Youth Cricket – Under 15’s

Kenilworth U-15’s v. Dorridge U-15’s

Below is a brief report on the latest Under 15’s match that was played yesterday at Dorridge. The lads won!

KCC U-15’s batted first and posted 101-9. Dan Roden scored 35 not out/retired and there were useful contributions from Charlie Glover, Shyann Imam and Louis Smithson.

In reply, Dorridge were bowled out for 98 with captain James Sparks taking 2-15 and Dan Roden 3-14 whilst  there was a wicket a piece from Daniel Barrie 1-14, David Knott 1-18 and Ben Gamble 1-20 as the lads all bowled 4 overs each.

The game went to the final over and the final wicket was from a run out, the second of the Dorridge innings…. Or at least we believe it was as it was so dark at that point that only the players and umpires in the middle could see what was happening! However, it was a very good game played in a very good spirit between both teams and sets of parents and officials. A good batting, fielding and economical bowling performances by the Club’s young guns to earn a good win. Well done all!

Bank Holiday Youth Cricket



A busy bank holiday weekend for Kenilworth’s junior section.

All Stars cricket coaching started on the Sunday at 9.30am and we had 36 children under the age of 9 (plus their parents) enjoying playing cricket on the field.

Immediately after All Stars, Kenilworth’s U11s took on Earlswood in a Cotswold Hills pairs match. Kenilworth bowled first and our three girls of Anita, Katie and Sophie applied pressure in the field enabling Andrew to take an Earlswood wicket. Earlswood finished on 306-1. Kenilworth put up a gutsy batting display against accurate bowling with Charlie and Archie the pick of our batsmen and we reached 183-13 in reply.

The U13s then took on Stratford on a chilly Bank Holiday Monday morning. Kenilworth put Stratford into bat who despite a slow start against Kenilworth’s opening attack of Akaash Verma and Henry Thomas soon found their stride and amassed 163-2. Akaash and Will Sheehan Kenilworth’s two wicket takers.

In reply Kenilworth relied on Will, James Hughes and Thomas Best who each struck three boundaries plus the ever reliable extras who top scored and we closed on 99-9.

The U15s took to the field in the afternoon also playing Stratford. Kenilworth this time opted to bat first and reached 112-2 in their 20 overs. Will Machin reached 35 whereupon he was required to retire. Stratford crept towards the total and reached their target in the last over finishing on 115-2.


Curran carries his bat to hit a magnificent century in drawn game

Sunday XI v. Knowle Village




On Sunday 5th May Kenilworth hosted Knowle Village for their first home Arden Sunday League Division Three fixture of the season.  Although the match ended in a draw it will be remembered for a sterling unbeaten century from home player, opener Henry Curran who carried his bat throughout the Kenilworth innings.

Home skipper Matt Casey won the toss and asked Village to bat first. Matthew Dadswell opened up from the pavilion end, and young Kieran Uma-Shanker from the bottom, both bowlers kept a tidy line in their opening overs, Uma-Shanker was rewarded with the wicket of Holmes, thanks to fine catch at short cover by skipper Casey, the visitors 11 for 1, Magee joined Tamplin, he looked in good early touch, but in Dadswell’s fifth over he enticed Magee to chip a catch to Tom Skinner at mid wicket, 25 for 2 after nine overs. Bradley joined Tamplin, and was soon looking positive, as spin replaced seam at both ends, Tom Skinner, from the bottom and Geoff Edmunds from the pavilion end. Tamplin tried to up the rate, but was trapped in front lbw for 26 by Geoff Edmunds, 51 for 3. Bradley was particularly aggressive towards Skinner, he and new batsman Lions moved the score along, putting on 69 together, when Bradley was caught by Casey again, this time off debutant Chris Page, just short of fifty, for 49, 120 for 4 became 122 for 5 when skipper Casey, replacing Skinner, bowled A. Rose for 1. The same fate befell next man in T. Rose, bowled for 8, you couldn’t keep skipper Casey out the game, running out Loons for 39, Knowle 148 for 7. Denton was next to go, young James Sparks bowling from the pavilion end, via a fine catch from young Louis Smithson for 1. Mahzer and Davey then batted to the end of their innings, 29 and 9 not out respectively. Knowle Village ending on 188 for 8 from their forty overs. Wickets shared, Matt Casey 2 for 39 off eight overs, Matt Dadswell 1 for 20 off six overs, Geoff Edmunds 1 for 18 off eight overs, Kieran Uma-Shanker 1 for 19 off five overs, Chris Page 1 for 12 and James Sparks 1 for 23, both off three overs.

After the tea interval, the Kenilworth openers Henry Curran and Darius Potten-Ravenshad strode to the crease looking to make a strong start to their reply. They had put on 27 when Potten-Ravenshad was bowled by T. Rose for 10. Curran was joined by Matt Casey, together the pair began to get the score moving, Curran in particular looked in good touch, the pair took the score to 103 when Casey got a leading edge off Bradley caught for 15. Bradley then bowled young Louis Smithson, Kenilworth 108 for 3. Curran had by now passed fifty, Kieran Uma-Shanker and Sheanne Imam were both run out for 2, and when Tom Skinner was caught off Denton without scoring, the home side were wobbling on 160 for 7 with five overs remaining. Matt Dadswell joined Curran, the pair added a quick 12 together before Dadswell was bowled for 6, Curran now into the 90’s, but running out of partners, James Sparks went for no score, 175 for nine, and Curran unbeaten on 96, it was down to last man Geoff Edmunds to help Curran get to a deserved century and in the penultimate over Curran got the single he needed, he went on to finish on 102  not out,  hitting only 10 boundaries in his knock. His brilliant innings not quite enough to win the game for Kenilworth, the home side finishing on 180 for 9 from their forty overs, as the game ended in a tense draw. For Knowle, Denton and Bradley took two wickets each.

A great day for Curran who carried his bat throughout the Kenilworth innings and hit a superb century. Well done, Henry!

Knowle Village 17 points Kenilworth 10 points.

Olton secure a comfortable win

1st. XI v. Olton & WW


There was no joy for Kenilworth as they hosted Olton & West Warwicks for their Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture on Saturday 4th May only to be bowled out for 133 chasing and lost the match by 60 runs.

Olton batted first , but lost an early wicket when Hughes was out to Sunny Ahmed, the visitors 11-1. This became 38 for 2 when fellow opener Neale was run out for 19. Webb and Barnard then began to rebuild their side’s innings, as both players looked to be positive and both passed fifty, when Webb fell to Rahim after making a solid 68 as Olton reached 137 for 3 but this quickly became 138 for 5, with Barnard still there, as Kang and Hussain fell without scoring. Muhammed Naeem then bowled Richter (7) and Trilloe (15) , that left Olton 181 for 7. Barnard ending on 61 not out, as Olton finished on 193 for 7 from their fifty overs. For Kenilworth, Naeem with 2 for 43 from 12 overs, Fahim 2 for 46 from 12 overs, Ahmed 1 for 12 from 8 overs and a wicket for Connor Shingler with 1 for 55 from 12 overs.

Home team openers David Edmunds and Chris Prophet looked to chase down their target, when with the score on 22, Edmunds was bowled by Trilloe for 12, Prophet fell to Trilloe soon after for 20, Kenilworth 33 for 2. Muhammed Fahim and Connor Shingler were now at the crease, the pair took the score to 54 when Fahim was dismissed by Crotty for 13, Sunny Ahmed and Joe Atkinson fell cheaply soon after, as the home side slipped to 71 for 5. Tom Booker then joined Shingler, the pair going on to add 46 together, when Shingler was run out from a direct hit for 28, the home side slumped to 117 for 6. Booker then fell lbw for 41, 127 for 7 and Kenilworth were on the brink of defeat. Henry Curran fell for 1 to Crotty and two more quick wicket’s from Rigoni, Naeem and Darius Potten-Ravenshad both out for 2, ended the home side’s hopes as Kenilworth all out for 133 in 39.4 overs. Olton wicket takers were Rigoni with 4 for 25 from 7.4 overs and Crotty with 3 for 29 from 12 overs. Olton & West Warwicks the winners by 60 runs and take 24 points, Kenilworth taking 4 points.


2nds canter to victory after spinners reek havoc

2nd. XI v. Oakfield and Rowlands



On Saturday 4th May, Kenilworth second team travelled to play Oakfield Rowlands for their Warwickshire County Cricket Division Eight fixture and left 7 wicket winners.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Oakfield to bat first, Randle and Goodwin opened their sides innings, the new ball shared by Danny Boneham and Charles Lamprecht, the home side made slow progress against some tight bowling and fielding. Boneham was rewarded with the wicket of Goodwin, caught by Tom Skinner for 8. Spin was introduced, with Tom Skinner and Sam Leach replacing the openers, and Leach struck early, having Randle bowled for 26, his spinning partner Skinner then ran through home sides top order, taking three quick wickets, all bowled. Munsell hit 33 for the home side, before Leach accounted for him and Harbres for 3. The home side really struggled to get to grips with the Kenilworth bowlers and the introduction of young leg spinner Dan Roden didn’t change anything, as he too was quickly amongst the wickets, having Classen caught for 22. Leach and the returning Lamprecht took the last two wickets, as Oakfield were all out for 114 in 44.4 overs. Wickets were shared for Kenilworth with Sam Leach with an incredible 4 for 18 from 12 overs, Tom Skinner with 3 for 27 from 12 tidy overs, Charles Lamprecht taking 1 for 4 from 6.4 overs, Danny Boneham 1 for 24 from 10 overs and 1 for 37.

Kenilworth openers Mark Stranks and Dan Horner got their side reply off to a strong start, going on to make a fifty run opening stand, with the score on 64 , Horner was caught and bowled by Armstrong for 34, Elliott Haynes-Sorrell joined Stranks, but with the score on 69, Stranks was dismissed by Armstrong for 22. Haynes-Sorrell was joined by Nathan Chant, the pair got their side within touching distance of their target when Haynes-Sorrell was also out to the bowling of Armstrong, making 15, Kenilworth 103 for 3. David Barclay joined Chant, and the pair saw their side over the line with no further alarms, Nathan Chant with 16 not out and Barclay 8 not out, Kenilworth finishing on 115 for 3 in 37 overs. Armstrong taking all three Kenilworth wickets to fall for 38 off eleven overs. Kenilworth take 20 points for their second win of the season.