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Thirds slump

3rd XI v. Alvechurch

Kenilworth’s Third team made the trip to Alvechurch for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

On a very soft wicket, Alvechurch were asked to bat first, lost two early wickets with Nick Moore 1 for 20 and evergreen seamer Indy Matharu 1 for 15, the players went off for a rain shower, with a wet pitch starting to dry out, runs were still hard to come by, young seamers Ryan Bull with a fine 2 for 17 and Max Howard 3 for 25 . The players were forced off again with a heavy shower this time, tea was taken and the game resumed in the 37th over, Chris Beach 1 for 35 and 14 year old Matthew Dadswell 1 for 10, from their forty five overs , Alvechurch made an over par 143 for 9.

A revised target of 131 from forty one overs, but lost early wickets and were on trouble at 30 for 5, only Nigel Thompson with 16 making double figures, along with 36 extras  Kenilworth were all out for just 70, losing by 61 runs with ten overs remaining. Kenilworth take 4 points from a bad day on the pitch.

Thirds move second with 4th win

3rd XI v. Stockton

Kenilworth’s third team hosted Stockton at their Harbury ground on Saturday 18th June, for their Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division Six fixture.

Put into bat on a wet wicket, Kenilworth struggled and slipped to 21 for 2, young Henry Curran batting at three, made a very composed 33, fellow youngster Martin McKenna a fine 22, old timer Andy Dadswell 18 and young Max Howard 16 including a huge six, as home side finished on 128 for 9 from their forty five overs.  Bennett 4 for 24 and Zeb 3 for 24 doing a fine job for Stockton.

With the wicket drying out and the sun coming out, Kenilworth’s bowlers never let Stockton’s batsmen settle, with wickets falling regularly, with veteran seamer Indy Matharu 1 for 17, Sam Leach 1 for 22, young seamers Ryan Bull 1 for 11 and Max Howard 2 for 20 doing the early damage, spinner Chris Beach 3 for 12 and young all rounder Martin McKenna with a fine 2 for 20, including the final wicket thanks to a fine catch on the boundary by Max Howard, as Kenilworth bowled the visitors out for 107 in the 39th over, to win a low scoring game by 21 runs and take 21 points for the win and move to second in the league, with their fourth win from five games.

Geoff makes hay with the bat

3rd XI v. Kineton 2nds

On Saturday 4th June Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Kineton Second’s at their Harbury ground for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

Kenilworth were asked to bat first and were soon in trouble at 15 for 2 with both openers out, but it was to be “veteran” Geoff Hay with a very fine innings of 80 (9 x 4) and captain Sam Leach 32 who laid the foundation for the side with Kenilworth making a very competitive 195 for 8 off their 45 overs. Johnson with 3 for 35 and Keep 3 for 36 bowled well for the visitors.

Kineton’s reply was built around their skipper and opening bat Briggs, who batted all the way through for a patient 70 not out, but against a very drilled Kenilworth bowling attack, they slipped to 54 for 4, and the visitors were never able to threaten the home teams score eventually finishing on 140 for 7 from their forty five overs. With wickets shared around, Ed Smith 2 for 28, skipper Sam Leach 2 for 29, Indi Matharu 1 for 6 off six overs, Ryan Bull 1 for 15 and Chris Beach 1 for 23. Overall a fine team effort was rewarded with a win by 55 runs, and 19 points.

Third’s truimphant on final day to secure second spot

3rd XI v. Warwick

On Saturday August 29th, Kenilworth’s third team travelled the short distance to play Warwick thirds for their final Cotswold Hills League Division Seven match of the season looking for the win to finish second and claim the final promotion place.

Kenilworth were put into bat on a damp and green wicket, after losing a wicket in the first over and slipping to 39 for 4, but young keeper batsman Henry Curran batting at three hit a very fine and composed maiden senior fifty , finishing unbeaten on 56 (6×4) and along with skipper Sam Leach with a controlled 65 not out (8×4 and 1×6), together they put on a patient and mature unbroken stand of 124, as Kenilworth finished on 163 for 4 off their 45 overs. Papworth with 2 for 12 the most successful Warwick bowler.

The home side’s reply was soon in trouble at 29 for 3 but Warwick number four Patel with 55 was keeping his side’s hopes alive. However, it was the introduction of experienced veteran left arm spinner Andy Kennell that proved to be crucial, one of eight Kenilworth bowlers used during the match and he produced a fantastic match winning spell of 5 for 12 including the wicket of Patel – thanks to a fine catch on the boundary by Sam Leach. There were wickets too for the very reliable seamer Ed Smith with 2 for 25 off ten overs, Indy Matharu with 1 for 30 from ten tidy overs and skipper Sam Leach capping a great day with 1 for 35.

Warwick finishing on 142 for 9, Kenilworth the winners by 21 runs, taking 19 points and second place. Well done to Sam and all that played under his captaincy this year.

The side won 9 of their 14 matches played with 3 losses – with two cancellations, ending on 215 points and by one spot better than in the 2014 season. Neighbours Kenilworth Wardens IV are Divisional champions with 252 points whilst Bidford on Avon were a very close third as they finished on 212 points, 3 points behind our second placed Thirds.


Thirds truimph

3rd XI v. Bidford on Avon


Kenilworth’s third team travelled to promotion rivals Bidford on Avon on Saturday August 15th in their Cotswold Hills Division Seven match.

Bidford batted first and quickly slipped to 15 to 3 as young opening bowler Ryan Bull with 3 for 8 off 6 very tidy overs and skipper Sam Leach with 2 for 52, Bidford skipper Nash with 51 held his team innings together, but tight bowling and fielding from Kenilworth including 2 for 24 off nine from 9 tidy overs, evergreen spinner Andy Kennell with 2 for 19 and 1 for 33 for Indy Matharu, two unbelievable catches from him too and Ian Summers each in the outfield. Bidford finishing on 150 all out in the 43rd over.

Kenilworth lost four early wickets in reply and slipped to 40 for 4 but reliable opener Dave Howe carried his bat for solid 62 not out (6×4) and together with skipper Sam Leach put on 70 unbroken stand for the sixth wicket , along with 19 from young batsman Henry Curran, Kenilworth finishing on 151 for 5, winning by five wickets and an over to spare. Farrow with 2 for 19 the most successful home bowler.