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1st. XI v. Kings Heath




Kenilworth WIN to survive relegation in a tactical declaration match.


With Division 1 survival in the Warwickshire County Cricket League at stake for both sides in their crucial final match of the season,  Kenilworth needed 3 points to condemn King’s Heath to relegation and it was a stunning 93 run 3rd. wicket partnership between Chris Prophet and Dave Edmunds who both stood firm under immense pressure to set up a Kenilworth victory  and break King’s Heath’s hearts after they had tactically declared.

The day started with Kenilworth in 10th. spot 22 points ahead of 11th. placed King’s Heath in a match where a maximum of 24 points were available dependant on the toss and 23 points ahead of bottom placed Water Orton, meaning that two of the three sides were going to drop into Division 2 by the end of the day.

The coin came down in King’s Heath’s favour who chose to bat – otherwise the match would have become a dead rubber had they lost the toss and would have condemned them to automatic relegation before the match had even started.

Their openers put on 34 for the first wicket before Sunny Ahmed bowled Langham-Walsh for 20. A 46 run 2nd. wicket partnership then took the side to 80-2 before Louw fell for 34 when Matt Casey took the catch off Henry Curran’s bowling. King’s Heath then found themselves at 96-3 as opener McKeever fell after posting 30, caught by Curran off Joe Atkinson’s bowling before a 4th. wicket partnership of 55 between Bird who made an unbeaten 51 and Baker then took the side to 151-4 before Ahmed bowled Baker for 10. King’s Heath then tactically declared at the fall of the wicket after 38.3 overs. Ahmed took 2-33, Atkinson 1-40 and Curran 1-44 whilst opener Steve Rhodes, although wicketless, conceded only 28 runs in his 8 overs opening burst.

Home skipper, Pete Magafas opened with Adie Sellar who fell LBW for 2 with the score on 20-1. He was then joined by Chris Prophet. The pair went onto put 35 together for the second wicket before Magafas departed for 30 (3 x 4, 1 x 6).  Dave Edmunds then joined Prophet and the pair started to build a strong partnership together. Several bowling changes were made by King’s Heath as they sought a breakthrough. However, both remained steadfast, solidly batting together for 26 overs, dampening the King’s Heath’s spirits and took the side to the brink of victory as they shared in a superb 93 run third wicket partnership. With the score onto 148, 4 away from victory, Edmunds fell for 48, after hitting 8 boundaries in his 78 ball knock. A couple more quick wickets then fell to increase the tension including Prophet’s, whose resolute innings of 51 finally came to an end after 118 balls in which he had hit 9 boundaries with the side finding themselves on 149-5.

However, a huge sigh of relief was breathed as Tom Booker and Atkinson took Kenilworth over the winning line and score the next 3 priceless runs to ensure that the side reached 152-5 in 44.3 overs to secure Kenilworth’s Division 1 status for next season after an intense and pressure filled day from start to finish.

A game played in great atmosphere and spirits by both sides and a credit to both clubs and to cricket, heightened by King’s Heath tactical declaration in their attempt to stave off relegation but it was Kenilworth’s day thanks, in the main, to Prophet and Edmunds with the bat as they remain in Division 1 for another year, which is in itself an achievement as the side started their campaign at the beginning of the season as the lowest ranked team of the 12 sides in a very tough and competitive Division.


King’s Heath 151-4 off 38.3 overs DECLARED  (Sunny Ahmed 2-33, Joe Atkinson 1-40 and Henry Curran 1-44) – 4 points

Kenilworth 152-5 (44.3 overs) (Pete Magafas 30, Chris Prophet 51 and Dave Edmunds 48 who shared in a 93 run match winning 3rd. wicket partnership) – 24 points.





Bowled out with 8 balls left but survival chances increased

1st. XI v. Four Oaks Saints




The First XI travelled to Four Oaks Saints on Saturday 7th. September in their penultimate Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 1 fixture of the season and despite losing the match and being bowled out with 8 balls left, increased their chances of survival in the Division by picking up more points than the bottom two placed sides with their future decided in next weekend’s League finale when they play fellow relegation contenders Kings Heath.

On winning the toss, Four Oaks Saints opted to bat first and after being 27-2, Van Dyk 61 and Hipkiss 30 shared in a solid partnership before Zaman with 50 not out helped the side to reach 210-9 despite a solid bowling and fielding performance by the Kenilworth side. Charlie Stranks span his way to 3-43 from his 12 overs, whilst openers Sunny Ahmed took 2-43 from his 12 and Matt Casey 1-28 from 6 overs. Connor Shingler chipped in with 1-48 from his 12 overs and there was a wicket for occasional bowler and skipper, Pete Magafas as he took 1-36 with a run out accounting for the other wicket to fall.

In reply, the Kenilworth innings could not have got off to a worse start as they lost 2 wickets in the first over, leaving them on 6-2. However, Magafas remained firm and with the fit again Dave Edmunds remained together until the 21st. over as the pair put on 88 together for the third wicket.  Magafas made 53, hitting 7 boundaries whilst Edmunds posted 42 hitting  a six and 5 x 4 in his knock. Ahmed then chipped in 23 (3 x 4) and Jono Sparks, at number 9, hit 24 (4 x 4) but after he was out the tail fell away and from being 159-7 with 4 overs of the match left the side were unable to hang on and were bowled out for 163 with only 8 balls left to face as Khatkar 4-29, Hasan 3-45 and Zaman 2-28 took the Four Oaks bowling plaudits and gain the side a 47 run win.

However, Kenilworth picked up 6 crucial points to take them to 174 points to consolidate their 10th. placed position and give them further breathing space with a 22 point buffer between them and Kings Heath on 152 points and Water Orton on 151 points as the drop looms in next week’s final matches of League season where a maximum of 24 points can be gained.

Most fittingly, in the circumstances, the League places go to the wire and it will be a relegation decider as the side host Kings Heath who need the win to survive and leapfrog Kenilworth whilst they just need to avoid defeat or to pick up 3 points.

Next week’s game – Kenilworth v. Kings Heath. The Relegation Survival decider in the FINAL LEAGUE MATCH of the season.

Let’s roar the side on and see them perform. Show your support.

Be there next week!! 12 noon start at home.



Side hangs on to crucially draw in rain affected match

1st. XI v. Water Orton




The Firsts travelled to Water Orton  for their latest Division 1 Warwickshire County Cricket League match. The match had great importance for both sides with both in the bottom three in the Division and trying to escape the drop. Water Orton had the better of the drawn match.

Batting first, Water Orton posted 243-9 declaring their innings in the 45th over. Prabhu hit 73 for the hosts and he was well backed up by Crouch who made 60 and Roscola 35 despite the Town bowlers putting in solid spells with Joe Atkinson taking 3-31 from 10 overs and Charles Lamprecht 2-17 off his 6 overs burst the side’s top performers.  Steve Rhodes  took 2-70 from his 12 overs whilst Charlie Stranks with 1-25 removed the obdurate Prabhu. Tom Booker was in good form behind the sticks as he took 2 catches and a stumping whilst there were outfield catches for Stranks, Sunny Ahmed and Connor Shingler.

In reply, in a rain affected innings, Kenilworth had 43 overs to face. The side initially stuttered and found themselves at 14-2 losing both openers inside 6 overs. However, Shingler and Lamprecht then posted a 51 run partnership for the third wicket before the latter fell for 32 after hitting 5 boundaries. With the score on 65-3, skipper Pete Magafas joined Shingler and the pair went on to hit 73 runs in their 4th. wicket partnership in 15 overs together as the side reached 138-4 in 28 overs. Shingler made 42, hitting 5 boundaries whilst Magafas went onto make 47 that included 1 x 6 and 6 x 4’s. Four wickets then fell for 33 runs with side in a bit of trouble at 171-8 with 9 overs of the match remaining. However, Dan Horner  with 19 not out and Stranks 7 not out crucially held firm in their unbroken 21 run partnership to see the side to 192-8 and to safety, to avoid defeat. The side collecting 11 crucial points.

For Water Orton, wickets were shared around with Roscola 3-37 and Crouch 2-32 the most successful.

Two matches remain of the League programme that sees Kenilworth staying in 10th spot on 168 points, 18 points ahead of both King’s Heath and Water Orton who hold 11th. and 12th. spots respectfully, both on 150 points to remain in the relegation zone. So it, will be any two from three of these sides who will be relegated into Division 2 for next season. It’s going to be a tight finish with a maximum of 48 points available in the remaining games for all three sides.

Kenilworth also play King’s Heath at home in the last game of season on 14th. September which is likely to determine who survives the drop. Next week, Kenilworth travel to 5th placed Four Oaks Saints in their penultimate League match and will be looking for a good performance to give them some breathing space and increase their survival chances. King’s Heath play 2nd placed Solihull Blossomfield who are 6 points behind the Divisional leaders next weekend and then ourselves. Whilst Water Orton play 4th placed Hampton & Solihull next week and then current 6th. placed Bablake Old Boys in their final League match of the season.

Water Orton 243 for 9 Dec (45.0 overs) (17 points) drew with Kenilworth 192 for 8 (43.0 overs) (11 points)  

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Side survive late scare to gain more breathing space

1st. XI v. Aston Manor




On Saturday 24th. August, the 1st. XI hosted Aston Manor at our Warwick Road Ground in their Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 1 match in a crucial match as the season starts to draw to a close with only 4 matches left as they try to avoid relegation. Despite a late flurry of wickets the side hung on to draw the match which  as a result now gives them a 9 point breathing space over the bottom two spots in the Division.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Aston Manor to bat first, Zaman and Nevitt made a solid start to their side’s innings, putting on 68 for the first wicket, when Nevitt was bowled by Charlie Stranks for 32. Next man in Mohammed was then caught by Ahmed off the bowling by Connor Shingler for no score, the visitors 70 for 2. Ahmed then added 58 with opening bat Zaman for the third wicket, until Zaman was caught by Henry Curran off Connor Shingler for 46, 128 for 3. Ahmed was playing a strong hand for his side, finding the runs easy to come by, passing fifty as his side headed towards 200. Ahmed was finally out for a fine innings of 83, Aston Manor 213 for 4, Joe Atkinson having him caught by Connor Shingler. Najib with 34 not out and Khan with 11, who was run out by Matt Casey, saw their side to a decent 232 for 5 from their 50 overs.


For Kenilworth, Connor Shingler with 2 for 81 from 12 overs, Charlie Stranks with 1 for 36 from 12 tidy overs and a wicket for Joe Atkinson with 1 for 56, as the players headed off for tea.


The Kenilworth Openers, skipper Pete Magafas and Connor Shingler made a steady start, putting on 32 for the first wicket, before Magafas was caught off Mushtaq for 25 in the 9th over. Adie Sellar joined Shingler next, but Shingler was caught off Khan for 19, the home side now 52 for 2 in the 15th over, Sunny Ahmed was next man in, but he had made 8 when he was caught off Heider, Kenilworth under a bit of pressure on 67 for 3 in the 23rd over. 


Tom Booker and Sellar began to get their side back into the game, as Kenilworth went past the 100 in the 31st over, in the next over though, Sellar was caught off Khan for 31. Henry Curran was out soon after, caught off Khan for 1, Kenilworth struggling now on 106 for 5 in the 34th over. Joe Atkinson and Tom Booker then put on a strong partnership of fifty together for sixth wicket in ten overs, before Booker was bowled by Mushtaq for a fine innings of 60 (4 x 4 and 1 x 6), Kenilworth 166 for 6 in the 44th over, Steve Rhodes was bowled by Mushtaq for 4, Matt Casey and Charlie Stranks fell in the 49th over to Ahmed, Kenilworth now 184 for 9, last man in Ben Maney and Joe Atkinson had one over to survive, they did Atkinson ending 26 not out, Kenilworth finished on 184 for 9 from their fifty overs, Kenilworth achieving the losing draw with a couple of added points for getting in excess of the 75% total that Aston Manor had posted. For Aston Manor, Mushtaq and Khan took three wickets each. 


Aston Manor 232-5 (50 overs) (Connor Shingler 2-81, Joe Atkinson 1-56, Charlie Stranks 1-36 and a run out) (18 points) drew with Kenilworth 184-9 (50 overs) (Tom Booker 60) (9 points).


Side are now 9 points clear of the relegation spots as they remain in 10th. place but are now 31 points behind 9th. place. 3 games left. All to play for.




Skittled out by a rampant Nuneaton side

1st. XI v. Nuneaton




On Saturday 17th. August, the 1’s travelled to the north of the County for their Division 1 fixture in the Warwickshire County Cricket League at Nuneaton in their 50 overs a side match that saw the return of win/lose/draw cricket for the remaining 5 matches of this season’s League programme and wished they hadn’t, as they suffered a heavy 9 wicket defeat in no time at all. The match was all over in 40.5 overs.

The day started disastrously for the side, with the top 3 all out for a duck. Being 0-2 after two overs and then 4-4 after four overs, there was no way back for them as Benn and Ison, opening the Nuneaton attack caused mayhem and carnage. Wickets continued to fall all too regularly with only Sunny Ahmed showing any kind of resistance as he made 16 – the only batsman to reach double figures. Benn produced fine figures of 3-19 off 12 overs and Ison 4-16 from his 7 overs burst. The side stuttered and limped to a paltry 46 before they were finally bowled out inside 27 overs, 11 runs of which were gifted as extras.

In reply, Nuneaton cantered to an easy win reaching 48-1 inside 15 overs as Stedhill made 12 not out and Ison 8 with the only wicket to fall taken by Steve Rhodes who took 1-12 from his 4 overs in a day for the 1’s to quickly forget about and bounce back from. 


From the WCCL Results website page:

Kenilworth 46-10 (26.2 overs) (0 points) lost to Nuneaton 48-1 (14.3 overs) (20 points).