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3rds stand firm to win by 2 runs in a nervy ending to the match

3rd. XI v. Overbury II




On Saturday 13th July, Kenilworth’s 3rd. XI made the long trip to play Overbury 2nds away in the Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture and a great all round performance saw them victors by a narrow 2 runs.

Losing the toss again, Kenilworth were asked to bat first, Openers skipper Geoff Edmunds and Dan Roden made a solid start to their side’s innings, putting on 37 together in eleven overs, when Dan Roden was unluckily out hit wicket off a wide delivery off the bowling of Patel, Will Machin, making his first appearance this season, joined Edmunds, after a crisp four, Machin was bowled by Posgate for 6, Kenilworth 53 for 2. The late arrival of Uma Umashanka, meant instead of opening, Umashanka was in at number four, but he didn’t last long at the crease, caught off the bowling of home skipper Hayden for 6, Kenilworth 60 for 3, this soon became 62 for 4, when Andy Dadswell was bowled by Posgate. Geoff Edmunds was still going strong, along with young Yas Joshi the pair began the rebuild, until Edmunds was adjudged lbw to Hayden for a fine 36, Kenilworth 81 for 5. This became 92 for 6 when Joshi was bowled by the returning Gillett, Joshi making a decent 19. This bought all rounders Matt da and Ed Smith together at the crease, Kenilworth needed a partnership now if they were to post a defendable score, the pair duly delivered, both men playing aggressive cricket, both men hitting five fours each, as they put on 47 together for the seventh wicket in seven overs, Dadswell falling to Gillett, bowled for a decent 23, Kenilworth 139 for 7, Smith then fell lbw to Hayden in the next over, the visitors now 139 for 8 in the 36th over, Louis Smitheson and Gareth Knights at the crease, a case of how many the pair could manage to acquire, Knights got off the mark with a straight six, but was caught soon after for 6, 148 for 9, when Smitheson was also caught off Bramley for 6, Kenilworth were all out for 156 in the 39th over, Daniel Barrie finished 2 not out. For Overbury, Hayden took 3 for 25 and two wickets each for Gillett, Posgate and Bramley. As the players headed off to tea, time would tell if the visitors had enough runs.

The Kenilworth opening attack of Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell were after early wickets, and both men obliged, Smith having Haynes lbw for 5, the home side 8 for 1, this became 12 for 2, when Matt Dadswell had Hayden brilliantly caught one handed by Ed Smith at short cover, Hayden making 2. After a five over spell, Dadswell was replaced by skipper Geoff Edmunds, Edmunds striking in his first over, having number four Goodwin caught, again by Ed Smith, the home side struggling on 28 for 3 in the twelth over. Edmunds struck again in the 18th over, having Bramley well caught by Dan Roden for 22, the home side 54 for 4, and game definitely on. After the drinks break, Kenilworth had two opportunities off the bat of Gillett and Posgate, both men new to the crease, Gillett decided to play his shots, looking to be aggressive all the time, a series of fours, a big six, plus surviving three further chances, he went to his fifty with a straight drive off Dan Roden, Roden though had his revenge in the same over, Gillett going for one big hit too many, picking out Will Machin on the long on boundary, Machin taking a very decent catch. The game swinging one way and the other, Posgate still in, a lot rested on him, the side needed forty off the last ten overs, the home side having 41 overs, as they got the one that Kenilworth didn’t use up.

Smith returned, immediately had new man in Lawrence bowled for 2. Overbury 122 for 6, this became 132 for 7, Patel caught behind off Geoff Edmunds for 1. The key was Posgate, but he was run out by a throw from Will Machin to keeper Dadswell, attempting a second run, Posgate out for 38, Overbury now 143 for 8 in the 35th over. Edmunds switched his bowling around in the last four overs, each over a different bowler, each bowler bowled a fantastic over, a maiden from Edmunds, a maiden from Smith, left the home side needing eleven to win from the last two overs, Dan Roden to bowl the 40th and penultimate over, but three dot balls to batsman Darling, the pressure now on him, he responded with a leg side four and a two, a dot to finish a very fine spell of bowling.

So the last over, five needed for Overbury, skipper Edmunds to bowl, four dot balls to number ten Doble, a single off the fifth ball, Darling facing the last ball of the game, Edmunds to bowl, Darling can only manage a single, and Kenilworth have won a brilliant game of cricket by just 2 runs, Overbury ending on 154 for 8 from 41 overs, all eleven players for Kenilworth were heroes, everyone played a key role, in a fantastic team performance.

Wickets for Geoff Edmunds with 3 for 21 from nine overs, Ed Smith with a fantastic 2 for 12 from nine overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 26 off nine overs and 1 for 51 from nine impressive overs from leg spinner Dan Roden. Kenilworth take 19 points for a brilliant team performance, where they never stopped believing, skipper Edmunds rotated his bowlers superbly.

3rd. XI team photo of the side at Overbury:




Roden guides the 3rds. to victory

3rd XI v. Earlswood IV




On Saturday 6th July, Kenilworth’s 3rd. XI hosted Earlswood IV’s at their Harbury ground for Cotswold Hills  Cricket League Division Six fixture that saw them 6 wicket winners.

After a delayed start due to rain, the match was reduced to thirty five overs per side. Earlswood won the toss and elected to bat first. Murphy and Weir opened the batting for the visitors against the new ball Kenilworth attack of Matthew Dadswell and Dave Gamble. Gamble struck in the sixth over, Murphy bowled for 1, Earlswood 16 for 1. Massey joined Wier, the pair looked to be positive, putting on fifty together in sixteen overs, when on 66, Wier was well caught one handed by Geoff Edmunds at mid wicket off the bowling of Daniel Barrie for 30. Jackson now joining Massey, these two were to add a busy stand of eighty together in just eleven overs, Massey going on to make a very good half century for his side. Jackson was the dominant batsman in the stand, before he was bowled by Dave Gamble for an aggressive 42, the visitors 146 for 3 in the 33rd over. Massey finished unbeaten on 63, as Earlswood ended their innings on 155 for 3 off their thirty five overs. Wickets for Dave Gamble with 2 for 21 off eight tidy overs and 1 for 19 for Daniel Barrie off six overs.

After the tea interval, and in light rain, the Kenilworth openers Uma Umashanka and Dan Roden looked to build a solid opening stand together, and the pair got through the first ten overs unscathed, some good running, saw the pair add 46, when in the 11th over, Umashanka was caught and bowled by Massey for a solid 29, his wicket saw the arrival of Drew Dyer, immediately Dyer was on the offensive, hitting a flurry of big shots, including four huge sixes, one of which sailed into the nearby farm opposite. Dyer and Roden were to put on a game changing partnership of 64 in just nine overs, when Dyer was lured down the pitch, stumped off the bowling of Shale for an aggressive 44, Kenilworth still well placed on 110 for 2 in the 19th over. Young Matt Dadswell, promoted up the order, got off the mark with a straight four, but the was bowled a couple of overs later by Shale for 5, Kenilworth 119 for 3 in the 25th over, the home side still well placed, Roden still at the crease, he was now joined by Shiyan Imam, but Imam was bowled by Shale for 2, now 121 for 4, suddenly it was game on, the match in the balance again. Andy Dadswell joined Roden, the equation was 35 to win off eight overs, a couple of tight overs left the home side needing 30 off six overs, Dadswell got off the mark with a six over wide mid on, followed by four in the same over, twenty needed off five overs, several twos for Roden, another four for Dadswell, and the home side needed seven off the last three overs, in the 33rd over, two more twos for roden, a single each left the scores level with 13 balls remaining, a leg bye off the last ball of the 33rd over gave Kenilworth the victory by six wickets, finishing on 156 for 4, winning with two overs to spare, Dadswell finished not out 17, but Dan Roden batted through, a superb innings of concentration, ending 39 not out. For Earlswood, Shale took a decent 3 for 39 off his eight overs. A fine team effort saw Kenilworth rewarded with their third win of the season, and 17 points.



Sun fails to shine on the 3rds. as they are skittled out for 68

3rd. XI v. Lapworth II




On Saturday 29th June, Kenilworth Third eleven hosted Lapworth seconds at their Harbury ground for their ninth Cotswold Hills Cricket League fixture of the season and were easily beaten by a rampant Lapworth side by 9 wickets after posting a paltry 68.

Finally winning the toss, skipper Geoff Edmunds opted to bat first on a very warm day. Edmunds and Dan Roden opened the innings for the home side, but lost Roden early, bowled by Morris for 1, Kenilworth 7 for 1. Vic Joshi joined Edmunds, both players were finding it tough going against the Lapworth bowlers Winter and Morris. Joshi was bowled by Winter for 2, the home side 16 for 2, Sam Leach was next in, but soon departed, caught behind off Williams for 1, Kenilworth now in trouble on 19 for 3. Andy Dadswell was next in, he and Edmunds steadied the innings, but with the score on 30, Dadswell was caught off Melia for 5, Edmunds fell soon after, caught off Styles for 11, Kenilworth 37 for 5 in the 18th over. A brief cameo from Ed Smith, who hit a quick 13 before he was bowled by Melia, Kenilworth 49 for 6, this became 51 for 7 when Will Thompson was caught behind off Styles for 5, Dave Gamble was then caught off Morris without score, now 51 for 8, this became 51 for 9 when debutant Chris Ross was bowled by Morris. Last pair at the crease Matt Dadswell and Daniel Barrie had an impossible task of getting their side to a decent score, but Matt Dadswell hit two fours and a big six, but his partner Barrie was caught and bowled by Carr without score, Kenilworth all out for just 68 in the 28th over, Matt Dadswell left stranded on 15 not out. For Lapworth, Morris took 3 for 3, and two wickets each for Melia and Styles.

After the tea interval the visitors looked to Openers Carr and Styles to get their side home. Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for the home side, the visitors survived the opening spell of nine overs, Daniel Barrie replaced Dadswell and Dave Gamble replaced Smith, Barrie thought he had Carr caught behind, but Gamble did have Styles lbw though, Styles making 17, the visitors 40 for 1, Joel Faber and Carr then saw their side home with no further loss of wickets, getting over the line in the 18th over, Carr 31 not out and Faber 12 not out, Dave Gamble with 1 for 10 from four overs, the only wicket taker, as Lapworth finished on 69 for 1 to win easily by nine wickets, another game the Thirds will want to forget.


3rds. well beaten, as injuries beset the young and old

3rd. XI v. Broadway II




On Saturday 22nd June, Kenilworth Third eleven made the trip to play table toppers Broadway for their latest Cotswold Hills League Division six fixture and were soundly beaten with a couple of players picking up on-field injuries whilst fielding during the first half of the match.

In glorious conditions, the home side decided to bat first, Twiston Davis and J. Hands made a positive start against seamers Pete Alty and Matthew Dadswell, Kenilworth were dealt an early blow, when in his third over, Alty pulled up injured as he was running in to bowl, he unfortunately could take no further part in the game, young Daniel Barrie continued his over, the home side lent Kenilworth a sub fielder for the remainder of the innings, a very generous offer from the home side.

When the home side had reached 38, birthday boy Matt Dadswell bowled Twiston Davis for 5, Banning joined Hands now, he looked in good touch from the start. Then a second wicket for Kenilworth, J. Hands was well caught and bowled by Daniel Barrie for an aggressive 44, Broadway 57 for 2. Straight after the drinks interval in the sixteenth over, Banning was run out by the sub fielder of Broadway, Banning making 15, the home side 74 for 3. Marsden and Tomsowich then started to take the game away from Kenilworth, the pair started to up the run rate, they went on to post a fifty run stand, skipper Edmunds tried several bowling options, and it was Siddiqui that broke the stand, as James Sparks managed to cling on at deep square, Marsden out for 45, Sparks then picked up a wicket himself, having D. Snell caught by Dan Roden at mid wicket, Snell going without score, Broadway 157 for 5. Trying to repeat the catch in the next over off Sparks, Roden injured himself in the process, he too going off, not to return to field, Kenilworth now with nine in the field and one sub, the home side looking to take advantage of the visitors misfortune. Mondoza was then well caught at backward Square by the sub fielder, Broadway 198 for six, still eight overs remaining. Number eight begun to cut loose, Matt Dadswell and Louie Smitheson were the death bowlers for Kenilworth, Smitheson bowled Tomsowich for a fine 60, Dadswell bowled P. Hands for 4, Aspey finished 44 not out, Broadway 261 for 8 from their forty overs. Wickets shared, Matt Dadswell with a decent 2 for 41 from nine overs, Geoff Edmunds with 1 for 41 from eight overs, Daniel Barrie with 1 for 60 from nine overs, James Sparks 1 for 33 from four overs, Siddiqui 1 for 21 from two overs Louie Smitheson with 1 for 13. As the players headed off for a well deserved tea.

Kenilworth openers Geoff Edmunds and Andy Dadswell went out looking for a positive response, but Dadswell was bowled for 4 by R. Snell, the visitors 9 for 1. Vic Joshi joined Edmunds, he too fell cheaply, lbw to P. Hands for 4, Kenilworth already in trouble at 22 for 2. Edmunds was then bowled by P. Hands for 11, the visitors 36 for 3, Yas Joshi was then bowled by R. Snell for 10, now the visitors were in deep trouble at 36 for 4. Matthew Dadswell and Louie Smitheson were at the crease together, Smitheson was then bowled by P. Hands for 2, now 49 for 5, Dadswell though was at least showing some resistance, hitting five fours, with three in a row, until he became P. Hands fourth victim, bowled for 22, James Sparks was bowled by J. Hands without score, Kenilworth on the brink on 63 for 6. Daniel Barrie was bowled by Marsden for 4, 67 for 8, Dan Roden bravely decided to bat, but he was last man out, bowled by Mondoza for 1, leaving Siddiqui not out 1, with Pete Alty unable to bat, Kenilworth were all out for a paltry 68 in the 20th over. Broadway the winners by a massive 193 runs, P. Hands doing the main damage with 4 for 14 from nine overs and R. Snell with 2 for 28 from six overs.

Kenilworth take four points, on a day where a young third eleven, coupled with injuries on the field were well beaten, at least it was a lovely place to play cricket and a match played in good and friendly spirits by both sides. 


Rain ruins the day for the Thirds

3rd. XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV




On Saturday 15th June, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted rivals Kenilworth Wardens for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground but the match was abandoned due to the weather and persistent rain part way through the game.

Kenilworth skipper Sam Leach won the toss and asked the Wardens to bat first, Reid and Jefferies Readman made a solid start against the Kenilworth opening pair of Matt Dadswell and Sam Leach, putting on 40 together in the first nine overs. Young Daniel Barrie replaced Sam Leach, and in his second over, affected the run out of Reid, after some fine fielding from Dan Roden, Reid out for 7, the visitors 46 for 1. Spinner Matt Casey replaced Dadswell from the road end, he soon had Jefferies Readman and Fitzgerald bamboozled, getting lots of turn, soon he had Fitzgerald walking back to the pavilion, bowled for 3, Wardens losing their second wicket with the score on 73. After a decent spell from Daniel Barrie, Tom Skinner replaced him, he too had the ball on a string, too good for Morgan Jones, bowling him for 7, the home side now back in the game, the visitors 99 for 3. The next man in for the Wardens was John Casey, but was out early for no score, bowled by Matt Casey, the visitors 102 for 4. All the while, Jefferies Readman was piling on the runs, passing fifty as his side struggled at the other end, but his decent innings was ended by Casey, bowled for 80 out of 114 for 5. Jo Mills and Nick Lewis then looked to get their side to a score of note, but in the 32nd over, the players were forced off, the rain that had threatened, arrived, after an early tea, the sides were hopeful of a return, but after a brief sunny spell, another shower arrived and despite the best efforts of the home side to make the ground playable, the sides were beaten by the weather, unable to have enough time in the game to force a result, so it was match abandoned at 17.45. Wardens ending on 138 for 5 after 31.5 overs. Jefferies Readman with 80 for the visitors, Matt Casey with a fine 3 for 32 from nine overs and Tom Skinner with 1 for 15 from five overs, the wicket takers for Kenilworth.

Both sides taking seven points each, on a day where the rain had the final say, spoiling what was looking like a good game.

Rain at Harbury