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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. 

 

9 man 3rds no match against the hosts

3rd XI v. Winchcombe II

 

On Saturday 30th June Kenilworth’s Third team made the long trip to Winchcombe for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

After a long struggle in the week to get a side out, Kenilworth’s nine players took to the field after the home side chose to bat first on a hot and sunny day.

Opening bowlers Geoff Edmunds and debutant Kiran Shanker shared the new ball, and Edmunds struck early, bowling Davis for no score, Winchcombe 3 for 1. Number three Major joined Peck, the pair looked to expose the gaps in the Kenilworth field, the lack of a full fielding compliment started to show, as Peck and Major put on a quickfire stand of 102 for the second wicket, Major caught at long on for an aggressive 65 off Ant Kerry’s occasional spin. Two more wickets for Kerry, Peck for 44 and Allen for 10, Winchcombe now 136 for 4. In Kiran Shanker’s third spell he picked up a deserved first senior wicket, bowling Andrews for 30, 17 from Orzel as Winchcombe finished on 234 for 7off 45 overs. Wickets for Kenilworth were Ant Kerry 3 for 51 off seven overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 9 off ten very tidy overs, Sam Leach 1 for 39 and 1 for 57.

Both sides enjoyed a fantastic tea, followed by openers Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry looked to make a solid start, as Kenilworth’s nine men looked to see how close they could get to the target. The pair put on a solid 40 before Kerry was caught for 10. This soon became 40 for 2, Andy Dadswell joined Shanker, the pair adding 32 for third wicket, before Shanker fell for a good 45. Kiran Shanker was caught for 2, Kenilworth now 77 for 4. Skipper Sam Leach joined Dadswell, these two soon got the scoreboard moving again. These two put on 46 for the 5th wicket before Leach was bowled for 29, Kenilworth now 123 for 5, soon after Dadswell was also out for 30, 134 for 6 became 139 for 8 and all over for Kenilworth in the 37th over all out for 139. For Winchcombe Davis took 4 for 35 and Andrews took 3 for 22. Winchcombe the winners by 95 runs.

All credit to the nine who played especially young Kiran Shanker and Louis Smitheson who fielded and bowled brilliantly, well played lads. Kenilworth take 5 points for their efforts.