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1st. XI achieve their 4th. consecutive win

1st. XI v. Pak Shaheen

The Kenilworth 1’s travelled to Pak Shaheen in their Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1 match  and they came away achieving their 4th. consecutive win of the season that saw them move up the table with a good all round and satisfying performance.

Pak Shaheen were restricted to 198 all out as Jorjeet Singh  snapped up 4 wickets, Steve Rhodes  2 wickets and Muhammed ‘Mo’ Nayeem, a further 2 wickets.

In reply, the side had Pete Magafas to thank for getting the side over the winning line as he hit an unbeaten 51 not out, in a solid performance, that saw the side reach their target with some ease and end the day on 198-5 to claim a 5 wicket win and their second 24 point win of the season.

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One loss, one win in T20 day.

Arden Sunday League T20 day

 

The Sunday XI had an entertaining day at Birmingham League Knowle & Dorridge’s ground as they participated in a triangular round of T20 matches between them, K & D and Midland Lankans in the Arden Sunday Cricket League T20 competition.

Underdogs, the Sunday XI lost against K & D but ended the day with a very good win over the Midland Lankans.

Sunday XI v. Knowle & Dorridge

K & D batted first and reached a very stiff 209-8 from their 20 overs as opener Janjua hit a blistering 111 as he and fellow opener, Murrow, 32 put on 131 for the 1st. wicket, the side’s only scores of note. The Kenilworth bowlers settled down into a good rhythm once the pair were out and wickets started to fall with Darius Potten-Ravenshad picking up 3-30 from his 4 overs and fellow spinner Jorjeet Singh 3-35 from his. There was a wicket a piece for Pat Howard and Henry Curran, whilst keeper Tom Booker took 3 catches behind the stumps.

Undaunted with the K & D total, the Kenilworth batsmen stayed positive throughout their innings as Chris Prophet and Booker put on 86 for the 1st wicket. After Prophet departed for 31, Booker continued on his way to a fine half century making 59 before he fell. However, K &D remained on top but Pat Howard was in dangerous form. However, in the last over the side needed 29 and this proved too much. Howard hit 3 sixes and ended the day unbeaten on 55 but his efforts were in vain as the Kenilworth side ended on 200-6 to lose by 9 runs.

 

Sunday XI v. Midland Lankans

In their second match of the day, the Sunday XI restricted Midland Lankans to 115-9 in their 20 over allocation as the side’s bowlers were on top throughout the innings. Only Joy at 8 made any contribution of note as he made 28 not out for the Lankans. Good bowling saw Steve Rhodes take 2-28, Matt Casey 2-14, Charlie Stranks 2-18, Potten-Ravenshad 2-13 and Henry Curran 1-23.

Booker then led the Kenilworth side to victory as they reached 117-5 in 18.1 overs to cap off a fine day for him as he hit his second half century of the day making a fine 67 not out. Curran chipped in with 16 and Prophet 12 in the side’s win as Lankans’ Saliya and Pasan both took 2-23 each and Arsha 1-19 to cap off a good and positive day for the Sunday XI.

3rds hold their nerves to secure a 2 run win

3rd XI v. Earlswood IV

On Saturday 16th June, Kenilworth’s Thirds travelled to Earlswood for the second time in two weeks for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture, looking to make it back to back wins there. They held their nerves and so did in an absorbing final over finish.

As per the other fixture, skipper Sam Leach lost the toss and his side were asked to bat again.

Openers Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry strode to the wicket, after a steady start, both openers fell with the score on 25. Then, at the crease were Andy Dadswell and Nigel Thompson, both players looked to be positive until Dadswell fell to a sharp catch at slip for 11, the score now 48 for 3 that brought  Jack Howard in to join Thompson. There was sensible batting, hitting the bad ball and rotating the strike saw pair add a fine 95 together, before Howard fell one after reaching a fine 50, his innings including 8 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth well placed at 35 overs on 143 for 4. Next man in Tom Anscombe hit a sublime cover drive for four first ball, before he fell for 14 with the score on 164 for 5. Ed Smith was the new man in, he began to up the tempo, a typical Smith power innings of 27 not out, along with Thompson who was unbeaten on 61 (7 x 4), Kenilworth finished on 212 for 5 from their forty five over allocation. For Earlswood, Ben Fitzgerald took 2 for 45 from ten overs.

After the players enjoyed another quality Earlswood tea, the home side went in search of 213. Matt Dadswell and Ed Smith opened the attack for the visitors Kenilworth, and both claimed an early wicket each, both to slip catches from skipper Sam Leach, the first of Smith an absolute screamer, the home side 13 for 2. Another wicket for Smith saw the home side tottering on 36 for 3, but with a dark cloud appearing from nowhere, the players were forced off, as a twenty minute cloud burst saw the teams leaving the field after 11.2 overs.

After the rain had stopped, both sided agreed a start and revised total, this was now 180 off 38 overs for the win. With the wet ball, Leach made an immediate change at both ends, spinners Geoff Edmunds and Tom Skinner replaced Dadswell and Smith. This put the brakes on the home side, both picking up early wickets, Earlswood now 88 for 5 after 19 overs. The pair bowled 19 overs between them, leaving Skinner with one left.

Edmunds was in miserly form, he was to keep taking wickets, one of which was due to a spectacular two handed diving catch from Tom Anscombe, backed by his enthusiastic celebration. Edmunds returned excellent figures of 4 for 21 from ten quality overs. The home side in trouble on 95 for 7, but Thorne was being a thorn in the side for Kenilworth, while he was there they still had hope. After two overs from Jack Howard, skipper Leach turned to Skinner to bowl his last and the penultimate over, the home side 15 away from victory, but Skinner tempted Thorne down the wicket, only to be stumped by Andy Dadswell for 37, Earlswood 169 for 9.

Down to the last over, eleven needed for the home side, Ed Smith to bowl, after a four singles and a two, Earlswood needed five off the last ball, they only managed two, ending on 177 for 9, Kenilworth the winners by a narrow two runs, a great game of cricket from both sides sees Kenilworth rewarded with a 21 point win. Other wicket takers after Edmunds were, Ed Smith with 2 for 48 from ten overs, Tom Skinner 2 for 53 from ten overs and Matt Dadswell with 1 for 19 off six overs.

A very solid team performance with a happy outcome for the side.

Back to back wins for the Firsts

1st XI v. Studley

Kenilworth made the trip to Studley on Saturday 9th June for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture, looking for back to back wins which they succeeded in achieving.

Home side Studley won the toss and asked Kenilworth to bat first. Adie Sellar and Pete Magafas put on 28 for the first wicket before Sellar was bowled for 12, when Chris Prophet was dismissed for 4, Kenilworth were 46 for 2, that became 67 for 3 when Magafas was dismissed for 31.

Two more wickets falling, Tom Booker for 9 and Henry Curran for 1, left the visitors in a bit of trouble at 96 for 6, this became 124 for 8 when Muhammed Nayeem was dismissed for 12 and Steve Rhodes for 1, Kenilworth now in a heap of trouble, but batting at 7 Pat Howard kept his nerve and along with number 10 Jorjeet Singh, they put on a superb partnership of 70 for the ninth wicket got their side to 194 for 9 in the 49th over, Singh falling for 26, Howard made a brilliant 62 not out, his innings having 6 x 4 and 1 x 6.

Kenilworth ended on 200 for 9 from their fifty overs. Rhodes with a fine 3 for 19 and Cole 3 for 35 both from twelve overs taking the bowling honours for the home side.

After the tea interval the home side looked to chase their target of 201 for victory, but the Kenilworth opening attack of Muhammad Nayeem and Steve Rhodes soon amongst the wickets, Nayeem sending the home sides openers Marks and Edwards back and Rhodes dismissing Perrins, leaving Studley In trouble on 19 for 3, another wicket for Naeem with the score on 19, Williams the man out. 19 for 4 soon became 31 for 6, Rhodes and Naeem causing mayhem, spinners Jorjeet Singh and Darius Potten-Ravenshad replaced the  opening pair, both were too amongst the wickets, Studley were now in big trouble at 62 for 8, only Rhodes with 22 and Cole 11 making double figures for the home side, as Studley were all out for just 88 in twenty nine overs, a fine all round bowling performance saw Kenilworth make it back to back wins. There were wickets for Muhammad Nayeem with 4 for 20, Steve Rhodes 3 for 33, Jorjeet Singh 2 for 11 and 1 for 6 for Darius Potten Ravenshad.

Kenilworth the winners by a huge 112 runs, taking 24 points.

Shanker’s half century joy sets up win despite side conceding 67 extras!

3rd XI v.  Earlswood IV

On Saturday 2nd June Kenilworth’s Third team travelled to Earlswood to play their fourth eleven at their Tanworth ground for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

Kenilworth were asked to bat first on a very green and damp wicket. Openers Geoff Hay and Uma Shanker made a watchful start to their side’s innings. The pair put on 37 for the first wicket before Hay was dismissed for 15, the second soon followed, now the visitors were 38 for 2. The fall of the second wicket bought Andy Dadswell to the wicket to partner Shanker, the pair batted cautiously until the drinks break at twenty two overs, Kenilworth 70 for 2.

After the break both batsmen began to increase the scoring tempo, as boundaries were starting to be found on a regular basis. The pair added a fine 103 in twenty three overs, before Shanker fell for a solid 54, his innings containing 10 x 4. Jack Howard joined Dadswell, the pair added 26 before Dadswell was bowled for 53, his innings having 1 x 6 and 9 x 4, Kenilworth 167 for 4 in the 38th over, Ben Maney joined Howard, these two adding 20 before Maney was bowled for five, Kenilworth now 187 for 5, Ed Smith now with Howard got Kenilworth to 207 for 5 from their forty five overs, Howard finished 48 not out, including three big sixes. Thorne with 2 for 41 from eight overs was the most successful in the Earlswood bowling line up.

The home side started in positive fashion, putting on 37 in eight overs, before Ed Smith bowled B. Fitzgerald for 11, the second wicket fell with the first ball of the next over, Sam Leach having Weir caught behind by Andy Dadswell for 15, Earlswood now 37 for 2. Jack Howard replaced Smith, he too was among the wickets, taking three wickets in his first three overs, including two in two, the second via a smart catch from Kasun Wickramasinghe, Earlswood now in trouble at 79 for 5, Will Machin replaced skipper Leach, he too soon among the wickets, bowling Green for two, Matt Dadswell replaced Howard and had Thorne lbw in his first over for four, Earlswood 97 for 8. The home side rallied, but a direct run out from Sam Leach left the home side on the brink at 145 for 9, Will Machin took the last wicket via a catch from Geoff Hay, Earlswood all out for 151 in the 39th over. There were wickets for Jack Howard 4 for 19 off seven overs, Will Machin 2 for 31 from 7.2 overs, Matt Dadswell 1 for 6 off five overs, Ed Smith 1 for 22 off seven overs and skipper Sam Leach with 1 for 28 off ten overs.

The home side were indebted to 67 extras, 44 of which were wides but Kenilworth were the winners by 56 runs, Kenilworth taking 22 points.