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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.

First Game of the 2017 Season

The 2017 season underway

The 2017 season underway

Booker stars but side lose out

The 2017 season got under way on Saturday 8th April for Kenilworth .
A home forty overs a side  friendly against Rugby CC took place  in unusually glorious warm sunshine and cloudless skies.
Rugby opted to bat first and opening bat Qureshi with 44 laid a decent foundation for his side, but it was the number five, Edwards who hit a magnificent 101, as visitors Rugby piled up 286 for 8 from their forty overs. Wickets were shared  for the hosts as  Ed Ruswa took 2 for 44, Matt Casey 2 for 45, Ian Baker 1 for 19, skipper Neil Goodman 1 for 9 and Pat Howard 1 for 46.
Kenilworth were never up with the required rate, only number three Tom Booker with a fine 91 that saw him hit 10 boundaries made any impact on the visitors’ bowling attack. Useful cameos came from Pat Howard 26 and Matt Casey 22 not out. The home side eventually finishing on 182 for 6 from their forty overs. Marshall with 2 for 32 for Rugby, as the visitors ran out winners by 104 runs. as both sides dusted down the winter cobwebs.

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

No joy for the Firsts

1st XI v. Old Edwardians

On a sunny May 28th , Kenilworth’s 1st XI team travelled to Old Edwardians for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division One match.
 The home side won the toss and asked Kenilworth to bat first who lost a very early wicket and later slipped to a precarious 65  for 6 with only Dave Edmunds with 39 making any impact with the bat.
However, Tom Booker with a fine 51 (7 x 4 and a six), along with Aussie import Matt Dargan 27 put on 76 for the 7th wicket before a late collapse saw the visitors slump to 165 all out in only 38 overs as Nazakat with 5 for 39 and Altaf with 3 for 28 doing the damage for Old Edwardians.
The home side found things tricky in their reply, slipping to 41 for 3 as Kenilworth’s bowlers made it hard the home side. Nazakat was having a fine game though, his 87 not out proving crucial.
steve rKenilworth kept taking wickets, with opening bowler Steve Rhodes taking a superb 4 for 21 from 12 hostile overs, but his efforts were in vain as Old Edwardians got over the winning line on 167 for 7 winners by three wickets. Other wicket takers were Tom Pope 1 for 27, Jorjeet Singh 1 for 47 and Neil Goodman 1 for 4, Guy Pearson taking two smart catches in the outfield. Kenilworth take 5 points.

Weather prevents probable victory

1st XI v. Barby

Rain ruined the chance of the Kenilworth’s first League victory of the season in their Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1 against table toppers, Barby and had to settle for a draw.

Kenilworth batted first and openers Guy Pearson 33 and Mike Watts 26 put on 41 for the first wicket. Neil Goodman then entered the fray and took control with the bat to smash a magnificent century as he made 105 hitting 8 x 4’s and 7 x 6’s in the process. Kenilworth  reached 227-9 off their allocated 50 overs. D. Scott took 3-31, C. Scott 3-50 and Watson 2-26 for Barby.

In reply, in declining weather conditions, Barby struggled to 136-7 in 29 overs with Gleghorn 81 not out holding their innings together, with Edom 18 the next highest score.

The Umpires brought an end to the game with 21 overs left due to the weather. Frustratingly, that saw Barby narrowly ahead of the required run rate to ensure they were awarded the winning draw albeit with only 3 wickets remaining after Kenilworth’s  excellent all round efforts.

Kenilworth’s pacy opener Matt Dargan produced his best bowling performance of the season for the side as he took 4-35 off his 12 overs, 5 of which were maidens whilst Gregg Peebles chipped in with 2-31 and Steve Rhodes 1-28.