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3rd. XI v. Earlswood IV

 

LOSE !

On Saturday 4th August, Kenilworth’s Third eleven hosted Earlswood 4ths for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on a glorious but baking hot day, a side sporting 5 over 50’s! 

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers B. Whitfield and Zaman looked to make a positive start, but Zaman was bowled by Matt Dadswell for 17, before Ed Smith dismissed number three Weir for 0 first ball, but Fitzgerald and N. Whitfield Began to steady their side, Whitfield was particularly aggressive hitting two sixes before being stumped by Andy Dadswell off Andy Smith for 27, Fitzgerald was caught by Will Machin off Geoff Edmunds for 44, along with 27not out from Earls, Earlswood made 199 for 8 from their forty five overs, Ed Smith taking two wickets with the last two balls of the visitors innings. Wickets for Ed Smith with 3 for 38 from ten overs, Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 34 from ten overs, Matt Dadswell and Andy Smith both with 1 for 34 from eight overs.

After the tea interval, Kenilworth openers Ant Kerry and Geoff Edmunds put on 32 for the first wicket before Kerry was Bowled by Jenkins for 12, Edmunds was soon to follow, lbw for 15, when Ben Maney fell second ball, the home side were struggling on 39 for 3. Gareth Knights and Will Machin put on 31 for the fourth wicket before Knights fell for 11. Machin was joined by Ed Smith, Smith playing in his usual aggressive manner, as the pair put on 48 for the fifth wicket, Smith falling for 30. Three more quick wickets left Kenilworth on trouble on 132 for 8, but the visitors were put on the back foot again, as number ten Andy Smith joined skipper Sam Leach, together the pair put on 39 in quick time, before Leach was run out for 20, with the home side now 171 for 9 with two overs left, Last man Andy Kennell joined Smith, but Smith was out in the last over for 11, his highest score for a number of years! Kennell marooned 0 not out. Two wickets each for Whitfield and Jenkins, as the visitors Earlswood running out winners on the day by 28 runs, Kenilworth stay second bottom with four games left after taking seven points for their efforts.

 

 

Summer rain and hail prevents play finishing

3rd. XI v. Ashton under Hill II

 

MATCH ABANDONED

Hosts, Ashton under Hill batted first in their Cotswold Hills Division 6 match. The match started in glorious sunshine but that did not last long as the clouds darkened. Rain came and went forcing the sides went off twice before a huge hailstorm with thunder and lightning forced the players off and not to return as the pitch and outfield were under water when the rain stopped, even though both sides tried to carry on but were beaten by the elements. Ashton under Hill ended on 93 for 2 from 23.3 overs.

There was a wicket for Ed Smith via a catch from Gareth Knights at mid off and also a run out via Ant Kerry.
Five bowlers were used on a day the fine summer weather came to a sudden end.

Kenilworth take 6 points.

 

A bowlers day except for Chant’s winning efforts with the bat.

3rd. XI v. Bearley

 

WIN!

The 3rd XI bounced back from their recent run of defeats and took revenge on Bearley in their Division 6 match in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League with a 4 wicket win in a low scoring, bowler friendly day.

Bearley crashed from 51-1 to 89 all out inside 31 overs, despite the efforts of Franklin 28 and Mira 21 as the Kenilworth bowlers ripped through the side.

Old time seamer Pete Alty took 2-33 from his 10 overs but it was Johnny Mortlock and Geoff Edmunds who did the damage. Mortlock took 4-26 from 8 overs whilst Edmunds, who was unplayable took an unbelievable 4-3 from 5.3 frugal overs as they ran through the Bearley line up. There were 2 outfield catches for Nathan Chant and one each for both Sam Leach and Geoff Hay.

Chant then hit a very solid 45 (9 x 4) for the 3rd XI chasing and Leach was 21 not out as wickets tumbled but the side held their nerves and reached 90-6 in 24 overs to bring them victory with the winning runs being hit by Jeff Stanners after Andy Dadswell had made 10. Wicket takers for Bearley were Kyfayat with 4-31 off his 10 overs and Shakyl 1-29 off 6 overs but the day belonged to Kenilworth and to Edmunds, Mortlock and Chant, in particular.

 

 

Baines’ 61 and Smith’s 46 are in vain

3rd. XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV

 

LOSE

 

On Saturday 14th. July, the 3rd XI entertained Kenilworth Wardens IV’s in their Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division 6 clash at their Harbury ground.

The side, batting first, started well as Uma Shanker and Pete Huxford each made 23 before young gun George Baines entered the fray and made a most composed 61 that included 9 boundaries.  He was backed up by master blaster, Ed Smith, who hit a quickfire 46 that saw him hit 8 balls to the boundary and a six as the side reached 226-9 off their 45 overs. For the Wardens, Readman snapped up 3-42 whilst there was a wicket a piece for the other 5 bowlers used.

In reply, after being 78-4, the Wardens started to consolidate and frustrate the Town’s bowlers. Casey and Blakemore both made 35, Mills at number 7, 55 and it was Readman with 17 not out to see them to the winning post as they reached 227-8 and earn a two wicket win.

There were 2 fine catches behind the stumps for keeper, Huxford whilst some great fielding accounted for 3 run outs of Warden’s batsmen. Wicket takers for the side were Smith with 2-55, Matt Dadswell 1-19, Geoff Edmunds 1-19 and 1-13 for young Will Machin.

 

 

Bearley’s Mirza in a hurry to beat the Thirds

3rd XI v. Bearley

On Saturday 7th July Kenilworth’s Third team travelled to Bearley for the second time this season for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

As is the norm, the home side won the toss and put Kenilworth into bat, Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry put on 23 for the first wicket, before Kerry was bowled for 8, this soon became 29 for 2, Shanker gone for 9, Andy Dadswell fell for a disappointing 1, Kenilworth in trouble at 30 for 3. Young Will Machin and the experienced Ed Smith were building a good partnership together, the pair put on 53 before Smith was bowled by Castle for 30, Jeff Stanners, after scoring his first runs for three seasons (congratulations!!  …..and even acknowledged by a Bearley player on his send off!), fell for 2, and then Machin for a well played 33, Kenilworth were 101 for 6, then a cameo 21 from skipper Geoff Edmunds, but the visitors were all out for a disappointing 127 in 38 overs. Harris with 4 for 47 and Castle 3 for 19 doing the damage for the home side.

When eventually Bearley went out to bat, opener Mirza looked in a hurry, he soon found scoring runs look very easy, he lost his opening partner Assim for 11, thanks to a smart catch from Will Machin off skipper Edmunds, Castle made a quick 14, before being deceived by Edmunds, lbw. Mirza though kept going, soon bringing up his fifty, Machin had Franklin caught by Ed Smith for 6 and Andy Smith bowled Shakyl for 0, attempting to sweep, Yewer survived a huge shout but was given not out whilst Mirza ended 85 not out, as Bearley reached 128 for 4 off 30 overs. There were wickets Kenilworth’s Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 32, Will Machin 1 for 13 and veteran spinner Andy Smith with 1 for 47 off ten overs. Kenilworth take 4 points.