Shanker’s half century joy sets up win despite side conceding 67 extras!

3rd XI v.  Earlswood IV

On Saturday 2nd June Kenilworth’s Third team travelled to Earlswood to play their fourth eleven at their Tanworth ground for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

Kenilworth were asked to bat first on a very green and damp wicket. Openers Geoff Hay and Uma Shanker made a watchful start to their side’s innings. The pair put on 37 for the first wicket before Hay was dismissed for 15, the second soon followed, now the visitors were 38 for 2. The fall of the second wicket bought Andy Dadswell to the wicket to partner Shanker, the pair batted cautiously until the drinks break at twenty two overs, Kenilworth 70 for 2.

After the break both batsmen began to increase the scoring tempo, as boundaries were starting to be found on a regular basis. The pair added a fine 103 in twenty three overs, before Shanker fell for a solid 54, his innings containing 10 x 4. Jack Howard joined Dadswell, the pair added 26 before Dadswell was bowled for 53, his innings having 1 x 6 and 9 x 4, Kenilworth 167 for 4 in the 38th over, Ben Maney joined Howard, these two adding 20 before Maney was bowled for five, Kenilworth now 187 for 5, Ed Smith now with Howard got Kenilworth to 207 for 5 from their forty five overs, Howard finished 48 not out, including three big sixes. Thorne with 2 for 41 from eight overs was the most successful in the Earlswood bowling line up.

The home side started in positive fashion, putting on 37 in eight overs, before Ed Smith bowled B. Fitzgerald for 11, the second wicket fell with the first ball of the next over, Sam Leach having Weir caught behind by Andy Dadswell for 15, Earlswood now 37 for 2. Jack Howard replaced Smith, he too was among the wickets, taking three wickets in his first three overs, including two in two, the second via a smart catch from Kasun Wickramasinghe, Earlswood now in trouble at 79 for 5, Will Machin replaced skipper Leach, he too soon among the wickets, bowling Green for two, Matt Dadswell replaced Howard and had Thorne lbw in his first over for four, Earlswood 97 for 8. The home side rallied, but a direct run out from Sam Leach left the home side on the brink at 145 for 9, Will Machin took the last wicket via a catch from Geoff Hay, Earlswood all out for 151 in the 39th over. There were wickets for Jack Howard 4 for 19 off seven overs, Will Machin 2 for 31 from 7.2 overs, Matt Dadswell 1 for 6 off five overs, Ed Smith 1 for 22 off seven overs and skipper Sam Leach with 1 for 28 off ten overs.

The home side were indebted to 67 extras, 44 of which were wides but Kenilworth were the winners by 56 runs, Kenilworth taking 22 points.

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