Bearley’s skipper guides his side to victory

3rd XI v. Bearley

Kenilworth’s Third eleven travelled to Bearley for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 19th May.

On a glorious sunny day, Kenilworth chose to bat first, openers Geoff Hay and Uma Shanker made a steady start, but lost Shanker in the eighth over to a catch behind, number three Kerry soon followed, now Nigel Thompson joined Hay, but after a promising start, Thompson fell for ten. Three further wickets left the visitors in trouble at 67 for 6, then Ed Smith, batting at number eight started the fight back for Kenilworth, adding forty with Gareth Knights for the eighth wicket, before Smith was caught at mid on for a typically aggressive 33, Knights was to be last man out for eleven, Kenilworth all out for 120 in the 40th over. For Bearley, Shakyl took the honours with 5 for 18 off 9.2 overs and Ewer with 3 for 16 off ten tidy overs, proving too good for the Kenilworth batsmen.

After the tea interval, with both sides looking to record their second win of the season, Ed Smith opened up for Kenilworth, but after a wayward start found his rhythm, striking the blow in the seventh over, Bearley 21 for 1, his bowling partner Sam Leach then struck, having Wood lbw for 13, the home side now 30 for 2, when Smith removed Mirza lbw for 15, Bearley were 50 for 3.

This bought home captain Franklin to the wicket, but two more wickets left the game in the balance at 78 for 5, but Franklin was to stand firm, even turning singles down, clearly having no faith in his batting partner, together with number seven Saunders, the pair made an unbroken stand of stand of 43 to see their side over the line, Franklin unbeaten on 28, Bearley finishing on 121 for 5 in the 32nd over, to win by five wickets.

Captain Sam Leach with 3 for 41 from nine overs and Ed Smith with 2 for 26, also off nine overs, taking the wickets to fall. Kenilworth taking three points for their efforts.

 

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