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3rds incur a harsh defeat

3rd XI v. WCC Staff II

 

LOSE!

 

On Saturday 11th August, Kenilworth’s Third eleven travelled the short distance to play Warwick County Council Staff for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

However, a bitterly disappointing end to the match for the 3rds saw table topping WCC Staff  handed victory, on run rate, whilst 9 wickets down in the drizzle as the game was called off.

Put into bat, Kenilworth’s openers Steve Kelley and Geoff Edmunds made a slow but steady start, putting on 14 in ten overs before Edmunds was bowled for 2. His wicket bought young 14 year old Will Machin to the crease, together the pair got the score moving, adding 62 for the second wicket when Kelley was caught for 34, his first innings of the season. Andy Dadswell joined Machin, the pair added 49 together in just nine overs, Dadswell caught for 15, a quick 12 from Ed Smith before Machin was last wicket to fall, bowled for his second senior fifty of the season, hitting a brilliant and personal best 78, his innings containing 12 x 4. Skipper Sam Leach (19 not out) and Matthew Dadswell (6 not out) saw the visitors make 188 for 5 from their forty five overs. Maynard and Abbasi taking two wickets each for Warwick Staff.

Staff opening pair, Robbins and Darby put on 25 for the first wicket until Ed Smith removed Darby for 15. Smith’s new ball partner Matthew Dadswell removed the Staff number three via a fine catch from Kelley, 28 for 2. With light rain falling, Ed Smith was ripping through the home batting, clean bowling three batsmen, including Robbins for 53, together with the guile of Geoff Edmunds and the pace of Nick Moore, suddenly the home side were now 137 for 7, a brief partnership kept the home side interested in victory, but 158 for 8 then 159 for 9, swung the game the visitor’s way, with eleven overs left and the constant rain no heavier than it had been all day, the umpires decided to take the players off  and that ensured that the home side won the match under the League Rules.

By the end of it, the game had turned around in Kenilworth’s favour and they had agonisingly come close to victory in the damp with Warwick Staff ending on 167 for 9 after 34.4 overs when they walked off.

A poor end to the day of cricket for the drizzle drenched 3rd XI  and spoiling the fine achievement of the impressive teenager Will Machin, who hit his highest Senior score to date and who was undoubtedly the player of the day. 

Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Ed Smith 4 for 29 from ten hostile overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 23 from 7.4 overs Nick Moore 2 for 37 from 6 overs and 1 for 28 for Matthew Dadswell from six overs. Kenilworth take 8 points for their excellent efforts.

 

Not quite enough in the tanks

3rd. XI v. Earlswood IV

 

LOSE !

On Saturday 4th August, Kenilworth’s Third eleven hosted Earlswood 4ths for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on a glorious but baking hot day, a side sporting 5 over 50’s! 

The visitors won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers B. Whitfield and Zaman looked to make a positive start, but Zaman was bowled by Matt Dadswell for 17, before Ed Smith dismissed number three Weir for 0 first ball, but Fitzgerald and N. Whitfield Began to steady their side, Whitfield was particularly aggressive hitting two sixes before being stumped by Andy Dadswell off Andy Smith for 27, Fitzgerald was caught by Will Machin off Geoff Edmunds for 44, along with 27not out from Earls, Earlswood made 199 for 8 from their forty five overs, Ed Smith taking two wickets with the last two balls of the visitors innings. Wickets for Ed Smith with 3 for 38 from ten overs, Geoff Edmunds with 2 for 34 from ten overs, Matt Dadswell and Andy Smith both with 1 for 34 from eight overs.

After the tea interval, Kenilworth openers Ant Kerry and Geoff Edmunds put on 32 for the first wicket before Kerry was Bowled by Jenkins for 12, Edmunds was soon to follow, lbw for 15, when Ben Maney fell second ball, the home side were struggling on 39 for 3. Gareth Knights and Will Machin put on 31 for the fourth wicket before Knights fell for 11. Machin was joined by Ed Smith, Smith playing in his usual aggressive manner, as the pair put on 48 for the fifth wicket, Smith falling for 30. Three more quick wickets left Kenilworth on trouble on 132 for 8, but the visitors were put on the back foot again, as number ten Andy Smith joined skipper Sam Leach, together the pair put on 39 in quick time, before Leach was run out for 20, with the home side now 171 for 9 with two overs left, Last man Andy Kennell joined Smith, but Smith was out in the last over for 11, his highest score for a number of years! Kennell marooned 0 not out. Two wickets each for Whitfield and Jenkins, as the visitors Earlswood running out winners on the day by 28 runs, Kenilworth stay second bottom with four games left after taking seven points for their efforts.

 

 

A bowlers day except for Chant’s winning efforts with the bat.

3rd. XI v. Bearley

 

WIN!

The 3rd XI bounced back from their recent run of defeats and took revenge on Bearley in their Division 6 match in the Cotswold Hills Cricket League with a 4 wicket win in a low scoring, bowler friendly day.

Bearley crashed from 51-1 to 89 all out inside 31 overs, despite the efforts of Franklin 28 and Mira 21 as the Kenilworth bowlers ripped through the side.

Old time seamer Pete Alty took 2-33 from his 10 overs but it was Johnny Mortlock and Geoff Edmunds who did the damage. Mortlock took 4-26 from 8 overs whilst Edmunds, who was unplayable took an unbelievable 4-3 from 5.3 frugal overs as they ran through the Bearley line up. There were 2 outfield catches for Nathan Chant and one each for both Sam Leach and Geoff Hay.

Chant then hit a very solid 45 (9 x 4) for the 3rd XI chasing and Leach was 21 not out as wickets tumbled but the side held their nerves and reached 90-6 in 24 overs to bring them victory with the winning runs being hit by Jeff Stanners after Andy Dadswell had made 10. Wicket takers for Bearley were Kyfayat with 4-31 off his 10 overs and Shakyl 1-29 off 6 overs but the day belonged to Kenilworth and to Edmunds, Mortlock and Chant, in particular.

 

 

Seconds run out of overs to win

2nd XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On Saturday 7th July, Kenilworth’s Second team travelled to Solihull Blossomfield for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Due to the England football, the match had an early start and was reduced to forty overs each. The home side won the toss and chose to bat first, openers Ramachanken and Vemna put on 36 for the first wicket, Ramachanken was caught by Sam Leach for 30, Seifas added 30 with Vemna before he was caught by Matt Dadswell for 17, the home side 66 for 2, that became 106 for 3 when skipper Charlie Stranks had Jhass caught and bowled for 17. Stranks was to take three more quick wickets, the home side in trouble at 118 for 7, but Smith played a key innings for his side, making a fine 65 not out, along with Jamil with 24 not out, put on exactly 100 together for the eighth wicket, as Blossomfield ended on 218 for 7 from their forty overs. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Charlie Stranks 4 for 53, Ryan Bull, playing his first game of the season, 2 for 53, both off nine overs added to a run out from Sam Leach.

Kenilworth’s opening pair of Dan Horner and Pete Huxford looked to make a solid start, but Horner fell for 1 and Huxford for 13, and the visitors further slipped to 30 for 2. A partnership of 61 between the in form Elliot Haynes-Sorrell and Ben Maney took the score to 91 when Maney was bowled for a brisk 35. Mark Stranks joined Sorrell, another solid stand, these two added 66 together before Stranks was out for 27, Kenilworth 157 for 4. Sorrell fell for another well played fifty, out for 67 (8 x 4), the visitors 181 for 5. Skipper Charlie Stranks fell for 9, as Kenilworth just ran out of overs, Sam Leach 11 not out and Theo Mannion 6 not out, the visitors just short of victory, ending on 201 for 7 from their forty overs. For Blossomfield, Smith took 2 for 44. Kenilworth take 11 points for a losing draw. 

9 man 3rds no match against the hosts

3rd XI v. Winchcombe II

 

On Saturday 30th June Kenilworth’s Third team made the long trip to Winchcombe for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

After a long struggle in the week to get a side out, Kenilworth’s nine players took to the field after the home side chose to bat first on a hot and sunny day.

Opening bowlers Geoff Edmunds and debutant Kiran Shanker shared the new ball, and Edmunds struck early, bowling Davis for no score, Winchcombe 3 for 1. Number three Major joined Peck, the pair looked to expose the gaps in the Kenilworth field, the lack of a full fielding compliment started to show, as Peck and Major put on a quickfire stand of 102 for the second wicket, Major caught at long on for an aggressive 65 off Ant Kerry’s occasional spin. Two more wickets for Kerry, Peck for 44 and Allen for 10, Winchcombe now 136 for 4. In Kiran Shanker’s third spell he picked up a deserved first senior wicket, bowling Andrews for 30, 17 from Orzel as Winchcombe finished on 234 for 7off 45 overs. Wickets for Kenilworth were Ant Kerry 3 for 51 off seven overs, Geoff Edmunds 2 for 9 off ten very tidy overs, Sam Leach 1 for 39 and 1 for 57.

Both sides enjoyed a fantastic tea, followed by openers Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry looked to make a solid start, as Kenilworth’s nine men looked to see how close they could get to the target. The pair put on a solid 40 before Kerry was caught for 10. This soon became 40 for 2, Andy Dadswell joined Shanker, the pair adding 32 for third wicket, before Shanker fell for a good 45. Kiran Shanker was caught for 2, Kenilworth now 77 for 4. Skipper Sam Leach joined Dadswell, these two soon got the scoreboard moving again. These two put on 46 for the 5th wicket before Leach was bowled for 29, Kenilworth now 123 for 5, soon after Dadswell was also out for 30, 134 for 6 became 139 for 8 and all over for Kenilworth in the 37th over all out for 139. For Winchcombe Davis took 4 for 35 and Andrews took 3 for 22. Winchcombe the winners by 95 runs.

All credit to the nine who played especially young Kiran Shanker and Louis Smitheson who fielded and bowled brilliantly, well played lads. Kenilworth take 5 points for their efforts.