Side chokes and surrenders 2nd place on last day despite Sunny’s and Mo’s great efforts

1st XI v. Nether Whitacre

LOSE!

The 1st XI who were in second spot at the start of play produced a rare poor bowling display and all round batting performance save for Sunny Ahmed, Muhammed Nayeem and Adie Sellar that condemned the side not only to defeat but also meant that the side disappointedly ended their 2018 season League campaign in 4th. spot only 7 points behind eventual Runners Up Highway Spartans, whilst Fillongley also won their match to achieve 3rd. place as both sides leap frogged the 1st XI on the final day of League cricket to deny them any chance of silverware after their season’s efforts.

Nether Whitacre posted 266-7 from their 50 overs. Opener Titmus posted 58, whilst number 2 Broughton 21 as the pair put on  63 for the first wicket. Number 4 Knight added an excellent 87 and  skipper Lawrence 32 in the side’s total that saw some 36 extras including 28 wides.  Jorjeet Singh claimed 3-53 off 10 overs, Sunny Ahmed 2-45 off his 10 and Mo Nayeem 1-62 whilst Dave Edmunds accounted for a run out. Tom Booker took a catch and a stumping behind the stumps.

Replying to the Nether Whitacre score, the 1st XI slumped to 23-4.  Yet, it was an excellent partnership between Ahmed and Nayeem who got things back on track for the side with  a superb 148 run partnership and the side looked well set for victory. Nayeem made a classy 96 (4 x 6 and 10 x 4) before he fell whilst Ahmed carried his bat and made an unbeaten 107  as he ran out of batting partners in the final over as the side were bowled out for 257.

Adie Sellar made a solid 35  (1 x 6 and 1 x 4) in his knock after Nayeem had departed but they were the only three Kenilworth players to reach double figures in an otherwise dreadful batting display against an on song Nether Whitacre bowling performance and their joint efforts proved to be in vain. There were 5 noughts on the scorecard as the batsmen fell all too often chasing and handed Nether Whitacre victory with 2 balls of the match remaining, the final wicket falling to a run out. In fact, the remaining 8 other batsmen in the side to fall scored only  13 runs between them, the final 3 wickets falling for 2 runs as overs were running out and the side hit out looking for the win. So close but so far!

Lawrence took 3-18 off 10 fine overs, Rawlings 3-46 off 8.3 overs, whilst Danks and Mousley took a wicket a piece for Nether Whitacre.

Nether Whitacre 266-7 (20 points) beat Kenilworth 257-10   (7 points) (S. Ahmed 107*, M. Nayeem 96) to win by 9 runs.

All in all, the side won 11 of their matches, drew 2, lost 6 with 3 abandonments which would have otherwise been a good season for them but was one that was tinged with sadness as they choked on the final day when within touching distance of some silverware for the Club.

 

WELL DONE to them, in any case, for their season’s efforts.

 

ROLL ON THE 2019 SEASON NOW.

 

All WCL Results and tables can be found at:

http://www.warcricket.org/wcl2018/results.php

Division 1 – Winners – Moseley Ashfield 359 points, Runners Up – Highway Spartans 313 points, 3rd place – Fillongley 310 points and 4th. place – Kenilworth 306 points.

 

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