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Hay makes hay in final League Game of the season

3rd XI v. Chipping Campden II


On a glorious sunny Saturday 2nd September, Kenilworth’s Third travelled to play Chipping Campden for their final game of the season in the Cotswold Hills League Division 6.

Asked to bat first, visitors Kenilworth lost a wicket in the sixth over, number three Andy Dadswell joined Geoff Hay, the pair went on to add forty runs together, before Dadswell was dismissed for 18 and  after two wickets in two balls, the visitors were in trouble at 58 for 4 but this bought young debutant Theo Mannion to the crease. He and Hay began to build what was to become an outstanding partnership of 90 between the pair.

Mannion batted with a huge amount of maturity, before he fell looking to get the scoreboard moving for a very fine innings of 42.

Geoff Hay kept going and accelerated his and the sides innings brilliantly. With three balls remaining of his sides innings, he hit the last of his seventeen fours to bring up a brilliant century, Hay finishing on 103 not out, Kenilworth posting 183 for 5 from their forty five overs.

For Camden, Parsons bowled well to take 3 for 31 from his ten overs.

After a delicious tea, the players returned for the final half of the season, the reliable Ed Smith and young Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for Kenilworth, and Dadswell struck two early blows in his second over, clean bowing numbers two and three in two balls, to reduce Chipping Camden to 12 for 2.

This bought John to crease, he and opener Postins began to consolidate their sides innings, Captain Andy Kennell tried several options, two fine over spells from young Theo Mannion, who bowled a lovely line and length, finishing with an impressive 28 off his ten over allocation.

But Postins, after surviving an early chance at slip, together with John began to take the game away from Kenilworth, Matt Dadswell ran John out for a fine 73 from the boundary, with the home side left needing 40 off last ten overs and only three wickets down, they looked favourites. A wicket for Nick Moore, to a sharp catch behind from George Baines, the light fading and a dew falling, the game was still in the balance, but Postins stood firm to see his side home with a calm 46 not out, Chipping Campden finishing on 187 for 4 with 2.5 overs remaining, the home side winning by six wickets. KCC’s Matthew Dadswell took  2 for 30 off ten overs and Nick Moore 1 for 31 off 9.1 overs.

After a slow start to the season, the thirds rounded off their season by finishing in sixth place, winning eight and losing seven of their fifteen league fixtures, well played all.

Special thanks to Hannah Edmunds for providing teas for the sides home fixtures at Harbury RFC and  also to all the other unsung heroes throughout the season, with out all this we wouldn’t be able to play the great game of cricket.

Roll on season 2018.


Cricket played in the right spirit

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

On Saturday 26th August, Kenilworth’s Third team, containing several youngsters making their debuts in Senior cricket travelled to Lapworth for a forty overs a side friendly.

The home side batted first and openers Carter and Carr put on a solid 67 for the first wicket in fourteen overs before seamer Indy Matharu took the first wicket, as he induced a catch behind, he followed this with a caught and bowled next ball, There was another wicket for Matharu in his second spell gave him excellent figures of 3 for 23 from seven tidy overs.

Skipper for the day Andy Kennell gave opportunity to the side’s young seam bowlers, and Kieran Shanker was rewarded with a debut first senior wicket  with 1 for 28 off six good overs. Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were fellow youngster Will Machin with 1 for 58 from eight overs and 1 for 32 from veteran slow bowler Andy ‘Plod’ Smith from eight overs. There were catches for Andy Dadswell, Matt Dadswell, Indy Matharu and one, much even to the surprise of his team mates, by Andy Smith at mid wicket that restricted Lapworth to 240 for 6 from their forty overs. The home side were given a late boost, as Marsden with 46 not out and Hann making an unbeaten 25, after earlier Carr made a fine 50 and Carter with 33, as the players went off for a well deserved tea.

Kenilworth began their reply with opening pair Matt Dadswell and Uma Shanker, the pair putting on 37 for the first wicket in thirteen overs, before Dadswell was bowled for a solid 17, Shanker was to follow for 15. The side slipped to 41 for 4, as home bowler Seeley bowled eight overs through, taking 3 for 23. Young all rounder Will Machin, batting at six, was to hold firm and he batted for 22 overs, finishing on 28 not out. His fellow juniors did themselves proud tasting adult cricket for the first time and were encouraged to enjoy the experience and have some batting practice in the middle, in front of proud parents and family. Kenilworth who were never a threat to reach the set target finished on to 103 for 6 from their forty overs.

The home side using eight bowlers, in game played in a brilliant way, on a day when the spirit of cricket was in full evidence, and the Kenilworth youngsters did themselves proud.

Lapworth take immense credit for the way they played the game, they were the deserved winners on the day by 137 runs , but all in all, cricket was the winner. Well done to both sides for playing the game in  the right way and for giving the youngsters a chance to enjoy their big day, which they did.


3rds have a restful weekend

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There was no Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division 6 match for the 3rd XI on Saturday 19th. August due to an odd number of teams in their Division, meaning it was a blank weekend for the side as no friendly game could be arranged.


Bretforton blown away by Smith’s devastating 8-10

3rd. XI v. Bretforton


On Saturday 12th August, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Bretforton seconds at their Harbury ground for the last home fixture in the current Cotswold Hills League Division Six season.

Choosing to bat first, Kenilworth made a terrible start, losing a wicket in the first over, then slipped to 19 for 2 and found themselves in serious trouble at 27 for 4, but the Kenilworth skipper Sam Leach was to play a fine innings for his side, along with young Matthew Dadswell batting at eight who made his highest ever score of 31, including a big six over mid wicket and four fours.

Leach was to top score with a fine 39 including six fours, along with number nine Tom Skinner who finished on 15 not out, as Kenilworth were bowled all out for 141 in 38 overs. Kyte bowling well for the visitors, taking 5 for 25 off nine overs.

Kenilworth hunting their sixth win in a row, came out after tea with real purpose, opening bowler Ed Smith clean bowling the visitors opener with the third ball of their reply, at 10 for 2 and 12 for 5 and 22 for 7, the away side were blown away as Smith was to wreak havoc on the Bretforton batting. He was totally unplayable, bowling with pace and aggression, batsmen came and went in quick succession, one after the other, along with his partner in crime Nick Moore, who also was amongst the wickets, with two clean bowled victims. Moore finished with 2 for 31 from eight overs, but it was Ed Smith who was record incredible career best figures of 8 for 10 from 8.2 very hostile overs, seven of his eight wickets were clean bowled. Only Kyte with ten made a double figure score, Bretforton bowled out for just 41 inside 17 overs.

Kenilworth winning their sixth game in a row by 100 runs with Sam Leach’s side taking 21 points as their march up the table continues.


3rds maintain impressive run of wins

3rd XI v. Astwood Bank V

Kenilworth’s Third team entertained Astwood Bank Fifths for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 5th August, looking to keep their winning run going.

Home captain Sam Leach won the toss and put the visitors into bat. Opening bowlers Pete Alty and Nick Moore had the Banks batsmen coming and going to and from the crease in quick time, the visitors slipping to 2 for 2 and in deep trouble at 7 for 5 in only six overs, Alty finished with an incredible 3 for 3 from five devastating overs, as his partner in crime Moore taking 2 for 9 from his five overs. Alty was replaced by fifteen year old Matt Dadswell, who also got amongst the wickets, with a bowling a tidy six over spell, taking 2 for 11. On debut young Will Machin bowled a tidy five overs, but it was his replacement Alex Cockburn who also got amongst the wickets, taking 2 for 17 from five overs. Cockburn also held onto two smart catches in the outfield. It was left to skipper Sam Leach (1 for 2) to take the final wicket, as Astwood Bank were skittled out for an under par total of 81 all out inside 33 overs. Only Neal with 15 and Hodson with 15 not out batting at eleven were in double figures for the visitors.

Kenilworth openers Ant Kerry and Geoff Hay went out after the tea interval, Hay was dismissed for 6 with the score on 21, Andy Dadswell joined Kerry at the crease, he and Kerry took the score to 57 before Kerry was caught on the mid wicket boundary for ten. Debutant Dean Machin joined Dadswell, the pair saw their side over the line, with Dadswell hitting the winning runs in the 23rd over, to finish unbeaten on 37 not out and Machin 8 not out. Kenilworth ending on 84 for 2 to win by eight wickets with ease.

Kenilworth take 21 points and extend their winning run to five matches in a row.