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Sunday XI toil in the sun

Sunday XI v. Wanderers

On a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon, Kenilworth hosted frequent visitors Wanderers at their picturesque Warwick Road ground.
 
Choosing to bat first, Kenilworth found batting a difficult task, opening pair Dave Edmunds and Danny Boneham struggled against a useful and accurate Wanderers attack. Boneham was first to fall with the score on eleven, Edmunds fell with the score on twenty eight. Elliott Haynes Sorrell put on 34 with Chris Prophet for the third wicket, before Prophet was dismissed for 31 off 46 balls. Batting was no easier with a change of bowling, further wickets fell, leaving the home side on 88 for 6 after 30 overs. Young all-rounder Will Machin joined Sorrell, the pair were to bat through to the end of their sides forty over allocation. The pair adding an unbeaten stand of 36 for the seventh wicket, but Kenilworth could only manage 124 for 6, Machin unbeaten on 10, but Haynes Sorrell completed his first home fifty in the last over, ending on exactly 50 not out, his innings including 2 x 4 and 1 x 6 off 76 balls. Spinners Kangsagara with 2 for 20 and Vala with 2  for 21 doing the damage with the ball for the visitors.
 
After the tea interval, Kenilworth took to the field looking to take early wickets, young Matthew Dadswell opened the bowling from the pavilion end, although only going for eight runs from his five over spell, he was unable to make any breakthrough. From the Leek Wootton end it was the left arm spin of Geoff Edmunds, he also was bowling a tight line, he made the first breakthrough, having Tahir caught on the leg side boundary by Dave Edmunds for 11. Spinner Edmunds struck again, reducing the visitors to 34 for 2 thanks to a catch by Pete Magafas. Wood joined opener Sandu, together the pair put on a match winning partnership of 55 for the third wicket, Sandu was bowled by Matthew Dadswell, returning for his second spell from the pavilion end, Wanderers now 89 for 3. Overs from spinner Andy Smith and young seamer Will Machin were unable to make a breakthrough on the middle overs, occasional bowler Danny Boneham replaced Machin from the Leek Wootton end, he was claim his first wicket of the season in his second over, bowling Wood for 22. Khan replaced Wood, he played big shots from ball one, clearing the boundary four times on his way to 32 not out off only fourteen balls, as the visitors won with ten overs to spare, finishing on 125 for 4, Wanderers the winners by six wickets.
 
Wicket takers for Kenilworth were, Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 15 off eight tidy overs, Matthew Dadswell with 1 for 20 from seven overs and Danny Boneham 1 for 26 off 2.5 overs.

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.

 

Alvechurch far too strong for the 3rds.

3rd XI v. Alvechurch & Hopwood 3rd XI

Kenilworth hosted high flying Alvechurch 3’s at their Harbury ground on Saturday 1st July for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

Kenilworth won the toss and put the visitors into bat, skipper Sam Leach struck an early blow thanks to a smart catch from Andy Dadswell, that left the visitors 2 for 1. Tom Skinner then reduced Alvechurch to 32 for 2 but Muzafur began to rebuild his sides innings, he and Duggins went on to add 96 together for the sixth wicket after they were struggling on 121 for 5. Duggins made 35 but Muzafur went on to fall agonisingly short of a hundred, as skipper Sam Leach removed him for 98. Leach went on to return fine figures of 4 for 40 from ten overs. There were wickets too for Tom Skinner with 2 for 55, Nick Moore 1 for 30 from nine overs, spinner Andy Smith 1 for 26 off six overs and seamer Indy Matharu 1 for 50 from ten overs.  Skelt added 33 for the visitors, who finished on a decent 256 for 9 from their forty five overs. There were two catches each for Andy Dadswell and Uma Shanker in the outfield but in truth the home side had a mixed day in the field.
Kenilworth had the worst possible start to their reply, losing a wicket in the very first over. Further loss of wickets had the home side in trouble at 60 for 4.
 
Andy Dadswell went on to top score with 28 batting at number three, skipper Sam Leach with 21 including a big six, Nick Moore 15 and Ben Maney with 14 were the only home batsmen to reach a double figure scores. Eventually the side were all out for only 108 in the 39th over. For the visitors, Singh with 3 for 30, Malik 2 for 23 and Khan also 2 for 23, as Alvechurch won by a huge 148 runs, with Kenilworth taking five points for their efforts.
 
 

Excellent hard fought and close game in excellent weather

Sunday XI v. Hampton & Solihull

 

On a glorious Sunday 18th June, Kenilworth hosted Hampton Solihull at their Warwick Road ground in a Sunday 40 overs a side match and it went down to the last ball of the match.

Home captain Dan Horner won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first. Disaster struck second ball, as Kenilworth were 0 for 1 but Henry Curran was joined by Jono Sparks, the pair adding a smart 48 for the second wicket, before Sparks fell to a sharp catch for an aggressive 32.Enter the skipper Dan Horner at four, he and Curran adding a further 42 for the third wicket, Curran fell misjudging a full toss for 28. Horner made a fine 42, then it was down to Elliott Haynes-Sorrell and all-rounder Matt Casey to get the side to a competitive total, the pair put on an impressive 65 for the fifth wicket, before both were out in the last over, Haynes-Sorrell making 41 and Casey 30, Kenilworth finishing on 193 for 6 from their forty overs. For Hampton Solihull, Rollinson taking 2 for 23 from 8 overs and Edvy taking 2 for 45 also from 8 overs.
 
Hampton Solihull looked to be positive in their chase, but lost Mackey for 15 with the score on 18, Matthew Dadswell (1 for 23) removing him courtesy of a fine catch in the outfield by skipper Dan Horner as Elliott Haynes-Sorrell was given the chance to remember how to keep wicket. Veteran spinner Andy Smith was introduced from the Leek Wootton end and was soon in the wickets, reducing Hampton to 53 for 3.  Smith finished with 2 for 32 from his 8 overs. Number three Gupta and number four Taylor began the rebuild, the pair putting on 60 for the 4th wicket, when Gupta was dismissed for 34, Taylor was joined by James, these two batted aggressively, the pair putting on 58 in quick time for the 5th wicket, James was dismissed off the bowling of Henry Curran thanks to a fine boundary catch from Tom Skinner for 38. With a smart run out of Taylor by the skipper Horner for a good innings of 66, with it went the away side’s hopes, eleven were needed off the last over, another wicket for Curran thanks to a smart catch from young James Sparks. With six needed off the last ball, the visitors only managed a scrambled two, Hampton Solihull finishing on 190 for 7 from their forty overs. A wicket too for spinner Tom Skinner with 1 for 41 from his 8 overs, and Henry Curran with 2 for 12 from 3 overs at the end.
 
Kenilworth winning a fantastic game of cricket in fantastic weather by three runs.
 

Shanka shows his form

3rd XI v. Astwood Bank V

Kenilworth thirds hosted Astwood Bank fifth eleven in a 45 over a side friendly on Saturday 10th June at their Harbury ground as there was no League fixture.

Kenilworth were asked to bat first but lost two wickets in the first three overs. Further wickets fell as the home side slipped to 46 for 4, but old timer Andy Dadswell joined Uma Shanka and the pair adding 93 in twenty seven overs,  batting sensibly to help their side to post a competitive total.  Shanka fell for a fine 69, his innings contained 11 boundary fours, Dadswell finished on 30 not out as Kenilworth ended on 146 for 8 from their forty five overs. Thompson with 3 for 37 and James with 3 for 5 doing the damage for Astwood Bank.
 
The visitors made a slow but solid start to their reply, as opening bat batted deep. He made a fine 59 for his side, along with Millward-Base who saw his side home with 19 not out.
 
Astwood Bank got home with ten balls to spare, finishing on 148 for 5, to win by five wickets. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were skipper Sam Leach with 2 for 25, Gareth Knights 2 for 22 and veteran spinner Andy Smith 1 for 18, young George Baines took two smart stumpings behind the wicket.