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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).



Steve steers the side on the Rhodes to victory to upset the form book

1st. XI v. Moseley Ashfield




Kenilworth’s 1st XI who were only 4 points above the 2 relegation spots at the start of the day hosted table toppers Moseley Ashfield in their last win/lose format fixture of the season on Saturday 10th. August in the Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 1 but put in an eye catching performance to upset the form book as they recorded a 4 wicket victory in a match reduced to 38 overs a side.

The day started well as Kenilworth won the flip of the coin and asked Ashfield to bat first and whose top order struggled against the pace and accuracy of Steve Rhodes who snapped up a superb 4-36 from his 8 overs ripping through the Ashfield top order. Wickets continued to fall regularly as Sunny Ahmed took a fine 2-11 from his spell. It was only the Ashfield tail that wagged a little as number 8, Carey hit 25, number 9 Jefferies 32 and number 10, Law with 15 and who showed any resistance before the side were finally bowled out inside 32 overs for 104 as Connor Shingler claimed 2-36 and Mo. Fahim 2-13 mopped up the tail. There were a brace of catches in the outfield for Henry Curran and Fahim, one for Shingler and one for Horner behind the stumps that accounted for the other to be snaffled.

In reply, the day got a lot better despite the best efforts of Ashfield’s Jefferies who took 3-31 and Carey 2-24, as Kenilworth had Ahmed with 35 and an unbeaten 37 from Fahim to thank to see them to their 5th. win of the season and victory with 6 and bit overs to spare as they cantered to 106-6 to claim the win which now gives them a 24 point breathing space over those in the relegation places with 5 matches to go. Moseley Ashfield surrendered top spot in the Division and now find themselves in 3rd place in what will turn out to be a nervy ending to season at both ends of the table for both sides.

Moseley Ashfield 104-10 (31.5 overs) (2 points), Kenilworth 106-6 (31.2 overs) (20 points).


Batting frailties cost side the match

1st. XI v. Solihull Blossomfield




Kenilworth’s 1st XI travelled to play Solihull Blossomfield for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One win/lose format fixture but were bowled out for 76 and lost the match by 6 wickets.

The home side won the toss and asked Kenilworth to bat first. Openers, skipper Pete Magafas and Connor Shingler were looking for a positive start to their side’s innings, but Magafas fell in the first over, caught and bowled by Bentley for no score, the visitors off to the worst start, 0 for 1. Adie Sellar was in at three, he and Shingler started to repair the early loss, but in the seventh over, Sellar was stumped off Bashir for 10, Kenilworth 18 for 2. Sunny Ahmed was in at four, but at 29, he was lbw to Bentley for 5, Fahim was then lbw to Bashir, Kenilworth in trouble on 34 for 4 in the 14th over. The visitors were then in serious trouble on 44 for 6, two wickets falling in the 16th over, Shingler falling for 11 and Fahim for 1, both falling to Bashir. Two more wickets fell in the 18th over, Kenilworth 47 for 8, Atkinson and Ilyas Amin falling to Bashir, both without score. A stand of 23 between Matt Casey and Steve Rhodes briefly gave some hope, but Rhodes was bowled by Furrer for 10, the visitors on the brink on 73 for 9, Casey was then last wicket to fall, bowled by Bashir for 8, Kenilworth all out for 76 in just 26 overs. Bashir taking 5 for 11 and Bentley with 3 for 14 for Blossomfield.

Blossomfield had the relatively small target to chase down, but they too lost early wickets, Sammons stumped by Tom Booker off Fahim for 2, the home side then lost a second wicket, Seifas caught by Matt Casey off Connor Shingler for 2, Blossomfield in early trouble on 11 for 2. Number three Bentley steadied the home side, along with Baker, the pair added 20, but Shingler had Baker caught by Charlie Stranks for 14, 31 for 3, Fahim then had Khan lbw for 9, the home side wobbling on 48 for 4. But it was number six Weaver and Bentley were to see their side home, as Blossomfield ended on 77 for 4 in the 18th over. Blossomfield the winners by 6 Wickets. For Kenilworth, Fahim taking 2 for 22 off seven overs and Connor Shingler with 2 for 31 off six overs. The side’s fragile batting costing them again.

Kenilworth 76-10 (26.1 overs) (1 point) lost to Solihull Blossomfield 77-4 (18.0 overs) (20 points) Mo. Fahim 2-22, Shingler 2-31.



Liquid sun in Kenilworth

1st. XI v. Fillongley


Sadly, the 1st. XI match with Fillongley in their Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 1 today fell victim to the weather.

The match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Both sides receive 4 points each.