Excellent hard fought and close game in excellent weather

Sunday XI v. Hampton & Solihull


On a glorious Sunday 18th June, Kenilworth hosted Hampton Solihull at their Warwick Road ground in a Sunday 40 overs a side match and it went down to the last ball of the match.

Home captain Dan Horner won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first. Disaster struck second ball, as Kenilworth were 0 for 1 but Henry Curran was joined by Jono Sparks, the pair adding a smart 48 for the second wicket, before Sparks fell to a sharp catch for an aggressive 32.Enter the skipper Dan Horner at four, he and Curran adding a further 42 for the third wicket, Curran fell misjudging a full toss for 28. Horner made a fine 42, then it was down to Elliott Haynes-Sorrell and all-rounder Matt Casey to get the side to a competitive total, the pair put on an impressive 65 for the fifth wicket, before both were out in the last over, Haynes-Sorrell making 41 and Casey 30, Kenilworth finishing on 193 for 6 from their forty overs. For Hampton Solihull, Rollinson taking 2 for 23 from 8 overs and Edvy taking 2 for 45 also from 8 overs.
Hampton Solihull looked to be positive in their chase, but lost Mackey for 15 with the score on 18, Matthew Dadswell (1 for 23) removing him courtesy of a fine catch in the outfield by skipper Dan Horner as Elliott Haynes-Sorrell was given the chance to remember how to keep wicket. Veteran spinner Andy Smith was introduced from the Leek Wootton end and was soon in the wickets, reducing Hampton to 53 for 3.  Smith finished with 2 for 32 from his 8 overs. Number three Gupta and number four Taylor began the rebuild, the pair putting on 60 for the 4th wicket, when Gupta was dismissed for 34, Taylor was joined by James, these two batted aggressively, the pair putting on 58 in quick time for the 5th wicket, James was dismissed off the bowling of Henry Curran thanks to a fine boundary catch from Tom Skinner for 38. With a smart run out of Taylor by the skipper Horner for a good innings of 66, with it went the away side’s hopes, eleven were needed off the last over, another wicket for Curran thanks to a smart catch from young James Sparks. With six needed off the last ball, the visitors only managed a scrambled two, Hampton Solihull finishing on 190 for 7 from their forty overs. A wicket too for spinner Tom Skinner with 1 for 41 from his 8 overs, and Henry Curran with 2 for 12 from 3 overs at the end.
Kenilworth winning a fantastic game of cricket in fantastic weather by three runs.