Horner and Casey give a master batting display

2nd XI v. Coleshill

On Saturday 9th June, Kenilworth’s Second team hosted Birmingham side Coleshill for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture and gave a superb all round performance that saw them victors.

The visitors won the toss and asked the home side to bat first, skipper Dan Horner and Ant Kerry opened the batting, the pair made a strong start to their sides innings, putting on 53 for the first wicket before Kerry was unfortunately run out for 12. Ben Whidbourne was dismissed cheaply, the home side now 69 for 2, this bought young George Baines to the crease, he and skipper Horner adding a further 59 for the third wicket, Kenilworth now 128 for 3, Baines caught for 16, Horner now bringing up his fifty.

The wicket of Baines bought Matt Casey to join his Captain, this is where the home side began to make Hay in the sunshine, both players starting to find plenty of gaps in the field, the boundaries were now flowing, in no time at all, Casey too had his maiden fifty, Horner too closing in too on personal milestone, Horner hitting a four to bring up his maiden hundred, a quite brilliant innings, by now the visitors heads were down, having no answer to Horner and Casey, Kenilworth finishing on a very decent 285 for 3 from their fifty overs. Horner ending unbeaten on a superb 126 (16 x 4) and Matt Casey also unbeaten, his 80 not out off only 62 balls with 11 x 4, including a series of cheeky reverse sweep strikes as the pair adding a superb stand of 157 unbroken for the fourth wicket off just 132 balls. For Coleshill Maguire took 2 for 65.

After the tea interval, Kenilworth’s opening bowlers Joey Poole and Matt Casey soon had the visitors batsmen walking back to the pavilion, Coleshill soon struggling on 9 for 2, Ali batting at number three made 31 and Maguire 33 batting at five, but the visitors lost wickets regularly, 40 for 3 then 71 for 5, 100 for 7, as spinning pair Chris Beach and Charlie Stranks also got amongst the wickets, Coleshill on the brink on 151 for 9, and soon after that in the 40th over, Coleshill all out for 153. Islah with 30 not out couldn’t save his side. Wickets shared for the home side, Joey Poole with 2 for 35 from eleven overs, Matt Casey 2 for 34 from eight, Chris Beach 2 for 23 from eleven overs, 2 for 21 for Charlie Stranks and a wicket for young seamer Max Howard with 1 for 11.

Kenilworth the winners by a huge 132 runs, taking the maximum 24 points, on a day when Dan Horner and Matt Casey won’t forget.

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