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Not quite enough in the tanks

3rd. XI v. Earlswood IV

 

LOSE !

On Saturday 4th August, Kenilworth’s Third eleven hosted Earlswood 4ths for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on a glorious but baking hot day, a side sporting 5 over 50’s! 

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers B. Whitfield and Zaman looked to make a positive start, but Zaman was bowled by Matt Dadswell for 17, before Ed Smith dismissed number three Weir for 0 first ball, but Fitzgerald and N. Whitfield Began to steady their side, Whitfield was particularly aggressive hitting two sixes before being stumped by Andy Dadswell off Andy Smith for 27, Fitzgerald was caught by Will Machin off Geoff Edmunds for 44, along with 27not out from Earls, Earlswood made 199 for 8 from their forty five overs, Ed Smith taking two wickets with the last two balls of the visitors innings. Wickets for Ed Smith with 3 for 38 from ten overs, Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 34 from ten overs, Matt Dadswell and Andy Smith both with 1 for 34 from eight overs.

After the tea interval, Kenilworth openers Ant Kerry and Geoff Edmunds put on 32 for the first wicket before Kerry was Bowled by Jenkins for 12, Edmunds was soon to follow, lbw for 15, when Ben Maney fell second ball, the home side were struggling on 39 for 3. Gareth Knights and Will Machin put on 31 for the fourth wicket before Knights fell for 11. Machin was joined by Ed Smith, Smith playing in his usual aggressive manner, as the pair put on 48 for the fifth wicket, Smith falling for 30. Three more quick wickets left Kenilworth on trouble on 132 for 8, but the visitors were put on the back foot again, as number ten Andy Smith joined skipper Sam Leach, together the pair put on 39 in quick time, before Leach was run out for 20, with the home side now 171 for 9 with two overs left, Last man Andy Kennell joined Smith, but Smith was out in the last over for 11, his highest score for a number of years! Kennell marooned 0 not out. Two wickets each for Whitfield and Jenkins, as the visitors Earlswood running out winners on the day by 28 runs, Kenilworth stay second bottom with four games left after taking seven points for their efforts.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Bearley’s skipper guides his side to victory

3rd XI v. Bearley

Kenilworth’s Third eleven travelled to Bearley for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 19th May.

On a glorious sunny day, Kenilworth chose to bat first, openers Geoff Hay and Uma Shanker made a steady start, but lost Shanker in the eighth over to a catch behind, number three Kerry soon followed, now Nigel Thompson joined Hay, but after a promising start, Thompson fell for ten. Three further wickets left the visitors in trouble at 67 for 6, then Ed Smith, batting at number eight started the fight back for Kenilworth, adding forty with Gareth Knights for the eighth wicket, before Smith was caught at mid on for a typically aggressive 33, Knights was to be last man out for eleven, Kenilworth all out for 120 in the 40th over. For Bearley, Shakyl took the honours with 5 for 18 off 9.2 overs and Ewer with 3 for 16 off ten tidy overs, proving too good for the Kenilworth batsmen.

After the tea interval, with both sides looking to record their second win of the season, Ed Smith opened up for Kenilworth, but after a wayward start found his rhythm, striking the blow in the seventh over, Bearley 21 for 1, his bowling partner Sam Leach then struck, having Wood lbw for 13, the home side now 30 for 2, when Smith removed Mirza lbw for 15, Bearley were 50 for 3.

This bought home captain Franklin to the wicket, but two more wickets left the game in the balance at 78 for 5, but Franklin was to stand firm, even turning singles down, clearly having no faith in his batting partner, together with number seven Saunders, the pair made an unbroken stand of stand of 43 to see their side over the line, Franklin unbeaten on 28, Bearley finishing on 121 for 5 in the 32nd over, to win by five wickets.

Captain Sam Leach with 3 for 41 from nine overs and Ed Smith with 2 for 26, also off nine overs, taking the wickets to fall. Kenilworth taking three points for their efforts.

 

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.