Prophet’s century in vain…………….just

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1st XI v. Four Oaks Saints

On Saturday 2nd September, Kenilworth hosted high flying Four Oaks Saints for their penultimate Warwickshire Cricket League  Division One fixture and the match ended in bizarre circumstances and decided on the Duckworth Lewis method due to both sides bowling their overs far too slowly causing the umpires to call an end to match in very poor light with 6 overs of the Kenilworth innings remaining, which when calculated saw the 1st XI the losers by a frustrating 2 runs.

Four Oaks decided to bat first, opening pair Hopkiss and Javed got their side’s innings off to a decent start, the pair putting on a hundred run opening stand, before Javed fell for 44, Hopkiss went on to make a fine 78. The visitors continued to find scoring runs easy enough, as further decent contributions from number five Van Dyk with 39 and a cameo from Wright with an unbeaten innings of 44.

Four Oaks finished on a very decent 285 for 8 from their fifty over allocation.

Wickets were shared around for Kenilworth, Steve Rhodes with 2 for 63 from ten overs, Jono Sparks 2 for 31, Matt Casey with 2 for 51 off nine overs , spinners Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 40 from ten tidy overs and 1 for 43 from the left arm of Jorjeet Singh, also from ten overs. Henry Curran took two smart catches in the outfield.

Kenilworth had a poor start in their pursuit of 286 to win, as they slipped to 10 for 1 then 24 for 2, but number four Chris Prophet joined opener Adie Sellar, the pair began to get their side back into the game, Sellar and Prophet putting on 97 together, before Sellar was dismissed for a fine 60.

Captain Pete Magafas joined Prophet, both were to keep the fast tempo going, and together they were to add 87 for the fourth wicket together in quick time, Magafas making 35, but Chris Prophet went on bring up a brilliant century, he was out for exactly 100, his innings containing 13 x 4 and 1 x 6.

With the game entering the final ten overs, the light was now starting to fade quickly and at 8.10 pm the umpires called the game to a stop after 44 overs of the Kenilworth innings, with still six overs remaining.

A strange ending to the game, left Kenilworth on 243 for 7, visitors Four Oaks Saints running out the winners by the smallest of margins, winning by just 2 runs on the D/L rule which guarantee the side second spot in the Division and promotion.