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1sts move up table despite remaining winless

1st XI v. Aston

Kenilworth’s first team travelled to Aston on the 18th June for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One match.

Batting first , the game reduced to 43 overs per side, Kenilworth made a strong start with the in form Guy Pearson with 39 and skipper Chris Prophet with 28, but it was Dave Edmunds with a very aggressive innings of 73 (5 x 5 & 5 x 6) off only 55 balls, together with Matt Dargan 36, put on 90 for the third wicket, Tom Booker with a cameo of 23, as Kenilworth made a very decent 267 for 8 from their 43 overs, Tahir taking 3 for 49 for home side Aston.

Aston made a strong start in their reply, and got to 59 without loss, but when leg spinner Brad Fern was introduced, the home slipped to 69 for 4, Fern with figures of 4 for 27 off ten very good overs, wickets also for Phil Edmonds 1 for 28, Matt Dargan 1 for 30 and Pat Howard 1 for 9, but Kenilworth were unable to force the win, Aston finishing on 177 for 7 from their 43 overs, Javed  with 65 and Ahmed with 45 stopping the visitors from collecting their first win of the season, but a winning draw and 17 points were reward for the sides efforts.

Mini Tour to Devon report

Memories of the May Bank Holiday Mini Tour to Devon

A 20 man strong party (17 players) set off from Kenilworth for their tour to Devon on Sunday 29th May.       

Following the usual breakfast stop on the M5 where the Wattsy lookalikes turned out in style, we made our way to our first game fixture at Honiton CC. On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon the players arrived to be met by our loyal band of followers, the Edmunds family, the Mort’s and Wheat’s and Alan Davies (all the way from Ottery St Mary).

A strong Kenilworth side batted first and were 50 for 3 after 13 overs with Dan Horner, Phil Edmonds and Guy Pearson all back in the hut. Neil Goodman the joined his “buddy” Christian Hose to add 120 for the 4th wicket both departed making the same score of 73. Tom Booker and Chris Prophet then added 110 runs with Booker finishing 63 not out and Prophet 25, finishing with a total of 294 for 6 off 40 overs. For Honiton, Jamie Cann took 2 for 21. In reply, Honiton struggled early on against Tom Pope and Alex Watts losing wickets at regular intervals, Andy Lapping run out 23 and Brian Kidson were the only batsmen to trouble our touring side, with Chris Prophet mopping up the tail end with 4 for 23 Honiton finished 94 all out.

A big thank you to the Honiton faithful for staging the game and providing us with a splendid tea together with the momentum of the day ‘Mr Hedgehog’.

After an eventful night out in a very busy Exmouth town it was a surprise to see so many at the breakfast table albeit some did only look at their breakfast rather than eat it. Our second game was at the delightful Exmouth CC only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Following a pleasant morning wandering around town (in a bar or 2) we made our way to the ground, once again met by our band of supporters which had swelled on the arrival of the Booker family, Knacker and Alan’s wife Jan. Kenilworth won the toss and again elected to bat and after losing an early wicket with the score on 3 Jorjeet Singh and Chris Prophet took the score to 44 when the second wicket fell, unfortunately unlike the day before we did not take our opportunity to enjoy the Exmouth wicket, losing wickets on a regular basis and only Dan Horner with 13 not out wanted to stay at the crease leaving the touring side 123 all out from just 29 overs.                                                                                                                  

In reply from ball 1, Tom Pope had the ball in the right areas and was troubling the home side with Ali Peebles at the other end bowling straight, the home side capitulated to 51 all out with Tom Pope 5 for 21, Ali Peebles 4 for 23 and Neil Goodman finishing the game off with 1 for 4. Not a classic for some of the crowd who were among the 300 cars parked on the Exmouth ground on a beautiful bank holiday Monday afternoon.

Again thanks to Exmouth for providing their facilities and the ‘tea hut’ for providing many of our spectators with lunch and cream teas and a wonderful team tea.

Following a quieter night we made a short journey to Sidmouth another beautiful ground another beautiful day, a number of the touring party took advantage of the local cream tea shops for their mid-morning snack.

Sidmouth batted first in the game and a usual array of quality players all came out playing shots but fortunately the touring side held on to their chances given and reduced the home side to 155 for 8 in 27 overs but first teamer Rob Powell then struck the ball to all parts of Sidmouth harbour scoring 55 not out and then the side declared on 208 for 9, Geoff Edmunds 3 for 54, Alex Watts bowling a fine opening spell of 2 for 22 off 7 overs. Ali Peebles also picked up 2 wickets at a cost of 63 runs. In reply, Matt Dargan with a flourishing 26 and Chris Prophet who finished with 83 made inroads to the home side score. Mark Deeley having his second innings of the season kept the chase going making 50 before being caught and looking rather tired. The tail wagged and managed to add 20 further runs securing a 2 wicket win with 4 overs remaining.

Thanks to grounds man Colin Whitehall for providing a superb wicket and to all the Sidmouth staff for their hospitality.

A successful 3 days with 3 wins for the team and many laughs had with the players and our travelling band of supporters.


Geoff Edmunds

1st XI still await first win despite 2 centuries

1st XI v. Four Oaks Saints

On Saturday 11th June, Kenilworth’s first team hosted visitors Four Oaks Saints in their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One match.


After being put into bat, Kenilworth started to flay the visitors bowling to all parts, opener Guy Pearson smashed his second league hundred of the season with boundary filled innings of 132 including (18 x 4 & 1 x 6), and together with Dave Edmunds the pair put on an amazing 243 run partnership in only thirty two overs, Edmunds smashed 123 including (20 x 4 & 2 x 6). There were runs too for Tom Booker with 42 not out, Matt Dargan 23 and young Dan Horner with 17 as wracking up a huge 379 all out in the 50th over, McGinley taking 5 for 91 for Four Oaks.


On what was to be a day where bat dominated ball, the visitors opening bat Hipkiss hit a solid 103 not out, as his side comfortably held out for losing draw, finishing on 220 for 5 from their 50 overs.


There were wickets for Matt Dargan 1 for 48, Ian Baker 1 for 12, Chris Prophet 1 for 37 and Tom Pope 1 for 43, all in all a day where Kenilworth were once again left still looking for their first win of the season, the home side taking 16 points from a winning draw.

Not quite enough

1st XI v. Bronze

On Saturday 4th June Kenilworth travelled to Bronze to play their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One match.

Kenilworth were asked to bat first, opening bat Guy Pearson with 42 was the only top order player to make any impact on the Bronze attack, as the visitors slipped to 58 for 5 , before a partnership of 80 between Aussie Matt Dargan (43) and Pat Howard (27) pulled things around, but when they were dismissed, the visitors were all out for 161 in the 49th over, Palmer with 4 for 40 doing the damage for the hosts.

The Bronze reply was soon in trouble at 8 for 2 as Kenilworth’s opening bowlers Matt Dargan 2 for 50 and the impressive Steve Rhodes 2 for 29 had the home team in trouble, but Wood with 74 and Freeman 42 got the home side back on track. There were further wickets for Tom Pope 1 for 39 and spinner Charlie Stranks 1 for 18 but their efforts were not enough as the home side won the game in the 42nd over, finishing on 162 for7 to win by three wickets. Kenilworth take five points and sees them at this early stage of the season slip into one of the relegation spots in the Division.

No joy for the Firsts

1st XI v. Old Edwardians

On a sunny May 28th , Kenilworth’s 1st XI team travelled to Old Edwardians for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One match.
 The home side won the toss and asked Kenilworth to bat first who lost a very early wicket and later slipped to a precarious 65  for 6 with only Dave Edmunds with 39 making any impact with the bat.
However, Tom Booker with a fine 51 (7 x 4 and a six), along with Aussie import Matt Dargan 27 put on 76 for the 7th wicket before a late collapse saw the visitors slump to 165 all out in only 38 overs as Nazakat with 5 for 39 and Altaf with 3 for 28 doing the damage for Old Edwardians.
The home side found things tricky in their reply, slipping to 41 for 3 as Kenilworth’s bowlers made it hard the home side. Nazakat was having a fine game though, his 87 not out proving crucial.
steve rKenilworth kept taking wickets, with opening bowler Steve Rhodes taking a superb 4 for 21 from 12 hostile overs, but his efforts were in vain as Old Edwardians got over the winning line on 167 for 7 winners by three wickets. Other wicket takers were Tom Pope 1 for 27, Jorjeet Singh 1 for 47 and Neil Goodman 1 for 4, Guy Pearson taking two smart catches in the outfield. Kenilworth take 5 points.