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Second’s joy

2nd XI v. Barby


Kenilworth’s Second team travelled to Barby on Saturday 30th June for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Acting Kenilworth captain Charlie Stranks asked the home side to bat first after winning the toss. Joey Poole and Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for Kenilworth, although not giving many runs away, were unable to make an early breakthrough, as the home side’s openers, Dury and C. Bramley put on a solid 88 for the first wicket together, Dury falling for 48. J. Bramley joined his brother, these two putting on 36 for the second wicket, C. Bramley falling one short of fifty, out for 49, when Ben Maney ran Outhwaite out for 28, the home side were 194 for 4, Franks with a brisk 49 not out saw his side post a decent 220 for 5 from their fifty over allocation. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were seamer Jack Howard with 2 for 24 from seven overs and 2 for 34 for the spin of Chris Beach from twelve tidy overs.

After the tea interval, the visitors openers Joey Poole and Jack Howard set about the task of chasing down the 221 to win. They made a quick start in no time the pair added fifty together, they put on 71in twelve overs when Howard was out for 30. Elliott Haynes-Sorrell joined Poole, Sorrell was out for 11, adding 31 with Poole, Kenilworth now 102 for 2. Next man in Ben Maney made a brisk 29, including a massive six down the ground, the visitors well placed at 156 for 3 after 24 overs. Michael Watts, playing his first game of the season, joined opener Poole, adding 18 together when Poole was dismissed for a brilliant 74(13 x 4 and 1 x 6), Kenilworth now 174 for 4, skipper Charlie Stranks fell for 6, now 182 for 5, a sixth wicket fell on 217, but Watts with a composed innings of 37 not out saw his side home, Kenilworth finishing on 221 for 6 in the 44th over, winning by four wickets and six overs to spare, for Barby, J. Bramley had a solid game, taking 4 for 45.

Kenilworth take 20 points for a fine team performance.

A fine team performance secures the 2nds victory

2nd XI v. Weoley Hill

On Saturday 3rd June, Kenilworth’s 2nd XI travelled to Birmingham side Weoley Hill for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Kenilworth were put into bat with openers Mark Stranks and Dan Horner making a strong solid start to their side’s innings. The pair put on 55 for the first wicket, before Horner fell for 29.  Stranks went on to make a fine 45, whilst Freddie Davies made an aggressive 29 including three sixes, There were useful knocks of 14 from Michael Watts and 10 from Ant Kerry that helped Kenilworth reach 145 all out in the 49th over. Stirling with 3 for 18 and Clay 3 for 27 the star performers for Weoley Hill.
The home side never looked comfortable against visitor’s bowling and lost wickets at regular intervals. Young seam bowler Freddie Davies ripped through the home batting, taking a fine 4 for 23 and he was backed up by the guile of skipper Geoff Edmunds with a frugal 4 for 13 off ten overs and his spin partner Chris Beach with 2 for 14 off nine unplayable overs. Only Grathorne with 28 not out and Simpson 19 making a double figure score for the home side, Weoley Hill all out for 83 inside only 31 overs.
A fine team performance saw Kenilworth collect 24 points, winning by 62 runs. Well played lads.


Watts continues to deliver

2nd XI v. Dunlop Stars

Kenilworth’s second team hosted the Dunlop Stars for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture on Saturday 13th May.
Dunlop were asked to bat first and fell to 17 for 1 but Irfan with an aggressive 55 and Khan got their innings back on track, with Khan finishing on 65 not out. The Stars finished on a very decent 272 for 9 from their fifty overs, their total boosted by 53 extras, including 39 wides. Wickets were shared around for Kenilworth, as skipper Geoff Edmunds took 3 for 45 off twelve overs, Ryan Bull 3 for 56 off twelve overs, Sam Leach 1 for 31, Jono Sparks 1 for 35 off ten overs and Freddie Davies 1 for 95 off twelve overs.
Kenilworth’s reply didn’t start well and were in trouble at 12 for 2 and then 37 for 3 but a stand of 66 between Nathan Chant (36) and Michael Watts for the fourth wicket, when Chant was dismissed with the score on 103. Watts was joined by Freddie Davies who made 43 not out in an unbroken stand with Watts of 97, as keeper Watts continued his fine start to his season, hitting another impressive half century, finishing on 81 not out, his innings containing twelve boundary fours.
Kenilworth finished on a creditable 200 for 4 from their fifty overs. Dunlop even used all eleven of their players as bowlers during the innings, but only two of the eleven bowlers used managed to take a wicket, Z. Ali with 2 for 27 and H. Ali with 2 for 33.
Kenilworth take ten points for a losing draw. They have two draws, one win and one loss from their opening four fixtures.

Watts guides the side to victory

2nd XI v. Griff & Coton

Kenilworth’s Saturday second team travelled to Nuneaton side Griff and Coton for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.
The home side were asked to bat first and they found scoring runs difficult against an accurate Kenilworth bowling attack, with wickets falling at regular intervals. Only Shah with a patient innings of 41 and Keshwald 25 made any impact. Young seamers,  Jono Sparks with 2 for 26, Ryan Bull 2 for 33 and Freddie Davies 2 for 30 never let the home side settle with  skipper Geoff Edmunds weighing in with 2 for 15, as Griff and Coton finished on 151 for 9 from their fifty overs.
At 24 for 3,  then 37 for 5, Kenilworth were in trouble themselves. However, young Elliott Sorrell-Haynes joined old timer Michael Watts and the pair batted Kenilworth back into the game with a important partnership of 49 for the sixth wicket, with Sorrell-Haynes making 22. Watts batted brilliantly, and along with number nine Chris Beach put on a match winning partnership of 54 , Beach unbeaten on 17, but it was Watts with a very fine 72 not out who was the hero guiding his side home, his innings containing ten boundary fours. Kenilworth finished on 153 for 7 in 47 overs and took 20 points for their first win of the season.

Last pair hang in on there to get losing draw after Watts’ heroics.

2nd XI v. Coleshill 2nd XI

Promoted Kenilworth’s Second team opened their 2017 Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven season on 22nd April , with a home fixture against Coleshill CC.
Coleshill were invited to bat first in glorious sunshine, the visiting opening batsman soon got the scoreboard moving  in particular, Baker, who went on to make a very fine 103 and number three Loch with an aggressive innings of 92. The visiting captain Waugh chipping in with 31, as Coleshill amassed a huge 358 for 6 from their fifty overs. Wickets for Sam Leach 3 for 94 from twelve overs, Gareth Knights 2 for 61 and Nick Moore 1 for 41.
Things did not get any better with the bat for Kenilworth as the side made a disastrous start to their reply, slipping to 8 for 3 and 25 for 4 before all- rounder Sam Leach with a patient 10 put on 55 with keeper batsman Michael Watts for fifth wicket in 17 overs.
Watts also put on 55 with  Nick Moore for the eighth wicket, whilst young Charlie Waters with 15 also batted well.
Watts batted brilliantly for 42 overs, hitting a superb 76 (9×4), only to fall in the last over, Kenilworth’s last pair holding on for a losing draw, showing great spirit, finishing on 166 for 9 from their fifty overs. Yamja with 2 for 11, Tyler 2 for 32 and Waugh 2 for 37 doing the damage, as Kenilworth were helped with 53 extras in their total. Kenilworth take 6 points.