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Booker and Magafas guide side to victory

1st. XI v. Earlswood

On Saturday 7th July Kenilworth hosted Earlswood in a Warwickshire Cricket League Division One fixture.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Earlswood to bat first, and Steve Rhodes struck an early blow having Reeve caught for 1, Earlswood 6 for 1. Opener Narota and Ahmed took their side to 50 before Ahmed was caught off the bowling of Ian Baker for 9, Edwards was next in, he added 44 with Narota, before Jorjeet Singh had Narota caught for a solid 39, Earlswood 94 for 3. Two wickets for Sunny Ahmed, left the visitors on 156 for 5, but Edwards was still there, he passed fifty, but another wicket for Ahmed and two from the returning Steve Rhodes left Earlswood struggling on 182 for 9, everything depended on Edwards for Earlswood, now batting with last man Bussey, incredibly the pair put on 61 for the last wicket, when Rhodes bowled Edwards, not before he had completed a fabulous century, finally out for 133, Bussey 0 not out in the last wicket stand of 61. Earlswood all out for 243 in the 45th over. For Kenilworth, wickets for Steve Rhodes with 4 for 56, Sunny Ahmed 3 for 60, Jorjeet Singh 1 for 23, Ian Baker 1 for 29 and Muhammad Nayeem 1 for 39. There were  four catches also for outfielder, Muhammad Nayeem.

Kenilworth’s opening pair of Dave Edmunds and Adie Sellar looked to make a positive start in their chase of 244 to win, but Sellar fell for 6, the home side 20 for 1. Sunny Ahmed joined Edmunds, the pair added 72 together when Edmunds was caught first ball after drinks for an excellent 50 (10 x 4 & 1 x 6) the home side 92 for 2 off 17 overs. Next man on Tom Booker put on 51 with Ahmed before Ahmed was caught for a fine 40, Kenilworth now 143 for 3. Skipper Pete Magafas joined keeper batsman Booker, both men played some glorious drives, the scoreboard was ticking over, in no time the pair got their side past 200, Booker bringing up a fine fifty. The visitors weren’t helped losing an opening bowler to injury in only the third over of innings, therefore only having ten fielders, but Kenilworth weren’t to be denied, as Booker and Magafas saw their side home in the 39th over, the pair adding an unbroken stand of 104 together, Booker 83 not out (14 x 4) and Magafas ending 45 not out. Kenilworth finished on 247 for 3 to win by an impressive 7 wickets, taking 20 points, six wins from seven games and seven games unbeaten keeps the promotion push well on track. 

Elliott and Charlie put on an unbeaten 124 run partnership to secure win

Sunday XI v. Harborne II

On Sunday 1st July, Kenilworth’s Sunday were on their travels again, this time to Birmingham outfit Harborne CC for their Arden Sunday Cricket League Division Three fixture.

The home side won the toss, and naturally on a hot and sultry day chose to bat first. The Kenilworth bowling opening pair of Ian Baker and Matt Casey got some early pace and bounce, and Baker struck in the third over, having A. Khalil caught behind by skipper Dan (Ben) Horner for 0, Harborne 4 for 1. Robinson joined Blackedge for Harborne and these two looked to get their side going and the pair added 92 together, before the left handed Blackedge fell to a juggling catch behind by Dan Horner for a well made 59. The next wicket quickly followed, number four Milak fell to another catch behind by Horner, this time off the left arm spin of Geoff Edmunds for 0 but young H. Khalil joined Robinson, and the young batsman showed great technique and skill, as the pair got their side to 195 when Robinson finally fell to sharp stumping off the impressive Will Machin for a very well played 88. Lyttle joined young Khalil, the two batsmen ending unbeaten, Khalil on 44 and Lyttle on 22, Harborne finishing on 236 for 4 off their forty overs.

For Kenilworth the wickets were shared between four bowlers, Will Machin with 1 for 23 off five overs, Geoff Edmunds 1 for 27 from eight overs, Ian Baker 1 for 37 off seven overs and 1 for 53 off six overs for Sam Leach. There were three catches and a stumping for skipper Dan Horner.

After the players returned to action after tea, Kenilworth’s openers Dan Horner and Andy Dadswell looked to make a solid start in their sides chase of 237. Both batsmen got early boundaries away, putting on 48 together in seven overs before Dadswell was bowled for 18. Matt Casey joined his captain at the crease, but went cheaply to a catch behind Lyttle for 1, Kenilworth 53 for 2. The in form Elliot Haynes Sorrell joined Horner, the pair added a quick 57 together when Horner was unfortunately run out for 47, Kenilworth now well placed on 110 for 3 after 19 overs. Kas Wickramasinghe came and went for 2 to a sharp catch at mid wicket. Now 116 for 4 after 21 overs. Now Charlie Stranks joined Sorrell, looking to build on the partnership the pair had last Sunday, and soon enough both players got in their stride, brilliant running and plenty of boundaries flowed from both players bats, after thirty overs needed 55 to win, the visitors on 182 for 4, Sorrell was the first player to reach fifty, runs were flowing, the score quickly passed 200, then Stranks to passed fifty for the second Sunday running, the visitors were cruising and got to their target with four overs left, Sorrell unbeaten on 75, his innings containing (12 x 4 and 1 x 6) and Stranks unbeaten on 53 (7 x 4), their second partnership of over a hundred together in successive Sundays, putting on 124. For Harborne Lyttle took 2 for 57. Kenilworth finishing on 240 for 4 to win by six wickets. Kenilworth’s first outright win in the Sunday League in 2018 and the side collects 24 points.

 

Debutant Sunny sees side home

1st XI v. RMCC

On Saturday 2nd June, Kenilworth’s first team travelled to RMCC for their Warwickshire  Cricket League Division One fixture.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked RMCC to bat first. Muhammed Nayeem and Ian Baker opened up for visitors Kenilworth, both bowlers getting early wickets, as the home side were in trouble at 35 for 3. RMCC continued to struggle against the visitors seam bowler’s, only Haque, who batted at three, who made 46 made. With the introduction of spin from both ends, Jorjeet Singh and Darius Potten-Ravenshad soon got amongst the wickets, as the home side were all out for 153 in the fiftieth over. Wickets were shared between the six bowlers used, Jorjeet Singh the star with 4 for 41 from twelve overs, Ian Baker with 2 for 17 from ten overs, Potten-Ravenshad 2 for 29 from eight overs and 2 for 41 for debutant Nayeem off 11.5 tidy overs.

After the tea interval, the Kenilworth opening pair of Dave Edmunds and Adie Sellar looked to make a positive start to their sides reply, both players looked comfortable against the RMCC bowling, putting on 47 for the first wicket, before Edmunds was dismissed for 25, debutant Sunny Ahmed joined Sellar, but Sellar fell with the score on 53, Sellar making 12. Ahmed started to make light of the home sides bowling, hitting thee big sixes, now batting with Henry Curran, the pair adding 41, before Curran was out for 9, Kenilworth now 94 for 3.

Skipper Pete Magafas joined Ahmed, as Kenilworth looked to reach their target, Ahmed was in fine form, finding the boundary boards six times, as the visitors got the required runs in the 38th over, Ahmed making a fine 66 not out on his debut, his innings including 6 x 4 and 3 x 6, skipper Magafas unbeaten on 23, Kenilworth finishing on 154 for 3 to win by seven wickets.

Kenilworth picking up their second win of the season after the last ball heartache of Bank Holiday Monday’s defeat against the same opponents

Agonizing last ball, one run defeat despite Rhodes’ heroics

1st XI v. RMCC

Kenilworth were agonizingly bowled out on the last ball of the match to lose their Warwickshire Cricket League Division 7 match by just one run in a pulsating finish on Bank Holiday Monday.

RMCC had earlier posted 174-9 off their 50 overs which had been an unlikely score as they teetered on the edge at 78-8 but thanks to an unbroken 96 run 9th wicket partnership between number two, Asklaque, who made an unbeaten 67 and number 10, Hayat, who posted 39 not out they gave RMCC a glimmer of hope in this win/lose match. Kenilworth’s bowlers unable to remove the pair as they picked up other wickets. Ian Baker took 3-35, Darius Potten-Ravenshead 3-30, Jorjeet Singh 2-32 and Steve Rhodes 1-26.

In reply, Kenilworth’s Dave Edmunds opened and posted a solid 35 as he shared in a 4th. Wicket partnership of 41 runs with Dan Horner, 12. Young Jono Sparks made 19. Sadly the mid order wobbled to 101-7 until Ben Whidbourne and number 9 Rhodes came together putting on 40 for the 8th. wicket before Whidbourne departed for a fine 36 and it was left to Rhodes to try to single handedly win the game. He came so close with his valiant and resilient efforts making 34 only to be cruelly caught a short third man on the last ball of the match after he and Ian Baker had put on 23 for the last wicket as the side were bowled out for 173. Usman had taken 3-23, Khan 2-38 whilst RMCC’s heroes with the bat Hayat and Asklaque took 2-19 and 3-38 respectively.

 

Baker causes mayhem with the ball after Magafas’ and Booker’s fine knocks

1st XI v. Weoley Hill

Kenilworth finally got their delayed Warwickshire Cricket League Division one season underway as they hosted Birmingham outfit Weoley Hill on Saturday 12th May and ran out easy winners .

Kenilworth batting first, openers Dave Edmunds and Pete Magafas putting on 36 for first wicket, before Edmunds was dismissed for 9, Henry Curran joined Magafas, the pair added a solid 54 together for the second wicket, Curran out for 13.

Greek-Australian Magafas was going well, bringing up his fifty, together with Tom Booker, the home side began to get the scoreboard moving, the pair putting on a fine partnership of 89 for the fifth wicket, Magafas falling just short of a deserved hundred, falling for 96, his innings containing eleven fine boundary fours. Booker also made a fine half century, finishing on 69 not out (1 x 6 and 7 x 4), adding an unbroken 37 with Steve Rhodes (13no) for the seventh wicket, Kenilworth ending their innings with a decent 226 for 6 from their fifty overs. For visitors Weoley Hill, Donovan with 2 for 31 and Graham 2 for 39, being the most successful of the Hills bowling attack.

Steve Rhodes and Ian Baker opened up bowling for Kenilworth, the pacemen soon had Weoley Hill in all sorts of trouble, the first wicket falling at seven, then absolute chaos in the visitors dressing room, with batsmen scrambling to find their pads, Hill in total disarray at 9 for 4 in only four overs. The fifth wicket left the visitors 11 for 5, then on the brink at 25 for 7. Only the Weoley Hill number eight Ahmed with 20 and number nine Donovan 12 making double figures. When they were out, the visitors succumbed for just 59 on the 22nd over.

The bowling honours went to Ian Baker with a brilliant 5 for 16 from eight overs, Matt Casey 2 for 15 from six overs, Jono Sparks 2 for 16 and 1 for 11 for Steve Rhodes.

Kenilworth the winners by a massive 167 runs, to start the season in fine style with a great team performance as they WON their Win/lose League Match with ease. 

KCC 226-6 (Pete Magafas 96, Tom Booker 69*) Weoley Hill 55-10 (Ian Baker 8-4-16-5)

Well done lads.