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Bowled out early costs the 2nds the game after Freddie’s quickfire knock

2nd XI v. Moseley Ashfield

Kenilworth’s 2nd XI hosted Moseley Ashfield for their Warwickshire Cricket Seven fixture on Saturday 29th April.
Kenilworth were asked to bat first and against an accurate Ashfield bowling attack, the hosts found scoring runs difficult and were in serious trouble at 38 for 5. However, young Freddie Davies strode to the crease to join opening bat Mark Deeley.  Davies proceeded to find the boundary, hitting 22 in one over, as he went on to make a very fine 54, his innings containing 5 x 4 and 3 x 6 off only 31 balls. Deeley made a patient 25 off 107 balls, followed by a cameo of 20 from number nine Chris Beach, saw Kenilworth all out for 151 in 47 overs. Ward with 3 for 38 and captain Bhachu 2 for 24 doing the main damage.
Moseley Ashfield made a solid start putting on 33 for the first wicket, along with steady partnerships through their reply they never really looked in danger of not reaching their target. Spinners Chris Beach with 1 for 30 off twelve tidy overs and captain Geoff Edmunds with a very frugal 1 for 11 off twelve overs put the brakes on the Ashfield reply. Yet with the extra three overs available to them, the visitors took full advantage of bowling Kenilworth out early and they finished on 153 for 4 with ten balls remaining to win the match. Bartlett with a patient 51 and Udoh with 35 not out, saw their side home to win by six wickets. Freddie Davies was the other Kenilworth  wicket taker with 1 for 40. Kenilworth take 3 points.

1sts undone by Sibi’s 6-3

1st XI v. Pak Shaheen

Kenilworth opened their 2017 Warwickshire Cricket League Division One season with an away fixture at Pak Shaheen.
With the introduction of win/lose cricket and no draws available for the first 5 games of  League season and last 6 matches, in the top tier two Divisions,  it will certainly be a very interesting season for all sides in the 2 divisions.
Home side Pak Shaheen batted first and were in early trouble, with opening Kenilworth bowlers Baker and Howard reducing the hosts to 66 for 4. However, Pak Shaheen were indebted to Jamhed who made a fine 61, Sattar 39 and number 9 Khalid who weighed in with 35 not out, as they eventually made 249 for 9 from their fifty overs.
Pat Howard bowling well, took a fine 3 for 30 from ten quality overs,  whilst Ian Baker weighed  in with 2 for 57, then spinners Jorjeet Singh took 2 for 72, Ed Ruswa 1 for 24 and Chris Prophet 1 for 42.
Kenilworth’s reply was soon in trouble, after being 40 for 2, they quickly slumped to a sorry 91 all out inside thirty three overs, as they had no answer to the spin of Sibi, who ended the day with unbelievable bowling figures of 6 for 3
from eight overs.  Ashif took 2 for 27 as the home side proved to be too good for the Kenilworth batsmen, as only Potten-Ravenshad with 18 not out and Deeley 15 making double figures.
Pak Shaheen the winners by 158 runs.

Mini Tour to Devon report

Memories of the May Bank Holiday Mini Tour to Devon

A 20 man strong party (17 players) set off from Kenilworth for their tour to Devon on Sunday 29th May.       

Following the usual breakfast stop on the M5 where the Wattsy lookalikes turned out in style, we made our way to our first game fixture at Honiton CC. On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon the players arrived to be met by our loyal band of followers, the Edmunds family, the Mort’s and Wheat’s and Alan Davies (all the way from Ottery St Mary).

A strong Kenilworth side batted first and were 50 for 3 after 13 overs with Dan Horner, Phil Edmonds and Guy Pearson all back in the hut. Neil Goodman the joined his “buddy” Christian Hose to add 120 for the 4th wicket both departed making the same score of 73. Tom Booker and Chris Prophet then added 110 runs with Booker finishing 63 not out and Prophet 25, finishing with a total of 294 for 6 off 40 overs. For Honiton, Jamie Cann took 2 for 21. In reply, Honiton struggled early on against Tom Pope and Alex Watts losing wickets at regular intervals, Andy Lapping run out 23 and Brian Kidson were the only batsmen to trouble our touring side, with Chris Prophet mopping up the tail end with 4 for 23 Honiton finished 94 all out.

A big thank you to the Honiton faithful for staging the game and providing us with a splendid tea together with the momentum of the day ‘Mr Hedgehog’.

After an eventful night out in a very busy Exmouth town it was a surprise to see so many at the breakfast table albeit some did only look at their breakfast rather than eat it. Our second game was at the delightful Exmouth CC only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Following a pleasant morning wandering around town (in a bar or 2) we made our way to the ground, once again met by our band of supporters which had swelled on the arrival of the Booker family, Knacker and Alan’s wife Jan. Kenilworth won the toss and again elected to bat and after losing an early wicket with the score on 3 Jorjeet Singh and Chris Prophet took the score to 44 when the second wicket fell, unfortunately unlike the day before we did not take our opportunity to enjoy the Exmouth wicket, losing wickets on a regular basis and only Dan Horner with 13 not out wanted to stay at the crease leaving the touring side 123 all out from just 29 overs.                                                                                                                  

In reply from ball 1, Tom Pope had the ball in the right areas and was troubling the home side with Ali Peebles at the other end bowling straight, the home side capitulated to 51 all out with Tom Pope 5 for 21, Ali Peebles 4 for 23 and Neil Goodman finishing the game off with 1 for 4. Not a classic for some of the crowd who were among the 300 cars parked on the Exmouth ground on a beautiful bank holiday Monday afternoon.

Again thanks to Exmouth for providing their facilities and the ‘tea hut’ for providing many of our spectators with lunch and cream teas and a wonderful team tea.

Following a quieter night we made a short journey to Sidmouth another beautiful ground another beautiful day, a number of the touring party took advantage of the local cream tea shops for their mid-morning snack.

Sidmouth batted first in the game and a usual array of quality players all came out playing shots but fortunately the touring side held on to their chances given and reduced the home side to 155 for 8 in 27 overs but first teamer Rob Powell then struck the ball to all parts of Sidmouth harbour scoring 55 not out and then the side declared on 208 for 9, Geoff Edmunds 3 for 54, Alex Watts bowling a fine opening spell of 2 for 22 off 7 overs. Ali Peebles also picked up 2 wickets at a cost of 63 runs. In reply, Matt Dargan with a flourishing 26 and Chris Prophet who finished with 83 made inroads to the home side score. Mark Deeley having his second innings of the season kept the chase going making 50 before being caught and looking rather tired. The tail wagged and managed to add 20 further runs securing a 2 wicket win with 4 overs remaining.

Thanks to grounds man Colin Whitehall for providing a superb wicket and to all the Sidmouth staff for their hospitality.

A successful 3 days with 3 wins for the team and many laughs had with the players and our travelling band of supporters.


Geoff Edmunds

Seconds are second best ………..but after they win again!

2nd XI v RMCC

Kenilworth’s 2nd team played host to RMCC in their Warwickshire Cricket League Division 8 East match on Saturday 6th June.
RMCC batted first, after opening bowler Jono Sparks(1-17) struck an early blow, Hameed 51 and Mejaj 58 were the mainstay for the visitors as they posted a total of 202 for 6 from their 45 overs. The other five wickets were shared around with Geoff Edmunds 1 for 17, Pat Howard 1 for 25, James Adamson 1 for 34 and Charlie Stranks 1 for 42.
In reply, Kenilworth’s openers Mark Deeley 37 and Mark Stranks 17 put on 51 for the first wicket, then good knocks from Callum Jones 44 and Pat Howard with a quality 54 in which he hit 3 boundaries and a 6, young keeper batsman Dan Horner finished the game for Kenilworth with a fine 42 not out to win the game by 6 wickets with two overs to spare as they reached 203-4 in a well paced run chase. Hussain with 2 for 48 was the pick of the visitors bowlers. Kenilworth 20 pts RMCC 5 pts,  a result that sees our 2nd XI consolidate their second spot in the Division.


Club’s mini Tour to Devon

KCC in Devon – May 2015

A great Tour was had by the Players and the many supporters who travelled down to Devon over the May Bank Holiday weekend (24th-27th. May).

Nineteen hardy souls set off on Sunday 24th. May for their mini Tour to Devon  to play three matches at Heathcote Cricket Club, Exmouth Cricket Club and Sidmouth Cricket Club over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. They arrived in cloudy conditions at Heathcote, where they were joined by several travelling supporters who remained with the Tourists for the duration of the Club Tour. The clouds were to soon disappear and great weather was had as the sun shone.

In the first 40 overs a side match at HEATHCOTE CRICKET CLUB, a magnificent venue overlooking  the lovely scenery, the Tourists batted first and made 229-7, with openers Tom Booker 36 and James Nason 64 including 9 boundaries putting 69 for the first wicket. Nason then added 64 for the 5th wicket partnership with Neil Goodman who went onto make a superb 84 with 14 boundaries before Mark Deeley made an unbeaten 22. However, the shot of the day was made by Guy Pearson who caressed the ball through the covers as  non- striker  Nason watched in stunned  disbelief and admiration at the ease of it. Heathcote, a strong outfit, eventually reached 231-8 to win the match as overseas import Barnes led the side to victory with a hard hitting unbeaten 78 after Dart had earlier made 41 and Drew 25. Tom Pope was in fine form bowling with his pacy action and was duly rewarded with a fine 5-66. Nason  turned his arm over to take 2-23 and Chris Prophet 1-42. After the match, the Tourists headed to their Headquarters in Exmouth to sample the delights of the seaside town.

On Monday, the Tourists played at EXMOUTH CRICKET CLUB and throughout the build up to the match the outfield was surrounded by a couple of hundred of cars. Feeling, they had come to watch and support them, the Tourists were eager to put on a good show for all (They later found out that Exmouth CC have a nice little earner under cutting car park fees on the seafront for the holidaymakers and visitors to the town). Exmouth batted first and posted 179 all out after Bolt made 40 and Scheufleur 30. Geoff Edmunds took 3-34 and Chris Prophet snapped up 3-34 as well. Mike Watts Junior took 2-29 with his leg spin whilst Tom Pope and Neil Goodman took a wicket a piece. Replying, it was the Jorjeet Singh appreciation show. He made a stunning 70 hitting 8 boundaries as he shared in a 71 run 1st wicket partnership with Tom Booker who made 40 (7 x 4) before sharing in a 79 run second wicket partnership with Chris Prophet 39 (another 7 x 4). Singh fell 3 runs before the target was reached but had engineered the side to victory as the Tourists reached 182-3 to chalk up their first win and a few jars afterwards to celebrate before once again heading  into town to be further fed and watered.

On Tuesday, the final match of the mini tour, the Tourists went to SIDMOUTH CRICKET CLUB, a delightful ground directly on the sea front. Parking in the Town was a nightmare but that did not spoil the day. Sidmouth put out an exceptionally strong side, with overseas players and a County player. Need more be said! No!  They racked up a stunning 375-3 off their 40 overs. The first wicket fell on 141 as Miles made 93 hitting 11 boundaries and 6 sixes and Powell 51 (4 x4, 3 x 6).  Then the third wicket partnership  saw a further 202 runs being added as overseas De Costa blazed his way to 127 not out hitting 16 boundaries and a six whilst Sargant chipped in with 72 (5 x 4). The bowlers tried their best but only Geoff Edmunds with 1-44, Mike Watts Jnr 1-68 and Alex Watts 1-69 got into the wickets column in the scorebook.  Not undeterred at the challenging score, the Tourists made the best of the batting track and outfield the best they could. Chris Prophet made a solid 72 hitting numerous fours, Guy Pearson made a quick fire and hard hitting 39 whilst jolly Jeff Stanners posted 31 that saw him hit 7 boundaries. The side made a very respectful 251-10 the last wicket to fall with 3 balls of the match remaining. Goodwin took 4-30, Clayden 2-39 and Shuttleworth 2-45 for the hosts.

A final Tour debrief was later held in watering establishments in Exmouth and the conclusion of it, was what a fabulous time had been had for the three days. The Tourists found their Headquarters – The Dolphin Hotel – a great choice, welcoming and friendly.

Thanks go to the Tour organizers, those who played and especially to the numerous supporters who made the efforts to come down and enjoy the weekend. It was great to see some ‘old’ club faces and make the Tour for all. Let’s hope that there will be a repeat in 2016.


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