Tag Archives: Geoff Edmunds

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.

First Sunday League Winning Draw for the Sunday XI

Sunday XI v. Knowle Village

On a glorious sunny Sunday 10th June, Kenilworth hosted Knowle Village in Arden Sunday League  and achieved their first winning draw of their campaign in their inaugural season in the League.

Home captain Geoff Edmunds won the toss and elected to have a bat. Openers Pat Howard and Jorjeet Singh strode to the crease looking for a strong start for their side. With the score on 18, Singh chipped a one to mid on and was caught for three off the bowing of Keddie, this bought Elliot Haynes Sorrell to join Howard, the pair adding 32, before Howard was bowled by Hough for 29. Sorrell got off the mark with two cuts for four from successive balls off Keddie, the hero of the day before, Dan Horner was the new man at the crease, looking to back up his unbeaten hundred, unfortunately he skied one for just six, Hough picking up his second wicket, Kenilworth now 63 for 3. Darius Potten-Ravenshad and Sorrell got their side to drinks at twenty overs with the score on 92 for 3. Ravenshad in particular was looking in aggressive touch, but his partner Haynes Sorrell was adjudged lbw to Hough again, for 31 with the score on 104 for 4. Young Theo Mannion was the next man in, he looked in good order until being caught for 7, the home side now 133 for 5. Ravenshad looked like he would get his first club fifty, but fell short, making a solid 41, now 146 for 6 after 29 overs.

A partnership of 43 between Max Howard and Sam Leach for the seventh wicket, before youngest Howard was out for 14, Leach soon followed for a breezy 22, Matt Dadswell was bowled by Keddie for 4, leaving Kenilworth 199 for 9 in the 39th over of 40. Skipper Edmunds 7 not out and tail ender Andy Dadswell 4 not out saw their side to 206 for 9 at end of innings. Keddie with 4 for 39 off 8 overs and Hough with 3 for 13 also off 8 overs, the star bowlers for Village.

After a delightful tea, play resuming with Matt Dadswell opening the bowling from the pavilion end, a tidy maiden to start, Sam Leach given the second over from the Leek Wootton end, Dadswell struck an early blow, a smart catch at mid off from Max Howard, Knowle 12 for 1. A stand of 44 between Collard and Hollies took the score to 56, Theo Mannion knocking back Collards off stump for 14, Mannion replacing Dadswell. Three more quick wickets left the visitors 81 for 5, the home side now on top, via two in two ball from skipper Geoff Edmunds. A second wicket for Mannion and two for the reliable Potten-Ravenshad left the visitors on 104 for 8, and with the visitors skipper unable to bat due to an injury in the field, Kenilworth had eight overs to claim the last wicket, despite a couple of run out possibilities, McGee batting at 4 (30 no) and last man Keddie 3 no held firm for the losing draw. Knowle ending on 117 for 8. Wickets were shared for the home side, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 11 off 5 overs, Potten-Ravenshad 2 for 16 off 7, Theo Mannion 2 for 20 off 6, Matt Dadswell 1 for 13 off 8 tidy overs and Max Howard with 1 for 22 off 8.

Kenilworth with the winning draw take 17 points.

The Thirds batsmen disappoint as side lose

3rd XI v. WCC Staff II

On Saturday 9th June Kenilworth’s Third team hosted high flying Warwick Staff 2nds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground.

Put into bat the home side made a poor start against an accurate Staff bowling attack, Uma Shanker fell for 2, with the score on six. Jeff Stanners fell with the score on 17, Andy Dadswell joined opener Geoff Hay, both Dadswell and Hay were out for 14 to Wright, who went on to finish with 3 for 24 from his ten overs.

At 39 for 6 after the needless run out of Matt Dadswell for one, and the home side were in deep trouble, and at 60 for 9, last man Andy Kennell joined Skipper Geoff Edmunds, the pair nudged 17 to the total before Edmunds was caught off Amor for 13, Kenilworth all out for a paltry 77 in forty overs, along with 23 extras, Dadswell and Hay hit 14 and Edmunds 13, the only double figure scores. Amor took 3 for 15 from ten overs to back up Wright’s efforts.

After the players enjoyed tea, Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened up the bowling for Kenilworth, and after Rodger hit the first ball of their reply for four, Smith bowled the opener with his next ball, Staff 4 for 1. A stand of 39 between opener Darby and Wright for the second wicket put their side on control, but the introduction of spinner Tom Skinner in replacing Smith, Smith having figures of 1 for 14 off five overs, Skinner having Wright caught by Ed Smith for 15, 43 for 2 soon became 56 for 4, a bowled and a catch from Geoff Hay, briefly gave the home side a glimmer of hope. Darby stood firm for the visitors, he saw his side home with 32 not out, Warwick Staff finished on 81 for 4, to win by six wickets in the 30th over. Tom Skinner returned excellent figures of 3 for 17 from ten quality overs, the only real positive from a disappointing day.

Kenilworth taking just two points for their efforts.

Seconds settle for a draw

2nd XI v. RMCC

Kenilworth’s Second team hosted their RMCC counterparts on Saturday 2nd June for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Visitors RMCC won the toss and chose to bat first, Joey Poole and skipper Geoff Edmunds opening the bowling for Kenilworth, after four overs RMCC were 14 for no loss and then 30 for 0 after the first ten. Poole struck the first blow, clean bowling Atif for 22 with the score on 32. Max Howard and Chris Beach replaced Edmunds and Poole, Howard taking the second wicket, having Ali caught and bowled for 19. There was then a stand of 65 between number three Meraj and number four Akbar for the third of the wicket, Akbar falling to fifth bowler Charlie Stranks for an aggressive 40. Stranks struck twice more, RMCC now 158 for 5 in the 45th over. Poole returned to have Meraj caught by Mark Stranks for a fine 60 a flurry of late runs and wickets saw RMCC finish on 202 for 9 from their fifty overs, Khan unbeaten on 27 at the end. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Charlie Stranks 3 for 49 from twelve overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 20 off seven, Joey Poole with 2 for 54 from eleven overs and 1 for 40 for Max Howard from eight.

The Kenilworth openers Danny Boneham and Elliot Haynes Sorrell looked to make a solid start, but lost Sorrell to the first ball of the second over, 1 for 1. Keeper Dan Horner joined Boneham, the pair adding a solid 72 for the second wicket, before Boneham was bowled by Waheeb for a solid 39, Kenilworth 73 for 2 in the 29th over. Horner was joined at the wicket by Young George Baines, but he was dismissed with the score on 91, Baines making 10.David Barclay also out for 10, falling to Meraj, Kenilworth now 110 for 4 in the 40th over. The wicket of Horner for 45, who also fell to Meraj, now 116 for 5, the draw now the home side’s only option, Poole with 23 not out made sure that happened, two more late wickets meant Kenilworth finished on 154 for 7 from their fifty overs. Main wicket takers for RMCC were Sulai with 2 for 29 off nine overs and Meraj with 2 for 26 off seven overs, the match ending in a draw.

Concern over lightning causes match’s abandonment

Sunday XI v. Coombs Wood

Kenilworth’s 40 overs a side Arden Sunday League match against was abandoned by the Umpires following lightning and thunder that swept across the area after the match had been earlier stopped by a brief rainstorm when Coombs Wood were on 150-6 after 38.1 overs.

Coombs Wood had opener, Abbas, to thank for reaching their score as he was unbeaten on 91 not out when play was interrupted. Kenilworth bowlers had bowled tidy spells with Matt Casey and Charlie Stranks both taking 2-13  whilst Max Howard took 1-21 and Geoff Edmunds 1-11. Dan Horner behind the stumps took to smart catches.

After the rain storm had come and gone and just before the resumption of play, lightning in the area arrived which caused the Umpires to abandon the game for player safety and no more play was possible.