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Wootton win in the wet

Sunday XI v. Leek Wootton

On Sunday 10th September, Kenilworth hosted local rivals Leek Wootton in forty overs a side friendly.

Wootton won the toss and decided to bat first as opening pair Couchman and Allinson made a solid start, putting on 57 for the first wicket in twelve overs before Couchman fell to safe hands of Danny Boneham for 25 off the bowling of Will Machin. Budd joined Allinson at the crease, the pair went in search of upping the run rate, Budd looked in ominous form before Matt Dadswell bowled him middle stump. Wootton went from 114 for 1 to 116 for 3, with Ryan Bull sending Garman’s middle stump cartwheeling, Allinson went on to make a fine 65 for the visitors, as he became the first of four bowled victims for the impressive Freddie Davies, including three wickets in one over, young Davies having figures of 4 for 31 off seven overs.

Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were Will Machin with 2 for 51 off eight overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 25 off his eight overs, Ryan Bull with 1 for 28 off seven overs and last but not least, keeper, batsman and now bowler Dan Horner, who took the last two wickets, 2.1 overs over, having figures of 2 for 3. Wootton all out for 184 after 38 overs.

Kenilworth had a disastrous start to their reply, losing a wicket second ball and with the score on 17 for 1, the players were forced off due a spell of heavy rain onto an outfield already pretty wet, the prospect of any more play looked remote.

Suddenly the rain stopped, the skies brightened and play began again, Kenilworth now had a reduced run chase of 158 needed off 34 overs, returning batsmen Tom Anscombe and Jono Sparks started brightly at the resumption of play, until Sparks fell for 19 and Anscombe clean bowled for 10, with the home side in trouble. Henry Curran began to rebuild Kenilworth’s innings, but he was running out of partners, as batsmen came and went. A cameo of 19 from Freddie Davies, including two sixes, revived the home side’s chances but when he fell, all hopes were left with Curran, with ten needed off two overs but only one wicket in hand Curran was stumped for a fine 66, an innings that came so close to winning the game for his side, his knock containing six fours.

Kenilworth all out for 147 after 32 overs, Couchman doing the damage in the middle order with a spell of 4 for 20 from seven overs, Garman chipped in with 3 for 30 for Leek Wootton, who were the winners by ten runs.

All in all, with a wet ground and a rain delay, both sides take credit for playing the game in difficult conditions.



The 3’s one sided match.

3rd XI v. Lapworth

The 3’s recorded an easy victory in their Division 6 Cotswold Hills Cricket League match against Lapworth who were skittled out for 61 – a score only reached as Akram made 40 of them. Pete Alty took 3-17, Charlie Walters 3-4 off 2.3 overs, Johnny Mortlock 2-5 and Ed Smith 1-30 for Kenilworth.

The 3’s reached the target inside 17 overs ending on 62-2 with Smith 15* hitting the match winning ball for a six. Earlier, Tom Anscombe had made 15 in a one sided match.

Thirds truimph

3rd XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV

Kenilworth’s Thirds made the short trip to neighbours Kenilworth Wardens for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

Wardens were asked to bat first, after ten overs the home side were 58 for 0, but once Salisbury went for an aggressive 58 to the bowling of skipper Sam Leach (2 for 27 off ten tidy overs), Kenilworth began to slow the run rate without taking wickets and from 146 for 1 they were pegged back, ending on 187 for 7 from their 45 overs, Casey 36 and Sorrell 32 adding valuable runs for the Wardens. Chris Beach with a fine 3 for 12 at the backend of the innings kept the home side under 200, wickets too for youngsters Ryan Bull 1 for 36 and Max Howard 1 for 41.

Kenilworth’s openers Andy Dadswell 11 and Nigel Thompson 19 as they slipped to 34 for 2 and then 48 for 3, but the partnership of 73 between the wily Tom Anscombe 42 and the hard hitting of Ed Smith 47, Smith with the big shots and Anscombe with the delicate touch, caressing three fours through the covers, a joy to watch. Yet in the 29th over looked like the match had swung the home side’s way, as three wickets fell in the same over, including Smith and Anscombe.

With 50 needed from 15 overs, it was now anyone’s game, one more wicket fell and the visitors now required 30 from ten overs with three wickets left, eight down now, the scenario  was that 20 was needed off seven overs. Chris Beach was joined by young bowler Ryan Bull and the pair held their nerve, both hitting boundaries, as Kenilworth getting over the line with an over to spare, Bull 5 not out, but it was left to Beach to hit the winning runs, finishing on 15 not out, Kenilworth finishing on 193 for 8, winning by two wickets, Kenilworth take 18 points.

Well played lads.

Salute to Skipper Sam

3rd XI v. Lapworth 2nds

On Saturday 11th June, Kenilworth’s Third team made the short trip to Lapworth, to play their Second XI for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.


Kenilworth won the toss and decided to bat first, the visitors made a slow but steady start, with Geoff Hay with 24, Ed Smith batting at four soon got the scoreboard moving with a typically hard hitting innings of 51 (5 x 4 & 2 x 6), along with Andy Dadswell with 18, the innings was given the perfect boost with Tom Anscombe with 21 together with skipper Sam Leach with a very fine 54 (9 x 4), put on a fine 71 for the seventh wicket, as Kenilworth finished on 205 for 8 from their 45 overs, Baber with 2 for 19 and Sealey 2 for 24 were the pick of the Lapworth bowling.


Lapworth made a strong start to their reply, but Kenilworth’s bowlers never let the home side settle, and from 49 for 1 slipped to 90 for 7 at the half way stage, the damage done by an inspired spell of seam bowling by skipper Sam Leach with an amazing personal best of 7 for 20 off nine unplayable overs, totally changed the game, as Kenilworth backed him up in the field, with several smart catches all round.


Other wicket takers were the impressive Ed Smith with 1for 16, youngster Max Howard with his first senior league wicket 1 for 16 off six tidy overs and Ryan Bull 1 for 1 off three overs, as Kenilworth bowling the hosts out 117 with nine overs remaining. Kenilworth taking the maximum 24 points for their efforts. All in all probably the perfect team performance, and a day skipper Sam Leach won’t forget, with his 54 and seven wickets, well played Sam.

3rds unsuccessful at Bearley

3rd XI v. Bearley

On Saturday 28th May, Kenilworth’s Third XI made the short trip to Bearley for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.
Kenilworth were asked to bat first, but soon slipped to 20 for 2 then 37 for 4, and with batsmen finding ways to get themselves out. They were eventually all out in 44 overs for a paltry 124, only skipper Sam Leach with 20, the steadfast Tom Anscombe with 16 and Geoff Hay with 11 making double figures.  Saunders with 4 for 20 doing most of the damage.
Bearley began their reply in a very positive manner and with Castle hitting 32 and Ross with 56 not out, the hosts cruising home to 125-1  in 20 overs with the only wicket being taken by  Gareth Knights with 1 for 25. A day to forget for the Thirds, taking just one point for their efforts.