Thirds win their last of the season and deny the visitors promotion

3rd XI v. Winchcombe

WIN !!

On Saturday 1st September, Kenilworth’s Third eleven hosted promotion hopefuls Winchcombe for their last Cotswold Hills League Division 6 fixture of the season.

Winchcombe were put into to bat first and Kenilworth’s opening bowlers Matthew Dadswell and Ed Smith bowled superbly, young Dadswell struck first via a smart catch from skipper Sam Leach at gully, the visitors 10 for 1, that became 12 for 2 thanks to smart thinking from Ant Kerry, running out the other opener after a failed lbw appeal caught the non striker napping. Smith opened his account, Winchcombe 14 for 3, another wicket for Dadswell thanks to another smart grab, this time from Geoff Hay, the visitors 21 for 4. After both bowlers finished their first spells, both bowling a miserly seven overs each, the visitors 21 for 4. Dave Gamble replaced Smith and Geoff Edmunds replaced Dadswell, the tight bowling continued, both bowling maidens first up, then Edmunds struck, bowling the visitors skipper, choosing to leave a ball that went on to hit his leg stump, now 21 for 5 after 17overs.

Winchcombe rallied, taking the score to 55 before Edmunds struck again, another catch for Geoff Hay. Number nine Howe with 21 and number ten Thomas with 21 not out got their side to 95 all out in 43 overs. Bowling honours for Kenilworth were Geoff Edmunds with an unbelievable 3 for 4 off ten overs with 7 maidens, Ed Smith with 2 for 15 off ten very tidy overs, Matthew Dadswell with 2 for 24 off ten overs with 4 maidens, Dave Gamble with 1 for 24 off ten overs, although could easily have had four or five wickets and young James Sparks, taking 1 for 6 off two overs, taking the last wicket with a lovely in swinger.

Kenilworth lost Ant Kerry early, the home side 4 for 1, when Geoff Hay fell lbw for 10, Kenilworth were in a spot of bother on 12 for 2 but young Will Machin and number four James Adamson rallied, putting on 32 together for the third wicket, Adamson out for 17, now 44 for 3. Andy Dadswell joined Machin, the pair added 20 before Dadswell was lbw for 16, now 64 for 4. Machin was bowled for 12, Kenilworth 76 for 5, twenty needed and plenty of overs left.

With skipper Sam Leach and Ed Smith at the crease, the home side cruised home in the 28th over, fittingly it the skipper Sam Leach who hit the winning four, ending 14 not out, Ed Smith 16 not out, Kenilworth 98 for 5, winning by five wickets.

For Winchcombe Andrew taking 2 for 28. Kenilworth ended a frustrating season with a fine all round team performance, denying the visitors promotion too. Kenilworth take 19 points, ending with six wins from their campaign.

 

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