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1sts record first win/lose League win of season on last day

1st XI v. King’s Heath

Kenilworth hosted Kings Heath on Saturday 9th September for their final Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture of the season and won the win/lose match under the D/L method to guarantee them Division 1 cricket for next season1sts record their firs.

The home side were asked to bat first, and with rain around the visitors struck an early blow, at 9 for 1 the players were forced off due to the forecast rain arriving. When the rain stopped, a huge effort by the players and groundsmen managed to get the game restarted and the match became a 37 overs per side match.

Kenilworth’s opening bat Pete Magafas began to get the scoreboard moving, Magafas and Chris Prophet putting on 43 for the third wicket, before Prophet was dismissed for 25. There were also useful contributions from Henry Curran with 16 and Jorjeet Singh with 12, before both were run out. Magafas kept his head, he went on make a superb innings of 84, his knock included eight fours.

Kenilworth finished on 162 for 8 thanks to Magafas from their thirty seven overs whilst five bowlers shared the wickets for the visitors King’s Heath.

The visitor’s reply never really got going, as opening bowler Steve Rhodes took two early wickets, to put King’s Heath in a bit of trouble. Rhodes finished an excellent personal season with 2 for 18. There were also wickets too for Pat Howard with 1 for 11 and young Freddie Davies with 1 for 9.

With King’s Heath on 63 for 4 in the 21st over, the player’s were forced off again, this time with the rain too heavy, the game was called off soon after. Saheed with 18 and Khan with 12 were the only double figure scores.

Kenilworth were to run out the winners by 25 runs on the D/L system, their first win in win/lose League cricket this season. The side also finish in 10th spot in the Division and avoid the drop into Division 2 after what has been a topsy-turvy season as well as a traumatic start. The lads did well to pull it together and give it their best during the summer.

 

Prophet’s century in vain…………….just

1st XI v. Four Oaks Saints

On Saturday 2nd September, Kenilworth hosted high flying Four Oaks Saints for their penultimate Warwickshire Cricket League  Division One fixture and the match ended in bizarre circumstances and decided on the Duckworth Lewis method due to both sides bowling their overs far too slowly causing the umpires to call an end to match in very poor light with 6 overs of the Kenilworth innings remaining, which when calculated saw the 1st XI the losers by a frustrating 2 runs.

Four Oaks decided to bat first, opening pair Hopkiss and Javed got their side’s innings off to a decent start, the pair putting on a hundred run opening stand, before Javed fell for 44, Hopkiss went on to make a fine 78. The visitors continued to find scoring runs easy enough, as further decent contributions from number five Van Dyk with 39 and a cameo from Wright with an unbeaten innings of 44.

Four Oaks finished on a very decent 285 for 8 from their fifty over allocation.

Wickets were shared around for Kenilworth, Steve Rhodes with 2 for 63 from ten overs, Jono Sparks 2 for 31, Matt Casey with 2 for 51 off nine overs , spinners Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 40 from ten tidy overs and 1 for 43 from the left arm of Jorjeet Singh, also from ten overs. Henry Curran took two smart catches in the outfield.

Kenilworth had a poor start in their pursuit of 286 to win, as they slipped to 10 for 1 then 24 for 2, but number four Chris Prophet joined opener Adie Sellar, the pair began to get their side back into the game, Sellar and Prophet putting on 97 together, before Sellar was dismissed for a fine 60.

Captain Pete Magafas joined Prophet, both were to keep the fast tempo going, and together they were to add 87 for the fourth wicket together in quick time, Magafas making 35, but Chris Prophet went on bring up a brilliant century, he was out for exactly 100, his innings containing 13 x 4 and 1 x 6.

With the game entering the final ten overs, the light was now starting to fade quickly and at 8.10 pm the umpires called the game to a stop after 44 overs of the Kenilworth innings, with still six overs remaining.

A strange ending to the game, left Kenilworth on 243 for 7, visitors Four Oaks Saints running out the winners by the smallest of margins, winning by just 2 runs on the D/L rule which guarantee the side second spot in the Division and promotion.

 

7 valuable points in defeat

1st XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On a hot Bank Holiday Monday, Kenilworth’s First Team travelled to Solihull Blossomfield for their important Warwickshire Cricket League Division One win/lose fixture.

The home side decided to bat first, as opening bat Sciras began to get the scoreboard moving, making a solid 41 for the home side. There were further decent contributions from Satterthwaite and Thompson with 30, kept their side’s decent start going.

Solid cameos down the order, and 41 extras, including 29 wides, got Blossomfield to a very decent 241 all out in the last of their fifty overs. The visitors bowlers gave everything in the cause, with left arm spinner Jorjeet Singh taking 4 for 42 from 9.3 overs, seamer Steve Rhodes 2 for 50 from ten overs, Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 30 from ten tidy overs, 1 for 43 for Charlie Stranks and Matt Casey with 1 for 41 from nine overs. Keeper Tom Booker took two catches and one smart stumping behind the wickets.

Kenilworth didn’t have a great start to their reply, losing two quick wickets, slipping to 19 for 2, two more wickets were soon to follow, leaving the visitors in danger at 39 for 4.

The top order making starts, with Jorjeet Singh with 22, Pete Magafas 21 and Tom Booker with 29 batting at number six, but with no one going on to make that telling score, Kenilworth needed a partnership to get themselves back into the game.

At 94 for 7, the visitors were staring defeat in the face, but Steve Rhodes and young Matt Casey began to fight back, the pair putting on 62 for the eighth wicket, but when Rhodes fell for 42 and Casey for 21, the game was up, Darius Potten-Ravenshad made an unbeaten 15 at number ten, but Kenilworth were to be bowled out for 191 in the last over.

Solihull Blossomfield winning by 50 runs.

Despite losing, the side picked up 7 crucial points to give them a bit more breathing space from the drop into Division 2 with only 2 more win/lose games of the season remaining. They are 31 points ahead of relegation threatened, Ambleside, with just 40 points available in the last two matches for both sides.

 

The wait for a win/lose win continues

1st XI v. Moseley Ashfield

Kenilworth travelled to Moseley Ashfield for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture on Saturday 26th August.

Home side Ashfield batted first, opening pair Abdullah with 57 and Thomas who made 31, put on a half century opening stand together.

But after the opening pair had put on a solid start, it was Pemberton, batting at four took his side to 246 for 9 from their fifty overs, Pemberton making a fine 77.

Darius Potten-Ravenshad was the star performer with the ball for the visitors Kenilworth, taking a fine 4 for 42 from ten overs. Other wicket takers were Ian Baker with 2 for 46 off ten overs, Phil Edmonds 1 for 29 off ten overs, Steve Rhodes 1 for 39 off nine overs and 1 for 40 from nine overs for seamer Matt Casey, there was also three catches for Ben Whidborne.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start in their pursuit of 247 to win, soon in huge trouble at 1 for 2 and with the third wicket falling with the score on 35, the visitors in big trouble.

Two more wickets falling left Kenilworth on 87 for 5 but Chris Prophet was standing firm, he was the player to get to grips with the Ashfield bowling, he went on to score an impressive innings of 77,  hitting eight boundary fours in his innings.

Only Adie Sellar with 29 and Phil Edmonds 16 making any other score of note, as Kenilworth were all out for just 145 in the 38th over.

Doing the damage with the ball for Moseley Ashfield were Wadling with 4 for 24 and 3 for 21 for Carey, Ashfield running out comfortable winners by 101 runs, leaving Kenilworth just above the relegation spots. However, with only three more games to go of the League season, the 5 points they earned has given them a 24 point buffer from the drop in what will be a nail biting finale to the season.

 

Firsts continue to fail to register their first win/lose win

1st XI v. Bronze

Kenilworth hosted bottom side Bronze for a crucial Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture on Saturday 19th August.

Asked to bat first, visitors Bronze made a steady start with the opening pair putting on 44 for the first wicket. Handyman falling just short of a fifty when he was dismissed for 47. After 29 overs the visitors were well placed at 108 for 2 but two quick wickets tipped the balance of the game back towards the hosts, as Bronze were reduced to 110 for 4.

With nine overs left, the visitors were  156 for 7, Kenilworth took the final three wickets soon after as Bronze were all out for 186 in the 48th over. Coley also adding 39 for the visitors.

Wicket takers for home side were the consistent Steve Rhodes with 4 for 54 from ten overs, Pat Howard 2 for 30 off ten overs, spinners Jorjeet Singh 2 for 41 also off ten overs and Darius Potten-Ravenshad with a miserly 1 for 9 off ten accurate overs and finally 1 for 29 off five overs from young seamer Freddie Davies.

Kenilworth were in a hurry to chase down the runs in their reply, opening pair Adie Sellar and Pete Magafas putting on 82 for the first wicket in only 18 overs, Sellar making 31 and Magafas 23, together with several extras, the home side making a strong start.

However, once the openers were out, the home side then collapsed from 82 for 0 to 105 for 6 after thirty overs. Then with two more wickets falling, at 136 for 8, Kenilworth were on the brink of a disappointing defeat as the batters threw their wickets away giving easy catching practice for the visitors and so it was all over very quickly after, Kenilworth all out for a disappointing 138 inside only 41 overs. Other double figure scores were Ben Whidborne with 15, Jorjeet Singh also 15 – unlucky to have been caught on the ropes  to a brilliant take and Steve Rhodes with 16. Wicket takers for Bronze were Freeman with 4 for 18 from ten overs and Handyman with. 2 for 22.

Bronze the winners by a comfortable 48 runs in a low scoring game, that leaves Kenilworth teetering one place above the relegation spots as they took 5 points from the match.