Smithson shows his talent in a fine win

2nd. XI v. Coleshill

Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 7 East

WIN

Coleshill 194-8 lost to Kenilworth 197-4 (42.3 overs) by 6 wickets

 

Dave Smithson starred with the bat as he guided the Seconds to a good win at Coleshill hitting an unbeaten 75 (8 x 4) from the number 3 spot as the side chased down Coleshill’s score of 194-8 with 15 balls in hand. He put on 71 for the second wicket with youngster Shyaan Imam who made 39. Charlie Stranks hit 29 and Josh Charlwood an unbeaten 23 as the side reached 197-4 to record a 6 wicket win. 

Earlier, Shazad made 82 and Brown 48 in Coleshill’s total with Islam chipping in with 26. The Kenilworth wicket takers were Kapil Dubey who took an excellent 3-16, Dave Gamble 2-38 and skipper Sam Leach 1-26. Run outs accounted for the other two wickets to fall. Keeper, Henry Curran bagged a catch and took a stumping for the side to kick start their season off.

 

Young Joshi stars with the bat

 3rd. XI v. Moreton-in-Marsh

WIN

Moreton-in-Marsh 120-10 (29 overs) lost to Kenilworth 121-1 (23.1 overs) by 9 wickets

 

The 3rd. XI kicked off their Cotswold Hills cricket league campaign with a comprehensive 9 wicket win against visitors Moreton-in-Marsh who could only post 120 in their innings. Will Thompson took the bowling honours for Kenilworth taking a fine 3-7 followed by Will Machin with 2-19, Matt Dadswell 2-28 and Louis Smithson 1-6 after Stotesbury had made 36 and Evans 25 for Moreton.

Replying, Kenilworth’s openers put on 60 for the first wicket with Uma UmaShanker hitting 26 (3 x 4, 1 x 6) whilst youngster Yash Joshi went onto post his deserved maiden Senior half century, hitting an unbeaten 52 (9 x 4) as he teamed up with fellow young teenager Thompson who made 23 not out (3 x 4) as they guided the side to victory reaching 121-1 inside 24 overs and record a confidence boosting win in their first match of the season. Pavey-Edwards with 1-8 was the only Moreton bowler to be rewarded with a wicket.

 

Spring is here, so is Cricket

The Ground looking resplendent

 

Spring has arrived, so has cricket.

The Ground is looking top-notch.

The trees and surrounds are springing back into life and becoming more colourful, too, after their winter hibernation.

We are so fortunate to have such a lovely Ground.

 

Sunday XI

A good win on a sunny day

 

Sunday XI v. Barford

WON

Barford 113-10 (37.2 overs) lost to Sunday XI 114-8 (27.2 overs) by two wickets.

 

The Sunday XI hosted neighbours Barford in a 40 overs a side friendly and managed to secure a 2 wicket win with plenty of overs in hand chasing Barford’s score of 113 all out in a low scoring affair.

Barford’s Tobin 18 and Griffin 15 put on a 3rd. wicket 40 run partnership after losing two quick wickets as the side battled against an accurate Town bowling line up. Forshaw added 11 whilst their score was bolstered by 38 extras. Matt Dadswell took a fine 4-16 from his 6.2 overs, Matt Casey 2-7 from 6 frugal overs with Christian Mortlock claiming 2-7 whilst Shyaan Imam took 1-7 and Will Machin 1-22 for the side.

In reply, opener, Dan Horner retired when he reached 50 (7 x 4). Adam Huxford added 26 (2 x 4) and youngster Keeran Umashanker 14 as the side stuttered to the winning line as they lost 8 wickets yet reached their 114 target with 12 overs to spare despite the best efforts of Tobin who took 3-12, Griffin 2-10 and Forshaw 1-15 for Barford.

 

League seasons start for 1st. XI and 2nd. XI sides

The Warwickshire County Cricket League season started in Saturday 17th. April for both the Club’s 1st. XI and 2nd. XI sides with 45 overs a side, win/draw/lose matches.

The 1st.’s were outplayed at Solihull Blossomfield to lose by 8 wickets, whilst the 2nd. XI gained a winning draw against Bablake.

 

1st. XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

Lost

Kenilworth 126-10 (1 point) (43 overs) lost to Solihull Blossomfield 128-2 (20 points) (21.3 overs)

 

Despite a fine 66 from Kenilworth’s opener Joe Atkinson, who hit 10 boundaries in his knock, the side slumped to 126 all out in 43 overs against an accurate Blossomfield bowling attack that pinned the side down who found runs hard to come by. Only skipper, Connor Shingler, with 20 and Dave Edmunds 17 were the only other 2 Kenilworth batsmen to reach double figures, as Kenny took 3-20 and Bentley 3-28 for the hosts. Bashir and Kinman picked up a wicket each whilst the Kenilworth cause was not helped with two run outs. Blossomfield then cantered with ease to 128-2 to win the match with 23 overs to spare after opener Baker made a solid 71 and Thompson unbeaten on 47. The Kenilworth wicket takers were Stuart Cope and Shingler, as the hosts proved far too strong on the day.

 

 

2nd. XI v. Bablake

Winning Draw

Kenilworth 235-4 (17 points) (45 overs) drew with Bablake (9 points) (45 overs)

 

The 2nd. XI hung on to claim a deserved winning draw against visitors, Bablake, at home. The side posted a good 235-4 with opener, Mark Stranks hitting 48 (6 x 4), as he and youngster, Shyaan Imam, who made 18, shared in a 79 run first wicket partnership. Dave Smithson then added an excellent 65 not out (8 x 4) as he shared in another 79 run partnership for the 4th. wicket with Charlie Stranks who made 31 (3 x 4) to reach their total. Mohammed took 2-17 for the visitors with Chellin and Bailing taking a wicket apiece. Bablake were not fazed in their reply as they chipped away at the Kenilworth score. Mohammed made a fine unbeaten 62, Patel 28 and Auguste 25, with Downine and Aftab both adding 17 each. However, their run chase was in vain as the Kenilworth bowlers held their nerves and Bablake ended the day on 209-7 some 27 runs short of the target when overs ran out. Spinners Tom Skinner took 3-36 and Chris Beech 2-44 for Kenilworth with Sam Leach claiming 1-13 and Dave Gamble 1-25. Debutant Josh Charlwood claimed two good outfield catches in a match that saw both sides concede a combined 94 extras between themselves.

 

There was no match for the 3rd. XI who will play a friendly match next Saturday before their Cotswold Hills League season starts on 1st. May.

 

Next week’s League matches:

Saturday 24th. April  -12.30 p.m. start

 

1st. XI v. Nuneaton – (HOME) – WCCL, Division 1

2nd. XI v. Coleshill – (Away) – WCCL, Division 7 East

3rd.XI v. TBC – (Friendly)