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.

 

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