blossomfield. Kenilworth were ask to bat first and made a competitive 218-6 from their 50 overs. There were contributions throughout the order with James Nason a patient 40 off 89 balls opening the innings and Gregg Peebles 38 off 31 balls top scored but there were also vital contributions from other opener Mark Wisdish who continued his fine recent form with the bat to make 36 and Adie Sellar who made 36 and contributed to a useful 7th wicket partnership of 56 with keeper, Mike Watts, to take Kenilworth to their final total. The wickets were shared around with Nick Lewis 2-45 , Suleman Muhmand 2-28 and Rob Edmond 2-46.In reply, Solihull Blossomfield appeared well place at 115-3 thanks to Warwickshire Under 17 player, Rob Edmond, who top scored with 41 and Ed Harris and keeper Sheraz Khan who both made 36 but a middle order collapse thanks to an almost unbroken bowling spell from Geoff Edmunds who ended with 6-32 and Charlie Leonard 2-41 but Blossomfield last wicket pair kept out the final 5 overs to ensure they took 5 points to Kenilworth’s 18 as they ended on 138-9.
Sat 2nd XI 23/08/2008 Offchurch/Lapworth League KCC won by 9 wkts
The 2’s started their Bank Holiday weekend with an emphatic 9 wicket win at Offchurch and Lapworth after restricting the hosts to 119-9 with a fine bowling performance from a trio of Town bowlers. Left arm spinner, Andy Kennell, was the pick as he snapped up 4-20 from a frugal 14 overs followed by seamers, Ed Smith 3-31 from 11 overs and Pete Alty 2-35. Keeper,Guy Pearson, took a smart catch and a stumping behind the sticks. In reply, Michael Faulkner hit an unbeaten 52 as he put on 80 for the first wicket with fellow half centurian, Lewis Phillips, 50. After he was out Stuart Dalrymple joined Faulkner to make 19 not out as the Town strolled to 122-1 and a fine 9 wicket win.
Sat 3rd XI 23/08/2008 Olton 4ths League KCC lost by 15 runs
The Town 3’s suffered a narrow 15 run defeat at the hands of Divisional champions, Olton, who had been restricted to 165-5 from their 50 overs in an entertaining match. Waugh made 30, Barrows 25 and Joiner hit 28 for the hosts despite the best efforts of Roger Kelsey who took 3-40, Colin Goodall chipped in with 1-9 and Indy Matharu 1-53. Replying, Ashak Rahman made 15, Colin Goodall 23 and Tom Hills 18 but it was number 10, Tom Pope who gave the side a sniff of victory as he blasted 27 not out hitting 3 boundaries and a brace of 6’s. Despite his efforts he ran out of partners and the side were bowled out for 150 with 8 balls of the match remaining as Joiner took 3-16.
Sun 1st XI 24/08/2008 Cov Ramblers Friendly KCC lost by 3 wkts
The Sunday 2’s could only muster 109-10 as they fell to a 3 wicket defeat against Coventry Ramblers. The only scores of note for the Town were Michael Faulkner who hit 24 and Jack Edwards’ 25. In reply, despite Lewis Phillips taking 2-20, Roger Kelsey 2-27, Gregg Peebles 1-5 and Declan Simmons 1-28, Coventry Ramblers reached 110-7 inside 34 overs to secure victory.
Sat 2nd XI 25/08/2008 Warwick League KCC won by 10 wkts
The 2’s rounded the weekend off with their 2nd comprehensive win to pick up 40 points in the process to cement their 5th place position in the Division. This time, Warwick were the luckless opponents who ended the day pointless. They were bowled out for 119 thanks to Rupesh Sarvankar snapping up 5-27 from 17 excellent overs. Ed Smith claimed 2-14 from 8 overs whilst Andy Kennell continued his season’s good form to take 3-33 from 14 overs. Robbins made 41 for the visitors and Hodgkin 24. In reply, man of the match, Sarvankar joined Michael Faulkner to open the Town reply. The pair saw the side home inside 23 overs as Sarvankar ran havoc to smash a superb unbeaten 75 off 70 balls, hitting 7 boundaries and 3 sixes in the process. Faulkner, happy to let his partner do the damage, ended unbeaten on 25 off 60 balls as the Town reached 120-0 and record their first 10 wicket win of the season.
Sat 1st XI 25/08/2008 Old Edwardians League KCC won by 6 wkts
Kenilworth completed an unbeaten Bank Holiday weekend with a 20 point victory at lowly Old Edwardians. Old Edwardians won the toss and elected to bat first on a damp wicket that was only ever going to deteriorate as the match progressed. Only 23 from opener Mohammed Atlaf prevented Old Edwardians from an even worse score as they limped to 75 all out off 27 overs. Charlie Leonard claimed the opening wicket to finish 1-18 and Gregg Peebles the final wicket 1-16 overall but in between was a magnificent spell of spin bowling from Geoff Edmunds who collected his second 5 wicket haul of the Bank Holiday weekend with a magnificent 8-36 off 13 overs. In reply, Kenilworth found life equally difficult on the track and slumped to 48-4 before Gregg Peebles 10* and Adrian Sellar 14* took Kenilworth to victory to ensure their dreams of Birmingham League cricket next season as they finished on 76-4. For Old Edwardians, Hussian took 3-11 and Tony Ingram 1-11. With 3 League matches of the season remaining, the Town are in 4th place, 11 points behind leaders Fillongley who are on 268 points, followed by Nuneaton in 2nd place with 258. Moseley Ashfield are on 257 points in 3rd. Kenilworth also on 257 in 4th place followed by Southam on 243 points in 5th and King’s Heath 235 points in 6th. The title will be won by one of these 6 teams in what is proving to be one of the closest run ins of the Leagues history in recent years. The Town’s fate will be decided with three tough games against Moseley Ashfield bext week followed by Southam the following week before the last game of the campaign against current leaders, Fillongley.
Sat 2nd XI 30/08/2008 Lyndworth League KCC lost by 7 wkts
The Town 2’s were firmly routed as they were skittled out for a paltry 62 with only veteran Ali Peebles with 11 reaching double figures. In reply, Lyndworth eased to 63-3 despite the best efforts of Pete Alty with 2-17 and Lewis Phillips 1-10.
Sat 1st XI 30/08/2008 Moseley Ashfield League KCC lost by 56 runs
With only two matches now remaining of the League programme, Kenilworth slipped to a 24 point defeat at home against fellow high flyers Moseley Ashfield and with it went their chance of Birmingham League cricket next season. Moseley Ashfield missing regular skipper Ian Carey won the toss and chose to bat first on a fine looking Warwick Road track. They made 221 all out from 50 overs with Zaheer Suliman top scoring with 78 off 84 balls but there were also useful contributions from the lower order batsmen with Iltaf Rehman 25 off 32 balls and Kamran Qamer 32 off 25 balls. For the Town, Gregg Peebles was rewarded for a unbroken 25 over stint with 6-104. Charlie Leonard 2-53 and Geoff Edmunds 1-51 were the other wicket takers. In reply, apart from a fine 88 from Mark Wisdish who batted through almost the entire innings the rest of the Town batting fell away as only Dave Edmunds 20 and Peebles were the only other batsmen to make double figures as the side surrendered their title aspirations when they were bowled out for 165. For Moseley Ashfield, man of the match Suliman completed a fine all round performance with 5-44 with Jav Hussain 2-28 , skipper Zubair Khan 1-20 , Amer Hussain 1-29 and Iltaf Rehman 1-12 the other wicket takers.
Sat 3rd XI 30/08/2008 Kings Heath League KCC won by 5 wkts
In the final league game of the season both sides were playing for 3rd and 4th place. Kenilworth needed to win and restrict the points gained by the opposition to 5 or less for the bronze medal place. Skipper for the day Luke Walton won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bowl first. After surviving a lively opening spell from Josh Meszar, Kings Heath progressed to 49 for 1 in 20 overs. However the introduction of precocious teenage spin bowler Philip Edmonds reduced them to 56 for 4. Bowling in tandem with the tight Indy Matharu, the opposition batsmen found it difficult to up the run rate, aided by long boundaries and even longer grass. The dangerous pair of Massood and Arrand Jnr were removed by a spectacular catch from Meszar and a stumping off a wide from wily old stager Colin Goodall and the innings was soon wrapped up for 122 all out from 47 overs. Matharu, Edmonds and Goodall with 3 wickets each, the other to Roger Kelsey. Knowing a win by any margin would secure 3rd place, Kenilworth openers Ashak Rahman and Goodall started circumspectly. The dangerous George “Cobra” Greaves wheeled away, but ultimately went wicketless. At 29 from 17 overs one of Kenilworth’s renowned collapses saw the game swing towards Kings Heath as 3 wickets tumbled to change bowler Addis. However, Rahman was joined by captain Walton and through a combination of stout defence, good placement and cheeky running they withstood everything the Kings Heath bowlers could throw at them to add 81 in 27 overs. Although Walton perished just before the end, Rahman saw Kenilworth through in the first of the extra overs to finish 40 not out and a win by five wickets. Walton 40 and Goodall 17 were the other main contributors. Points, Kenilworth 25, Kings Heath 3. 3rd place was secured and another league season came to a close with thoughts of might have beens. Roll on next year.
Sun 1st XI 31/08/2008 Harborne League Abandoned
Only 10.2 overs were possible in the Warwickshire Sunday League Cup semi final at Harborne. Kenilworth having been inserted struggled to 20-1 before the rain came and the match was abandoned. James Nason was the only wicket to fall bowled for 9 , with Mike Faulkner 4 not out.
Sat 2nd XI 13/09/2008 Fillongley League KCC won by 8 wkts
Man of the Match – Tom Kane – took a career best of 5-21 as the Town 2’s gallopped to an 8 wicket win in their last game of the season to finish a very creditable 6th. Kane took a wicket first ball of the match as the Fillongley opener’s stumps were uprooted out of the ground with a beautiful in-swinging delivery. Things only got better for the side as they ripped through the Fillongley line up as they were skittled out for 89. Kane bowled 11 fabulous overs to claim his first ever five wicket haul for the Club which included 2 wicket maidens when 3 wickets fell. Fellow paceman, Jonny Armstrong snapped up 1-13 whilst veteran left arm spinner Andy Kennell claimed a frugal 4-12 off 8.4 overs. In reply, an opening 51 run first wicket stand between Michael Faulkner 23 and Jeff Stanners 22 set the side up for a win. This was achieved inside 32 overs by Rob Heath who was 22 not out and skipper, Steve Kelley, 9 not out at close as the side reached 90-2 with some ease.
Sat 1st XI 13/09/2008 Fillongley League Cancelled
The Gods were certainly not smiling on both the 1’s and even more cruelly for Fillongley in final match of the League season as it succumbed to the weather even though it was sunny day. Previous deluges of rain during the week and on the Friday made the Fillongley pitch unplayable and both sides had to settle for a 4 point abandonment. It meant that the 1’s slipped to 5th place after being leapfrogged by Southam who produced a 20 point win against King’s Heath. There was even worse heartbreak for Fillongley as both Moseley Ashfield and Nuneaton played and both won. It meant that Moseley Ashfield sneaked to the title by just one point from Nuneaton, whilst Fillongley fell 4 points short of the title and with it promotion into the Birmingham League for next season. Cricket can be so unfair at times! However, saying that the Town 1’s had a great season and were always in the hunt at the top of the table throughout the season.