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1st XI start the 2019 League season off with a win on opening day

1st. XI v. Hampton & Solihull

WIN!

 

 

 

On a sun drenched Saturday 20th April, Kenilworth hosted Hampton and Solihull in their opening Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture of the 2019 season.

Kenilworth asked Hampton to bat first, but lost opener Pickering early, bowled by Muhammed Naeem for three. James joined Lunn, and together they began to steady their sides innings, but the Kenilworth bowlers kept things tight, the visitors making steady progress until Joey Poole got a deserved wicket, having James caught by Sunny Ahmed for 28, Poole bowled a fine spell from the start, twelve overs straight through, taking 1 for 33, but on another day could have picked up more. Fahim then accounted for Lunn for 40. The home side never let Hampton get away, Joe Atkinson then turned the screw, bowling Friend for 23 and McKey for 1, Jones batting at number five, went on to make a solid 50 for his side, before the return of Naeem via a catch behind by Dan Horner did the trick, Taylor with 17 not out, but Hampton never got away from the Kenilworth bowling. The visitors ending their innings on 180 for 6 from their fifty overs. Naeem with 2 for 50 from 11 overs, Joe Atkinson 2 for 15, Joey Poole 1 for 33 from 12 overs and a wicket for Fahim with 1 for 14.

After the tea interval, the Kenilworth openers Dave Edmunds and Chris Prophet looked to make a solid start in their sides reply, having put on 25, both openers fell in quick succession, Edmunds lbw to Palmer for 15 and Prophet bowled by Keyte for 11. With two new batsmen at the crease, Mo. Fahim and Connor Shingler looked to get their side back on track, together the pair began to build their side’s innings, taking the score to fifty then to a hundred, as the runs flowed from both players bats. Fahim and Shingler took their partnership beyond a century stand, with both players passing fifty, before Fahim was bowled by Keyte for a fine 68, as Kenilworth were close to the finishing line, Sunny Ahmed joined Shingler, together they saw their side over the line in the 41st over, Shingler finishing on a brilliant 70 not out on his league debut for the club.

Kenilworth ended on 182 for 3, to win by seven wickets. For Hampton, Keyte taking 2 for 43 from 12 overs. Kenilworth take 20 points, as they start the new season in fine style.

 

2nd XI triumphant!

2nd. XI v. Knowle and Dorridge IV

WIN!

 

Kenilworth’s Saturday 2nd. XI opened up their 2019 Warwickshire County Cricket League Division Eight season with an away fixture at Knowle and Dorridge 4ths at Catherine de Barnes  on Saturday 20th April.

 
In glorious conditions, visitors Kenilworth were asked to bat first, opening pair Danny Boneham and skipper Matt Casey made a positive start, both player’s looked in good touch until Casey fell lbw to Hafeez for 11, Darius Potten-Ravenshad joined Boneham, he soon got the scoreboard moving, hitting the boundary board early on. A mix up between the pair resulted in Boneham being run out for 18, Kenilworth 56 for 2. Ben Maney joined Potten-Ravenshad, but fell for 5, from 56 for 1, the visitors slipped to 79 for 5, but Potten-Ravenshad looked in imperious form, and brought up his fifty with one of eight fours. But when he was well caught and bowled by Doger for 67, Kenilworth were struggling on 125 for 7, two more quick wickets fell and the visitors were struggling on 131 for 9, George Jeyaratnam batting at eight was in positive mood, along with number eleven Dave Gamble the pair added 40 for the last wicket, Jeyaratnam last man out for 34, Kenilworth ending in 171 all out in 40 overs of their fifty. For Knowle and Dorridge  Haffeez, Khan, Doger, and Ramesh taking two wickets each, as the players headed off for tea.

Knowle lost a wicket in the first over of their reply, Jeyaratnam bowling Afub first ball, his opening new ball partner Dave Gamble also struck an early blow removing Waseem for 10, caught behind by Dan Boneham, the home side 17 for 2. Ali joined opener Shakill, together the pair looked on good touch, taking the score to 53, before young Theo Mannion, replacing Gamble, had Shakill caught behind by Dan Boneham for 24. Matt Dadswell replaced Jeyaratnam, he was bowling a tidy line and length, and was rewarded with an lbw decision, the home side 62 for 4. Tom Skinner replaced Mannion, he too struck early, thanks to a sharp catch from skipper Casey at short cover, and the home side were 66 for 6 when Dadswell had the dangerous Ali lbw for 24. Young leg spinner Dan Roden replaced Matt Dadswell, and struck straight away, another wicket for Skinner thanks to a brilliant catch on the long on boundary from George Jeyaratnam, Haffeez out for a breezy 20, Knowle now in deep trouble on 89 for 8. There was a second wicket for Roden, via a smart stumping from Dan Boneham, 95 for 9 became 95 all out, Tom Skinner bowling the last man.

A fine team performance, saw Kenilworth win by 76 runs. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Tom Skinner with 3 for 18 from 5.4 overs, Matt Dadswell 2 for 8 off 6 tidy overs, Dan Roden a smart 2 for 10 from 3 overs, George Jeyaratnam 1 for 13 from 5 overs, Dave Gamble 1 for 13 off three and 1 for 27 for Theo Mannion from 6 overs.

Kenilworth take 24 points in their opening match of the League campaign for the perfect start to the season.

 

Good warm up win

Club XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On Saturday 13th April, Kenilworth hosted Solihull Blossomfield for the clubs third pre season game of the season.

Kenilworth batted first, with the opening pair Chris Prophet and Connor Shingler made a positive start against the Blossomfield bowling and ir soon had the scoreboard moving, putting on 56 off 58 balls for the first wicket, before Shingler was out for a positive 31 on debut, bowled by Jones. This brought Daniel Horner to the crease, he to looked to be positive, as he and Prophet putting on 37 for the second wicket, Prophet falling to Jones for 36. Horner was joined at the wicket by Sunny Ahmed, like Prophet, playing his first game of the season. These two took the game to the visitors, both Ahmed and Horner went on to record a half century each, the pair added 137 together, before Ahmed was run out for 56 off 52 balls with 4 x 4 and 3 x 6. Horner fell for a fine innings of 95 off the bowling of Sullaman, his innings containing 9 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth ending on a very decent 253 for 4 from their Forty overs. For Blossomfield, Jones took 2 for 23.

In reply, the visitors lost opener Clarke without scoring, bowled by Shingler, leaving the visitors at 8 for 1. Opener Adidas and number three Chan’s began the rebuild, putting the home side under pressure, the pair added fifty together off 73 balls. The pair added 91 together when Chana was run out for 49, the visitors 99 for 2. Ahmed then removed opener Adidas for a fine 50, caught behind off Dan Horner off Ahmed, 105 for 3. Blossomfield then lost their fourth wicket on 113, Gopalan bowled by Tom Skinner for 6. Skinner struck again, bowling Verma for no score, the visitors in trouble on 119 for 5. The introduction of spinner Sam Leach had the visitors in all sorts of trouble, as he removed Stevenson for 22, Bentley for 18 and Sullaman for 7 in a six over spell of 3 for 24, as the visitors ended their innings on 175 for 8 from their forty overs. Apart from the Leach spell of 3 for 24 from six overs, Tom Skinner with 2 for 32 off eight overs and a wicket each for Connor Shingler with 1 for 29 off eight overs and Sunny Ahmed 1 for 16 off five.

Kenilworth the winners by 78 runs with a good overall performance.

Final cricket day of the season ends with a deserved win.

Sunday XI v. Olton & WW

On Sunday 16th September, Kenilworth’s Sunday XI hosted Olton and West Warwickshire for their final Arden Sunday Cricket League match of the season, that also was the Club’s final match of 2018.

Home captain Geoff Edmunds won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Henry Curran and Adie Sellar began in a positive manner, both batsman keeping the scorer busy, racing to a fifty run partnership inside the first ten overs, the pair had put on 71 for the first wicket when Sellar was caught for a solid 38. Curran was joined by the in form Elliott Haynes Sorrell. Sorrell needing 17 runs to make a thousand runs for the season, but unfortunately he was caught by Rigoni for 13, falling agonisingly four runs short, but a brilliant effort from Sorrell, ending on 996 runs for the season, Kenilworth now 92 for 2, Chris Prophet joined Curran and was quickly into his stride, stroking three elegant fours.

Curran completed his fifty, but fell soon after for 51 (8 x 4), the home side 127 for 3. Young keeper batsman George Baines joined Prophet, together the pair added 52, Prophet bowled by Rigoni for a fine 57 (7 x 4 & 3 x 6). Jono Sparks was the next man in, he and Baines plundered the visitors bowling adding an unbroken stand of 52 for the fifth wicket, as Kenilworth posted a decent 231 for 4 from their forty overs, Baines unbeaten on 29 and Sparks 31 not out, for Olton, Sunil took 2 for 29.

So, Kenilworth went out to field for the last time in 2018, regular opening bowler Matthew Dadswell was partnered by Jono Sparks, Sparks opened up from the Leek Wootton end, the Olton openers looked to make a strong start to their sides reply, but when Arshad and Cullen had put on 23, young Dadswell had Cullen brilliantly stumped down the leg side by George Baines for 17. Arshad was looking to be positive, but in the tenth over was caught by Andy Dadswell off Matthew Dadswell one handed just behind square on the leg side, and two balls later Dadswell had Loud caught by Baines without scoring, young Matt Dadswell taking the first three wickets for the second game running. Sparks was soon in the act, bowling the Olton number three, the visitors rocking on 46 for 4 in the eleventh over.

The spin of Tom Skinner replaced Dadswell and Darius Potten-Ravenshad replaced Sparks, spin from both ends now, but the wickets kept falling, first Skinner, then one for Ravenshad, Olton in deep trouble at 65 for 6. Another wicket for Skinner, thanks to another catch from Andy Dadswell at cover, two more for the inspired DPR, Olton on the brink at 93 for 9.

But the last pair of Rigoni batting at ten and number eleven Griffin, started to put bat to ball, the pair went on to blaze 61 together on seven overs, before skipper Geoff Edmunds bought himself on from the Leek Wootton end, as he lured Rigoni down the wicket, only to become keeper Baines second stumping, Rigoni out for an entertaining 28, Griffin not out 31, Olton all out for 154 in the 33rd over.

The wickets shared, DPR with 3 for 25 from eight overs, Matthew Dadswell with 3 for 40 from eight overs, Tom Skinner with 2 for 35 off eight overs Jono Sparks 1 for 30 from six overs and finally and fittingly, a last wicket for Geoff Edmunds to end the season.

Kenilworth the winners by 77 runs, ending the season in a creditable fourth place with six wins.

Well played everyone who played, scored, umpired, made all the delicious teas and all the hard work preparing the ground so we can play the game we all love.

Thanks all.

 

Furthermore……

The Club is grateful to ALL the players in ALL the sides who turned out to play this season. It has been a good year overall. Hopefully, it was an enjoyable year.

 

SPECIAL THANKS go to a vast array of people – especially to those who have helped out pre-matches to get the games on and to the devoted Ground Staff who have committed so much time and energy on and around the Ground throughout the season that often goes unnoticed and is taken for granted by most, to the players who helped out closing down the ground on the last match of the season, to the Selectors, to our Social Media gurus, those who supplied photos on them too, to Andy Dadswell for doing the reports all season that have been published on here and in the Press, and finally but not least – to our dear and crucial tea ladies for preparing the food for the players and officials so they were fed and watered week in, week out.

 

ALL UNSUNG heroes and heroines, the lot of you. WELL DONE and THANK YOU.

It could not have been done without all your efforts and the Club is so grateful and thankful to you all.

 

And THANK YOU for all those who visited the Ground during the season to watch and support the sides.

Please continue to support the Club during the close season months when events are being arranged!

 

ROLL ON the 2019 SEASON NOW!

 

 

Sunday side ease to victory

Sunday XI v. Knowle Village

WIN!!

On a glorious Sunday 2nd September, Kenilworth travelled the short distance to Knowle Village in the Arden Sunday Cricket League.

Visiting skipper Geoff ‘birthday boy’ Edmunds won the toss and decided to bat first. Things didn’t start well for the visitors, losing Dan Horner in the first over for a single. Fellow opener Henry Curran was joined by the prolific Elliot Haynes Sorrell, the pair took the score to 49 when a mix left Sorrell run out by twenty two yards for 9, this bought Jorjeet Singh to join Curran, but Curran was soon on his way back to the pavilion, caught for 33, Kenilworth now 56 for 3. This bought Jono Sparks to the crease, Sparks hit a sparkling cover drive first ball for four, this continued for next 16 overs, as both Singh and Sparks found the ropes on many occasions, the pair put on a brisk 87 when Sparks mistimed a drive and was caught for an eye catching 71 (11 x 4 & 1 x 6). 177 for 4 became 179 for 5 when Jorjeet Singh was out for 39. Further quick runs in the last few overs, Max Howard with 28, Darius Potten Ravenshad 17 and Matt Dadswell with 10, Tom Skinner hit the last ball of the innings for a huge six over mid wicket, Kenilworth posting a very decent 250 for 8 from their forty overs. S. Newman and Young taking two wickets each for the village.

After the tea interval, the home side looked to chase down the visitors total, but Kenilworth’s opening bowler Matt Dadswell had other ideas, a caught and bowled in the first over, clean bowled in his second and a catch via the safe hands of Haynes Sorrell, Young, Holmes and Krish all back in the pavilion, Village 31 for 3 off eight overs, young Matt Dadswell taking an impressive 3 for 14 from six tidy overs. Skipper Geoff Edmunds replaced Max Howard, he too was soon amongst the wickets, two wickets for Edmunds reducing the home side to 58 for 5. Young Louis Smithson replaced Edmunds, on his third over picked up his first senior wicket, having Tibbits caught by Geoff Edmunds at short mid wicket for 27. Tom Skinner took the wicket of S. Newman for 24 thanks to a smart boundary catch from Max Howard, Village on the ropes now at 106 for 7. Edmunds returned and snapped up two wickets straight away, 112 for 9. With one wicket needed, Edmunds gave Darius Potten Ravenshad the ball, it took three balls, Ravenshad taking the last wicket thanks to another catch from Max Howard.
Knowle Village all out for just 117 in the 28th over.

Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Geoff Edmunds with 4 for 11 off four overs, Matt Dadswell 3 for 14 off six overs, Louis Smithson 1 for 21 off three, Tom Skinner 1 for 39 off eight overs and Darius Potten Ravenshad with 1 for 2.

Kenilworth the winners by a huge 133 runs, and take the full 24 points.