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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.

Wanderers win at a canter

Sunday XI v. Wanderers


On Sunday 21st May, Kenilworth hosted Leicestershire side Wanderers in a forty overs a side friendly.

Choosing to bat first, Kenilworth were soon in trouble at 18 for 2 and 44 for 4 as the home side found scoring runs hard. A further collapse of home wickets left them teetering on the brink at 85 for 9 off thirty three overs. Only a late cameo of 28 not out from Jack Howard batting at number nine with his last wicket partnership with old timer Andy Smith put on 33 runs – the highest of the innings helped the home side limp to 118 all out in the last over after a patient 19 from Nathan Chant, 13 each from Danny Boneham and Jorjeet Singh. Divyesh with 3 for 6, Paresh 2 for 16 and Ketel with 2 for 24 proving to be too good for Kenilworth’s batsmen.
The Wanderers openers got the visitors off to a flying start, putting on 85 for the first wicket in only fourteen overs until veteran slow bowler Andy Smith (1 for 26) removed Sukih for an aggressive 45, but his opening partner Tahir with 42 not out and number three Dev with 19 not out saw their side home with nineteen overs in hand, finishing on 121 for 1. Wanderers the winners by nine wickets.

Sunday side blessed by the Prophet’s commanding performance

Sunday XI v. Coftonians

On Sunday 24th July, Kenilworth entertained Wandering side Coftonians at their Warwick Road ground in a forty overs a side friendly.

The visitors decided to bat first, they got off to a fast start, Coftonians opening bat Khalid made exactly 50 before being run out, slow bowlers Charlie Stranks 1 for 22 and Andy ‘Plod’ Smith with 2 for 51, who accounted for Asam for 37, with a fine piece of bowling to have him stumped, slowed the scoring rate along with ever reliable Ali Peebles with 1 for 22. Young Matthew Dadswell taking a with the last ball of the innings, finishing with 1 for 41 off seven overs, wicket too for seamer Jono Sparks 1 for 30 off seven overs, his wicket courtesy of a smart leg side catch by Dan Horner, the visitors finishing on 199 for 7.

Kenilworth’s openers Dan Horner 29 and Chris Prophet put on 66 for the first wicket inside the first ten overs, with some fine shots to the boundary. Number three Charlie Stranks joined the Prophet, together the pair added a fine 105 for the second wicket, Stranks making 24 before he was adjudged lbw. Prophet went on complete a very fine century, finishing on 111, his innings containing 15 elegant fours and a six over square leg.

There was to be a twist, as from 171 for 1, Kenilworth collapsed to 186 for 6, but the cool head of Jono Sparks with a well timed 21 not out, saw his side across the line with three overs to spare, Kenilworth finishing on 202 for 6, to win by four wickets.

A very good game of cricket, and a day that belonged to Chris Prophet with a sublime 111.


Young guns show their prowess

3rd. XI v. Norton Lindsey

On Saturday 16th July, Kenilworth’s 3rd XI played a forty over friendly against Norton Lindsey’s newly created Thirds at their Harbury ground as they had no League fixture due to a withdrawal in the Division. The sides were a mix of youth and old experience and was played throughout in a great spirit.

Kenilworth batting first got off to a steady start as opening bat Gareth Knights made 25 and number four Max Howard 18. Yet, it was number three Adam Huxford who was to find the boundary on a regular basis, along with the Under 15’s young keeper batsman Elliot Haynes-Sorrell together the pair put on 72, during which time young Huxford went on to blaze 117 – his third career century that included 11 x 4 and 5 x 6, in a fantastic innings before he retired out at the end of the 30th over . Starlet Haynes-Sorrell on his debut Third team senior match went on make  a cracking half century, finishing on a very fine 61 not out including 7 x 4, as he and Chris Beach 24 not out, put on an unbeaten 69 as Kenilworth finished on a huge 293 for 5 from their forty overs. Goulding with 2 for 45 from eight overs, bowled well for Norton.

Norton’s side – a mix of veterans and youth players were never in the chase, as opening bowlers U15’s Matthew Dadswell 2 for 5 off six tidy overs and colt Ryan Bull with 4 for 12 , also off six overs, reduced the visitors to 17 for 6. U15’s Max Howard took 1 for 6 off four overs whilst old timer Andy ‘Plod’ Smith rolled his arm over to taking an amazing 3 for 0 off four overs, as the visitors were shot out for a paltry 24 all out in just twenty overs.

However, young Elliot Haynes-Sorrell capped a great day for himself, not only by making his Senior Saturday debut and his maiden half century but also took three very smart catches behind the stumps in an impressive overall performance which bodes well for the future, as all the U15’s in the match had good games. Kenilworth ended the winners by a huge 269 runs, a day that belonged to Adam Huxford and young Elliott Haynes-Sorrell – well played both.