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Lambert’s 7-19 earns Winchcombe the win

3rd. XI v. Winchcombe II




On Saturday 3rd August, Kenilworth Thirds made a long trip to Winchcombe for their latest Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division Six fixture only to suffer a 64 run defeat.

Winning the toss, Winchcombe opted to bat first, Openers Lewis and Andrews made a watchful start, Lewis though did hit a six and a four in Matthew Dadswell’s second over, but young Dadswell had his revenge soon after, Lewis well caught by Will Thompson, the home side 20 for 1. Next man in Parker and Andrews then started to build a solid partnership together, they went on to take the singles on offer, punishing anything off line, putting on fifty together, skipper Geoff Edmunds moving his bowlers well, tried to break the partnership, the introduction of Will Thompson did the trick for Kenilworth, as he bowled Andrews for 30, Winchcombe now 94 for 2, this became 100 for 3, Thompson enticing Lambert to drag on for 4. With young leg spinner Dan Roden operating from the other end, Kenilworth were starting to get some control, Roden then picked up the wicket of Palinger for 2, caught behind by Vic Joshi, the home side 109 for 4. This became 116 for 5 when Parker was caught behind by Vic Joshi for a well played 49. Ed Smith replaced Thompson, and soon had O’Sullivan caught behind, Joshi with another catch, a cameo from M. Orzel, but Smith bowled him for 19, Smith accounted for Thomas, bowled for 8, after a fine nine over spell from Dan Roden, Daniel Barrie replaced him, he accounted for number ten Twine, bowling him for 5, P. Orzel ending 12 not out, Winchcombe ending on 173 for 9 from their forty overs. Wickets for Ed Smith, a fine 3 for 21 from nine overs, Will Thompson with 3 for 19 from five overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 27 off seven overs, Daniel Barrie with 1 for 25 from five overs and Dan Roden with 1 for 45 from nine overs, as the players headed off for tea.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start in their reply, losing two wickets in the first over, after a run to Geoff Edmunds first ball, Dan Roden was bowled by Lambert second ball then Louis Smitheson also bowled his second ball by Lambert, 1 for 2 after one over. Gareth Knights joined Edmunds, Knights looked in good touch, two nice fours, but on 11, Lambert got one to flick the glove of Knights, caught behind, Kenilworth reeling on 13 for 3 in the 5th over, Edmunds then fell to the same combination, Edmunds out for 4, 21 for 4 in the seventh over. Will Thompson had only made 2, Lambert on a roll, bowling Thompson for unbelievable figures of 5 for 9 off five overs, 30 for 5 after ten overs. Now Yas Joshi was batting with Vic Joshi, the pair added 24 together in four overs, when Vic was bowled by Twine for 14, Andy Dadswell joined young Joshi now, these two added 18 in five overs, after Dadswell hit Andrews for a six and a four in the same over, he was bowled by Twine for 14, Kenilworth 72 for 7 in just the 16th over. Next man in Ed Smith looked to be positive, a series of fours, but he lost partner Yas Joshi, caught off Parker for a well made 17, 84 for 8. Smith was joined by Matt Dadswell, after Dadswell got off the mark, Smith then took the side past the hundred, but on 109, Dadswell was caught off the returning Lambert, then Last man in Daniel Barrie fell to Lambert, as Kenilworth were all out 109 in the 27th over, Smith left stranded on 28 not out, with six fours. Lambert destroying the Kenilworth batting with 7 for 19 from seven overs, Winchcombe the winners by 64 runs, a better start and Kenilworth would have been in this game, story of the season, fragile batting.

Kenilworth take 5 points and remain in the relegation places.


3rds. get the game on but do not benefit

3rd. XI v. Kineton II



On Saturday 27th July, Kenilworth Thirds travelled over to Kineton to play their second team in the Cotswold Hills League Division 6 fixture, after a delayed start due to the morning rain and a covered wet wicket, it was agreed both sides would play thirty overs each miraculously but it ended in defeat for the 3’s, yet least they had a game.

Kenilworth skipper Geoff Edmunds won the toss and asked Kineton to bat first. Brown and Donant opened up for the home side, Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for Kenilworth, the home side made a watchful start, 10 without loss after the first five overs. The home sides Openers began to up the rate a little, and after ten overs, were 32 without loss, Edmunds replaced Dadswell and Daniel Barrie replaced Smith, Brown and Donant passed fifty together, going on put on 77 together, when Barrie had Donant caught behind by Vic Joshi for 16. Cox joined Brown, these two were to add a good partnership together, both men very positive, Cox in particular, clearing the ropes on four occasions, the pair added 52 together, when Dadswell in his second spell, had Cox caught by Uma Umashanka at backward point, Cox hitting an aggressive 46, Kineton 129 for 2, Hutchings then retired hurt soon after coming into bat, Stiles replaced him, but was lbw to Dan Roden for 4, Kineton 140 for 3. Ed Smith then bowled the Kineton number six for 3, the home side now 151 for 4, then looking for a big finish, Brown was Stumped by Vic Joshi for a fine innings of 75 off the impressive Roden, in the 29th over, the home side 155 for 5, Kineton 157 for 5 from their thirty overs. For Kenilworth, Dan Roden with 2 for 19 from four overs, Ed Smith with 1 for 19 from seven overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 27 from seven overs and Dan Barrie with 1 for 36.

After the tea interval, Openers Uma Umashanka and Dan Roden made a steady start in the Kenilworth reply, Dan Roden hitting two nice fours, but misjudged a ball from Swift, Roden bowled for 8,, Kenilworth 18 for 1, Geoff Hay, playing his first game of the season, joined Umashanka, but the pair only added four together, when Umashanka was caught off Brown for 6, 22 for 2. Matt Dadswell fell to Swift without score, 22 for 3 now. This bought Yas Joshi to partner Hay, the pair added 12, but Joshi was caught and bowled for 7 off Johnson, Kenilworth 34 for 4. Andy Dadswell was next man in, but he and Hay struggled to make any inroads, When Dadswell was bowled by Clark for 2, 38 for 4 in 16th over. Next man in Vic Joshi then started to put bat to ball, a four and a six in the same over off Johnson, the pair added 22 together when Joshi was run out by the sub fielder for a breezy 19, Kenilworth in trouble on 60 for 6 in the 20th over. Two wickets fell on 71, Hay caught behind off Clark for 12, and Gareth Knights, out caught next ball, Kenilworth in deep trouble on 71 for 8. Number ten Daniel Barrie avoided the hat trick, just. Barrie though was caught and bowled by Keep for 1, 77 for nine in the 26th over. Last pair Ed Smith and Geoff Edmunds together, a four for Smith, then bowled by Cox, Smith making 14, Kenilworth all out for 81 in the 27th over. For Kineton, Clark taking 3 for 8 off seven overs, as Kineton ran out winners by 77 runs.

Yet, at least the lads had a game to play and represent the Club.




3rds. fail in their attempt for 3 consecutive wins.

3rd. XI v. Norton Lindsey 




On 20th. July, the Club’s 3rd. XI were hosting Norton Lindsey in their win/lose format Division 6 match in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League at its Harbury Ground with both sides chasing a third consecutive win. It was the visitors who achieved it and won the match by 8 wickets.

Home skipper Geoff Edmunds won the toss and elected to bat first, but was soon ruing that decision when Umar Umashanka was caught behind by Penrose second ball, Kenilworth 0 for 1. Will Machin joined Dan Roden, but after the pair looked set, Roden was caught off the bowling of Dewar for 5, Kenilworth 16 for 2 in the 8th over. Andy Dadswell was next man in, the pair added ten in five overs, but on 26 Machin was caught off Green for 14, Kenilworth 26 for 3. Matt Dadswell joined Andy Dadswell, but was bowled by Richardson for 3, now 29 for 4, Ed Smith was caught off Green in the next over and Kenilworth were struggling on 29 for 5. Louis Smitheson and Andy Dadswell added ten more together, before Smitheson was bowled by Richardson for 4, now the score was 39 for 6.  Dadswell was then caught off Rushton for 11, Kenilworth found themselves in deep trouble on 41 for 7 in the 22nd over. Christian Mortlock and John Mortlock were now at the crease together, John was caught off Rushton for 5, 51 for 8, Christian was ninth and last man out, bowled by Jamal for 5, Geoff Edmunds one not out,  with Dan Barrie absent ill, Kenilworth were all out for a paltry 54 in only 28 overs. For Norton Lindsey, Richardson, Green and Rushton all took two wickets each.

In reply, Norton lost a wicket in the second over, Richardson caught behind by Andy Dadswell off Matt Dadswell for 2, the visitors 3 for 1. The visitors continued to struggle against the Kenilworth bowling, Ed Smith giving nothing away, after 10 overs, Norton were 13 for 1. More tidy bowling from change bowlers John Mortlock and Geoff Edmunds, and Mortlock affected the run out of Purser for 2, getting a finger to a drive by Dewar, Norton 19 for 2 on the 14th over. The visitors continued to crawl towards their target, overs came and went, Smith returned for his last two overs, although not taking a wicket, he only went for 5 runs in his nine overs.  However, Norton continued to inch towards their target, eventually getting over line in the 33rd over, Dewar ending 28 not out and Penrose 13 not out, Norton 55 for 2, winning by eight wickets, for Kenilworth the only wicket taker was Matt Dadswell with 1 for 8 from four overs.

Kenilworth taking just one point, on a day when the Kenilworth batsmen found ways to get out.


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.