3rds incur a harsh defeat

3rd XI v. WCC Staff II

 

LOSE!

 

On Saturday 11th August, Kenilworth’s Third eleven travelled the short distance to play Warwick County Council Staff for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

However, a bitterly disappointing end to the match for the 3rds saw table topping WCC Staff  handed victory, on run rate, whilst 9 wickets down in the drizzle as the game was called off.

Put into bat, Kenilworth’s openers Steve Kelley and Geoff Edmunds made a slow but steady start, putting on 14 in ten overs before Edmunds was bowled for 2. His wicket bought young 14 year old Will Machin to the crease, together the pair got the score moving, adding 62 for the second wicket when Kelley was caught for 34, his first innings of the season. Andy Dadswell joined Machin, the pair added 49 together in just nine overs, Dadswell caught for 15, a quick 12 from Ed Smith before Machin was last wicket to fall, bowled for his second senior fifty of the season, hitting a brilliant and personal best 78, his innings containing 12 x 4. Skipper Sam Leach (19 not out) and Matthew Dadswell (6 not out) saw the visitors make 188 for 5 from their forty five overs. Maynard and Abbasi taking two wickets each for Warwick Staff.

Staff opening pair, Robbins and Darby put on 25 for the first wicket until Ed Smith removed Darby for 15. Smith’s new ball partner Matthew Dadswell removed the Staff number three via a fine catch from Kelley, 28 for 2. With light rain falling, Ed Smith was ripping through the home batting, clean bowling three batsmen, including Robbins for 53, together with the guile of Geoff Edmunds and the pace of Nick Moore, suddenly the home side were now 137 for 7, a brief partnership kept the home side interested in victory, but 158 for 8 then 159 for 9, swung the game the visitor’s way, with eleven overs left and the constant rain no heavier than it had been all day, the umpires decided to take the players off  and that ensured that the home side won the match under the League Rules.

By the end of it, the game had turned around in Kenilworth’s favour and they had agonisingly come close to victory in the damp with Warwick Staff ending on 167 for 9 after 34.4 overs when they walked off.

A poor end to the day of cricket for the drizzle drenched 3rd XI  and spoiling the fine achievement of the impressive teenager Will Machin, who hit his highest Senior score to date and who was undoubtedly the player of the day. 

Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Ed Smith 4 for 29 from ten hostile overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 23 from 7.4 overs Nick Moore 2 for 37 from 6 overs and 1 for 28 for Matthew Dadswell from six overs. Kenilworth take 8 points for their excellent efforts.

 

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