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Saved by the rain?…….. Booker and Rhodes remained steadfast after batting collapse.

1st. XI v. Water Orton




On Saturday 15th June , Kenilworth hosted Water Orton for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture, survived a top order batting collapse until Tom Booker and Steve Rhodes put runs on the board until the weather intervened, meaning that the match was abandoned.

Put into bat , Kenilworth had the worst possible start, losing opener Dave Edmunds to the first Ball of the match, lbw to Devinda, that became 5 for 2 when Fahim Ahmed was caught off Glastonbury for four, with both openers gone, number three Joe Atkinson and number four Henry Curran looked to get their side back on track, but Atkinson also fell lbw to Devinda, out for three, Kenilworth 11 for 3, this became 15 for 4 when next man in Sunny Ahmed was the third lbw victim of Devinda. Unbelievably Skipper Pete Magafas also fell lbw to Devinda, going without scoring, the home side in all sorts of trouble on 15 for 5. Meanwhile Curran was watching all this from the other end, but he to was adjudged lbw, this time off the bowling of Lloyd, now 23 for 6. Keeper batsman Tom Booker and Steve Rhodes then began to bat their side back into the game and together the pair began to get the scoreboard moving, as Kenilworth passed fifty, Booker and Rhodes went on to record a fifty run stand together for the seventh wicket. They both played well, taking the side past a hundred, with the score on 101, Rhodes was out LBW to Sanayake for a solid innings of 34, with next man in Ilyas was also lbw to Sanayake, out for one. With rain falling now, the players went off, the home side on 108 for 8 after thirty eight overs. Booker was left stranded on 44 not out. The rain left the ground in an unfit state by the time the game had run out of time for the match to be completed, the game called off, match abandoned.

Kenilworth ending on 108 for 8 on a day when the weather beat the players, and of the eight wickets to fall, seven were adjudged lbw, Devinda taking four wickets for Water Orton, Kenilworth take four points. 



Match Cancelled

1st. XI v. Aston Manor




Due to the continuing and recent inclement weather, the 1st’s. Division 1 match in the Warwickshire County Cricket League was cancelled without a ball being bowled as the pitch was deemed unfit for any play.

Both sides get 4 points each for the abandonment.


1sts thrashed as Benn and Nuneaton rip through the side in double quick time.

1st. XI v. Nuneaton




On Saturday 1st June, Kenilworth hosted Nuneaton for their Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture at their Warwick Road ground and were soundly thrashed in a match that lasted less than 34 overs as visitors Nuneaton won the toss and elected to field.

The Kenilworth openers, skipper Pete Magafas and Connor Shingler, both men looked assured early on, but after reaching 31 after eight overs, Benn removed Shingler and Muhammad Fahim in the ninth over, Shingler for 19 and Fahim for no score, Kenilworth 32 for 2. Ison then removed Chris Prophet in the next over, caught for 2, Kenilworth 36 for 3. Sunny Ahmed joined Magafas, together the pair began to rebuild the sides innings, together they went on to bat together for six overs, putting on 18 before Ahmed was bowled by Benn for 2, Henry Curran then was bowled without scoring, Kenilworth now 54 for 5 in the 17th over. Kenilworth then went from 54 for 5 to 64 for 9 on three overs, Tom Booker for 5, Muhammed Naeem for no score, Steve Rhodes for 3 and Pete Magafas for 19, Illias then bacame Biskas second wicket for no score, Kenilworth all out for a paltry 67 in only twenty overs. For Nuneaton, Benn took a brilliant 6 for 18 from ten overs, Biskas with 2 for 11 from four overs.

The Nuneaton openers Cox and Carell looked to get there sides reply off to a positive start, after three overs the visitors were 28 without loss, Carvell was dismissed for 5 in the fourth over, caught by Connor Shingler off Steve Rhodes, the visitors 28 for 1. Andrew joined Cox, the pair took the score to 49 when Andrew was run out for 10, Gilkes and Cox then saw their side home, Cox 32 not out and Gilkes 13 not out saw their side home in the 13th over, Nuneaton finishing on 68 for 2. Steve Rhodes the only wicket taker with 1 for 28. Kenilworth pointless for their efforts, on day the home side will want to forget.

Kenilworth 67 All Out (20.4 overs) (0 points) (L. Benn 6-18) lose to Nuneaton 68 for 2 (12.5 overs) (20 points) who won by 8 wickets.


1sts outdone by the table toppers

1st XI v. Moseley Ashfield



On Saturday 25th May, Kenilworth travelled over to Moseley Ashfield for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture and found the table toppers too strong as Ashfield recorded their 5th win in 6 matches.

Ashfield were to bat first, opening pair Thomas and Homer were looking to make a strong start for their side, but lost Homer early for just 1, bowled by Naeem whilst next man in Muhammed soon followed, caught by Shingler off Sunny Ahmed for 2, Thomas though didn’t look in any danger, and along with Pemberton, the pair began to rebuild their side’s innings, both players finding runs easy to come by. Pemberton and Thomas went on to record a half century each, before Pemberton was caught behind by Tom Booker off the bowling of Connor Shingler for a solid 67. Perry was run out for 2, Shingler had Shah stumped by Tom Booker for 28 and Rahman caught by Naeem for 5.
Jefferies joined Thomas, but Thomas was finally out, caught by Naeem off Shingler for a brilliant 108 . Joe Atkinson then claimed the wickets of Jefferies for 27 and O’Driscoll 10. Naeem took the last Ashfield wicket, Shears caught by Henry Curran for 2, Moseley Ashfield all out for 256. Wickets were shared for Kenilworth, Connor Shingler with 4 for 76 from twelve overs, Muhammed Naeem with 2 for 30 from ten overs, Jo Atkinson with 2 for 22 from three overs and a wicket for Sunny Ahmed with 31 from four.

Skipper Pete Magafas and Connor Shingler opened up their side’s innings, both players looked in good touch, as both men found the boundary early on, but with the score on 38, Magafas was caught off Shears for 22. Sunny Ahmed joined Shingler, he too got early boundaries, but the visitors lost two wicket’s in the 18th over, going from 89 for 1 to 90 for 3 , Shingler out for 32 and Joe Atkinson for no score, Raymon then took his third wicket in quick succession, Henry Curran out for 8, Kenilworth in trouble now on 100 for 4. Muhammed Naeem joined Ahmed, and counter attacked, smashing a quick fire 46 including 3x4and 3x 6, until Raymon had him caught, Ahmed was dismissed by O’Driscoll for 28, Tom Booker and Illias made 28 and 31 respectively, both men clearing the ropes twice, before falling to O’Driscoll, when Ben Maney was last man out, bowled by O’Driscoll, as Kenilworth were all out for 208 with ten overs remaining. Ashfield the winner’s by 48 runs. Raymon with 4 for 30 from twelve overs and O’Driscoll with 3 for 56 off nine overs doing the damage with the ball for Ashfield. Two wins and fours defeats now for Kenilworth from their first four matches.



Weaver guides visitors to a 4 wicket win with 10 overs to spare

1st. XI v. Solihull Blossomfield




On Saturday 18th May, Kenilworth hosted Solihull Blossomfield for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket Division One fixture and fell short.

After being asked to bat first, Kenilworth openers, Pete Magafas and Muhammed Fahim raced to 24 in the first four overs but lost Fahim for 7 in the fifth over, lbw to Sattherswaite, 25 for 1. Skipper Magafas was joined by Chris Prophet, the pair put on a decent 35, and at 60 for 1, the side looked we’ll set, but Prophet was caught off Sattherswaite for 15, then Magafas was bowled by Jinnah for 37, Kenilworth now 82 for 3. Connor Shingler and Sunny Ahmed then had the task of rebuilding their sides innings, but Shingler was caught and bowled by Kenny for 12, 104 for 4. When Tom Booker as run out for 11, the home side were in a spot of bother on 128 for 5. Joe Atkinson joined Ahmed, the pair made a solid stand together, putting on 46 for the sixth wicket, when Ahmed was caught off Kenny for 36, now 174 for 6. Muhammed Naeem fell cheaply for 6, but Atkinson and Steve Rhodes saw their side past 200, Atkinson ending 36 not out and Rhodes 13 not out, Kenilworth end their innings on 207 for 7 from their fifty overs. For Blossomfield, Kenny was the most successful bowler, taking 3 for 50 from 12 overs.

Blossomfield made a terrible start in their reply, losing Salmons in the first over for no score, bowled by Joey Poole, the visitors 0 for 1. Next man in Baker counter attacked, but he was bowled by Sunny Ahmed for 34, Blossomfield 40 for 2, this became 52 for 3 when Erica’s was caught by Tom Booker behind off Steve Rhodes for 18. When Morgan fell the same way, caught Booker off Rhodes, the visitors were in trouble on 56 for 4. However, Weaver joined Kenny at the crease, together they started to get their side back into the game, the pair had put on 53 together, when Kenny was caught by Naeem off Muhammed Fahim for 27, the visitors now 109 for 5, with the game in the balance.
Khan joined Weaver and once again a stand was to frustrate the home side, when Khan was caught by Steve Rhodes off Connor Shingler for 20 , the visitors were 150 for 6, a lot depended on Weaver, if Kenilworth could remove him, they would have a decent chance of victory. Weaver though, along with new batsmen Bashir, steadied any wobbles with another stand, one that was to prove decisive, and in the 39th over, these two saw their side home, Weaver with a match winning 74 not out and Bashir with 21 not out, proving decisive. Blossomfield finishing on 208 for 6, to win by four wickets. For Kenilworth, there were wickets for Steve Rhodes with 2 for 25 off five overs, Sunny Ahmed with 1 for 13 off six, Joey Poole 1 for 23 off three, Muhammed Fahim with 1 for 37 off ten and Connor Shingler with 1 for 54 off seven overs.

Two wins and three defeats from the first five games played so far leaves the side in a creditable 8th. place out of 12 teams in what is a very strong and competitive Division.

Kenilworth 207-8 (50 overs) (6 pts) Solihull Blossomfield 208-6 (39.4 overs) (20 pts).