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1sts record first win/lose League win of season on last day

1st XI v. King’s Heath

Kenilworth hosted Kings Heath on Saturday 9th September for their final Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture of the season and won the win/lose match under the D/L method to guarantee them Division 1 cricket for next season1sts record their firs.

The home side were asked to bat first, and with rain around the visitors struck an early blow, at 9 for 1 the players were forced off due to the forecast rain arriving. When the rain stopped, a huge effort by the players and groundsmen managed to get the game restarted and the match became a 37 overs per side match.

Kenilworth’s opening bat Pete Magafas began to get the scoreboard moving, Magafas and Chris Prophet putting on 43 for the third wicket, before Prophet was dismissed for 25. There were also useful contributions from Henry Curran with 16 and Jorjeet Singh with 12, before both were run out. Magafas kept his head, he went on make a superb innings of 84, his knock included eight fours.

Kenilworth finished on 162 for 8 thanks to Magafas from their thirty seven overs whilst five bowlers shared the wickets for the visitors King’s Heath.

The visitor’s reply never really got going, as opening bowler Steve Rhodes took two early wickets, to put King’s Heath in a bit of trouble. Rhodes finished an excellent personal season with 2 for 18. There were also wickets too for Pat Howard with 1 for 11 and young Freddie Davies with 1 for 9.

With King’s Heath on 63 for 4 in the 21st over, the player’s were forced off again, this time with the rain too heavy, the game was called off soon after. Saheed with 18 and Khan with 12 were the only double figure scores.

Kenilworth were to run out the winners by 25 runs on the D/L system, their first win in win/lose League cricket this season. The side also finish in 10th spot in the Division and avoid the drop into Division 2 after what has been a topsy-turvy season as well as a traumatic start. The lads did well to pull it together and give it their best during the summer.

 

The wait for a win/lose win continues

1st XI v. Moseley Ashfield

Kenilworth travelled to Moseley Ashfield for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture on Saturday 26th August.

Home side Ashfield batted first, opening pair Abdullah with 57 and Thomas who made 31, put on a half century opening stand together.

But after the opening pair had put on a solid start, it was Pemberton, batting at four took his side to 246 for 9 from their fifty overs, Pemberton making a fine 77.

Darius Potten-Ravenshad was the star performer with the ball for the visitors Kenilworth, taking a fine 4 for 42 from ten overs. Other wicket takers were Ian Baker with 2 for 46 off ten overs, Phil Edmonds 1 for 29 off ten overs, Steve Rhodes 1 for 39 off nine overs and 1 for 40 from nine overs for seamer Matt Casey, there was also three catches for Ben Whidborne.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start in their pursuit of 247 to win, soon in huge trouble at 1 for 2 and with the third wicket falling with the score on 35, the visitors in big trouble.

Two more wickets falling left Kenilworth on 87 for 5 but Chris Prophet was standing firm, he was the player to get to grips with the Ashfield bowling, he went on to score an impressive innings of 77,  hitting eight boundary fours in his innings.

Only Adie Sellar with 29 and Phil Edmonds 16 making any other score of note, as Kenilworth were all out for just 145 in the 38th over.

Doing the damage with the ball for Moseley Ashfield were Wadling with 4 for 24 and 3 for 21 for Carey, Ashfield running out comfortable winners by 101 runs, leaving Kenilworth just above the relegation spots. However, with only three more games to go of the League season, the 5 points they earned has given them a 24 point buffer from the drop in what will be a nail biting finale to the season.

 

Booker’s efforts are in vain after a top knock

1st. XI v. Weoley Hill

On Saturday 12th August Kenilworth hosted Weoley Hill for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture.

With games now back to the win or lose format, Kenilworth won the toss and invited the visitors Weoley Hill to bat first.

The visitors made a solid start to their innings, after Kenilworth struck the first blow, as Weoley Hill number three McLaughlin began to impose himself on the home sides bowling, together with Morley – the pair were starting to build a solid platform, McLaughlin went on to make a fine 73 and Morley hitting 52, but when the pair were dismissed, Kenilworth began to drag things back with impressive bowling spells from Jorjeet Singh, who bowled an outstanding spell of 3 for 21 off nine overs and from young Freddie Davies, who took 3 for 47 off ten overs. Other wicket takers for Kenilworth side were Steve Rhodes 1 for 45 off nine overs, Dave Edmunds 1 for 34 from eight overs and Chris Prophet with a late 2 for 24 as Weoley Hill were all out for 223 in the 49th over,

In reply, Kenilworth lost two early wickets, as they slumped to 3 for 2, but captain and opening bat Pete Magafas steadied his side’s reply with 39 and when he was out, number six Tom Booker was to be the key for the home side, with good support from Jorjeet Singh who made 17 . They got their side to 150 for 5 with 20 overs left. After Singh was dismissed, Booker passed his fifty, but with overs and wickets running out, when the ninth wicket fell, the home side needed 18 runs with four overs remaining. Booker was to finish unbeaten on a fine 81 when the last man was run out attempting a second run and were Kenilworth all out for 208 in the 48th over, visiting side Weoley Hill running out winners by 15 runs in a game that the home side will feel could easily have gone the other way. There were two wickets each for McConvery, Ahmed and Hawkins for the visitors.

Kenilworth take 8 points from the match as other results went their way and which gives them a few more points space from the bottom two in the relegation spots in what is going to be a very tight finish to the season to avoid the drop into Division 2 for next year. There are 5 more win/lose matches of the season remaining.

 

Seconds are second best despite steadfast Stranks

2nd XI v. Attleborough

Kenilworth’s second team hosted table topping Attleborough for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture on Saturday 5th August.

After rain delayed the start by a hour, the game was reduced to 42 overs per side. The visitors won the toss and put the home side into bat. After a steady but slow start against a very good Attleborough bowling attack, from. 41 for 1, the hosts slipped to 41 for 3. Pete Huxford joined opener Mark Stranks, and the pair began to repair the damage before Huxford was dismissed for 15.

Stranks was ploughing a lone furrow and he was to carry his bat through the 42 overs, finishing on a brilliant 88 not out, his innings containing eight boundary fours, but with little support his side struggled to post a competitive total, Kenilworth ending on 140 for 6 from the 42 overs.

The visitors batsmen looked to be positive in their pursuit of the runs needed to keep them top of the Division. Young seamer Ryan Bull bowled an impressive opening spell, taking 1 for 30 from ten overs in two spells. The visitor’s number three Whitemore, after a slow start began to cut loose, skipper Geoff Edmunds removed the other opener, taking a frugal 1 for 13 from eight tidy overs. Along with Whitemore, number four Russell stated to increase the tempo, Russell was to fall to a smart catch at long off by Danny Boneham off Tom Skinner (1 for 42) but Whitemore saw his side over the line, finishing on 51 not out, Attleborough finishing on 141 for 3 in the 35th over, to win by seven wickets.

Stranks fine efforts with the bat weren’t enough in the end, as the visitors proved to be too strong in the end, as Kenilworth take only two points for their efforts.

 

 

 

 

1sts move out of the relegation spots with a good all round performance

1st. XI v. Pak Shaheen

Kenilworth hosted Pak Shaheen for their Warwickshire Division One fixture at their Warwick Road ground on Saturday 29th July.

Asked to bat first, the Kenilworth openers Dave Edmunds and Pete Magafas soon had the scoreboard moving, the pair putting on 67 when Edmunds was out for 30. Magafas was to put on another important partnership with keeper Tom Booker, the pair added a superb 86 for the third wicket before skipper Magafas was dismissed for an excellent 84, his innings having six fours and one six, Booker went on to finish unbeaten on 59 with five fours and one six, along with 18 from Christian Hose, home side Kenilworth finished on a very decent 245 for 5 from their fifty overs. Wickets shared between five bowlers for Pak Shaheen.

In their reply, the visitors slipped from 29 for no wicket to 29 for 3, as seamer Steve Rhodes made two early breakthroughs.

Pak Shaheen were in deep trouble at 62 for 5 then 94 for 7 as two wickets each for seamers Ian Baker with 2 for 17 and Matt Casey with 2 for 32, when the eighth fell at 101, Kenilworth could sense that victory was only a matter of time.

A wicket each for spinners Jorjeet Singh with 1 for 17 from seven tidy overs and Darius Potten-Ravenshad chipping In with 1 for 32, also off seven overs. It was to be the return of opening bowler Steve Rhodes who came back on from the Leek Wootton end to take the final two wickets, Zaman top scorer for Pak Shaheen with 40 was the last wicket to fall thanks to a fine catch behind by Tom Booker. Rhodes ending with great figures of 4 for 33 off ten overs.

The visitors all out for 136 in the 36th over, with Kenilworth just beating the rain to win by the big margin of 109 runs and take the full 24 points for a fine team display to keep their impressive unbeaten run going.