Horner’s boys lose first match of season

Sunday XI v. Old Coftonians

 

On Sunday 23rd July, Kenilworth hosted Old Coftonians at their Warwick Road ground in a 40 overs a side friendly.

Asked to bat first Old Coftonians made a strong start to their innings, Azfar was in blistering form in the first few overs, and in no time he had a fifty to his name, first change bowler from the pavilion end, Matt Dadswell made the first breakthough with the score on 69, Dadswell finishing with excellent figures of 1 for 26 from seven overs.

With spinner Charlie Stranks introduced from the Leek Wootton end, the visitors slipped to 91 for 4, Stranks having recovered from an early onslaught on his bowling to record figures of 2 for 40 from six overs. Although still at the crease, Azfar was still there, but he was finding it harder to score his runs now, only managing singles. Tidy bowling from spinners Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 29 from eight overs and Geoff Edmunds 1 for 22 slowing the visitor’s scoring.

Needing three in the final over, Azfar managed to scramble the single he needed off the last ball, he just managed to glove the last ball, ending up on exactly 100 not out, his innings containing 8 x 4 and a 1 x 6. There was a wicket too for seamer Matt Casey with 1 for 33 from six overs, as Old Coftonians finished on 198 for 7 from their forty overs.

Kenilworth had a bad start to their reply, losing their first wicket with the score on three, then in further trouble at 15 for 2, as the home batsmen were unable to make any impact on the Coftonians bowling attack. Two further wickets fell, at 49 for 4 Kenilworth were in serious danger.

After the top order failed, the middle order had no luck either, at 90 for 7 and overs running out, the home side were staring defeat in the face. Only a last wicket stand of 33 between Darius Potten-Ravenshad 21 not out and number eleven Geoff Edmunds 13, got the home side to 138 all out in the last over of forty. There were other double figure scores were Dan Boneham with 22, Freddie Davies 18, skipper Dan Horner 15 and Matt Casey 12. For the visitors, Abid was the main wicket taker with 4 for 26 from eight overs and Rushi 2 for 13.

Old Coftonians the winners by 60 runs.

 

 

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