9 man 3rds no match against the hosts

3rd XI v. Winchcombe II

 

On Saturday 30th June Kenilworth’s Third team made the long trip to Winchcombe for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

After a long struggle in the week to get a side out, Kenilworth’s nine players took to the field after the home side chose to bat first on a hot and sunny day.

Opening bowlers Geoff Edmunds and debutant Kiran Shanker shared the new ball, and Edmunds struck early, bowling Davis for no score, Winchcombe 3 for 1. Number three Major joined Peck, the pair looked to expose the gaps in the Kenilworth field, the lack of a full fielding compliment started to show, as Peck and Major put on a quickfire stand of 102 for the second wicket, Major caught at long on for an aggressive 65 off Ant Kerry’s occasional spin. Two more wickets for Kerry, Peck for 44 and Allen for 10, Winchcombe now 136 for 4. In Kiran Shanker’s third spell he picked up a deserved first senior wicket, bowling Andrews for 30, 17 from Orzel as Winchcombe finished on 234 for 7off 45 overs. Wickets for Kenilworth were Ant Kerry 3 for 51 off seven overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 9 off ten very tidy overs, Sam Leach 1 for 39 and 1 for 57.

Both sides enjoyed a fantastic tea, followed by openers Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry looked to make a solid start, as Kenilworth’s nine men looked to see how close they could get to the target. The pair put on a solid 40 before Kerry was caught for 10. This soon became 40 for 2, Andy Dadswell joined Shanker, the pair adding 32 for third wicket, before Shanker fell for a good 45. Kiran Shanker was caught for 2, Kenilworth now 77 for 4. Skipper Sam Leach joined Dadswell, these two soon got the scoreboard moving again. These two put on 46 for the 5th wicket before Leach was bowled for 29, Kenilworth now 123 for 5, soon after Dadswell was also out for 30, 134 for 6 became 139 for 8 and all over for Kenilworth in the 37th over all out for 139. For Winchcombe Davis took 4 for 35 and Andrews took 3 for 22. Winchcombe the winners by 95 runs.

All credit to the nine who played especially young Kiran Shanker and Louis Smitheson who fielded and bowled brilliantly, well played lads. Kenilworth take 5 points for their efforts.

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