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7 valuable points in defeat

1st XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On a hot Bank Holiday Monday, Kenilworth’s First Team travelled to Solihull Blossomfield for their important Warwickshire Cricket League Division One win/lose fixture.

The home side decided to bat first, as opening bat Sciras began to get the scoreboard moving, making a solid 41 for the home side. There were further decent contributions from Satterthwaite and Thompson with 30, kept their side’s decent start going.

Solid cameos down the order, and 41 extras, including 29 wides, got Blossomfield to a very decent 241 all out in the last of their fifty overs. The visitors bowlers gave everything in the cause, with left arm spinner Jorjeet Singh taking 4 for 42 from 9.3 overs, seamer Steve Rhodes 2 for 50 from ten overs, Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 30 from ten tidy overs, 1 for 43 for Charlie Stranks and Matt Casey with 1 for 41 from nine overs. Keeper Tom Booker took two catches and one smart stumping behind the wickets.

Kenilworth didn’t have a great start to their reply, losing two quick wickets, slipping to 19 for 2, two more wickets were soon to follow, leaving the visitors in danger at 39 for 4.

The top order making starts, with Jorjeet Singh with 22, Pete Magafas 21 and Tom Booker with 29 batting at number six, but with no one going on to make that telling score, Kenilworth needed a partnership to get themselves back into the game.

At 94 for 7, the visitors were staring defeat in the face, but Steve Rhodes and young Matt Casey began to fight back, the pair putting on 62 for the eighth wicket, but when Rhodes fell for 42 and Casey for 21, the game was up, Darius Potten-Ravenshad made an unbeaten 15 at number ten, but Kenilworth were to be bowled out for 191 in the last over.

Solihull Blossomfield winning by 50 runs.

Despite losing, the side picked up 7 crucial points to give them a bit more breathing space from the drop into Division 2 with only 2 more win/lose games of the season remaining. They are 31 points ahead of relegation threatened, Ambleside, with just 40 points available in the last two matches for both sides.

 

Sunday joy continues

Sunday XI v. Enville

On a glorious sunny Sunday 27th August, Kenilworth hosted Worcestershire side, Enville, in a forty overs a side friendly at their Warwick Road ground.

Choosing to bat first, visitors Enville were soon in trouble, as opening bowlers Matt Dadswell and Matt Casey struck an early blow each, reducing the visitors to 11 for 2 by the sixth over. Opener Craven made a solid 30 for Enville, but they were unable to make any real impact on the home side’s bowling, slipping further in trouble at 64 for 4 and then 75 for 6. Number eight Sutton made 27 before he was held by Danny Boneham, one of three smart catches he took in the game.

Howells with 21 making the only other score of note for the visitors as  Enville were bowled all out in the fortieth over for 157.

Wickets shared were around for Kenilworth with Matt Dadswell taking 2 for 25 from six overs, Charlie Stranks also with 2 for 25, Matt Casey 1 for 13, Chris Prophet 1 for 12, Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 20 off eight tidy overs and 13 year old Will Machin with 1 for 26 off five overs.

After the sides returned from tea, the Kenilworth openers Nathan Chant with 12 and Matt Casey with 21 put on 59 for the first wicket, aided by several extras.

When they were dismissed, Chris Prophet hit a breezy 38, but it was left to Danny Boneham with a patient 24 not out and all rounder Charlie Stranks with 14 not out to see their side home with eleven overs to spare, Kenilworth finishing on 158 for 4, winning by six wickets. For visitors Enville, Parfit bowled well, as he took 3 for 31 from eight overs.

Kenilworth’s fine Sunday season continues under the stewardship of captain Dan Horner.

A series of photographs of the day’s match have been posted onto the Kenilworth Cricket Club’s Facebook ‘Group’ on Social Media thanks to Anthony ‘Bagpuss-Paparazzi’ Kerry and can be seen by clicking on the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/108869749133589/

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Enjoy the sight of the farmer’s field before it disappears forever with the impending  housing development to be built on it. Treasure those views!

Ramblers rue the rain!

Sunday XI v. Coventry Ramblers

On Sunday 20th August, Kenilworth hosted Coventry Ramblers in a forty overs a side friendly.

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first and their opening pair of Stone (16) and Sharma put on 35 for the first wicket, before Stone was trapped lbw by Matt Casey (1 for 48). That wicket bought Hopkins to the crease and he put on  54 for the second wicket with Sharma before he was bowled for 33 by Max Howard (2 for 31).

At 115 for 3, Sharma was joined by Couzins and  the pair put on 57 for the fourth wicket, before Couzins was lbw for 25 off Charlie Stranks, the first four wickets for Stranks and he wet onto finish with 4 for 40 from seven overs. With the fall of Couzen’s wicket, the visitors slumped to 173 for 6 then 191 for 7. Sharma fell to young Will Machin for a fine 82 to one of three catches for Ben Whidborne.

There were late runs for Thomas with 21 and Stuart Hall with 14 as they got the Ramblers to 222 all out in the 38th over. Matt Dadswell took the final two wickets to fall to finish with decent figures of 2 for 21.

After the players returned from tea, the Kenilworth opening pair Danny Boneham and Nathan Chant went out to start the home side’s reply but the early loss of Boneham for six, then Elliott Haynes-Sorrell for five,  the home side were left in trouble at 20 for 2. Three more wickets fell quickly and at 23 for 5, staring at inevitable defeat, the home side were indebted to the weather. With the rain getting harder, the players left the pitch, with Kenilworth struggling at 30 for 5, both teams were unable to return onto the field.

The match was abandoned after only eleven overs of Kenilworth’s reply, saving the day for the side and denying the Ramblers seeing the match to a winning conclusion for them. Instead, it was the rain that won.

Wicket takers for the Ramblers were Tom Hall with 3 for 18 off five overs and Butler with 2 for 10 off six overs.

 

2nds hang in there

2nd XI v. Solihull Municipal

On Saturday 29th August, Kenilworth’s second team travelled to play Solihull Municipal away for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Municipal were asked to bat first and seamer Ryan Bull struck in the first over, as the home side were 6 for 1. However, the early loss didn’t affect the home side as opener Bissett with a solid 51 and number three Lewis with 39 added 90 for the second wicket in eighteen overs. Yet, two more quick wickets had the home side in a spot of bother at 109 for 4 then 162 for 7.

Spin was doing the damage, with the trio of Chris Beach with 2 for 47 from twelve overs, Charlie Stranks 2 for 39 also from twelve overs and young Tom Skinner taking 2 for 44, along with seamer Ryan Bull who 2 for 40 from ten overs, added to with two smart run outs, the home side were eventually all out for 198 in the 48th over.

Kenilworth, too, lost a wicket in the first over of their innings. After a rain delay for twenty minutes, their innings was reduced to 48 overs.

Kenilworth were finding it hard to get keep the scoreboard moving and never threatened to pull off the win, as only Elliott Haynes-Sorrell with 28, Ben Maney 14 and a cameo 19 from Chris Beach got a double figure score.

Young Matt Dadswell with 9 and Ryan Bull 2 not out, batted through twelve overs together, until Dadswell was out with three overs left, Bull and Tom Skinner 4 not out saw their side to 110 for 8 off their forty eight overs to grind out a losing draw.

There were wickets for Hands who took 3 for 19 off twelve overs and Aziz taking 2 for 30  for Solihull Municipal, Kenilworth taking 6 points for their efforts.

 

The Young Sunday XI march on

Sunday XI v. Leek Wootton

On Sunday 13th August, Kenilworth made the “long” road trip to play neighbours Leek Wootton for a forty overs a side friendly.

With plenty of blue sky and a good forecast, Kenilworth’s newest captain Elliott Haynes-Sorrell chose to bat first after winning the toss. He and his opening partner Nathan Chant strode to the crease, but with only 13 on the board, Chant was removed via a smart caught and bowled from Farndon and then two more quickly followed including captain Haynes-Sorrell for 18, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 28 for 3 then 43 for 4.

Charlie Stranks batting at four, led the fightback, making a solid 36. When Stranks was dismissed, someone needed to bat some overs and get a score to defend, that man was Darius Potten-Ravenshad. He went on to bat sensibly and with young thirteen year old Will Machin, the pair began to get Kenilworth out of trouble. Machin fell for a very good first senior innings of 16, whilst Potten-Ravenshad continued to be the glue in his sides innings, before finally being last man out in the last over for 46, his innings containing one four, as Kenilworth posted 141 all out.

Wicket takers for Leek Wootton were Farndon with 4 for 19, Hammett 2 for 20 and Clifford with 2 for 21, as the both sets of players and officials headed off for a well deserved tea.

When the sides returned after the tea interval, the home side made a disastrous start in their pursuit of 142 to win, as opening bowlers Matt Casey with 1 for 6 off six and Matt Dadswell with 2 for 8 also off six overs, reduced Wootton to 15 for 3.

Things didn’t improve for the hosts, as young Will Machin replaced Casey at the far end and was soon amongst the wickets with a three wicket burst in three overs  that reduced the home side to 23 for 6, Machin having fine figures of 3 for 19 from five very tidy overs.

The Wootton captain Budd, batting at eight tried to counter attack until he holed out to Sam Leach on the boundary for 30 off Charlie Stranks (1 for 16) – one of three smart catches for vice captain Leach in the outfield. Farndon with 11 was the only other double figures scorer for Wootton, as they were eventually all out for 83 in the 28th over as spinner Tom Skinner (1 for 16), and Darius Potten-Ravenshad took the final two wickets, to cap a fine day for him with 2 for 8 and complete a 58 run win for the visitors, as another win is chalked up for Kenilworth’s youngsters in their fine Sunday season.