Elliott hits maiden century but side is outdone by the Bloss skipper

Sunday XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On a hot Sunday 24th June, Kenilworth’s Sunday side travelled to play Solihull Blossomfield for their Arden Sunday League Division Three fixture that had been reduced to 35 overs  side due to England’s match in the World Cup. Despite the side’s eventual  loss, the day will be remembered for a superb maiden century from young Elliott Haynes-Sorrell and his 155 run unbroken 5th. wicket partnership with Charlie Stranks 63*.

Visiting captain Dan Horner won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Dan Horner and Andy Dadswell put on 16 when Dadswell was out for 3, this bought Elliott Haynes-Sorrell to join the skipper, but Horner was caught behind for a breezy 20, Kenilworth now 42 for 2. A third wicket fell, Ben Maney bowled for 5, the visitors now 53 for 3. The in form Matt Casey joined Sorrell, but Casey also fell cheaply, dismissed for 11, now Kenilworth needed a partnership at 77 for 4.

Young Sorrell was joined by all rounder Charlie Stranks, both players started to find plenty of gaps in the field, both batsmen were running well between the wickets, Sorrell was in fine form, bringing up his fifty on the 24th over, the hundred partnership was the next landmark, now along with brilliant running, plenty of fours too, Charlie Stranks bought his own half century, in stifling heat, the level of running was unbelievable, the 200 came up, four overs of the thirty five allocation to go, Sorrell was now in the eighties, as the last over was bowled, Sorrell was closing in on a century, and with two balls to go, Sorrell scampered through for a quite brilliant maiden hundred, he finished on 101 not out (11 x 4), and the pair put on an unbroken stand of 155 for the fifth wicket, Stranks unbeaten on 63 (8 x 4). Thanks to Sorrell and Stranks, Kenilworth posted a very decent 232 for 4 from their thirty five overs. For Blossomfield, Stanway took 2 for 25.

The home side’s openers looked to try and chase down the visitors total, but lost early wickets, losing two wickets with the score on 15, first thanks to a smart run out from Ben Maney, then Matt Dadswell bowled Nunnington first ball, Dadswell struck again in his next over, having Long caught by Tom Skinner for nine, Blossomfield now in trouble at 24 for 3. Wilson was still looking to be positive despite the fall of wickets, together with new man Ramachandra, the pair looked to get their side back in the game. After the opening bowlers Matt Dadswell and Matt Casey bowled a good opening spell, spin was introduced from both ends, as Tom Skinner and Charlie Stranks were introduced, Wilson and Ramachandran were starting to cut loose, Wilson looked in imperious form, he past fifty in quick time, the visitors kept plugging away, but the home pair kept finding the boundary on a regular basis. Skipper Horner tried several bowling changes, Ramachandran bought up his fifty next, Wilson was closing in on a century, as the partners went past 150, Wilson did bring up his hundred, soon after he did his partner Ramachandran was caught and bowled by Sam Leach, bowling spin, for a fine 81, Blossomfield now 200 for 4. 32 were needed off the last four overs, but Wilson smashed 18 off the 33rd over, his side almost there, Blossomfield got the required runs on the next over, finishing on 236 for 4, winning by six wickets and ten balls to spare. The Blossomfield captain truly played a fantastic innings, ending 127 not out. For Kenilworth Matt Dadswell took 2 for 40 from his seven overs and Sam Leach 1 for 31 from six overs.

On a day where each side had a centurion and a half century, its a day Elliot Haynes Sorrell won’t forget with his maiden hundred, despite the side losing.

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