Good warm up win

Club XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On Saturday 13th April, Kenilworth hosted Solihull Blossomfield for the clubs third pre season game of the season.

Kenilworth batted first, with the opening pair Chris Prophet and Connor Shingler made a positive start against the Blossomfield bowling and ir soon had the scoreboard moving, putting on 56 off 58 balls for the first wicket, before Shingler was out for a positive 31 on debut, bowled by Jones. This brought Daniel Horner to the crease, he to looked to be positive, as he and Prophet putting on 37 for the second wicket, Prophet falling to Jones for 36. Horner was joined at the wicket by Sunny Ahmed, like Prophet, playing his first game of the season. These two took the game to the visitors, both Ahmed and Horner went on to record a half century each, the pair added 137 together, before Ahmed was run out for 56 off 52 balls with 4 x 4 and 3 x 6. Horner fell for a fine innings of 95 off the bowling of Sullaman, his innings containing 9 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth ending on a very decent 253 for 4 from their Forty overs. For Blossomfield, Jones took 2 for 23.

In reply, the visitors lost opener Clarke without scoring, bowled by Shingler, leaving the visitors at 8 for 1. Opener Adidas and number three Chan’s began the rebuild, putting the home side under pressure, the pair added fifty together off 73 balls. The pair added 91 together when Chana was run out for 49, the visitors 99 for 2. Ahmed then removed opener Adidas for a fine 50, caught behind off Dan Horner off Ahmed, 105 for 3. Blossomfield then lost their fourth wicket on 113, Gopalan bowled by Tom Skinner for 6. Skinner struck again, bowling Verma for no score, the visitors in trouble on 119 for 5. The introduction of spinner Sam Leach had the visitors in all sorts of trouble, as he removed Stevenson for 22, Bentley for 18 and Sullaman for 7 in a six over spell of 3 for 24, as the visitors ended their innings on 175 for 8 from their forty overs. Apart from the Leach spell of 3 for 24 from six overs, Tom Skinner with 2 for 32 off eight overs and a wicket each for Connor Shingler with 1 for 29 off eight overs and Sunny Ahmed 1 for 16 off five.

Kenilworth the winners by 78 runs with a good overall performance.

Success in Sunday season’s opener

Sunday XI v. Leek Wootton


On a chilly Sunday 7th April, Kenilworth CC hosted near neighbours Leek Wootton CC for the first Sunday fixture of the season.
As the same as normal for Sunday games, both sides have forty overs each.

Having lost the toss, home captain Elliott Haynes Sorrell was asked to bat first by Wootton skipper Stuart Budd. Henry Curran and David Edmunds opened up for the home side, the pair made a steady and watchful start, the pair began to get the scoreboard moving, they had just bought up the first fifty opening stand of the season, at 53 Curran was brilliantly caught at mid wicket by Budd, Curran out for 13. Young batsman George Baines joined Edmunds, both players looked in good touch, Edmunds in particular starting to find the boundary, going on to bring up a fine half century, he was to fall soon after for 62 off 80 balls, with 8 x 4, the pair adding 53 together. Debutant Joe Atkinson joined Baines, but fell to another sharp catch by Budd, going for 6.

Skipper Haynes Sorrell joined young Baines, both played with aggressive intensity, along with some inventive hitting by Sorrell, including two stylish sixes. Baines fell near the end of innings for a fine forty. Haynes Sorrell with 28 not out, got his side to 198 for 4 from their forty overs. For visitors Leek Wootton, Vakil taking 2 for 26, as the players headed off for tea.

On the resumption, the Wootton openers looked to chase down their target, but bowling the first over, Dave Gamble, bowling from the bottom end, struck straight away, bowling the Wootton opener Burge for one , his opening partner, young Matthew Dadswell, bowling from the pavilion end, struck with his first ball of the season, Henry Curran taking the catch at extra cover to dismiss Jenkins for 5. The visitors 6 for 2 off two overs.

Skipper Stuart Budd joined Homer, looking to rebuild their sides innings, they went on to add 69 together before Homer was bowled by debutant George Jeyaratnam for 24, Jeyaratnam replaced Gamble from the bottom end, with the next ball the Wootton number five was run out via a direct throw from Henry Curran, the visitors in trouble on 75 for 4, a lot now depending on Budd, he went on to make a fine fifty, Wootton slipped to 111 for 6 thanks to Jeyaratnam and Tom Skinner Budd still at the crease. Joe Atkinson replaced Jeyaratnam, and struck with his second ball, Wotton’s eighth wicket fell on 150, thanks to a run out from Matthew Dadswell, Atkinson removed Budd lbw for fine 76, 151 for 9 became 153 all out, another lbw for Atkinson, Leek Wootton all out for 153 in twenty nine overs.

Wickets shared for the home side, Joe Atkinson with 3 for 25 off six overs, George Jeyaratnam 2 for 17 off five overs, Dave Gamble and Matthew Dadswell both with 1 for 22 and a wicket for Tom Skinner with 1 for 33.
Kenilworth winning their first match of the season by forty five runs.

No joy on opening day

Club XI v. Aston Unity

Kenilworth CC began their 2019 cricket season at home to Aston Unity on Saturday 6th April, the match being a forty over a side pre-League season friendly.

Home skipper Sam Leach won the first toss of the season and invited visitors Aston Unity to have the first bat of the season.
Unity opener Kumara looked in good early season form for his side, and after surviving an early chance in the field, went on to register the first half century of 2019. However, the home sides bowlers plugged away, and with wickets falling at the other end, Kumara went on his merry way, reaching his century before retiring on exactly one hundred. Aston Unity finished their innings on 198 for 8 from their forty overs, Maddams added 36 for the visitors. Wickets were shared for the home team, with  Tom Skinner taking 2 for 43 from 8 overs, Henry Curran 1 for 17 off five, whilst debutants Ash Dhillon 1 for 21, Dan Roden 1 for 29 and John Proctor 1 for 55 and so the players headed off for the first cricket tea of the season.

The Kenilworth openers Dan Horner and Adie Sellar opened up for the hosts, but Horner was unfortunately bowled first ball of the innings, a ball that kept low, Sellar soon fell for just five, Henry Curran made 13 and Elliott Haynes Sorrell four, leaving the home side in some trouble, but Darius Potten-Ravenshad and Ben Maney came together to try and rebuild their side’s innings, both batsman made 20 before Maney was run out and Potten-Ravenshad was bowled, six down, Kenilworth’s innings was in  now deep water, Sam Leach made nine and Dan Roden seven, Kenilworth eventually all out for just 114 in thirty eight overs.

For Unity, Paggett, A. Bogle and Chandler all taking two wickets each. Cob webs dusted off, but Aston Unity ran out winners by 84 runs.


The 2019 Cricket Season starts in sunshine!


The Club’s 2019 Cricket Season is now underway at our Warwick Road Ground.

The Club are playing its first match of the year with a pre-League season friendly fixture against Aston Unity …… and the sun is out!



As promised, I provide Members with the latest update of the forthcoming Housing Development that was also emailed out to Club Members recently.

Bovis Homes have now submitted a new planning application – which will be the start of the first building phase on the neighbouring fields. It is numbered on the Warwick District Council Planning portal as application W/19/0322. This is for the construction of 7 dwellings (between 3 and 5 bedroomed properties) that front on to Warwick Road itself. Comments were requested by Warwick District Council to be submitted by 29.03.2019. The Club submitted a ‘neutral’ response, neither supporting nor objecting to the application. Plans of the proposed layout of the houses pertinent to this particular application can be seen on the document titled ‘Detailed Soft Landscape Proposal’ that was published onto the Application on 01.03.2019.

Furthermore, this application should be read in conjunction with the original outline planning permission that was granted in April 2018 for the ‘up to 125’ dwellings (application W/17/2150), as two new documents have now been uploaded onto that, dated 28.02.2019. These latest documents ought to be viewed by members. They are entitled ‘Design Code Part 1’ and ‘Design Code Part 2’. Page 47 of ‘Part 1’, at paragraphs 6.40 and 6.41, details and/or illustrations are shown of the ball stop netting and fencing and also on page 69 (para. 7.13) and page 75 (para. 7.27) of ‘Part 2’.

It would appear that Bovis Homes will be submitting further planning applications, in due course, so that the 125 dwellings are achieved. There are likely to be 4 phases of the Housing Development as it progresses with the 7 houses (W/19/0322) being the first phase. If granted, the construction of these 7 dwellings will commence in September 2019 with others to follow over the next 2-3 years.

An Environmental Health Consultation Report, published 25.03.2019 onto this planning application (W/19/0322), with regards to the Construction Impacts and the recommended conditions sought for the control of noise, dust management, burning and hours of work on the site is one that the Club concurs with. This was also an agreed condition to the first outline Planning Permission granted and the Developer’s consultants have since confirmed that it will be enforced. The Club also seeks a condition (or confirmation by the developers) that the installation and the future maintenance of the security fencing and ball stop netting, pertinent to this application, will be the responsibility and the liability of the Housing Developers and once erected, of any subsequent Estate Management Company and not that of Kenilworth Cricket Club, which is a totally voluntary run sporting Club.

It will be noted on going through the documents above that on the Southern field boundary a 9 metres high ball stop netting will be installed (on the development side), a 7 metres high ball stop netting within the eastern field (towards the railway line) and security fencing to protect the Club from any unwanted trespass. There is indicated on the drawings a gate access (under the Club’s control) for the Eastern field. The plans do not yet indicate a similar one for the Southern Field.

Clarification from the Developer’s consultants has recently been sought over the proximity of the closest dwelling to the club (as part of the 7 dwelling application), of the security fencing and ball stop netting and they have responded in red to our points raised below before the Club finally submitted its formal response to the latest planning application, as follows (it is a bit technical):


1. The exact distances of the dwelling lines with the Club on its Southern Boundary with the Housing Development.
The exact distance between Plot 1 and the red line is 4.54m

2. The type of security fencing that is being proposed to secure the Ground (and the Housing Development) and at what stage that it is to be installed/constructed, its height and its initial length, especially as the footpath/cycle way that will be constructed will egress from the Housing Development at its North West corner with the Club’s Ground.
Bovis are looking to supply 240lm of 1.8m high Triple Point, W-Section Palisade. This will be fixed to 45 x 45 RSA Rails and supported on 100 x 55 RSJ Posts. All the metalwork will have a galvanised finish. These exact specifications are based on a provisional quotation and though Bovis could seek an alternative supplier with an alternative specification, they will ensure that it satisfies the same physical requirements.

3. The provision (and construction) of the ball stop netting for the most northern house on this particular Application that would benefit from its installation.
Bovis are looking to supply and install 112lm of 7m high Cricket Ball Stop Netting. Consisting of 50 x 50 Polypropylene netting clipped to high tensile line wire, this will be supported on 114mm Dia Intermediate posts and 136mm Dia Straining posts with struts. They are also looking to supply and install 116lm of 9m high Cricket Ball Stop Netting. Consisting of 50 x 50 Polypropylene netting clipped to high tensile line wire, this will be supported on 114mm Dia Intermediate posts and 136mm Dia Straining posts with struts.

4. Further details of drainage works and piping that could affect the Cricket Club to avoid any potential flooding issues to the Ground, albeit it notes on the illustration (page 8) the general flow of surface drainage water on the Development.
Bovis have not made any further decision on the foul drainage strategy because each strategy / outfall route is in the process of being costed by their commercial team. When I have further information on this I will let you know but as yet, no decision has been made on this.

5. That all the Conditions as agreed at the Outline Planning Permission stage, will be maintained and enforced, particularly with regards to the construction hours on the Development.
I confirm that all of the conditions agreed at the outline planning permission will be maintained and enforced. We have submitted an application to discharge planning conditions 7 (site-wide masterplan) and 8 (design code). We are seeking to progress further applications to discharge all of the remaining conditions in due course.


Members will ALSO soon notice that there will be some Heras safety fencing installed on the Club car park edge along the wall of the disused stable block as Bovis Homes identified potential Health and Safety issues which means this fencing will remain in situ until the stable block is demolished and removed over the next few months, albeit that area will be in Phase 4 of the construction which will be the last phase to be started. The Club has permitted for this to be installed, so as to avoid any potential damage or injury being caused to vehicles and users now that the matter has been raised as a H&S issue. Once the stable block is demolished the Heras fencing will be moved onto the boundary line. There should be no loss of any actual car park space following its installation.


If members have any points that they wish to raise, have ideas about, give assistance to or comment on the above, please make contact with me or a member of the Housing Development sub-Committee who, in any case, will seek the advice and assistance from members, where necessary and on an ad hoc basis as matters progress further, or outsource them so that everyone is fully engaged and to benefit the Club. There are likely to be further issues and matters to consider, in due course.

The Housing Development sub-Committee members are Gordon Went, Geoff Edmunds, Andy Smith, Iain Harper, Graham Hurst, Robin Cardwell, Mark Deeley and Roger Mortimore.

Please have a look through the documents on both planning applications – W/17/2150 and W/19/0322 to acquaint yourself what is being proposed to the Housing Development.

The Warwick District Council Planning website link is:


Andy Smith
Hon. Secretary
Kenilworth Cricket Club