Elliott and Charlie put on an unbeaten 124 run partnership to secure win

Sunday XI v. Harborne II

On Sunday 1st July, Kenilworth’s Sunday were on their travels again, this time to Birmingham outfit Harborne CC for their Arden Sunday Cricket League Division Three fixture.

The home side won the toss, and naturally on a hot and sultry day chose to bat first. The Kenilworth bowling opening pair of Ian Baker and Matt Casey got some early pace and bounce, and Baker struck in the third over, having A. Khalil caught behind by skipper Dan (Ben) Horner for 0, Harborne 4 for 1. Robinson joined Blackedge for Harborne and these two looked to get their side going and the pair added 92 together, before the left handed Blackedge fell to a juggling catch behind by Dan Horner for a well made 59. The next wicket quickly followed, number four Milak fell to another catch behind by Horner, this time off the left arm spin of Geoff Edmunds for 0 but young H. Khalil joined Robinson, and the young batsman showed great technique and skill, as the pair got their side to 195 when Robinson finally fell to sharp stumping off the impressive Will Machin for a very well played 88. Lyttle joined young Khalil, the two batsmen ending unbeaten, Khalil on 44 and Lyttle on 22, Harborne finishing on 236 for 4 off their forty overs.

For Kenilworth the wickets were shared between four bowlers, Will Machin with 1 for 23 off five overs, Geoff Edmunds 1 for 27 from eight overs, Ian Baker 1 for 37 off seven overs and 1 for 53 off six overs for Sam Leach. There were three catches and a stumping for skipper Dan Horner.

After the players returned to action after tea, Kenilworth’s openers Dan Horner and Andy Dadswell looked to make a solid start in their sides chase of 237. Both batsmen got early boundaries away, putting on 48 together in seven overs before Dadswell was bowled for 18. Matt Casey joined his captain at the crease, but went cheaply to a catch behind Lyttle for 1, Kenilworth 53 for 2. The in form Elliot Haynes Sorrell joined Horner, the pair added a quick 57 together when Horner was unfortunately run out for 47, Kenilworth now well placed on 110 for 3 after 19 overs. Kas Wickramasinghe came and went for 2 to a sharp catch at mid wicket. Now 116 for 4 after 21 overs. Now Charlie Stranks joined Sorrell, looking to build on the partnership the pair had last Sunday, and soon enough both players got in their stride, brilliant running and plenty of boundaries flowed from both players bats, after thirty overs needed 55 to win, the visitors on 182 for 4, Sorrell was the first player to reach fifty, runs were flowing, the score quickly passed 200, then Stranks to passed fifty for the second Sunday running, the visitors were cruising and got to their target with four overs left, Sorrell unbeaten on 75, his innings containing (12 x 4 and 1 x 6) and Stranks unbeaten on 53 (7 x 4), their second partnership of over a hundred together in successive Sundays, putting on 124. For Harborne Lyttle took 2 for 57. Kenilworth finishing on 240 for 4 to win by six wickets. Kenilworth’s first outright win in the Sunday League in 2018 and the side collects 24 points.

 

Solihull Bloss’ last pair hang on

1st XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

 

Kenilworth hosted Solihull Blossomfield for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture on Saturday 30th June.

On another glorious June day, home skipper Pete Magafas won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Dave Edmunds and Adie Sellar got their side off to a fast start, the pair adding 83 for the first wicket before Sellar was dismissed for 17. Edmunds was joined by the in form Sunny Ahmed, these two continued to keep the scoreboard moving at a good pace, putting on 60 in twelve overs, before Edmunds was dismissed for a fine 79, his containing 13 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth 143 for 2 after 26 overs. Ahmed and next man in Pete Magafas continued to find runs easy to come by, putting 86 together for the third wicket, 229 for 3 at the fall of Ahmed’s wicket, he made yet another fifty, his 61 including 6 x 4 and 1 x 6. Magafas fell for 49, Matt Casey with 8 not out at the end, as Kenilworth posted a decent 277 for 7 from their fifty overs. For the visitors Blossomfield, Fetta took 3 for 60.

Steve Rhodes and Muhammad Nayeem opened up the bowling for the home side looking for early wickets, Clark fell for no score, the visitors 11 for 1. Thompson joined Bisheer, these two began to build a partnership, eventually putting on 91 for the second wicket, as Blossomfield looked to make a solid reply, 100 for 2 when Thompson was out for 23, Bisheer soon followed and the visitors were 105 for 3. Morgan and Khan then put on 83 for the third wicket, before both fell on 188,Morgan making 45 and Khan 36, Jorjeet Singh taking the wicket of both men, Blossomfield now 188 for 5. The left are spin of Singh was about to put his side in sight of an unlikely win, from 188 for 3, Blossomfield subsided to 196 for 8, Singh with outstanding figures of 6 for 42 from twelve overs, another wicket fell, now 202 for 9, Kenilworth had two overs to claim victory, but the last pair held on, Blossomfield ended on 202 for 9 from their fifty overs. Apart from Singh’s brilliant six wicket spell, Steve Rhodes with 1 for 28, Freddie Davies 1 for 28 and Muhammad Nayeem with 1 for 37 from twelve overs, Kenilworth claimed a winning draw, picking up 18 points, now five games unbeaten, and stay in sixth place, 31 points from the top.

Second’s joy

2nd XI v. Barby

 

Kenilworth’s Second team travelled to Barby on Saturday 30th June for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Acting Kenilworth captain Charlie Stranks asked the home side to bat first after winning the toss. Joey Poole and Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for Kenilworth, although not giving many runs away, were unable to make an early breakthrough, as the home side’s openers, Dury and C. Bramley put on a solid 88 for the first wicket together, Dury falling for 48. J. Bramley joined his brother, these two putting on 36 for the second wicket, C. Bramley falling one short of fifty, out for 49, when Ben Maney ran Outhwaite out for 28, the home side were 194 for 4, Franks with a brisk 49 not out saw his side post a decent 220 for 5 from their fifty over allocation. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were seamer Jack Howard with 2 for 24 from seven overs and 2 for 34 for the spin of Chris Beach from twelve tidy overs.

After the tea interval, the visitors openers Joey Poole and Jack Howard set about the task of chasing down the 221 to win. They made a quick start in no time the pair added fifty together, they put on 71in twelve overs when Howard was out for 30. Elliott Haynes-Sorrell joined Poole, Sorrell was out for 11, adding 31 with Poole, Kenilworth now 102 for 2. Next man in Ben Maney made a brisk 29, including a massive six down the ground, the visitors well placed at 156 for 3 after 24 overs. Michael Watts, playing his first game of the season, joined opener Poole, adding 18 together when Poole was dismissed for a brilliant 74(13 x 4 and 1 x 6), Kenilworth now 174 for 4, skipper Charlie Stranks fell for 6, now 182 for 5, a sixth wicket fell on 217, but Watts with a composed innings of 37 not out saw his side home, Kenilworth finishing on 221 for 6 in the 44th over, winning by four wickets and six overs to spare, for Barby, J. Bramley had a solid game, taking 4 for 45.

Kenilworth take 20 points for a fine team performance.

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.

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