Brilliant Baines bashes maiden ton followed by a super 5-fer from Stranks

Sunday XI v. Berkswell




On Sunday the 9th of June, Kenilworth made the short journey to play Berkswell for their latest Arden Sunday Cricket League Division Three fixture and left with a winning draw, the highlights being young George Baines hitting his maiden century in Senior cricket following his recent good form with the bat and a fine 5-18 with the ball from Charlie Stranks.

Visiting skipper Dan Horner win the toss and elected to bat first, it was Horner and Matt Casey who were to face the new ball, both batters were soon in the runs, putting any loose bowling away, quickly they raised a stand of 45 for first wicket in the seventh over, when Casey was caught behind for 25. His wicket bought Jono Sparks to the crease, but he only made 3, when A. Miles bowled him, Kenilworth 50 for 2 in the eighth over. His wicket saw the inform George Baines join Horner, soon Baines was in full flow with an array of straight and cover drives. The pair quickly added 33 together when Horner was caught and bowled by Sarfraz for a solid 39, Kenilworth 83 for 3. James Adamson was next man in, he too was finding the boundary early on, but was dismissed for a breezy 20, Kenilworth passing a hundred along the way, he and and Baines adding 53 together, 138 for 4, soon after Charlie Stranks joined Baines, Baines bought up a fine half century, Stranks too joined in the boundary hitting, the pair going on to post an 84 run partnership in only twelve overs, when Stranks was out for an aggressive 38, the visitors were 222 for 5. Dyas on debut was next in, again looking to get the scoreboard moving, clearing the mid wicket boundary for a big six, then still going at better than a run a ball, Baines bought up a quite brilliant maiden senior century, before being caught behind in the 39th over, trying an audacious scoop shot, out to A. Milnes for 110 (13 x 4), Matthew Dadswell joined Dyer, he got off the mark first ball with a crisp four through mid off, Dyer finished 18 not out on debut and Dadswell 6 not out, Kenilworth making an impressive 280 for 7 from their forty overs. For Berkswell, A. Milne took 3 for 60 from 8 overs, as the players headed for tea.

Amir and Sarfraz opened the innings for Berkswell, made steady progress against the Kenilworth opening attack of Matthew Dadswell and Kieran Umashanker, the openers posting a fifry run opening stand in the tenth over, Casey replaced Umashanker and Chris Beach replaced Dadswell, neither bowler could make the breakthrough Kenilworth badly needed, Amir and Sarfraz were starting to look imposing, the pair bringing up their hundred run partnership in the 18th over, but with the score on 124, Amir was run out after a smart piece of Fielding by James Adamson, Amir out for a fine 66, Wreford then joined Sarfraz, he too looking to be positive, but was caught by Dan Horner off Charlie Stranks for 12, Berkswell well placed on 163 for 2, but Berkswell then lost three wickets with the score on 179, two to the spin of Charlie Stranks, two lbw decisions , but the big wicket of Sarfraz, bowled by Jono Sparks for a quality innings of 80, this left the home side in a bit of trouble on 179 for 5. Two more wickets for Charlie Stranks, now Berkswell were in deep trouble on 180 for 7, and five wickets for Stranks, 5 for 18 from eight impressive overs. When Turner was run out by Jono Sparks and Matt Casey had A. Milnes caught by Charlie Stranks, the home side were on the brink on 198 for 9, three overs remained, could Kenilworth take the last wicket for a deserved maximum points, but ten and eleven saw their side to a draw, ending on 203 for 9 after forty overs. Along with the Stranks five wickets, a wicket each for Jono Sparks and Matt Casey there were two run outs, Kenilworth taking 18 points for the winning draw, on a memorable day for George Baines with a brilliant maiden hundred and Charlie Stranks with a fine all round game, starred.

KCC 280-7 (18 points), Berkswell 203-9 (9 points).

George Baines 110 with the bat for Kenilworth. Charlie Stranks 5-18 with the ball.


Match Cancelled

1st. XI v. Aston Manor




Due to the continuing and recent inclement weather, the 1st’s. Division 1 match in the Warwickshire County Cricket League was cancelled without a ball being bowled as the pitch was deemed unfit for any play.

Both sides get 4 points each for the abandonment.


Match Cancelled

2nd. XI v. Bulkington 1sts




Due to the continuing and recent inclement weather, the 2nd’s. Division 8 match in the Warwickshire County Cricket League was cancelled without a ball being bowled as the pitch was deemed unfit for any play.

Both sides get 4 points each for the abandonment.


3rds. skittled out for 45 but at least they played cricket when others did not

3rd. XI v. Bearley




On Saturday 8th June, Kenilworth’s Third team travelled over to Bearley after twenty four hours of persistent rain leading up to the game to play their League match whilst all other Club games were cancelled due to the weather. Sadly, the side were skittled out and soundly beaten by 7 wickets, yet Bearley had made every effort to ‘Get the Game On’ and were doing a sterling effort with the mopping up and pitch preparation to ensure that the match went ahead.

Remarkably , after three inspections of the wet areas on the edge of the square, the game eventually started at 3.15, thanks to the hard work by the Bearley side – a game reduced to twenty eight overs per side. Kenilworth were asked to bat first after losing the toss, openers Uma Umar Shanker and Dan Roden, against a decent Bearley opening bowlers Ullah and Rahman, Kenilworth lost Umar Shanker, lbw to Rahman for 1, the visitors 4 for 1.  James Alty then joined Roden, but the latter was bowled by Rahman for 5 . Ullah then ripped out James Alty, Will Thompson and Ed Smith in a firey spell, all without scoring, from 13 for 1 Kenilworth had collapsed to 13 for 5. Andy Dadswell and Steve Kelley then briefly steadied the ship, putting on 13 together, but Dadswell was bowled by Ullah for 7, 26 for 6 became 31 for 7, when Kelley was bowled by Yewer for 6, Pete Alty then went without scoring, bowled by Harris, now 33 for 8. Youngsters Dan Barrie and Matthew Dadswell added 11 for the ninth wicket, but Barrie was caught off Harris for 1, Matt Dadswell went on to top score with the bat for Kenilworth, making 12, the only player to reach double figures hitting the only four of the innings, along with 13 extras, Kenilworth were all out for a sorry looking 45 in the 24th over, having found scoring runs off the accurate Bearley bowlers hard to come by. Ullah with 4 for 9 from six overs, Harris 3 for 6 from 5.1 overs and Rahman 2 for 13 from six overs doing the damage with the ball.

Mirza and Castle opened their side’s innings up, Pete Alty and Ed Smith opening the bowling for Kenilworth, the home batsmen made a steady start, after six overs were 20 without loss, Matt Dadswell replaced Alty, in his second over had Castle lbw for 6, Bearley 22 for 1. Dan Barrie replaced Smith, two overs later, skipper Geoff Edmunds replaced Barrie, after a single over from Edmunds , Dan Roden replaced him, Will Thompson replaced Dadswell, with the scores level, Bearley lost Mirza for 23, well held on the long on boundary off Roden, 45 for 2, a maiden from Thompson gave Roden another over, and a third wicket fell, Amjar stumped by Andy Dadswell for no score off Roden, 45 for 3. But Ross hit the winning run off Thompson in the next over, Bearley 46 for 3, winning in the 18th over by 7 wickets. Dan Roden with 2 for 6 from three overs and Matt Dadswell with 1 for 6 from four overs the wicket takers of the 7 bowlers used, Kenilworth take just the one point on a day when at least they turned out, represented the Club and surprisingly played cricket! 

Despite the result, all credit goes to Bearley for their commitment to Get the Game On!


Baines stars second week running in drawn game

Sunday XI v. Harborne




On Sunday 2nd June, Kenilworth hosted Birmingham outfit Harborne for their latest Arden league Division Three fixture and achieved a winning draw.

After two delayed starts due to rain, the match now reduced to thirty overs per side. Harborne won the toss and asked Kenilworth to bat first. Openers Henry Curran and Darius Potten-Ravenshad new they had to make a solid start, but with score on seven, Curran was bowled by Grover for 3, this brought Ben Maney to partner Potten-Ravenshad, from the first ball Maney was in good touch, both players were looking to score off every ball, with the score on 29, Potten-Ravenshad was also bowled by Grover, this time for eleven. Skipper Matt Casey joined Maney at the crease, Maney was in positive mode, he was the dominant partner in the pairs partnership, they had put on 28 when Casey became Grover’s third victim, caught for four, Kenilworth 57 for 3 after 11 overs . The inform keeper batsman George Baines was next in, Baines was soon in full flow, along with the aggressive Ben Maney, the quickly added 45 together, in six overs, Maney finally out for a solid 37. Charlie Stranks was then unluckily run out backing up, after the bowler got a boot to a drive from Baines for one, Kenilworth now 104 for 5 in the 18th over. That wicket bought the left hander, George Jayaratnam to partner Baines, Jayaratnam was in typical aggressive mode, Baines too, Baines bought up his fifty with a sublime straight drive for four. Jayaratnam was in imperious touch, clearing the ropes three times, then bringing up his fifty with another huge six to the long boundary, the pair added a rapid partnership of 101 on only twelve overs, before Baines was bowled by O’Lyttle for an absolutely brilliant innings of 82, his innings containing 10 x 4. Joey Poole joined Jayaratham for the last over, Poole ended on 4 not out, Jayaratnam was 52 not out, his innings contained 4 x 4 and 4 x 6 off 26 balls. Kenilworth posting a very decent 226 for 6 from their thirty overs. For Harborne, Grover starred with 3 for 15 from six overs.

Robinson and Powick opened up for Harborne, they would need a good start if they were going to get close to their target. Opening bowlers Joey Poole and George Jayaratnam kept things tight, putting pressure on, this was rewarded with the wicket of Powick for 4, bowled by Jayaratnam, Harborne 16 for 1. Pagel joined Robinson, Charlie Stranks replaced Jayaratnam from the pavilion end and soon picked up the wicket of Pagel for 8, the visitors now 32 for 2. Stranks then had next man on Rauf caught behind by George Baines for 2, Harborne 36 for 3. Robinson stood firm, and gradually compiled a solid fifty, together with Wilcox, they added 51 for the fourth wicket, Wilcox caught by Joey Poole off Henry Currans first over, Wilcox making 7, Harborne 87 for 4. Samir, 13 not out and Robinson carrying his bat for a decent 68 not out, after their thirty overs, Harborne finishing on 116 for 4. Charlie Stranks with 2 for 2 for 10 from four overs, George Jayaratnam with 1 for 11 from four overs and a wicket for Henry Curran, 1 for 12 from three overs.

Kenilworth with the winning draw, taking 15 points for their efforts, on a day where Baines and Jayaratnam starred.