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The Thirds batsmen disappoint as side lose

3rd XI v. WCC Staff II

On Saturday 9th June Kenilworth’s Third team hosted high flying Warwick Staff 2nds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground.

Put into bat the home side made a poor start against an accurate Staff bowling attack, Uma Shanker fell for 2, with the score on six. Jeff Stanners fell with the score on 17, Andy Dadswell joined opener Geoff Hay, both Dadswell and Hay were out for 14 to Wright, who went on to finish with 3 for 24 from his ten overs.

At 39 for 6 after the needless run out of Matt Dadswell for one, and the home side were in deep trouble, and at 60 for 9, last man Andy Kennell joined Skipper Geoff Edmunds, the pair nudged 17 to the total before Edmunds was caught off Amor for 13, Kenilworth all out for a paltry 77 in forty overs, along with 23 extras, Dadswell and Hay hit 14 and Edmunds 13, the only double figure scores. Amor took 3 for 15 from ten overs to back up Wright’s efforts.

After the players enjoyed tea, Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened up the bowling for Kenilworth, and after Rodger hit the first ball of their reply for four, Smith bowled the opener with his next ball, Staff 4 for 1. A stand of 39 between opener Darby and Wright for the second wicket put their side on control, but the introduction of spinner Tom Skinner in replacing Smith, Smith having figures of 1 for 14 off five overs, Skinner having Wright caught by Ed Smith for 15, 43 for 2 soon became 56 for 4, a bowled and a catch from Geoff Hay, briefly gave the home side a glimmer of hope. Darby stood firm for the visitors, he saw his side home with 32 not out, Warwick Staff finished on 81 for 4, to win by six wickets in the 30th over. Tom Skinner returned excellent figures of 3 for 17 from ten quality overs, the only real positive from a disappointing day.

Kenilworth taking just two points for their efforts.

Hay makes hay in final League Game of the season

3rd XI v. Chipping Campden II


On a glorious sunny Saturday 2nd September, Kenilworth’s Third travelled to play Chipping Campden for their final game of the season in the Cotswold Hills League Division 6.

Asked to bat first, visitors Kenilworth lost a wicket in the sixth over, number three Andy Dadswell joined Geoff Hay, the pair went on to add forty runs together, before Dadswell was dismissed for 18 and  after two wickets in two balls, the visitors were in trouble at 58 for 4 but this bought young debutant Theo Mannion to the crease. He and Hay began to build what was to become an outstanding partnership of 90 between the pair.

Mannion batted with a huge amount of maturity, before he fell looking to get the scoreboard moving for a very fine innings of 42.

Geoff Hay kept going and accelerated his and the sides innings brilliantly. With three balls remaining of his sides innings, he hit the last of his seventeen fours to bring up a brilliant century, Hay finishing on 103 not out, Kenilworth posting 183 for 5 from their forty five overs.

For Camden, Parsons bowled well to take 3 for 31 from his ten overs.

After a delicious tea, the players returned for the final half of the season, the reliable Ed Smith and young Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for Kenilworth, and Dadswell struck two early blows in his second over, clean bowing numbers two and three in two balls, to reduce Chipping Camden to 12 for 2.

This bought John to crease, he and opener Postins began to consolidate their sides innings, Captain Andy Kennell tried several options, two fine over spells from young Theo Mannion, who bowled a lovely line and length, finishing with an impressive 28 off his ten over allocation.

But Postins, after surviving an early chance at slip, together with John began to take the game away from Kenilworth, Matt Dadswell ran John out for a fine 73 from the boundary, with the home side left needing 40 off last ten overs and only three wickets down, they looked favourites. A wicket for Nick Moore, to a sharp catch behind from George Baines, the light fading and a dew falling, the game was still in the balance, but Postins stood firm to see his side home with a calm 46 not out, Chipping Campden finishing on 187 for 4 with 2.5 overs remaining, the home side winning by six wickets. KCC’s Matthew Dadswell took  2 for 30 off ten overs and Nick Moore 1 for 31 off 9.1 overs.

After a slow start to the season, the thirds rounded off their season by finishing in sixth place, winning eight and losing seven of their fifteen league fixtures, well played all.

Special thanks to Hannah Edmunds for providing teas for the sides home fixtures at Harbury RFC and  also to all the other unsung heroes throughout the season, with out all this we wouldn’t be able to play the great game of cricket.

Roll on season 2018.


Cricket played in the right spirit

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

On Saturday 26th August, Kenilworth’s Third team, containing several youngsters making their debuts in Senior cricket travelled to Lapworth for a forty overs a side friendly.

The home side batted first and openers Carter and Carr put on a solid 67 for the first wicket in fourteen overs before seamer Indy Matharu took the first wicket, as he induced a catch behind, he followed this with a caught and bowled next ball, There was another wicket for Matharu in his second spell gave him excellent figures of 3 for 23 from seven tidy overs.

Skipper for the day Andy Kennell gave opportunity to the side’s young seam bowlers, and Kieran Shanker was rewarded with a debut first senior wicket  with 1 for 28 off six good overs. Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were fellow youngster Will Machin with 1 for 58 from eight overs and 1 for 32 from veteran slow bowler Andy ‘Plod’ Smith from eight overs. There were catches for Andy Dadswell, Matt Dadswell, Indy Matharu and one, much even to the surprise of his team mates, by Andy Smith at mid wicket that restricted Lapworth to 240 for 6 from their forty overs. The home side were given a late boost, as Marsden with 46 not out and Hann making an unbeaten 25, after earlier Carr made a fine 50 and Carter with 33, as the players went off for a well deserved tea.

Kenilworth began their reply with opening pair Matt Dadswell and Uma Shanker, the pair putting on 37 for the first wicket in thirteen overs, before Dadswell was bowled for a solid 17, Shanker was to follow for 15. The side slipped to 41 for 4, as home bowler Seeley bowled eight overs through, taking 3 for 23. Young all rounder Will Machin, batting at six, was to hold firm and he batted for 22 overs, finishing on 28 not out. His fellow juniors did themselves proud tasting adult cricket for the first time and were encouraged to enjoy the experience and have some batting practice in the middle, in front of proud parents and family. Kenilworth who were never a threat to reach the set target finished on to 103 for 6 from their forty overs.

The home side using eight bowlers, in game played in a brilliant way, on a day when the spirit of cricket was in full evidence, and the Kenilworth youngsters did themselves proud.

Lapworth take immense credit for the way they played the game, they were the deserved winners on the day by 137 runs , but all in all, cricket was the winner. Well done to both sides for playing the game in  the right way and for giving the youngsters a chance to enjoy their big day, which they did.


Thirds suffer from the holiday season

3rd XI v. Kineton II

9 man Kenilworth 3’s were outdone by one Kineton player as they lost their Division 6 Cotswold Hills Cricket League match by 7 wickets as James Lloyd scored his maiden century from the opening spot to make an unbeaten 101.

The Club had suffered with lack of availability due to the holiday season meaning the side were on the back foot from the start but were determined to honour the fixture, so the side comprised of more veterans than normal.

Kenilworth had posted a creditable 137 batting first with Pete Alty making an unbeaten 40. He and Andy Kennell 17 put on an impressive last wicket stand of 57 to breathe hope into the side after Nathan Chant had earlier made 15. Loughton snapped up 4-21 and Clarke 2-20 for Kineton with a wicket a piece for Griffith and Ashfield.

However, Lloyd singlehandedly destroyed the Kenilworth bowling attack to smash an array of boundaries and sixes in a hard hitting innings whilst regularly turning down singles on offer. As a result, Kineton eased to 141-3 with overs to spare. Alty claimed 1-35 and skipper Chris Beach 1-38 with a run out by stand in keeper Gareth Knights accounted for the other wicket to fall.

Third’s truimphant on final day to secure second spot

3rd XI v. Warwick

On Saturday August 29th, Kenilworth’s third team travelled the short distance to play Warwick thirds for their final Cotswold Hills League Division Seven match of the season looking for the win to finish second and claim the final promotion place.

Kenilworth were put into bat on a damp and green wicket, after losing a wicket in the first over and slipping to 39 for 4, but young keeper batsman Henry Curran batting at three hit a very fine and composed maiden senior fifty , finishing unbeaten on 56 (6×4) and along with skipper Sam Leach with a controlled 65 not out (8×4 and 1×6), together they put on a patient and mature unbroken stand of 124, as Kenilworth finished on 163 for 4 off their 45 overs. Papworth with 2 for 12 the most successful Warwick bowler.

The home side’s reply was soon in trouble at 29 for 3 but Warwick number four Patel with 55 was keeping his side’s hopes alive. However, it was the introduction of experienced veteran left arm spinner Andy Kennell that proved to be crucial, one of eight Kenilworth bowlers used during the match and he produced a fantastic match winning spell of 5 for 12 including the wicket of Patel – thanks to a fine catch on the boundary by Sam Leach. There were wickets too for the very reliable seamer Ed Smith with 2 for 25 off ten overs, Indy Matharu with 1 for 30 from ten tidy overs and skipper Sam Leach capping a great day with 1 for 35.

Warwick finishing on 142 for 9, Kenilworth the winners by 21 runs, taking 19 points and second place. Well done to Sam and all that played under his captaincy this year.

The side won 9 of their 14 matches played with 3 losses – with two cancellations, ending on 215 points and by one spot better than in the 2014 season. Neighbours Kenilworth Wardens IV are Divisional champions with 252 points whilst Bidford on Avon were a very close third as they finished on 212 points, 3 points behind our second placed Thirds.