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Casey steadies the wobbling ship to see side to victory in low scoring affair

2nd XI v. Weoley Hill

WIN!!

On Saturday 18th August Kenilworth’s Second team hosted Birmingham outfit Weoley Hill for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Weoley Hill chose to bat first and probably wished they hadn’t. After a steady opening stand, as openers Traford and Smith put on 37 for the first wicket, Traford making 19 and Smith making 17, but from 57 for 2, the visitors collapsed, 66 for 7 became 87 all out in just 31 overs, just the openers making double figures. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Chris Beach with 4 for 20 from ten tidy overs, Theo Mannion with 3 for 8 and 3 for 19 for Tom Skinner as they caused havoc.

However, Kenilworth had a poor start in their reply, 4 for 1, then to 13 for 3 and 27 for 4. A partnership of 39 between Matt Casey and Jono Sparks for the fifth wicket, Sparks falling for 19, Kenilworth 66 for 5. Casey went on to see his side home with 42 not out, the home side ending on 89 for 6 in the 41st over to win by four wickets as Tom Anscombe 6* hit the winning runs to give the side relief after they had wobbled chasing the low score. Heneghan taking 3 for 18 from twelve overs for Weoley Hill.
Kenilworth take the full 24 points.

1st. XI achieve their 4th. consecutive win

1st. XI v. Pak Shaheen

The Kenilworth 1’s travelled to Pak Shaheen in their Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1 match  and they came away achieving their 4th. consecutive win of the season that saw them move up the table with a good all round and satisfying performance.

The home side batted first, opener Shoab made 40 and Satza 30 from the number six position, but regular wickets from the visitors kept the home side in check from seamers Steve Rhodes with 2 for 56 from 12 overs, Muhammad Nayeem 2 for 37 from 11 excellent overs. Yet, it was left arm spinner Jorjeet Singh with a fine 4 for 26 from 10.3 overs who took the bowling honours for Kenilworth, wickets too for Sunny Ahmed 1 for 21 and Henry Curran 1 for 32 two catches for Steve Rhodes and Jono Sparks , Pak Shaheen were all out for 198 in the 47th over.

An opening stand of 42 between Ade Sellar (13) and Chris Prophet (39) got Kenilworth off to a solid start, Prophet fell with the on 59. Sunny Ahmed (34) and Henry Curran (18) took the score to 94 when Curran was out. Skipper Pete Magafas joined Ahmed, they put on 38 when Ahmed fell, the visitors now 147 for 5, Jono Sparks added (15), but Nayeem (18no) batting with Magafas, saw their side home with 16 overs remaining, ending on 199 for 5, Magafas unbeaten on 51. Kenilworth the winners by 5 wickets, collecting the full 24 points for the second  time this season and the side’s fourth win in a row.

As a result, Kenilworth move up to fourth in the table currently with one result in the Division still awaited between Earlswood and Highway Spartans and whoever wins that match will leap frog the Kenilworth 1st XI in a tight Division this season.

 

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.