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Horner and Casey give a master batting display

2nd XI v. Coleshill

On Saturday 9th June, Kenilworth’s Second team hosted Birmingham side Coleshill for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture and gave a superb all round performance that saw them victors.

The visitors won the toss and asked the home side to bat first, skipper Dan Horner and Ant Kerry opened the batting, the pair made a strong start to their sides innings, putting on 53 for the first wicket before Kerry was unfortunately run out for 12. Ben Whidbourne was dismissed cheaply, the home side now 69 for 2, this bought young George Baines to the crease, he and skipper Horner adding a further 59 for the third wicket, Kenilworth now 128 for 3, Baines caught for 16, Horner now bringing up his fifty.

The wicket of Baines bought Matt Casey to join his Captain, this is where the home side began to make Hay in the sunshine, both players starting to find plenty of gaps in the field, the boundaries were now flowing, in no time at all, Casey too had his maiden fifty, Horner too closing in too on personal milestone, Horner hitting a four to bring up his maiden hundred, a quite brilliant innings, by now the visitors heads were down, having no answer to Horner and Casey, Kenilworth finishing on a very decent 285 for 3 from their fifty overs. Horner ending unbeaten on a superb 126 (16 x 4) and Matt Casey also unbeaten, his 80 not out off only 62 balls with 11 x 4, including a series of cheeky reverse sweep strikes as the pair adding a superb stand of 157 unbroken for the fourth wicket off just 132 balls. For Coleshill Maguire took 2 for 65.

After the tea interval, Kenilworth’s opening bowlers Joey Poole and Matt Casey soon had the visitors batsmen walking back to the pavilion, Coleshill soon struggling on 9 for 2, Ali batting at number three made 31 and Maguire 33 batting at five, but the visitors lost wickets regularly, 40 for 3 then 71 for 5, 100 for 7, as spinning pair Chris Beach and Charlie Stranks also got amongst the wickets, Coleshill on the brink on 151 for 9, and soon after that in the 40th over, Coleshill all out for 153. Islah with 30 not out couldn’t save his side. Wickets shared for the home side, Joey Poole with 2 for 35 from eleven overs, Matt Casey 2 for 34 from eight, Chris Beach 2 for 23 from eleven overs, 2 for 21 for Charlie Stranks and a wicket for young seamer Max Howard with 1 for 11.

Kenilworth the winners by a huge 132 runs, taking the maximum 24 points, on a day when Dan Horner and Matt Casey won’t forget.

Hat trick of catches by Howard who then bats the side to safety with Dadswell after Machin’s 4-fer

Sunday XI v. Olton & WW

On Sunday 3rd June, Kenilworth were on their travels to Birmingham to play Olton & WW in the Arden Sunday league Division Three fixture. Both sides also immaculately observed one minute’s silence in honour of former first team captain, Neil Goodman, on the first anniversary of his death.

Olton chose to bat first and Kenilworth’s young seam attack of Matt Dadswell and Max Howard kept the Olton opening pair quiet, after nine overs, they were 9 for 0. The openers had reached thirty when Will Machin, who had replaced Dadswell, had Arshad caught by Max Howard for 9,  then accounted for fellow opener Miar in the same fashion, again caught by Max Howard at mid off for 15, Olton now 46 for 2, then with next ball Machin trapped the next man first ball lbw, the hat trick ball was kept out though, as young Machin was on fire, a fourth wicket for him left the home side on 50 for 4, that became 50 for 5 when Darius Potten Ravenshad picked up an lbw in the next over.

Spinner Charlie Stranks replaced Machin, he too picked up a wicket via another catch by Max Howard, this time on the boundary. Stranks got a second, thanks to a smart catch by Dave Edmunds, Olton now 137 for 7 with two overs remaining of their forty.

Trying to field the ball off the last ball of the home side’s allocation, Danny Boneham suffered a bad shoulder injury, and after medical help he was taken by ambulance to the local hospital, meaning he would be unable to bat. Olton finishing on 148 for 7. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Will Machin 4 for 26 off seven overs, Charlie Stranks 2 for 26 off seven overs and Darius Potten Ravenshad with 1 for 34 off eight overs, Griffin with 38 not out and Rogers Collen 26 the best of the home sides batting.

With one less batsman, Kenilworth went out looking to win their first Sunday game of the season, openers Dave Edmunds and Pat Howard opened up, and began the reply in positive fashion, after four overs the visitors were 35 for no loss, but both openers fell with the score on 35, Howard first for 15 and Edmunds for 11. Theo Mannion and Elliott Haynes Sorrell added 21 for the third wicket, before Mannion was bowled for 5, Charlie Stranks joined Sorrell, both looking in good touch before Stranks fell lbw for 16 Kenilworth now 81 for 4, Sorrell was also out lbw for 20, now 84 for 5, now Dan Horner and Darius Potten Ravenshad had the task of getting their side home, but some tight bowling kept the visitors in check, Ravenshad fell to Collen for 6 and Horner was stumped for 16, the visitors struggling on 111 for 7 with overs running out, when Will Machin was out with the score of 113 for 8, last man Matt Dadswell joined Max Howard, as the opening bowlers had five overs to block to get the losing draw, the pair managed this with no alarms, the visitors ending on 115 for 8 from their forty overs to achieve a draw. For Olton, Stoykovski 2 for 14 and Suresh with 2 for 26 restricting the Kenilworth batsmen, on a day that will be remembered for Danny Boneham’s unfortunate injury, we hope he recovers soon.

Players from both Kenilworth and Olton & WW observing a minute’s silence in memory of Neil Goodman on the first anniversary of his death. Thank you Olton for participating in it. It meant a lot to Kenilworth CC.

Seconds settle for a draw

2nd XI v. RMCC

Kenilworth’s Second team hosted their RMCC counterparts on Saturday 2nd June for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Visitors RMCC won the toss and chose to bat first, Joey Poole and skipper Geoff Edmunds opening the bowling for Kenilworth, after four overs RMCC were 14 for no loss and then 30 for 0 after the first ten. Poole struck the first blow, clean bowling Atif for 22 with the score on 32. Max Howard and Chris Beach replaced Edmunds and Poole, Howard taking the second wicket, having Ali caught and bowled for 19. There was then a stand of 65 between number three Meraj and number four Akbar for the third of the wicket, Akbar falling to fifth bowler Charlie Stranks for an aggressive 40. Stranks struck twice more, RMCC now 158 for 5 in the 45th over. Poole returned to have Meraj caught by Mark Stranks for a fine 60 a flurry of late runs and wickets saw RMCC finish on 202 for 9 from their fifty overs, Khan unbeaten on 27 at the end. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Charlie Stranks 3 for 49 from twelve overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 20 off seven, Joey Poole with 2 for 54 from eleven overs and 1 for 40 for Max Howard from eight.

The Kenilworth openers Danny Boneham and Elliot Haynes Sorrell looked to make a solid start, but lost Sorrell to the first ball of the second over, 1 for 1. Keeper Dan Horner joined Boneham, the pair adding a solid 72 for the second wicket, before Boneham was bowled by Waheeb for a solid 39, Kenilworth 73 for 2 in the 29th over. Horner was joined at the wicket by Young George Baines, but he was dismissed with the score on 91, Baines making 10.David Barclay also out for 10, falling to Meraj, Kenilworth now 110 for 4 in the 40th over. The wicket of Horner for 45, who also fell to Meraj, now 116 for 5, the draw now the home side’s only option, Poole with 23 not out made sure that happened, two more late wickets meant Kenilworth finished on 154 for 7 from their fifty overs. Main wicket takers for RMCC were Sulai with 2 for 29 off nine overs and Meraj with 2 for 26 off seven overs, the match ending in a draw.

Concern over lightning causes match’s abandonment

Sunday XI v. Coombs Wood

Kenilworth’s 40 overs a side Arden Sunday League match against was abandoned by the Umpires following lightning and thunder that swept across the area after the match had been earlier stopped by a brief rainstorm when Coombs Wood were on 150-6 after 38.1 overs.

Coombs Wood had opener, Abbas, to thank for reaching their score as he was unbeaten on 91 not out when play was interrupted. Kenilworth bowlers had bowled tidy spells with Matt Casey and Charlie Stranks both taking 2-13  whilst Max Howard took 1-21 and Geoff Edmunds 1-11. Dan Horner behind the stumps took to smart catches.

After the rain storm had come and gone and just before the resumption of play, lightning in the area arrived which caused the Umpires to abandon the game for player safety and no more play was possible.

Leach and Machin hold their nerves to secure a tense one wicket win

3rd XI v. Ashton under Hill

 

On Saturday 26th May, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Ashton under Hill seconds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Seven fixture at their Harbury ground. The match turned out to be a very low scoring affair with Kenilworth’s last pair of Sam Leach and young Will Machin holding their nerves to secure a well deserved win against table topping Ashton, the Club’s first win a across all sides for two weekends.

 
Home captain invited the visitors Ashton to bat first, new ball pair of Ed Smith and George Boylin began with pace and aggression, Smith striking first, the visitors 9 for 1, not to be outdone, Boylin reducing the visitors to 16 for 2, also bowling the visitors top order middle stump. A partnership of 23, saw Ashton to 39, before Smith struck the woodwork again, 39 for 3, this was 44 for 4 when Boylin repeated the dose, two fine seven over spells each. If Ashton thought it would get easier when the change bowling arrived, they were wrong, Max Howard replaced Smith, he too got in on the act via a catch from Smith at cover, Skipper Leach replaced Boylin, Leach soon found the stumps, Ashton now 60 for 6. Young Will Machin then replaced Howard and he also got amongst the wickets, three clean bowled and a catch for keeper Andy Dadswell behind, as the visitors were all out in a flash in side thirty one overs for 97. Wicket takers Ed Smith 2 for 29, George Boylin 2 for 13, both off seven overs, Max Howard 1 for 15, Sam Leach 1 for 13, but young Will Machin taking the last four wickets, finishing with a superb 4 for 15 off 3.2 overs.

After tea, Kenilworth had 59 overs to get the 98 needed for victory, openers Matt Dadswell and Uma Shanker strode to the wicket, but when Dadswell fell for 5 and Shanker for 1, the home side in trouble at 6 for 2. Boylin fell to a sharp catch for 4, Kenilworth now 21 for 3, soon became 26 for 4 then 41 for 5, this game was now in the balance, Tom Anscombe batting at three, was standing firm, soaking up the overs, ten from Nigel Thompson, and Kenilworth now 59 for 6, Andy Dadswell with 15, Anscombe’s long vigil ended for 12 in thirty five overs (!!) , the score now 87 for 8 and on a knife edge, Ed Smith joined skipper Sam Leach, but fell quickly, now 91 for 9, seven runs needed as last man Will Machin joined Leach, Machin survived the over, Leach taking a two then a single, 95 for 9, with Leach on strike to the leg spinner Perks, and three needed, Leach calmly lifted the spinner over wide mid on for a six to win the game in the 48th over of 59.

 

Kenilworth finishing on 101 for 9, to win a brilliant game of cricket by one wicket, well played all.
Wicket takers for Ashton were Archer 3 for 17 off ten overs, Garland 2 for 16 off ten overs and spinner Perks with 2 for 22 off 9.2 overs.

Kenilworth take 18 points for their fine efforts.