Not quite enough in the tanks

3rd. XI v. Earlswood IV

 

LOSE !

On Saturday 4th August, Kenilworth’s Third eleven hosted Earlswood 4ths for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on a glorious but baking hot day, a side sporting 5 over 50’s! 

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers B. Whitfield and Zaman looked to make a positive start, but Zaman was bowled by Matt Dadswell for 17, before Ed Smith dismissed number three Weir for 0 first ball, but Fitzgerald and N. Whitfield Began to steady their side, Whitfield was particularly aggressive hitting two sixes before being stumped by Andy Dadswell off Andy Smith for 27, Fitzgerald was caught by Will Machin off Geoff Edmunds for 44, along with 27not out from Earls, Earlswood made 199 for 8 from their forty five overs, Ed Smith taking two wickets with the last two balls of the visitors innings. Wickets for Ed Smith with 3 for 38 from ten overs, Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 34 from ten overs, Matt Dadswell and Andy Smith both with 1 for 34 from eight overs.

After the tea interval, Kenilworth openers Ant Kerry and Geoff Edmunds put on 32 for the first wicket before Kerry was Bowled by Jenkins for 12, Edmunds was soon to follow, lbw for 15, when Ben Maney fell second ball, the home side were struggling on 39 for 3. Gareth Knights and Will Machin put on 31 for the fourth wicket before Knights fell for 11. Machin was joined by Ed Smith, Smith playing in his usual aggressive manner, as the pair put on 48 for the fifth wicket, Smith falling for 30. Three more quick wickets left Kenilworth on trouble on 132 for 8, but the visitors were put on the back foot again, as number ten Andy Smith joined skipper Sam Leach, together the pair put on 39 in quick time, before Leach was run out for 20, with the home side now 171 for 9 with two overs left, Last man Andy Kennell joined Smith, but Smith was out in the last over for 11, his highest score for a number of years! Kennell marooned 0 not out. Two wickets each for Whitfield and Jenkins, as the visitors Earlswood running out winners on the day by 28 runs, Kenilworth stay second bottom with four games left after taking seven points for their efforts.

 

 

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