2011: Saturday 2nd XI Reports

WIN: 16/04/2011 v Norton Lindsey

Centurions, Richard Strange and Lewis Phillips were the stars on show that helped secure the Town Saturday 2nd XI a 115 run win against Norton Lindsey as the side posted 283-2 in their 40 overs in this friendly clash. The pair were in superb early season form as they put on 180 for the 1st wicket with Strange notching a workmanlike 113 in which he hit 13 boundaries and four sixes. Not to be outdone, Phillips batted superbly to post his maiden century as he made 104. He brought up his memorable achievement with a huge six. His innings saw the ball despatched to the boundary on 17 occasions as well as lofting two sixes over the ropes. Debutant, Neil Goodman, chipped in with an unbeaten 26 whilst Simon Lee made 22 not out. Fell and Rogers were the Norton wicket takers. In reply, despite the best efforts of Berry 49, Andrews 31 not out and Richardson 23, Norton Lindsey could only muster 168-7 in reply. The wickets were shared by 5 Town bowlers with colt Theo McBrien and veteran, Ali Peebles, taking 2 each whilst there was a wicket a piece for Rob Heath, Goodman and Andy Kennell.

WIN: 23/04/2011 v Wellesbourne

The Town 2’s enjoyed a comfortable 51 run win in their 40 overs a side friendly clash after posting 181-8. Mark Deeley hit a solid 69, Pranay Turlapti 41 and Mark Stranks 23 for the Town. Wellesbourne could only muster 130 all out as wickets were shared about. Pick of the Town attack was Andy Kennell whose left arm spinners accounted for 3-20, whilst colt Jaesh Naik took 2-25, seamers Tom Kane 2-15 and colt George Boylin 1-18 whilst two sharp run outs by veteran Ali Peebles claimed the remaining two Wellesbourne wickets.

LOSS: 30/04/2011 v Harborne

Harborne 2’s proved just a little bit too strong for the Town 2’s as they won by 24 runs in an entertaining game. Harborne posted 254-7 thanks to opener Easter who made 74 and Shirley 41 but number 7, Yosuf, blasted his way to 81. Tom Kane took the bowling plaudits with 3-33 off his 9 overs whilst there was a wicket a piece for colts Jaesh Naik and Phil Edmonds, and one for skipper Andy Kennell. Chasing, the Town put on 105 for the first wicket as Richard Strange made 35 and Edmonds 48. Nigel Thompson made his maiden half century of the season with 55, Stuart Dalrymple 37 and Gregg Peebles 22 but their efforts were in vain as the Town closed on 230-7. Easter took 3-60 and Yosuf 2-21 for the hosts.

WIN: 07/05/2011 v Aston Unity

A solid all round performance in the field, with the ball and the bat helped the Town 2’s to victory as they chased down Aston Unity’s score of 201-6 with 3 overs to spare to record a 3 wicket win. Unity’s skipper, Gubby, top scored with 82, Hart made 33 not out whilst Rashid hit 25, Sturney 20 and Potten 13 as the spin duo of Andy Kennell 3-33 and Andy Smith 3-59 claimed all the wickets in their tidy spells. Smith’s first ball of the League season accounted for the opener being caught and bowled when the score was on 52. Good fielding assisted the bowlers. Replying the Town 2’s started well as Richard Strange made 20 and Mark Stranks 23 but it turned out to be a crucial 92 run 3rd wicket partnership between Mark Deeley 48 – with 6 x 4 and 1 x 6 and Lewis Phillips 39 – 6 x 4 that set the side on course for victory. However, as the rain beckoned the side lost 3 quick wickets after Simon Lee had posted a tidy 22 when the side were 15 runs short of the target. However, it was left to colts Tom Pope and Pat Howard who hit the winning runs with an equisite cover drive to the boundary to take the side to 204-7 and victory with 3 overs to spare in a nervy ending despite the efforts of Unity’s Rashid who took 3-45 from his 11 overs and Struman 3-24 from his 10 overs. Kenilworth 20 points Aston Unity 7 points.

WIN: 14/05/2011 v North Warwickshire

The Town 2’s outplayed North Warwicks as they secured a comfortable and impressive 10 wicket win after dismissing the visitors for 153 and like their 1st XI counterparts made it 2 wins out of 2 league games played with a good fielding and bowling display and continued with a solid batting display. Only North Warwick’s skipper, Stonehouse, provided much resistance with an obdurate 48 as colts Tom Pope took 2-23 and Pat Howard 2-18, whilst Tom Kane claimed 2-28, Andy Kennell 2-26 and Andy Smith 1-31. Mark Deeley was in sublime form behind the sticks taking two superb catches. He then teamed up with Richard Strange and within 29 overs the pair had passed the winning post and reach 154-0. Deeley made 68 not out hitting 11 boundaries, whilst Strange hit 10 boundaries in his unbeaten 66 and fittingly smashed a 6 out of the ground to bring the winning runs for the Town in an early finish.

LOSS: 21/05/2011 v Massey Ferguson

The Town 2’s suffered a last over defeat despite posting 218-7 with Mark Stranks top scoring with a fine 88 as he hit 9 boundaries. Stuart Dalrymple added 53 with 8 x 4 and colt Pat Howard was unbeaten on 38. Questionable umpiring decisions aided the Massey cause but Ali batted well for a match winning 79 not out after Amrinder had made 30 and Niaz 33. They reached 219-6 in the final over despite the best efforts of Tom Pope’s 2-40, veteran Ali Peebles whose 15 overs were rewarded with 2-58 whilst Dalrymple took a wicket.

LOSING DRAW: 28/05/2011 v Solihull Blossomfield

In a day for the batsmen, Blossomfield managed to get the better of the day in this drawn game. They posted 264-8 as James made 68, Seifas 46, Forbes and Lewis 42 each, whilst spinning colt Phil Edmonds snapped up 5-42 with an impressive spell of bowling. George Boylin, Rob Heath and Ali Peebles were the other wicket takers. Replying, Town’s Richard Strange 46 and Mark Stranks 61 made a good start. A few quick wickets then fell before Heath made a solid unbeaten 50 as the side ended the day on 207-8. Jaivad took 5-40 and Stott 2-61 for the visitors.

WINNING DRAW: 04/06/2011 v Fillongley

A superb century from Stuart Dalrymple was the performance of the day as he blasted 119 with 20 boundaries and 2 sixes in the Town 2’s total of 243-6. He and Lewis Phillips 56 put on 160 runs for the 3rd wicket. Simon Lee chipped in with an unbeaten 39. In reply, Fillongley clung on to reach 227-9 and draw the match as the last pair remained steadfast after Colkin had earlier made 85 and Kerr 58. Colt Phil Edmonds took 4-83, whilst skipper Andy Kennell claimed 2-29. Dalrymple and colt George Boylin were the other wicket takers on a day that the Town were the better of the two sides.

LOSS: 11/06/2011 v Solihull Municipal

The 2nds came unstuck on a poor wicket to lose the match by 2 wickets at Solihull Municipal. The posted 142-9 on a difficult track with Mark Stranks top scoring with 55 and colt Matt Bolshaw 25 as Stanley took 4-35 and Alkton 3-32 for the hosts. Municipal also struggled with the pitch conditions but Roslyn made 57 and Bissett 22 as they sneaked over the winning line on 143-8. Town’s Andy Kennell took 3-20 whilst there was a wicket each for Tom Kane and colts Bolshaw, George Boylin and Phil Edmonds.

WINNING DRAW: 25/06/2011 v Corley

The Town 2’s had a solid performance against Corley as they posted 266-7 as Stuart Dalrymple made 58, Mark Stranks 50, colt Phil Edmonds 46 not out, colt Matt Bolshaw 35 and Lewis Phillips 27. However, Corley held out for a draw as they limped to 147-8 with Greenwood making 45 and Evans 34. Tom Kane was impressive with the ball for the Town as he claimed 2-36 whilst Bolshaw chipped in with 2-5 in his short burst. Edmonds, Ali Peebles, Andy Kennell and Dalrymple chipped in with a wicket each but the Corley tail remained steadfast to cling on for a draw in a match that the Town were the stronger with fine all round performances with both the bat and the ball.

LOSS: 02/07/2011 v Marston Green

The Town 2’s suffered a last over defeat despite posting a very creditable 261-5 with Mark Deeley top scoring with a fine 77. He and colt Phil Edmonds 45, put on 110 for the 1st wicket. Stuart Dalrymple added 29, colt Pat Howard 28 not out and Lewis Phillips 24 as Green’s Ul Haq took 2-50. In reply, Ul Haq got the run chase off positively as he made 68. Rogers chipped in with 66 but it was Mirza that Green had to thank as he made an unbeaten 53 to see them to the winning post and end the day on 263-6 with 5 balls of the match remaining despite the best efforts of Town’s skipper, Andy Kennell who claimed 3-34.

WIN: 09/07/2011 v Knowle Village

The Town 2’s had a good all round performance to beat Knowle by 6 wickets and 8 overs to spare. The Town bowlers and fielders worked well in unison to restrict Knowle to 168-8 as skipper Andy Kennell led the way with a fine 3-16 whilst Tom Kane took 2-33 and Warwickshire over 60’s player, Ali Peebles, snapped up 2-28 as Knowle’s Kevin Perfect top scored with 35 and Peregrine Whitfield made 33. Chasing the target, in form opener, Mark Stranks 65* and 17 year old Phil Edmonds 44 put on 91 for the first wicket to set up the Town for solid and much deserved win. It was left to Stranks and colt Rob Gardner 11 not out to pass the winning post as the side reached 170-4 with ease, despite the efforts of Knowle’s Nelson who took 2-37.

WIN: 23/07/2011 v North Warwickshire

The Town 2’s had a comprehensive 136 run win at North Warwick as Stuart Dalrymple was the player of the match for a fine all round performance. He helped the side post 228-9 as he hit a fine 72 from the number three berth. Marks Stranks made 56, Rob Gardner 54 and Pat Howard 22 in the Town’s total whilst Richard Stonehouse claimed 5-44, Sam Wotherspoon took 2-51 and Luke Tredwell 2-36 for the hosts. In reply, North Warwick were skittled out for 92 inside 28 overs as Dalrymple ran riot with the ball to claim a superb 5-3 after seamers had struck with Matt Bolshaw taking 2-10, Lewis Phillips 2-45 and Tom Pope 1-16 despite a solid 42 from Richard Sims before he became one of Dalrymple’s victims.

WIN: 30/07/2011 v Massey Ferguson

The Town 2’s soundly thrashed Division 2 leaders Massey Ferguson by 10 wickets as the side reached 191-0 when Town’s Rupesh Sarvankar hit a sublime 131 not out and Mark Deeley 45 not out inside 29 overs to chase down the Massey score of 188-10. Sarvankar hit 20 boundaries in his innings and Deeley 5 boundaries. Earlier, skipper Andy Kennell led the bowling honours with 3-26 whilst Phil Edmonds took 2-25, Sarvankar 2-36. There was a wicket each for veteran Ali Peebles and Tom Kane. Only, Massey’s Ahmed made a score of note as he made 46.

LOSING DRAW: 06/08/2011 v Solihull Blossomfield

The Town 2’s were unable to chase down their Solihull Blossomfield counterparts who posted 209-5 thanks to a fine 92 from first teamer, Bevins. Forbes made 47 not out and Seifaj 41 in their total as Andy Kennell took 2-48 along with Tom Pope 1-37 and a frugal 1-7 from 7 overs from Matt Bolshaw. The Town’s reply was also affected which meant they had just 39 overs. Mark Stranks made 47, Michael Faulkner 29 whilst colts George Boylin chipped in with 12 and Charlie Stranks 10 not out as the side ended the day on 133-6 after Shiravastara had taken 4-40 and Reeksmith 2-30.

WIN: 13/08/2011 v Rugby

Lewis Phillips equalled the highest score by a batsman in the Club’s history and hit the largest individual score ever seen at the Club’s Warwick Road ground as he made an incredible and stunning 180 in the 2nd XI’s Warwickshire Cricket League Division 2 clash against Rugby. He helped the side post 320-3 who then went onto enjoy a 193 run win, as Rugby were skittled out for 127. Phillips put on 207 with Mark Stranks 34 for the first wicket as he ran riot with the bat, plundering 30 boundaries and 2 sixes to equal Matt Hone’s not out score that was set in the 2009 season. Rob Gardner hit 25 and then Guy Pearson posted 45 not out and Michael Faulkner 12 not out as they added 57 runs in their unbroken 4th wicket stand to lift the Town to their heady total. Rugby were no match despite the efforts of Milson 26, Cochrane 26, Parker 35 and 20 from Suganthanubans as veteran seamer Ali Peebles took 5-29 off 10.3 overs taking the last two wickets with consecutive balls to wrap up the match in the Town’s favour. Earlier, Jaesh Naik had taken 3-30 whilst Tom Pope and Pete Alty chipped in with a wicket a piece for the Town. However, the day belonged to Phillips for his superb performance.

LOSING DRAW: 20/08/2011 v Fillongley

A lacklustre Town 2’s performance gave Fillongley the majority of the points in their drawn game. Fillongley posted 248-7 with Gale hitting 69 and Taylor 57 not out, after Gardner had earlier hit 42 and Skelding 37 as Pete Alty took 2-56, Ali Peebles 2-72 and Andy Kennell 2-47 whilst Jaesh Naik took the other wicket to fall. Apart from Steve Kelley who held the Town innings together after they had slumped to 19-5, no other batsmen troubled the scorers as Rose took 3-15, Brown 2-43 and Tregonning 2-26 as the Town ended the day on a paltry 125-8.

MATCH ABANDONED: 27/08/2011 v Solihull Municipal

The Town’s match against Solihull Municipal was abandoned after 34 overs when the Town looked well set on 134-2 as Michael Faulkner had made 55 and Ben Whidbourne 42. But rain intervened and set in meaning that the match had to be called off.

WIN: 29/08/2011 v Pak Shaheen

Pak Shaheen were put to the sword by the Town 2’s who cruised to a 9 wicket win thanks to Rupesh Sarvankar who blasted a superb unbeaten 92 as he hit 11 boundaries and 4 sixes in his quickfire quality innings. The Town’s easily chased down Shaheen’s 145 all out, facing only 22 overs in reply, to end on 147-1 after Andy Kennell had earlier taken 3-19, Matt Bolshaw 3-36 and Ben Whidbourne 2-30 for the Town. Raja was the only Shaheen batsman of note as he posted an unbeaten 46. It was a fine all round Town performance that brought them an easy victory.

WIN: 03/09/2011 v Corley

The Town 2’s had their second successive easy win, this time it was Corley who suffered as they could only post 103 as Rupesh Sarvankar took 4-4, George Boylin 3-25, Jaesh Naik 2-28 and leggy Matt Watts who took 1-7 off his 7 overs. The Town cruised to victory inside 16 overs to easily reach 104-2 as Mark Stranks made 35 and Sarvankar 31 with extras adding 21 runs.

LOSS: 10/09/2011 v Marston Green

High flying Marston Green had their tidy bowling unit to thank for their 7 wicket win as the Town 2’s could only post 109-10 in 46.4 overs faced. Their batsmen then eased to 113-3 with 15 overs to spare. Only Andy Dadswell with a 57 ball 39 in which he hit 5 boundaries and Mark Stranks with a patient 100 ball 28 reached double figures whilst the others toiled against the Green attack as Mirza took 4-27 from his 11 overs, Ulhaq 3-21 from 11 and Meek 2-19 from his 12 overs. In reply, Green reached 100 before they lost their first wicket and two more on 109 – all to Andy Smith who ended the day on 3-15 as Aulja hit 67 and Rogers 34 but the Town had left it far too late. Smith had Richard Strange to thank as he two outfield catches yet the day belonged to Marston Green.

LOSS: 17/09/2011 v Knowle Village

The Town 2’s ended their season on a disappointing note with a 7 wicket defeat at Knowle Village, who retained their Division 2 status for 2012 as a result. The Town 2’s had reliable Mark Stranks to thank for reaching this score as he hit a solid 65 that included 10 boundaries, whilst Chris Prophet hit a high flying 43. Rupesh Sarvankar chipped in with 18 whilst Roger Kelsey added an unbeaten 11. The Knowle bowling unit was impressive as Langford took 3-34 from 14 tidy overs, Kurusala 3-21 and Belt 1-40. In reply, after a tentative start Knowle eased to 168-3 with 11 overs to spare as Lewis hit 56, Stafford and Langford both posting 41 a piece. Only George Boylin 1-37 and Matt Watts 1-39 were the successful Town bowlers.