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Elliott hits maiden century but side is outdone by the Bloss skipper

Sunday XI v. Solihull Blossomfield

On a hot Sunday 24th June, Kenilworth’s Sunday side travelled to play Solihull Blossomfield for their Arden Sunday League Division Three fixture that had been reduced to 35 overs  side due to England’s match in the World Cup. Despite the side’s eventual  loss, the day will be remembered for a superb maiden century from young Elliott Haynes-Sorrell and his 155 run unbroken 5th. wicket partnership with Charlie Stranks 63*.

Visiting captain Dan Horner won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Dan Horner and Andy Dadswell put on 16 when Dadswell was out for 3, this bought Elliott Haynes-Sorrell to join the skipper, but Horner was caught behind for a breezy 20, Kenilworth now 42 for 2. A third wicket fell, Ben Maney bowled for 5, the visitors now 53 for 3. The in form Matt Casey joined Sorrell, but Casey also fell cheaply, dismissed for 11, now Kenilworth needed a partnership at 77 for 4.

Young Sorrell was joined by all rounder Charlie Stranks, both players started to find plenty of gaps in the field, both batsmen were running well between the wickets, Sorrell was in fine form, bringing up his fifty on the 24th over, the hundred partnership was the next landmark, now along with brilliant running, plenty of fours too, Charlie Stranks bought his own half century, in stifling heat, the level of running was unbelievable, the 200 came up, four overs of the thirty five allocation to go, Sorrell was now in the eighties, as the last over was bowled, Sorrell was closing in on a century, and with two balls to go, Sorrell scampered through for a quite brilliant maiden hundred, he finished on 101 not out (11 x 4), and the pair put on an unbroken stand of 155 for the fifth wicket, Stranks unbeaten on 63 (8 x 4). Thanks to Sorrell and Stranks, Kenilworth posted a very decent 232 for 4 from their thirty five overs. For Blossomfield, Stanway took 2 for 25.

The home side’s openers looked to try and chase down the visitors total, but lost early wickets, losing two wickets with the score on 15, first thanks to a smart run out from Ben Maney, then Matt Dadswell bowled Nunnington first ball, Dadswell struck again in his next over, having Long caught by Tom Skinner for nine, Blossomfield now in trouble at 24 for 3. Wilson was still looking to be positive despite the fall of wickets, together with new man Ramachandra, the pair looked to get their side back in the game. After the opening bowlers Matt Dadswell and Matt Casey bowled a good opening spell, spin was introduced from both ends, as Tom Skinner and Charlie Stranks were introduced, Wilson and Ramachandran were starting to cut loose, Wilson looked in imperious form, he past fifty in quick time, the visitors kept plugging away, but the home pair kept finding the boundary on a regular basis. Skipper Horner tried several bowling changes, Ramachandran bought up his fifty next, Wilson was closing in on a century, as the partners went past 150, Wilson did bring up his hundred, soon after he did his partner Ramachandran was caught and bowled by Sam Leach, bowling spin, for a fine 81, Blossomfield now 200 for 4. 32 were needed off the last four overs, but Wilson smashed 18 off the 33rd over, his side almost there, Blossomfield got the required runs on the next over, finishing on 236 for 4, winning by six wickets and ten balls to spare. The Blossomfield captain truly played a fantastic innings, ending 127 not out. For Kenilworth Matt Dadswell took 2 for 40 from his seven overs and Sam Leach 1 for 31 from six overs.

On a day where each side had a centurion and a half century, its a day Elliot Haynes Sorrell won’t forget with his maiden hundred, despite the side losing.

A day to forget for the 3’s batsmen

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

 

Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Lapworth 2nds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 23rd June at their Harbury ground.

The visitors won the toss, and what seems to be the norm, asked Kenilworth to bat first. The home side made a terrible start, losing Jeff Stanners, Andy Dadswell, Gareth Knights and Ben Maney all for no score, the home side in huge trouble at 9 for 4, when opener Uma Shanker fell for 13, the home side were 36 for 5, that became 38 for 6 when skipper Sam Leach fell for 16, Matt Dadswell soon followed, the home side now 39 for 7, Geoff Edmunds made 2, now 51 for 9.

A last wicket stand of 31 between number ten Tom Skinner and last man Pete Alty got the home side to a below par total of 82 all out in just 30 overs, Skinner last man out for 23, Alty unbeaten on 2. For Lapworth, Croston with 3 for 18, McCormick 3 for 7 and Seeley taking 2 for 11.

Quick wickets were needed if the home side were to get back into it, Ed Smith was the man to do this, bowling with pace, he reduced the visitors to 5 for 3, Wright, Choudry and Morris falling to Smith, game on, when Pete Alty reduced Lapworth to 22 for 4, the visitors were rocking, Geoff Edmunds had Winter caught by Uma Shanker, the visitors were 29 for 5. But Seeley joined opener Lewis, the pair dug in and eventually seeing their side home, putting on an unbroken stand of 57 for the sixth wicket, Lewis 45 not out the difference in the end. A catch each for Shanker, Sam Leach and Andy Dadswell, wickets for Kenilworth were for Ed Smith 3 for 8 from ten hostile overs, Geoff Edmunds with 1 for 6 from ten miserly overs and Pete Alty 1 for 17 off six overs.

Lapworth finished on 86 for 5 to win by five wickets, Kenilworth taking just two points, on a day their batsmen will want to forget.

 

 

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.

The Thirds batsmen disappoint as side lose

3rd XI v. WCC Staff II

On Saturday 9th June Kenilworth’s Third team hosted high flying Warwick Staff 2nds for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground.

Put into bat the home side made a poor start against an accurate Staff bowling attack, Uma Shanker fell for 2, with the score on six. Jeff Stanners fell with the score on 17, Andy Dadswell joined opener Geoff Hay, both Dadswell and Hay were out for 14 to Wright, who went on to finish with 3 for 24 from his ten overs.

At 39 for 6 after the needless run out of Matt Dadswell for one, and the home side were in deep trouble, and at 60 for 9, last man Andy Kennell joined Skipper Geoff Edmunds, the pair nudged 17 to the total before Edmunds was caught off Amor for 13, Kenilworth all out for a paltry 77 in forty overs, along with 23 extras, Dadswell and Hay hit 14 and Edmunds 13, the only double figure scores. Amor took 3 for 15 from ten overs to back up Wright’s efforts.

After the players enjoyed tea, Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened up the bowling for Kenilworth, and after Rodger hit the first ball of their reply for four, Smith bowled the opener with his next ball, Staff 4 for 1. A stand of 39 between opener Darby and Wright for the second wicket put their side on control, but the introduction of spinner Tom Skinner in replacing Smith, Smith having figures of 1 for 14 off five overs, Skinner having Wright caught by Ed Smith for 15, 43 for 2 soon became 56 for 4, a bowled and a catch from Geoff Hay, briefly gave the home side a glimmer of hope. Darby stood firm for the visitors, he saw his side home with 32 not out, Warwick Staff finished on 81 for 4, to win by six wickets in the 30th over. Tom Skinner returned excellent figures of 3 for 17 from ten quality overs, the only real positive from a disappointing day.

Kenilworth taking just two points for their efforts.

The sun shines on Solihull Municipal

2nd. XI v. Solihull Municipal

 

On a glorious sunny Saturday 19th May, Kenilworth’s second eleven hosted their counterparts from Solihull Municipal for their Warwickshire Division Seven fixture.

The visitors won the toss and invited Kenilworth to bat first, but were soon in a load of trouble, losing both openers with the score on just six. Two more wickets left the home side in more trouble at 27 for 4, then 43 for 6.
The home side had no answer to the Municipal bowling attack, two more wickets left them at 55 for 8 and eventually all out for a paltry 67, the runs they did score took a painstaking forty four overs. Only Charlie Stranks with 11 and George Baines with 10 making a double figure score. For Municipal, Acton with a miserly 3 for 9 off twelve overs, Stanley taking 3 for 13 off ten overs and McGrane taking 2 for 27 off twelve overs, proving to be too good for the home side.

Municipal found scoring runs difficult in reply, but despite losing wickets, they were to get over the line, finishing on 68 for 4 in the 22nd over, Goodger with 14 and Edwards with ten not out getting their side over the line to secure an easy 6 wicket win in the sun. Wicket takers for Kenilworth were Charlie Stranks with 2 for 21, Chris Beach 1 for 15 and Tom Skinner 1 for 17.

Solihull Municipal the winners by six wickets, Kenilworth taking just a single point for their efforts.