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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.

 

No joy for the 1sts at Highway

1st. XI v. Highway Spartans

On Saturday 19th May, Kenilworth made the short trip to play Highway Spartans, looking for back to back wins in Warwickshire Cricket League Division One.

Highway won the toss and chose to bat first, opener Ivory got his side off to a solid start, making 34, at the fall of the first wicket, lvory was joined by Abbey who made a brisk 40. Highway maintained a decent flow to their innings, built around a solid 57 not out from Hallat, batting at number five. Highway finishing on a competitive 243 for 8 from their fifty over allocation. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were, spinners Jorjeet Singh with 3 for 32 from ten tidy overs, Henry Curran 2 for 42 from ten overs and seamers Steve Rhodes with 2 for 61 off ten overs and Freddie Davies 1 for 32 off seven overs, Rhodes taking two catches, Tom Booker a catch and a stumping.

After the tea interval, openers Dave Edmunds and Pete Magafas went about the task of chasing down the target, the pair put on 32 for the first wicket, before Edmunds was dismissed for 17, Henry Curran joined skipper Magafas, but Curran fell for 11, Magafas was to top score for the visitors with 31, as wickets began to fall, home spinner McCarthy wreaking havoc, taking 5 for just 15 in eight overs and Bains with 4 for 42 doing the damage, as Kenilworth subsided to be all out for just 110 inside 27 overs. Tom Booker with 16, Jono Sparks 12 and Jorjeet Singh with 10 the only other double figure scores, as Kenilworth crumbled in the sunshine.

Highway Spartans the winners by a huge 133 runs, Kenilworth taking three points for their efforts.

 

 

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.

 

Sparks’ hat trick sets up win after Curran’s fine knock

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

Kenilworth opened their Cotswold Hills League Division Six campaign with home fixture against Lapworth 2nds at their Harbury ground on a glorious Saturday 5th May.

Put into bat, openers Shanker and Kerry strode to the crease, but Kenilworth slumped early on (10 for 2) against a disciplined Lapworth bowling, two more wickets falling cheaply, left the home side in trouble at 36 for 4.
Charlie Stranks with 12, put on 40 with number three Henry Curran, the home side found scoring runs hard, after 30 overs Kenilworth were 95 for 6, but with Curran still at the crease with a fine fifty to his name, the side needed to push on to post a competitive total from their forty five overs, Curran was eighth wicket down in the fortieth over, he made a very fine 75, his innings containing 12 x 4’s. Kenilworth were all out for 130 in the 42nd over. Carter with an amazing 3 for 7 off ten accurate overs and Seeley with 5 for 18, taking the last four wickets, doing the damage with the ball for Lapworth.

Skipper Sam Leach and Ian Baker shared the new ball for Kenilworth, but the Lapworth openers Faber and Marsden put on a steady opening partnership, the pair putting on 58 for the first wicket, first change saw spinner Charlie Stranks making the breakthrough, bowling Faber for 16, a second wicket for Stranks had Lapworth 64 for 2. Seamer Jono Sparks replaced Baker from the road end, he soon had the ball swinging, Sparks struck twice to leave Lapworth 94 for 5, but it was his seventh over that was to turn the game on it’s head, fourth ball clean bowling the batsman, next ball a catch for Stranks at mid off, before clean bowling number number nine Carter with the last ball to complete a brilliant hat trick and a five wicket haul, Lapworth now 97 for 8. Pratt who came in at number four, was still there, watching the wickets falling at the other end. Henry Curran replaced Stranks, 3 for 42 off ten overs, when Curran having number ten Melia stumped by Andy Dadswell, Lapworth were 104 for 9 still 26 away, Pratt had his number eleven with him now, the pair got their side to 121 for 9, Matt Dadswell replaced Sparks (5 for 18) off ten brilliant overs, Dadswell kept Pratt off strike, now with Ian Baker replacing Curran ( 1 for 15) off four overs, had the visitors number eleven to bowl at, his second ball clean bowling the batsmen, Lapworth all out for 122, Pratt finished unbeaten on 34, Marsden earlier making 34.

Kenilworth winning by just eight runs, what a great game of cricket, played in excellent spirit by both teams.

This was  a day young Jono Sparks won’t forget with his hat trick and five wickets, also Henry Curran with a fine 75, a catch and wicket, well played lads, on a day where Kenilworth and cricket were the winners.

 

Kenilworth 130-10 beat   Lapworth 122-10 by 8 runs

Wootton win in the wet

Sunday XI v. Leek Wootton

On Sunday 10th September, Kenilworth hosted local rivals Leek Wootton in forty overs a side friendly.

Wootton won the toss and decided to bat first as opening pair Couchman and Allinson made a solid start, putting on 57 for the first wicket in twelve overs before Couchman fell to safe hands of Danny Boneham for 25 off the bowling of Will Machin. Budd joined Allinson at the crease, the pair went in search of upping the run rate, Budd looked in ominous form before Matt Dadswell bowled him middle stump. Wootton went from 114 for 1 to 116 for 3, with Ryan Bull sending Garman’s middle stump cartwheeling, Allinson went on to make a fine 65 for the visitors, as he became the first of four bowled victims for the impressive Freddie Davies, including three wickets in one over, young Davies having figures of 4 for 31 off seven overs.

Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were Will Machin with 2 for 51 off eight overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 25 off his eight overs, Ryan Bull with 1 for 28 off seven overs and last but not least, keeper, batsman and now bowler Dan Horner, who took the last two wickets, 2.1 overs over, having figures of 2 for 3. Wootton all out for 184 after 38 overs.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start to their reply, losing a wicket second ball and with the score on 17 for 1, the players were forced off due a spell of heavy rain onto an outfield already pretty wet, the prospect of any more play looked remote.

Suddenly the rain stopped, the skies brightened and play began again, Kenilworth now had a reduced run chase of 158 needed off 34 overs, returning batsmen Tom Anscombe and Jono Sparks started brightly at the resumption of play, until Sparks fell for 19 and Anscombe clean bowled for 10, with the home side in trouble. Henry Curran began to rebuild Kenilworth’s innings, but he was running out of partners, as batsmen came and went. A cameo of 19 from Freddie Davies, including two sixes, revived the home side’s chances but when he fell, all hopes were left with Curran, with ten needed off two overs but only one wicket in hand Curran was stumped for a fine 66, an innings that came so close to winning the game for his side, his knock containing six fours.

Kenilworth all out for 147 after 32 overs, Couchman doing the damage in the middle order with a spell of 4 for 20 from seven overs, Garman chipped in with 3 for 30 for Leek Wootton, who were the winners by ten runs.

All in all, with a wet ground and a rain delay, both sides take credit for playing the game in difficult conditions.