Sparks’ hat trick sets up win after Curran’s fine knock

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

Kenilworth opened their Cotswold Hills League Division Six campaign with home fixture against Lapworth 2nds at their Harbury ground on a glorious Saturday 5th May.

Put into bat, openers Shanker and Kerry strode to the crease, but Kenilworth slumped early on (10 for 2) against a disciplined Lapworth bowling, two more wickets falling cheaply, left the home side in trouble at 36 for 4.
Charlie Stranks with 12, put on 40 with number three Henry Curran, the home side found scoring runs hard, after 30 overs Kenilworth were 95 for 6, but with Curran still at the crease with a fine fifty to his name, the side needed to push on to post a competitive total from their forty five overs, Curran was eighth wicket down in the fortieth over, he made a very fine 75, his innings containing 12 x 4’s. Kenilworth were all out for 130 in the 42nd over. Carter with an amazing 3 for 7 off ten accurate overs and Seeley with 5 for 18, taking the last four wickets, doing the damage with the ball for Lapworth.

Skipper Sam Leach and Ian Baker shared the new ball for Kenilworth, but the Lapworth openers Faber and Marsden put on a steady opening partnership, the pair putting on 58 for the first wicket, first change saw spinner Charlie Stranks making the breakthrough, bowling Faber for 16, a second wicket for Stranks had Lapworth 64 for 2. Seamer Jono Sparks replaced Baker from the road end, he soon had the ball swinging, Sparks struck twice to leave Lapworth 94 for 5, but it was his seventh over that was to turn the game on it’s head, fourth ball clean bowling the batsman, next ball a catch for Stranks at mid off, before clean bowling number number nine Carter with the last ball to complete a brilliant hat trick and a five wicket haul, Lapworth now 97 for 8. Pratt who came in at number four, was still there, watching the wickets falling at the other end. Henry Curran replaced Stranks, 3 for 42 off ten overs, when Curran having number ten Melia stumped by Andy Dadswell, Lapworth were 104 for 9 still 26 away, Pratt had his number eleven with him now, the pair got their side to 121 for 9, Matt Dadswell replaced Sparks (5 for 18) off ten brilliant overs, Dadswell kept Pratt off strike, now with Ian Baker replacing Curran ( 1 for 15) off four overs, had the visitors number eleven to bowl at, his second ball clean bowling the batsmen, Lapworth all out for 122, Pratt finished unbeaten on 34, Marsden earlier making 34.

Kenilworth winning by just eight runs, what a great game of cricket, played in excellent spirit by both teams.

This was  a day young Jono Sparks won’t forget with his hat trick and five wickets, also Henry Curran with a fine 75, a catch and wicket, well played lads, on a day where Kenilworth and cricket were the winners.

 

Kenilworth 130-10 beat   Lapworth 122-10 by 8 runs

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