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Wootton win in the wet

Reports - Lose

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.

 

 

Prophet’s century in vain…………….just

Reports - Lose

1st XI v. Four Oaks Saints

On Saturday 2nd September, Kenilworth hosted high flying Four Oaks Saints for their penultimate Warwickshire Cricket League  Division One fixture and the match ended in bizarre circumstances and decided on the Duckworth Lewis method due to both sides bowling their overs far too slowly causing the umpires to call an end to match in very poor light with 6 overs of the Kenilworth innings remaining, which when calculated saw the 1st XI the losers by a frustrating 2 runs.

Four Oaks decided to bat first, opening pair Hopkiss and Javed got their side’s innings off to a decent start, the pair putting on a hundred run opening stand, before Javed fell for 44, Hopkiss went on to make a fine 78. The visitors continued to find scoring runs easy enough, as further decent contributions from number five Van Dyk with 39 and a cameo from Wright with an unbeaten innings of 44.

Four Oaks finished on a very decent 285 for 8 from their fifty over allocation.

Wickets were shared around for Kenilworth, Steve Rhodes with 2 for 63 from ten overs, Jono Sparks 2 for 31, Matt Casey with 2 for 51 off nine overs , spinners Darius Potten-Ravenshad with 1 for 40 from ten tidy overs and 1 for 43 from the left arm of Jorjeet Singh, also from ten overs. Henry Curran took two smart catches in the outfield.

Kenilworth had a poor start in their pursuit of 286 to win, as they slipped to 10 for 1 then 24 for 2, but number four Chris Prophet joined opener Adie Sellar, the pair began to get their side back into the game, Sellar and Prophet putting on 97 together, before Sellar was dismissed for a fine 60.

Captain Pete Magafas joined Prophet, both were to keep the fast tempo going, and together they were to add 87 for the fourth wicket together in quick time, Magafas making 35, but Chris Prophet went on bring up a brilliant century, he was out for exactly 100, his innings containing 13 x 4 and 1 x 6.

With the game entering the final ten overs, the light was now starting to fade quickly and at 8.10 pm the umpires called the game to a stop after 44 overs of the Kenilworth innings, with still six overs remaining.

A strange ending to the game, left Kenilworth on 243 for 7, visitors Four Oaks Saints running out the winners by the smallest of margins, winning by just 2 runs on the D/L rule which guarantee the side second spot in the Division and promotion.

 

U17’s make it two out of two

Reports - Win

U17’s v. Exhall & Wixford

Kenilworth’s U17 side travelled to Exhall and Wixford on Tuesday 25th. July  for their second Cotswold Hills Under 17 League evening game.

Kenilworth were asked to bat first and openers Jono Sparks and Nathan Chant made a cautious start but the pair were soon in their stride.  Chant, in particular, began to find the boundary and he hit two huge sixes before being run out for an aggressive innings of 49. Captain Sparks went on to record his fifty before he retired on 51 not out, his innings included 8 x 4, as the opening pair put on their second hundred (105) opening stand in this competition.

There were cameos from Freddie Davies with 15 and Matt Casey 11 as they got the side to a very decent 159 for 4 from their 15 eight ball overs. McAdam with 1 for 21 off three overs was the best of the home side’s bowling.

Early wickets came for opening bowler Matt Casey as he struck with two in two balls in his second over, to take 2 for 8 from his two overs. First change down the hill, Matt Dadswell struck with a wicket in each of his two overs, he too taking 2 for 8 off two overs. There was a wicket with his first ball for Sam Markgraf (1 for 7) off two overs, whilst his brother Jack was also among the wickets, taking 2 for 30 from three overs. There was also a wicket for 13 year old James Sparks, following his impressive display in the field and he was rewarded with 1 for 15 off two tidy overs. Keeper Elliott Haynes-Sorrell took two smart stumpings as Kenilworth restricted the home side to just 85 for 8 from their fifteen overs, only Morrow with 25 and McAdam with 20 making any impact on an impressive visiting bowling and fielding display.

Kenilworth were worthy winners by 74 runs, two wins from two so far.

 

Good win for the youngsters

Reports - Win

Sunday XI v. Exhall & Wixford

On Sunday 16th July, Kenilworth’s Sunday XI travelled to the Cotswolds to play Exhall and Wixford for a forty overs a side friendly fixture.

Last pair frustrate the 1sts.

reports - winning draw

1st. XI v. Water Orton