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Nice weather, nice game and a very nice cricket tea!

Sunday XI v. Norton Lindsey

On Sunday 31st July Kenilworth travelled the short distance to play Norton Lindsey in a forty over friendly.
Kenilworth opted to bat first, after an early wicket, Mark Stranks with 24 , together with number three Guy Pearson added a rapid partnership of 99 for second wicket, Pearson smashed 86 including 16 boundary fours off only 50 balls. Charlie Stranks with 26, Martin McKenna 23 and a solid 25 not out from Sam Leach towards the end got the visitors to a respectable 213 for 7 from their forty overs, Webber with 2 for 43 bowling well for Norton, as the players went off to enjoy a wonderful tea.
Norton started their reply in positive fashion, openers Rushton and Kite 35 put on 97 for the first wicket, Rushton went on to make a fine 67, their dismissals sparked a collapse, the home side slipping to 126 for 5 with Charlie Stranks doing the damage with 3 for 42 from eight overs. Norton number six Dellow hit a quick fire 52 before he became one of Sam Leach’s four victims from six overs, finishing with 4 for 21 to add to his runs. There were wickets too for Geoff Edmunds 1 for 7 and Matt Dargan 1 for 35.
Three smart catches behind the stumps were taken by young keeper Elliot Haynes-Sorrell and a stumping, as home side Norton Lindsey finished on 184 for 9 from their forty overs. Kenilworth take the honours, winning by 29 runs.


Young Matt Dadswell takes his maiden 5 wicket haul in Senior cricket

Sunday XI v. Exhall & Wixford

On a beautiful summer Sunday 17th July, the Kenilworth Sunday XI made the trip to Exhall and Wixford to play a forty overs a side friendly.

Home side Exhall batted first with young Kenilworth bowlers Martin McKenna and Matthew Dadswell opening. They soon had the home batsmen in a some trouble and fourteen year old Matthew Dadswell took the first wicket to fall – in no time at all had taken the first four wickets to fall. Exhall were in all sorts of trouble at 32 for 4. Young Dadswell was taken off after his five overs that had yielded four wickets as fellow U15 Max Howard replaced him and he too soon got in on the wicket taking – two wickets for young Howard, 2 for 19 off seven tidy overs. There was also a wicket for the ageless Ali Peebles as he claimed 1 for 22. Matt Dadswell was bought back on from the bottom now, his fifth wicket soon followed, a fantastic spell off eight overs 5 for 32, his maiden five wicket haul in Senior cricket at the Club. Henry Curran with his leg breaks, took the final two wickets, Curran and Charlie Stranks took two sharp catches in the outfield each, as Exhall were all out for 149 in 34 overs.

Kenilworth’s openers, Danny Boneham with 12 and Jono Sparks with 45 put on 56 for the first wicket, after Boneham departed, young Freddie Davies added 13, Henry Curran batting at three, soon had the scoreboard moving, with an array of shots all round the ground, with 5 x 4 and 3 x 6, including a big six over mid wicket to win the game and in the process bring up his fifty, finishing on 51 not out.

Kenilworth won by seven wickets ending on 152-3, with thirteen overs remaining. A truly wonderful setting to play cricket, even if a little hard to find for some, on a day that belonged to young Matthew Dadswell for his maiden five wicket haul and the batting of Curran and Sparks showing that there is a strong depth in the Club with all these youngsters playing so well.




Stranks stars as Second stay top

2nd XI v. Berkswell

Kenilworth’s 2nd XI travelled to play Berkswell 3’s, looking for a win to keep them top of the Warwickshire Cricket League Division Eight East game.

Berkswell were asked to bat first and made a solid start thanks to Marks with a fine 50 and Greyling with 45. Kenilworth’s bowlers kept chipping away and seamer Tom Pope took 2 for 32 from ten overs, but it was spinners Phil Edmonds with 1 for 50 and skipper Geoff Edmunds who took yet another five wicket haul, with fine figures of 5 for 38 from ten overs that pegged the hosts back whilst veteran Ali Peebles was also amongst the wickets with 1 for 27, as keeper Michael Watts claimed five catches behind the stumps. Berkswell finished on 209 for 9 from their forty five overs.

Kenilworth made a strong start to their reply, opening pair Phil Edmonds with 39 putting on 77 for the first wicket with Mark Stranks. Martin McKenna with 19 kept the scoreboard moving, as along with Stranks put on 82 for the third wicket, Mark Stranks went on to make a very fine 85 including 15 x 4. It was left to young Henry Curran with 26 not out and Michael Watts 11 not out to see Kenilworth home with eight overs and to finish on 210 for 4 , winning by six wickets. Milnes with 2 for 21 was the pick of the home side’s bowling. Kenilworth take 20 points and stay top of Division Eight East to increase their lead to 13 points over the second placed side.


Young guns McKenna 8-5-5-5 and Horner 71* lead the way to victory

Sunday XI v. Wanderers

Kenilworth’s Sunday side hosted Leicestershire side Wanderers in a forty overs a side friendly fixture.

Wanderers opted to bat first but were always losing wickets as doing the damage was young seamer Martin McKenna, who from eight overs, had the visitors rocking on 27 for 5. He went on to take five wickets, finishing with 5 for 5 with five maidens from his eight over spell in a stunning display with the ball whilst there were further wickets for Ali Peebles, 1 for 14 off eight overs, Charlie Stranks 2 for 34 and a wicket a piece for Jack Howard and Steve Rhodes. Some lusty hits down the order, saw Wanderers eventually reach 154 all out.

Kenilworth made a strong reply as openers Charlie Stranks with a well made 41 and Dan Horner, together the pair put on 84 for the first wicket, Steve Rhodes added a quick 22. Yet it was Dan Horner with a composed innings of 71 not out, including 4 x 4 and two huge sixes over square leg into the field to see Kenilworth ease home with six overs to spare, finishing on 157 for 3 to win by seven wickets, on a day that belonged to young Martin McKenna for a fantastic spell of bowling and Dan Horner for his innings and for hitting huge sixes.

2nds move to the top

2nd XI v. Highway Spartans

On Saturday 25th June, Kenilworth’s 2nd XI travelled to play Highway Spartans for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Eight East fixture.

Kenilworth batting first on the artificial wicket, got off to a steady start, with openers Mark Stranks 21 and Dan Horner 20, laid a solid foundation, young batsman Martin McKenna continued his good run of form with a fine 34, along with Jono Sparks 17 Kenilworth making 147 all out from their forty five overs, Shaw with 3 for 31 was the pick of the Spartans bowlers.

Spartans reply was soon in trouble, with new ball bowlers Ian Baker 3 for 25 and skipper Geoff Edmunds 2 for 2, the home side kept losing wickets , Jack Howard 1 for 16, Ali ‘Sid’ Peebles 2 for 18 and spinner Charlie Stranks 2 for 16, as Highway Spartans were all out for 88, only Cowley with 22 making any impact, as Kenilworth go top of Division Eight East, winning by 59 runs and take the full 24 points.