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Side can not hang on to prevent Khalsa from winning

2nd XI v. Leamington Khalsa

LOSE!!

On Saturday 1st September, Kenilworth’s second team hosted Leamington Khalsa for their last home Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture of the season which turned into smiles for the visitors as they bowled out a chasing Kenilworth.

Kenilworth won the toss and asked Khalsa to bat first, Jono Sparks took two early wickets via catches from Peter Huxford and Tom Anscombe, the visitors 35 for 2. Number three Krishna then started to take the game to the home side, together with Harry when the fourth wicket fell, these two started to take the game away from the home side, Harry fell for 88, but Kreshna fell just short of his hundred, ending 95 not out. Khalsa finished on 253 for 6 from their fifty overs. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Jono Sparks with 2 for 35 from nine overs, Ian Baker with 2 for 69 from twelve overs and 1 for 42 for spinner Andy Smith from eleven overs, whose first 9 over spell went for only 22 and was very unlucky not to have picked up more wickets.

Kenilworth lost an early wicket in their reply, Skipper Dan Horner out for 6, Kenilworth 11 for 1. Elliott Haynes Sorrell joined Matt Casey, together the pair started to get their side back on track, the pair putting on 62 for second wicket, Casey falling for a solid 31, Sorrell fell for 41, falling just short of a thousand runs for the season, Kenilworth 105 for 3. Useful innings from Jono Sparks with 24, Nathan Chant 14 and an eye catching and hard hitting 36 from number six Ben Maney, kept their side in touch. But from 173 for 5, the home side slipped to 174 for 8, now the draw looked the best option for Kenilworth, a stand of 27 between Tom Skinner (18) and Tom Anscombe took their side to 48th over until Skinner was caught for 18. Number eleven Andy Smith strode to the crease, but was adjudged lbw second ball, Kenilworth all out for 201 at the end of the 48th over and to leave a battling Anscombe stranded on 6 not out.

For Khalsa Jespal, Rajgul and Harry all taking two wickets in a match played in good spirit. Khalsa the winners by 52 runs. Kenilworth take six points.

 

Casey steadies the wobbling ship to see side to victory in low scoring affair

2nd XI v. Weoley Hill

WIN!!

On Saturday 18th August Kenilworth’s Second team hosted Birmingham outfit Weoley Hill for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Weoley Hill chose to bat first and probably wished they hadn’t. After a steady opening stand, as openers Traford and Smith put on 37 for the first wicket, Traford making 19 and Smith making 17, but from 57 for 2, the visitors collapsed, 66 for 7 became 87 all out in just 31 overs, just the openers making double figures. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Chris Beach with 4 for 20 from ten tidy overs, Theo Mannion with 3 for 8 and 3 for 19 for Tom Skinner as they caused havoc.

However, Kenilworth had a poor start in their reply, 4 for 1, then to 13 for 3 and 27 for 4. A partnership of 39 between Matt Casey and Jono Sparks for the fifth wicket, Sparks falling for 19, Kenilworth 66 for 5. Casey went on to see his side home with 42 not out, the home side ending on 89 for 6 in the 41st over to win by four wickets as Tom Anscombe 6* hit the winning runs to give the side relief after they had wobbled chasing the low score. Heneghan taking 3 for 18 from twelve overs for Weoley Hill.
Kenilworth take the full 24 points.

3rds hold their nerves to secure a 2 run win

3rd XI v. Earlswood IV

On Saturday 16th June, Kenilworth’s Thirds travelled to Earlswood for the second time in two weeks for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture, looking to make it back to back wins there. They held their nerves and so did in an absorbing final over finish.

As per the other fixture, skipper Sam Leach lost the toss and his side were asked to bat again.

Openers Uma Shanker and Ant Kerry strode to the wicket, after a steady start, both openers fell with the score on 25. Then, at the crease were Andy Dadswell and Nigel Thompson, both players looked to be positive until Dadswell fell to a sharp catch at slip for 11, the score now 48 for 3 that brought  Jack Howard in to join Thompson. There was sensible batting, hitting the bad ball and rotating the strike saw pair add a fine 95 together, before Howard fell one after reaching a fine 50, his innings including 8 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth well placed at 35 overs on 143 for 4. Next man in Tom Anscombe hit a sublime cover drive for four first ball, before he fell for 14 with the score on 164 for 5. Ed Smith was the new man in, he began to up the tempo, a typical Smith power innings of 27 not out, along with Thompson who was unbeaten on 61 (7 x 4), Kenilworth finished on 212 for 5 from their forty five over allocation. For Earlswood, Ben Fitzgerald took 2 for 45 from ten overs.

After the players enjoyed another quality Earlswood tea, the home side went in search of 213. Matt Dadswell and Ed Smith opened the attack for the visitors Kenilworth, and both claimed an early wicket each, both to slip catches from skipper Sam Leach, the first of Smith an absolute screamer, the home side 13 for 2. Another wicket for Smith saw the home side tottering on 36 for 3, but with a dark cloud appearing from nowhere, the players were forced off, as a twenty minute cloud burst saw the teams leaving the field after 11.2 overs.

After the rain had stopped, both sided agreed a start and revised total, this was now 180 off 38 overs for the win. With the wet ball, Leach made an immediate change at both ends, spinners Geoff Edmunds and Tom Skinner replaced Dadswell and Smith. This put the brakes on the home side, both picking up early wickets, Earlswood now 88 for 5 after 19 overs. The pair bowled 19 overs between them, leaving Skinner with one left.

Edmunds was in miserly form, he was to keep taking wickets, one of which was due to a spectacular two handed diving catch from Tom Anscombe, backed by his enthusiastic celebration. Edmunds returned excellent figures of 4 for 21 from ten quality overs. The home side in trouble on 95 for 7, but Thorne was being a thorn in the side for Kenilworth, while he was there they still had hope. After two overs from Jack Howard, skipper Leach turned to Skinner to bowl his last and the penultimate over, the home side 15 away from victory, but Skinner tempted Thorne down the wicket, only to be stumped by Andy Dadswell for 37, Earlswood 169 for 9.

Down to the last over, eleven needed for the home side, Ed Smith to bowl, after a four singles and a two, Earlswood needed five off the last ball, they only managed two, ending on 177 for 9, Kenilworth the winners by a narrow two runs, a great game of cricket from both sides sees Kenilworth rewarded with a 21 point win. Other wicket takers after Edmunds were, Ed Smith with 2 for 48 from ten overs, Tom Skinner 2 for 53 from ten overs and Matt Dadswell with 1 for 19 off six overs.

A very solid team performance with a happy outcome for the side.

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.

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.