Elliott and Charlie put on an unbeaten 124 run partnership to secure win

Sunday XI v. Harborne II

On Sunday 1st July, Kenilworth’s Sunday were on their travels again, this time to Birmingham outfit Harborne CC for their Arden Sunday Cricket League Division Three fixture.

The home side won the toss, and naturally on a hot and sultry day chose to bat first. The Kenilworth bowling opening pair of Ian Baker and Matt Casey got some early pace and bounce, and Baker struck in the third over, having A. Khalil caught behind by skipper Dan (Ben) Horner for 0, Harborne 4 for 1. Robinson joined Blackedge for Harborne and these two looked to get their side going and the pair added 92 together, before the left handed Blackedge fell to a juggling catch behind by Dan Horner for a well made 59. The next wicket quickly followed, number four Milak fell to another catch behind by Horner, this time off the left arm spin of Geoff Edmunds for 0 but young H. Khalil joined Robinson, and the young batsman showed great technique and skill, as the pair got their side to 195 when Robinson finally fell to sharp stumping off the impressive Will Machin for a very well played 88. Lyttle joined young Khalil, the two batsmen ending unbeaten, Khalil on 44 and Lyttle on 22, Harborne finishing on 236 for 4 off their forty overs.

For Kenilworth the wickets were shared between four bowlers, Will Machin with 1 for 23 off five overs, Geoff Edmunds 1 for 27 from eight overs, Ian Baker 1 for 37 off seven overs and 1 for 53 off six overs for Sam Leach. There were three catches and a stumping for skipper Dan Horner.

After the players returned to action after tea, Kenilworth’s openers Dan Horner and Andy Dadswell looked to make a solid start in their sides chase of 237. Both batsmen got early boundaries away, putting on 48 together in seven overs before Dadswell was bowled for 18. Matt Casey joined his captain at the crease, but went cheaply to a catch behind Lyttle for 1, Kenilworth 53 for 2. The in form Elliot Haynes Sorrell joined Horner, the pair added a quick 57 together when Horner was unfortunately run out for 47, Kenilworth now well placed on 110 for 3 after 19 overs. Kas Wickramasinghe came and went for 2 to a sharp catch at mid wicket. Now 116 for 4 after 21 overs. Now Charlie Stranks joined Sorrell, looking to build on the partnership the pair had last Sunday, and soon enough both players got in their stride, brilliant running and plenty of boundaries flowed from both players bats, after thirty overs needed 55 to win, the visitors on 182 for 4, Sorrell was the first player to reach fifty, runs were flowing, the score quickly passed 200, then Stranks to passed fifty for the second Sunday running, the visitors were cruising and got to their target with four overs left, Sorrell unbeaten on 75, his innings containing (12 x 4 and 1 x 6) and Stranks unbeaten on 53 (7 x 4), their second partnership of over a hundred together in successive Sundays, putting on 124. For Harborne Lyttle took 2 for 57. Kenilworth finishing on 240 for 4 to win by six wickets. Kenilworth’s first outright win in the Sunday League in 2018 and the side collects 24 points.

 

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