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Final cricket day of the season ends with a deserved win.

Sunday XI v. Olton & WW

On Sunday 16th September, Kenilworth’s Sunday XI hosted Olton and West Warwickshire for their final Arden Sunday Cricket League match of the season, that also was the Club’s final match of 2018.

Home captain Geoff Edmunds won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Henry Curran and Adie Sellar began in a positive manner, both batsman keeping the scorer busy, racing to a fifty run partnership inside the first ten overs, the pair had put on 71 for the first wicket when Sellar was caught for a solid 38. Curran was joined by the in form Elliott Haynes Sorrell. Sorrell needing 17 runs to make a thousand runs for the season, but unfortunately he was caught by Rigoni for 13, falling agonisingly four runs short, but a brilliant effort from Sorrell, ending on 996 runs for the season, Kenilworth now 92 for 2, Chris Prophet joined Curran and was quickly into his stride, stroking three elegant fours.

Curran completed his fifty, but fell soon after for 51 (8 x 4), the home side 127 for 3. Young keeper batsman George Baines joined Prophet, together the pair added 52, Prophet bowled by Rigoni for a fine 57 (7 x 4 & 3 x 6). Jono Sparks was the next man in, he and Baines plundered the visitors bowling adding an unbroken stand of 52 for the fifth wicket, as Kenilworth posted a decent 231 for 4 from their forty overs, Baines unbeaten on 29 and Sparks 31 not out, for Olton, Sunil took 2 for 29.

So, Kenilworth went out to field for the last time in 2018, regular opening bowler Matthew Dadswell was partnered by Jono Sparks, Sparks opened up from the Leek Wootton end, the Olton openers looked to make a strong start to their sides reply, but when Arshad and Cullen had put on 23, young Dadswell had Cullen brilliantly stumped down the leg side by George Baines for 17. Arshad was looking to be positive, but in the tenth over was caught by Andy Dadswell off Matthew Dadswell one handed just behind square on the leg side, and two balls later Dadswell had Loud caught by Baines without scoring, young Matt Dadswell taking the first three wickets for the second game running. Sparks was soon in the act, bowling the Olton number three, the visitors rocking on 46 for 4 in the eleventh over.

The spin of Tom Skinner replaced Dadswell and Darius Potten-Ravenshad replaced Sparks, spin from both ends now, but the wickets kept falling, first Skinner, then one for Ravenshad, Olton in deep trouble at 65 for 6. Another wicket for Skinner, thanks to another catch from Andy Dadswell at cover, two more for the inspired DPR, Olton on the brink at 93 for 9.

But the last pair of Rigoni batting at ten and number eleven Griffin, started to put bat to ball, the pair went on to blaze 61 together on seven overs, before skipper Geoff Edmunds bought himself on from the Leek Wootton end, as he lured Rigoni down the wicket, only to become keeper Baines second stumping, Rigoni out for an entertaining 28, Griffin not out 31, Olton all out for 154 in the 33rd over.

The wickets shared, DPR with 3 for 25 from eight overs, Matthew Dadswell with 3 for 40 from eight overs, Tom Skinner with 2 for 35 off eight overs Jono Sparks 1 for 30 from six overs and finally and fittingly, a last wicket for Geoff Edmunds to end the season.

Kenilworth the winners by 77 runs, ending the season in a creditable fourth place with six wins.

Well played everyone who played, scored, umpired, made all the delicious teas and all the hard work preparing the ground so we can play the game we all love.

Thanks all.

 

Furthermore……

The Club is grateful to ALL the players in ALL the sides who turned out to play this season. It has been a good year overall. Hopefully, it was an enjoyable year.

 

SPECIAL THANKS go to a vast array of people – especially to those who have helped out pre-matches to get the games on and to the devoted Ground Staff who have committed so much time and energy on and around the Ground throughout the season that often goes unnoticed and is taken for granted by most, to the players who helped out closing down the ground on the last match of the season, to the Selectors, to our Social Media gurus, those who supplied photos on them too, to Andy Dadswell for doing the reports all season that have been published on here and in the Press, and finally but not least – to our dear and crucial tea ladies for preparing the food for the players and officials so they were fed and watered week in, week out.

 

ALL UNSUNG heroes and heroines, the lot of you. WELL DONE and THANK YOU.

It could not have been done without all your efforts and the Club is so grateful and thankful to you all.

 

And THANK YOU for all those who visited the Ground during the season to watch and support the sides.

Please continue to support the Club during the close season months when events are being arranged!

 

ROLL ON the 2019 SEASON NOW!

 

 

Rain ruins the day and saves the hosts

2nd XI v. Bronze

MATCH ABANDONED

 

The 2nd XI were cruelly let down by the weather as the rain became too heavy when only 3 balls were needed to make a full game which would have seen the side achieve a winning draw as opposed to the match being officially determined as an abandonment.

Bronze had posted 156-10 in a rain interrupted day with Surana making 40, opener Kurusamy 26 and number 10, Ramamoorthy 24 not out.

The 2nd XI had fielded and bowled well to restrict Bronze to that score with Charlie Stranks taking 4-35 from his 11 overs, wily Geoff Edmunds 3-32 from his 11 overs whilst Max Howard took 1-17 and Jono Sparks 1-21 and being involved a well manufactured run out. Dan Horner was in excellent form behind the stumps to claim 4 catches whilst Elliott Haynes-Sorrell snapped up two in the outfield.

In reply, Kenilworth set off after the target with clouds darkening. Dan Horner made an unbeaten 22 and Haynes-Sorrell 13 when the rain came and the sides were taken off with the 2nd XI on 55-3, never to return.

Bronze 156-10  (7 points) (Charlie Stranks 4-35) v Kenilworth 54-3  (8 points) (Dan Horner 22*)

The side ended the season mid table in 7th spot and should have claimed 6th. had the weather been kinder.

Overall, a decent season was had by the side, consisting of old and young players.

 

 

Sunday side ease to victory

Sunday XI v. Knowle Village

WIN!!

On a glorious Sunday 2nd September, Kenilworth travelled the short distance to Knowle Village in the Arden Sunday Cricket League.

Visiting skipper Geoff ‘birthday boy’ Edmunds won the toss and decided to bat first. Things didn’t start well for the visitors, losing Dan Horner in the first over for a single. Fellow opener Henry Curran was joined by the prolific Elliot Haynes Sorrell, the pair took the score to 49 when a mix left Sorrell run out by twenty two yards for 9, this bought Jorjeet Singh to join Curran, but Curran was soon on his way back to the pavilion, caught for 33, Kenilworth now 56 for 3. This bought Jono Sparks to the crease, Sparks hit a sparkling cover drive first ball for four, this continued for next 16 overs, as both Singh and Sparks found the ropes on many occasions, the pair put on a brisk 87 when Sparks mistimed a drive and was caught for an eye catching 71 (11 x 4 & 1 x 6). 177 for 4 became 179 for 5 when Jorjeet Singh was out for 39. Further quick runs in the last few overs, Max Howard with 28, Darius Potten Ravenshad 17 and Matt Dadswell with 10, Tom Skinner hit the last ball of the innings for a huge six over mid wicket, Kenilworth posting a very decent 250 for 8 from their forty overs. S. Newman and Young taking two wickets each for the village.

After the tea interval, the home side looked to chase down the visitors total, but Kenilworth’s opening bowler Matt Dadswell had other ideas, a caught and bowled in the first over, clean bowled in his second and a catch via the safe hands of Haynes Sorrell, Young, Holmes and Krish all back in the pavilion, Village 31 for 3 off eight overs, young Matt Dadswell taking an impressive 3 for 14 from six tidy overs. Skipper Geoff Edmunds replaced Max Howard, he too was soon amongst the wickets, two wickets for Edmunds reducing the home side to 58 for 5. Young Louis Smithson replaced Edmunds, on his third over picked up his first senior wicket, having Tibbits caught by Geoff Edmunds at short mid wicket for 27. Tom Skinner took the wicket of S. Newman for 24 thanks to a smart boundary catch from Max Howard, Village on the ropes now at 106 for 7. Edmunds returned and snapped up two wickets straight away, 112 for 9. With one wicket needed, Edmunds gave Darius Potten Ravenshad the ball, it took three balls, Ravenshad taking the last wicket thanks to another catch from Max Howard.
Knowle Village all out for just 117 in the 28th over.

Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Geoff Edmunds with 4 for 11 off four overs, Matt Dadswell 3 for 14 off six overs, Louis Smithson 1 for 21 off three, Tom Skinner 1 for 39 off eight overs and Darius Potten Ravenshad with 1 for 2.

Kenilworth the winners by a huge 133 runs, and take the full 24 points.

 

Side can not hang on to prevent Khalsa from winning

2nd XI v. Leamington Khalsa

LOSE!!

On Saturday 1st September, Kenilworth’s second team hosted Leamington Khalsa for their last home Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture of the season which turned into smiles for the visitors as they bowled out a chasing Kenilworth.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Khalsa to bat first, Jono Sparks took two early wickets via catches from Peter Huxford and Tom Anscombe, the visitors 35 for 2. Number three Krishna then started to take the game to the home side, together with Harry when the fourth wicket fell, these two started to take the game away from the home side, Harry fell for 88, but Kreshna fell just short of his hundred, ending 95 not out. Khalsa finished on 253 for 6 from their fifty overs. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Jono Sparks with 2 for 35 from nine overs, Ian Baker with 2 for 69 from twelve overs and 1 for 42 for spinner Andy Smith from eleven overs, whose first 9 over spell went for only 22 and was very unlucky not to have picked up more wickets.

Kenilworth lost an early wicket in their reply, Skipper Dan Horner out for 6, Kenilworth 11 for 1. Elliott Haynes Sorrell joined Matt Casey, together the pair started to get their side back on track, the pair putting on 62 for second wicket, Casey falling for a solid 31, Sorrell fell for 41, falling just short of a thousand runs for the season, Kenilworth 105 for 3. Useful innings from Jono Sparks with 24, Nathan Chant 14 and an eye catching and hard hitting 36 from number six Ben Maney, kept their side in touch. But from 173 for 5, the home side slipped to 174 for 8, now the draw looked the best option for Kenilworth, a stand of 27 between Tom Skinner (18) and Tom Anscombe took their side to 48th over until Skinner was caught for 18. Number eleven Andy Smith strode to the crease, but was adjudged lbw second ball, Kenilworth all out for 201 at the end of the 48th over and to leave a battling Anscombe stranded on 6 not out.

For Khalsa Jespal, Rajgul and Harry all taking two wickets in a match played in good spirit. Khalsa the winners by 52 runs. Kenilworth take six points.

 

1sts scrape home by their fingernails to record 2nd win of the weekend

1st XI v. Studley

BANK HOLIDAY LEAGUE MATCH – 27.08.2018

WIN !!!!

The 1st XI nearly disastrously threw victory away after earlier bowling Studley out for 132 in their 50 overs a side Bank Holiday Monday Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1 clash at the Warwick Road Ground on 27th August.

The side had seemingly been coasting with ease to the target as Tom Booker made 53 (6 x 4) as he shared in a 44 run 5th wicket partnership with young Henry Curran that had taken the side from 66-4 to 110-5.

However, after Booker departed the side wobbled to 124-6 with only 9 runs needed, then two wickets fell with the score on 127 and then to 131-9 with two runs still required, losing the last 4 wickets for 7 runs as Studley’s Jack Williams ran through the tail to set in some panic with a fine 4-9 off 4 overs with the last 3 batsmen out for nought. However, Curran had remained steadfast to hit a composed unbeaten 32 (4 x 4) and it was a wide that gave Kenilworth victory by the narrowest of margins in the 40th over of their innings much to the side’s relief. Rhodes chipped in with 2-23 and a wicket each for Regan and Moore for Studley.

Studley had had Williams who hit 68 earlier to thank for reaching their score as Taylor with 16 was their next highest score. Curran had taken 3-36, Jorjeet Singh 2-16 off 8 overs, Steve Rhodes 2-22. There was a wicket a piece for Jono Sparks and Joey Poole whilst Darius Potten-Ravenshad, although wicketless, only conceded 23 runs from his 10 overs spell. Keeper Booker took two catches behind the stumps.

The win currently moves the side into 3rd. place in the Division, 6 points ahead of 4th place and only 4 points behind Fillongley who are in 2nd. spot with only two win/lose games remaining and 40 points on offer. The runners up spot could be determined next weekend as both sides meet.

In brief, Studley 132-10 (5 points) Kenilworth 133-9 (20 points).

The latest WCL League tables can be found at http://www.warcricket.org/wcl2018/tables.php