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Summer rain and hail prevents play finishing

3rd. XI v. Ashton under Hill II

 

MATCH ABANDONED

Hosts, Ashton under Hill batted first in their Cotswold Hills Division 6 match. The match started in glorious sunshine but that did not last long as the clouds darkened. Rain came and went forcing the sides went off twice before a huge hailstorm with thunder and lightning forced the players off and not to return as the pitch and outfield were under water when the rain stopped, even though both sides tried to carry on but were beaten by the elements. Ashton under Hill ended on 93 for 2 from 23.3 overs.

There was a wicket for Ed Smith via a catch from Gareth Knights at mid off and also a run out via Ant Kerry.
Five bowlers were used on a day the fine summer weather came to a sudden end.

Kenilworth take 6 points.

 

Baines’ 61 and Smith’s 46 are in vain

3rd. XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV

 

LOSE

 

On Saturday 14th. July, the 3rd XI entertained Kenilworth Wardens IV’s in their Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division 6 clash at their Harbury ground.

The side, batting first, started well as Uma Shanker and Pete Huxford each made 23 before young gun George Baines entered the fray and made a most composed 61 that included 9 boundaries.  He was backed up by master blaster, Ed Smith, who hit a quickfire 46 that saw him hit 8 balls to the boundary and a six as the side reached 226-9 off their 45 overs. For the Wardens, Readman snapped up 3-42 whilst there was a wicket a piece for the other 5 bowlers used.

In reply, after being 78-4, the Wardens started to consolidate and frustrate the Town’s bowlers. Casey and Blakemore both made 35, Mills at number 7, 55 and it was Readman with 17 not out to see them to the winning post as they reached 227-8 and earn a two wicket win.

There were 2 fine catches behind the stumps for keeper, Huxford whilst some great fielding accounted for 3 run outs of Warden’s batsmen. Wicket takers for the side were Smith with 2-55, Matt Dadswell 1-19, Geoff Edmunds 1-19 and 1-13 for young Will Machin.

 

 

Bearley’s Mirza in a hurry to beat the Thirds

3rd XI v. Bearley

On Saturday 7th July Kenilworth’s Third team travelled to Bearley for the second time this season for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

As is the norm, the home side won the toss and put Kenilworth into bat, Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry put on 23 for the first wicket, before Kerry was bowled for 8, this soon became 29 for 2, Shanker gone for 9, Andy Dadswell fell for a disappointing 1, Kenilworth in trouble at 30 for 3. Young Will Machin and the experienced Ed Smith were building a good partnership together, the pair put on 53 before Smith was bowled by Castle for 30, Jeff Stanners, after scoring his first runs for three seasons (congratulations!!  …..and even acknowledged by a Bearley player on his send off!), fell for 2, and then Machin for a well played 33, Kenilworth were 101 for 6, then a cameo 21 from skipper Geoff Edmunds, but the visitors were all out for a disappointing 127 in 38 overs. Harris with 4 for 47 and Castle 3 for 19 doing the damage for the home side.

When eventually Bearley went out to bat, opener Mirza looked in a hurry, he soon found scoring runs look very easy, he lost his opening partner Assim for 11, thanks to a smart catch from Will Machin off skipper Edmunds, Castle made a quick 14, before being deceived by Edmunds, lbw. Mirza though kept going, soon bringing up his fifty, Machin had Franklin caught by Ed Smith for 6 and Andy Smith bowled Shakyl for 0, attempting to sweep, Yewer survived a huge shout but was given not out whilst Mirza ended 85 not out, as Bearley reached 128 for 4 off 30 overs. There were wickets Kenilworth’s Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 32, Will Machin 1 for 13 and veteran spinner Andy Smith with 1 for 47 off ten overs. Kenilworth take 4 points. 

 

A day to forget for the 3’s batsmen

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

 

Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Lapworth 2nds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 23rd June at their Harbury ground.

The visitors won the toss, and what seems to be the norm, asked Kenilworth to bat first. The home side made a terrible start, losing Jeff Stanners, Andy Dadswell, Gareth Knights and Ben Maney all for no score, the home side in huge trouble at 9 for 4, when opener Uma Shanker fell for 13, the home side were 36 for 5, that became 38 for 6 when skipper Sam Leach fell for 16, Matt Dadswell soon followed, the home side now 39 for 7, Geoff Edmunds made 2, now 51 for 9.

A last wicket stand of 31 between number ten Tom Skinner and last man Pete Alty got the home side to a below par total of 82 all out in just 30 overs, Skinner last man out for 23, Alty unbeaten on 2. For Lapworth, Croston with 3 for 18, McCormick 3 for 7 and Seeley taking 2 for 11.

Quick wickets were needed if the home side were to get back into it, Ed Smith was the man to do this, bowling with pace, he reduced the visitors to 5 for 3, Wright, Choudry and Morris falling to Smith, game on, when Pete Alty reduced Lapworth to 22 for 4, the visitors were rocking, Geoff Edmunds had Winter caught by Uma Shanker, the visitors were 29 for 5. But Seeley joined opener Lewis, the pair dug in and eventually seeing their side home, putting on an unbroken stand of 57 for the sixth wicket, Lewis 45 not out the difference in the end. A catch each for Shanker, Sam Leach and Andy Dadswell, wickets for Kenilworth were for Ed Smith 3 for 8 from ten hostile overs, Geoff Edmunds with 1 for 6 from ten miserly overs and Pete Alty 1 for 17 off six overs.

Lapworth finished on 86 for 5 to win by five wickets, Kenilworth taking just two points, on a day their batsmen will want to forget.

 

 

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.