Sides get the game on and 3rd XI win

3rd XI v. Earlswood

 

On Saturday 22nd July, Kenilworth’s Third team entertained Earlswood fifths at their Harbury ground for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

After a short shower before the start time of 1.30 the Kenilworth opening batsmen Uma Shanker and Geoff Hay strode to the crease looking to be positive once again.

The pair were to add 54 for the first wicket before Hay was dismissed for 26, number three Andy Dadswell joined Shanker, the pair adding a further 52 for the second wicket before Shanker was run out for 48, as he continues to have a fine debut season for Kenilworth. After a rain delay of forty minutes , Danny Boneham joined Dadswell, as the pair added another 52, this time for the third wicket, before Dadswell departed for 45. With now light rain falling, both sides decided to play through it. A brief cameo from Ed Smith of 22 including two sixes and two fours. Boneham went on to make a fine 55 (4 x 4), as the home side made a season best score of 251 for 7 from their forty five overs.

For Earlswood, Pettigrew with 2 for 11 and Earles 2 for 32 were the most successful bowlers for the visitors.

With the wicket covered, the players went in for a much deserved tea.

The Earlswood openers went out to bat in very light rain, by now it had almost stopped. With a reduced target of 185 needed in 33 overs, Ed Smith soon had the Earlswood in trouble at 8 for 2, a wicket too for his opening partner Nick Moore, saw them at 14 for 3. Skipper Sam Leach replaced Moore, Leach striking with his first ball thanks to a smart catch from Matt Dadswell, now the visitors were 16 for 4, Kenilworth now in total control. Shingardie was to counter attack for Earlswood, he hit a quick fire 45 including three big sixes, before Matt Dadswell knocked his middle stump back. With only one other batsman making double figures, the weather was holding, but the light was fading now, when the final ball was bowled, the time was ten to nine, after their 33 overs, Earlswood finished on 103 for 8. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Ed Smith with 2 for 11 from seven hostile overs, Nick Moore 1 for 9 off six overs, Matt Dadswell 2 for 25 and skipper Sam Leach with 2 for 40 off seven overs.

Kenilworth the winners by 82 runs for the sides third win in a row. Both sides must take credit for not letting the weather have the final say. Kenilworth take 23 points for their fine efforts on and off the pitch.