Sunday side ease to victory

Sunday XI v. Knowle Village

WIN!!

On a glorious Sunday 2nd September, Kenilworth travelled the short distance to Knowle Village in the Arden Sunday Cricket League.

Visiting skipper Geoff ‘birthday boy’ Edmunds won the toss and decided to bat first. Things didn’t start well for the visitors, losing Dan Horner in the first over for a single. Fellow opener Henry Curran was joined by the prolific Elliot Haynes Sorrell, the pair took the score to 49 when a mix left Sorrell run out by twenty two yards for 9, this bought Jorjeet Singh to join Curran, but Curran was soon on his way back to the pavilion, caught for 33, Kenilworth now 56 for 3. This bought Jono Sparks to the crease, Sparks hit a sparkling cover drive first ball for four, this continued for next 16 overs, as both Singh and Sparks found the ropes on many occasions, the pair put on a brisk 87 when Sparks mistimed a drive and was caught for an eye catching 71 (11 x 4 & 1 x 6). 177 for 4 became 179 for 5 when Jorjeet Singh was out for 39. Further quick runs in the last few overs, Max Howard with 28, Darius Potten Ravenshad 17 and Matt Dadswell with 10, Tom Skinner hit the last ball of the innings for a huge six over mid wicket, Kenilworth posting a very decent 250 for 8 from their forty overs. S. Newman and Young taking two wickets each for the village.

After the tea interval, the home side looked to chase down the visitors total, but Kenilworth’s opening bowler Matt Dadswell had other ideas, a caught and bowled in the first over, clean bowled in his second and a catch via the safe hands of Haynes Sorrell, Young, Holmes and Krish all back in the pavilion, Village 31 for 3 off eight overs, young Matt Dadswell taking an impressive 3 for 14 from six tidy overs. Skipper Geoff Edmunds replaced Max Howard, he too was soon amongst the wickets, two wickets for Edmunds reducing the home side to 58 for 5. Young Louis Smithson replaced Edmunds, on his third over picked up his first senior wicket, having Tibbits caught by Geoff Edmunds at short mid wicket for 27. Tom Skinner took the wicket of S. Newman for 24 thanks to a smart boundary catch from Max Howard, Village on the ropes now at 106 for 7. Edmunds returned and snapped up two wickets straight away, 112 for 9. With one wicket needed, Edmunds gave Darius Potten Ravenshad the ball, it took three balls, Ravenshad taking the last wicket thanks to another catch from Max Howard.
Knowle Village all out for just 117 in the 28th over.

Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Geoff Edmunds with 4 for 11 off four overs, Matt Dadswell 3 for 14 off six overs, Louis Smithson 1 for 21 off three, Tom Skinner 1 for 39 off eight overs and Darius Potten Ravenshad with 1 for 2.

Kenilworth the winners by a huge 133 runs, and take the full 24 points.

 

Nayeem’s all round skills sets up a crucial final match for the side

1st XI v. Fillongley

WIN!!

On Saturday 1st September, third placed Kenilworth travelled to second placed Fillongley for their penultimate Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture in a win/lose match of crucial importance for both sides.

Kenilworth came out winners and now move into the runners-up spot temporarily in the Division meaning that next week’s match against Nether Whitacre will determine whether they, Highway Spartans or Fillongley ultimately finish second in the Division.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Fillongley to bat first, openers Carty with 19,and Revell 28, put on 50 for the first wicket, when Adie Sellar caught Carty off the bowling of Muhammad Nayeem. Three more wickets for the visitors, saw Fillongley on 91 for 4, the game well poised. Nayeem was wreaking havoc now, running through the home side’s batting, now they were 117 for 6, Kenilworth in control of the game. The home side rallied, as number three batsman kept his cool, along with number eight Hammond, began to get their side back in the game, they went on add 95 together for the seventh wicket, Hammond out for 42, Shelding finishing on 80 not out, Fillongley ending on 226 for 8 from their fifty overs.

The bowling honours for Kenilworth went to Muhammed Nayeem, who took a brilliant 6 for 45 from ten overs, there was also a wicket for Sunny Ahmed, taking 1 for 35.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start in their reply, 0 for 1, 9 for 2 then 15 for 3, as home bowler Gardener ripped out the Kenilworth top order. A fourth wicket falling with the score on 44, the visitors in a heap of trouble. Skipper Pete Magafas and seamer Nayeem began to repair the damage, the pair went on to add 79 together for the fifth wicket, when Nayeem was out for a blistering innings of 56 (10 x 4 & 2 x 6), the visitors now 123 for 5, the game in the balance, a lot now on skipper Magafas, but he held his nerve, along with Sunny Ahmed with 22,  hitting a fine 70 (9 x 4 & 2 x 6), when he was out, his side were almost home, Kenilworth 216 for 7, Jorjeet Singh (16 not out) and Steve Rhodes (6 not out) saw their side home with five overs to spare, Kenilworth ending on 227 for 7 in 45 overs.

The promotion race all to play for with one game to go, Kenilworth second after collecting 20 points.

 

Side can not hang on to prevent Khalsa from winning

2nd XI v. Leamington Khalsa

LOSE!!

On Saturday 1st September, Kenilworth’s second team hosted Leamington Khalsa for their last home Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture of the season which turned into smiles for the visitors as they bowled out a chasing Kenilworth.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Khalsa to bat first, Jono Sparks took two early wickets via catches from Peter Huxford and Tom Anscombe, the visitors 35 for 2. Number three Krishna then started to take the game to the home side, together with Harry when the fourth wicket fell, these two started to take the game away from the home side, Harry fell for 88, but Kreshna fell just short of his hundred, ending 95 not out. Khalsa finished on 253 for 6 from their fifty overs. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Jono Sparks with 2 for 35 from nine overs, Ian Baker with 2 for 69 from twelve overs and 1 for 42 for spinner Andy Smith from eleven overs, whose first 9 over spell went for only 22 and was very unlucky not to have picked up more wickets.

Kenilworth lost an early wicket in their reply, Skipper Dan Horner out for 6, Kenilworth 11 for 1. Elliott Haynes Sorrell joined Matt Casey, together the pair started to get their side back on track, the pair putting on 62 for second wicket, Casey falling for a solid 31, Sorrell fell for 41, falling just short of a thousand runs for the season, Kenilworth 105 for 3. Useful innings from Jono Sparks with 24, Nathan Chant 14 and an eye catching and hard hitting 36 from number six Ben Maney, kept their side in touch. But from 173 for 5, the home side slipped to 174 for 8, now the draw looked the best option for Kenilworth, a stand of 27 between Tom Skinner (18) and Tom Anscombe took their side to 48th over until Skinner was caught for 18. Number eleven Andy Smith strode to the crease, but was adjudged lbw second ball, Kenilworth all out for 201 at the end of the 48th over and to leave a battling Anscombe stranded on 6 not out.

For Khalsa Jespal, Rajgul and Harry all taking two wickets in a match played in good spirit. Khalsa the winners by 52 runs. Kenilworth take six points.

 

Thirds win their last of the season and deny the visitors promotion

3rd XI v. Winchcombe

WIN !!

On Saturday 1st September, Kenilworth’s Third eleven hosted promotion hopefuls Winchcombe for their last Cotswold Hills League Division 6 fixture of the season.

Winchcombe were put into to bat first and Kenilworth’s opening bowlers Matthew Dadswell and Ed Smith bowled superbly, young Dadswell struck first via a smart catch from skipper Sam Leach at gully, the visitors 10 for 1, that became 12 for 2 thanks to smart thinking from Ant Kerry, running out the other opener after a failed lbw appeal caught the non striker napping. Smith opened his account, Winchcombe 14 for 3, another wicket for Dadswell thanks to another smart grab, this time from Geoff Hay, the visitors 21 for 4. After both bowlers finished their first spells, both bowling a miserly seven overs each, the visitors 21 for 4. Dave Gamble replaced Smith and Geoff Edmunds replaced Dadswell, the tight bowling continued, both bowling maidens first up, then Edmunds struck, bowling the visitors skipper, choosing to leave a ball that went on to hit his leg stump, now 21 for 5 after 17overs.

Winchcombe rallied, taking the score to 55 before Edmunds struck again, another catch for Geoff Hay. Number nine Howe with 21 and number ten Thomas with 21 not out got their side to 95 all out in 43 overs. Bowling honours for Kenilworth were Geoff Edmunds with an unbelievable 3 for 4 off ten overs with 7 maidens, Ed Smith with 2 for 15 off ten very tidy overs, Matthew Dadswell with 2 for 24 off ten overs with 4 maidens, Dave Gamble with 1 for 24 off ten overs, although could easily have had four or five wickets and young James Sparks, taking 1 for 6 off two overs, taking the last wicket with a lovely in swinger.

Kenilworth lost Ant Kerry early, the home side 4 for 1, when Geoff Hay fell lbw for 10, Kenilworth were in a spot of bother on 12 for 2 but young Will Machin and number four James Adamson rallied, putting on 32 together for the third wicket, Adamson out for 17, now 44 for 3. Andy Dadswell joined Machin, the pair added 20 before Dadswell was lbw for 16, now 64 for 4. Machin was bowled for 12, Kenilworth 76 for 5, twenty needed and plenty of overs left.

With skipper Sam Leach and Ed Smith at the crease, the home side cruised home in the 28th over, fittingly it the skipper Sam Leach who hit the winning four, ending 14 not out, Ed Smith 16 not out, Kenilworth 98 for 5, winning by five wickets.

For Winchcombe Andrew taking 2 for 28. Kenilworth ended a frustrating season with a fine all round team performance, denying the visitors promotion too. Kenilworth take 19 points, ending with six wins from their campaign.

 

Match reports for Saturday

Reports will be posted on Sunday at some stage

 

Saturday’s match reports will be posted on Sunday.

 

However, in brief:

 

1st XI  – WIN 

They move into second place with one match remaining for the final day runners up spot in the Division next Saturday but anyone of three sides can achieve it  – the others being Highway Spartans and Fillongley – the latter that the  1st XI side beat today. Going to be nervy. Side will take on Nether Whitacre in last match!

 

2nd XI – LOSE

The side post just over 200 chasing but fall short against Leamington Khalsa after their sterling efforts.

 

3rd XI – WIN

The 3rds end their season with a win but relegation is confirmed to Division 7 of the Cotswold Hills Cricket League but deny opponents Winchcombe promotion to Division 5 as a result.