The Young Sunday XI march on

Sunday XI v. Leek Wootton

On Sunday 13th August, Kenilworth made the “long” road trip to play neighbours Leek Wootton for a forty overs a side friendly.

With plenty of blue sky and a good forecast, Kenilworth’s newest captain Elliott Haynes-Sorrell chose to bat first after winning the toss. He and his opening partner Nathan Chant strode to the crease, but with only 13 on the board, Chant was removed via a smart caught and bowled from Farndon and then two more quickly followed including captain Haynes-Sorrell for 18, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 28 for 3 then 43 for 4.

Charlie Stranks batting at four, led the fightback, making a solid 36. When Stranks was dismissed, someone needed to bat some overs and get a score to defend, that man was Darius Potten-Ravenshad. He went on to bat sensibly and with young thirteen year old Will Machin, the pair began to get Kenilworth out of trouble. Machin fell for a very good first senior innings of 16, whilst Potten-Ravenshad continued to be the glue in his sides innings, before finally being last man out in the last over for 46, his innings containing one four, as Kenilworth posted 141 all out.

Wicket takers for Leek Wootton were Farndon with 4 for 19, Hammett 2 for 20 and Clifford with 2 for 21, as the both sets of players and officials headed off for a well deserved tea.

When the sides returned after the tea interval, the home side made a disastrous start in their pursuit of 142 to win, as opening bowlers Matt Casey with 1 for 6 off six and Matt Dadswell with 2 for 8 also off six overs, reduced Wootton to 15 for 3.

Things didn’t improve for the hosts, as young Will Machin replaced Casey at the far end and was soon amongst the wickets with a three wicket burst in three overs  that reduced the home side to 23 for 6, Machin having fine figures of 3 for 19 from five very tidy overs.

The Wootton captain Budd, batting at eight tried to counter attack until he holed out to Sam Leach on the boundary for 30 off Charlie Stranks (1 for 16) – one of three smart catches for vice captain Leach in the outfield. Farndon with 11 was the only other double figures scorer for Wootton, as they were eventually all out for 83 in the 28th over as spinner Tom Skinner (1 for 16), and Darius Potten-Ravenshad took the final two wickets, to cap a fine day for him with 2 for 8 and complete a 58 run win for the visitors, as another win is chalked up for Kenilworth’s youngsters in their fine Sunday season.

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