Wootton win in the wet

Sunday XI v. Leek Wootton

On Sunday 10th September, Kenilworth hosted local rivals Leek Wootton in forty overs a side friendly.

Wootton won the toss and decided to bat first as opening pair Couchman and Allinson made a solid start, putting on 57 for the first wicket in twelve overs before Couchman fell to safe hands of Danny Boneham for 25 off the bowling of Will Machin. Budd joined Allinson at the crease, the pair went in search of upping the run rate, Budd looked in ominous form before Matt Dadswell bowled him middle stump. Wootton went from 114 for 1 to 116 for 3, with Ryan Bull sending Garman’s middle stump cartwheeling, Allinson went on to make a fine 65 for the visitors, as he became the first of four bowled victims for the impressive Freddie Davies, including three wickets in one over, young Davies having figures of 4 for 31 off seven overs.

Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were Will Machin with 2 for 51 off eight overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 25 off his eight overs, Ryan Bull with 1 for 28 off seven overs and last but not least, keeper, batsman and now bowler Dan Horner, who took the last two wickets, 2.1 overs over, having figures of 2 for 3. Wootton all out for 184 after 38 overs.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start to their reply, losing a wicket second ball and with the score on 17 for 1, the players were forced off due a spell of heavy rain onto an outfield already pretty wet, the prospect of any more play looked remote.

Suddenly the rain stopped, the skies brightened and play began again, Kenilworth now had a reduced run chase of 158 needed off 34 overs, returning batsmen Tom Anscombe and Jono Sparks started brightly at the resumption of play, until Sparks fell for 19 and Anscombe clean bowled for 10, with the home side in trouble. Henry Curran began to rebuild Kenilworth’s innings, but he was running out of partners, as batsmen came and went. A cameo of 19 from Freddie Davies, including two sixes, revived the home side’s chances but when he fell, all hopes were left with Curran, with ten needed off two overs but only one wicket in hand Curran was stumped for a fine 66, an innings that came so close to winning the game for his side, his knock containing six fours.

Kenilworth all out for 147 after 32 overs, Couchman doing the damage in the middle order with a spell of 4 for 20 from seven overs, Garman chipped in with 3 for 30 for Leek Wootton, who were the winners by ten runs.

All in all, with a wet ground and a rain delay, both sides take credit for playing the game in difficult conditions.