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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.

Bearley’s skipper guides his side to victory

3rd XI v. Bearley

Kenilworth’s Third eleven travelled to Bearley for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 19th May.

On a glorious sunny day, Kenilworth chose to bat first, openers Geoff Hay and Uma Shanker made a steady start, but lost Shanker in the eighth over to a catch behind, number three Kerry soon followed, now Nigel Thompson joined Hay, but after a promising start, Thompson fell for ten. Three further wickets left the visitors in trouble at 67 for 6, then Ed Smith, batting at number eight started the fight back for Kenilworth, adding forty with Gareth Knights for the eighth wicket, before Smith was caught at mid on for a typically aggressive 33, Knights was to be last man out for eleven, Kenilworth all out for 120 in the 40th over. For Bearley, Shakyl took the honours with 5 for 18 off 9.2 overs and Ewer with 3 for 16 off ten tidy overs, proving too good for the Kenilworth batsmen.

After the tea interval, with both sides looking to record their second win of the season, Ed Smith opened up for Kenilworth, but after a wayward start found his rhythm, striking the blow in the seventh over, Bearley 21 for 1, his bowling partner Sam Leach then struck, having Wood lbw for 13, the home side now 30 for 2, when Smith removed Mirza lbw for 15, Bearley were 50 for 3.

This bought home captain Franklin to the wicket, but two more wickets left the game in the balance at 78 for 5, but Franklin was to stand firm, even turning singles down, clearly having no faith in his batting partner, together with number seven Saunders, the pair made an unbroken stand of stand of 43 to see their side over the line, Franklin unbeaten on 28, Bearley finishing on 121 for 5 in the 32nd over, to win by five wickets.

Captain Sam Leach with 3 for 41 from nine overs and Ed Smith with 2 for 26, also off nine overs, taking the wickets to fall. Kenilworth taking three points for their efforts.

 

Thirds lose out in their local derby

3rd XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV

Kenilworth’s Third team travelled to neighbours Kenilworth Wardens for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on Saturday 12th May.

Asked to bat first, Wardens made a fast start, with skipper Casey and his partner Reid,  on 60 for the first wicket in only eight overs before Casey fell to catch behind by Andy Dadswell off seamer Pete Alty for 38. His wicket only inspired the home side, number three Johnson smashing the visitors bowling to all parts. The introduction of young seamer James Sparks slowed the scoring down, and he claimed the wicket of Reid for 41, and went on to claim the wicket of Johnson thanks to a fine catch from Ben Maney on the long on boundary, but not before the batsmen smashed a fine century, falling for 106. There were late runs from Sam Johnson with 47 not out saw the Warden’s finish on an imposing 311 for 4 from their forty five overs. Wicket takers for the visitors were James Sparks with 2 for 33 from six tidy overs, Pete Alty 1 for 67 from eight overs and a run involving Matt Dadswell and Andy Dadswell.

After the tea interval, the Kenilworth openers Geoff Hay and Uma Shanker set about the task of chasing down the huge target, but visitors Kenilworth were soon in dire trouble, slipping to 29 for 3 then 39 for 5.  Skipper Sam Leach joined Ben Maney at the crease, a much needed partnership was now desperately needed, the set about putting bat to ball, both players played aggressive cricket shots, mixed with a solid defence, with rain now starting to fall, both batsmen made batting look easy, Maney fell to a sharp catch behind off his glove for 47, falling just short of a deserved fifty, the pair putting a superb 115 for the sixth wicket. Leach went on to record his fifty soon after, he kept playing his shots before falling in the last over for a personal best score of 88, his innings containing 13 x 4’s.
Kenilworth finished just short of full batting points on 199 for 9 off their forty five overs. Mills with 3 for 31 off ten overs and Johnson 2 for 7 taking the bowling honours for the Wardens, as the home side ran out winners by 112 runs. Kenilworth take six points for their efforts.

The scorecard is on CHL Play Cricket.

http://cotswoldhillsleague.play-cricket.com/website/results/3529731

In brief, Kenilworth Wardens 311-4 (Stuart Johnson 107, James Sparks 2-33) Kenilworth 199-9 (Sam Leach 88, Ben Maney 47)

The 3rd’s lost by 112 runs.

Wardens 21 points, Kenilworth 6 points

Cricket season is underway – the 2’s kick off with a win

2nd XI v. RMCC

 

Kenilworth got the 2018 cricket season underway on Saturday 21st April, as the second XI made the short trip to RMCC for their Warwickshire Cricket League Division Seven fixture.

Put into bat, Kenilworth openers Danny Boneham and Uma Shanker made a steady start against a good RMCC attack, the pair putting on 38 for the first wicket, Boneham making 12 and Shanker 11, batting at three, Chris Prophet made 23, before Elliott Haynes-Sorrell and James Adamson put on 55 for fourth wicket, Adamson making 34 and Sorrell went on to make a fine 54, his innings having just the two fours.

Visitors Kenilworth finishing on a respectable 187 for 8 from their fifty overs. Suijaal with 3-47 and Khan with 2-19 being the most successful of RMCC bowling.

When the players returned from the tea interval, the opening Kenilworth bowlers Matt Casey and debutant Joe Poole soon found there line and length, both bowlers causing the home sides top order plenty of problems, as RMCC slipped to 34 for 4, Casey having fine figures of 2 for 23 off nine overs, Poole also having a good return off nine overs, with 2 for 28.

Skipper for the day Sam Leach introduced spin from both ends, the experience of Chris Beach and the youth of  18th birthday boy Tom Skinner, both bowlers had the home batsmen tied up in knots, as wickets fell at regular intervals, slipping to 59 for 6 and further in trouble at 101 for 8, a brief cameo at the end for RMCC, but the home side were dismissed for 129 in the 36th over, Beach finishing with 2 for 29 from nine overs, Beach also claimed two catches in the outfield, but it was birthday boy Tom Skinner who stole the plaudits with the ball for Kenilworth with 4 for 44 also free nine overs. Only Bedi with 27 making any real impact for the hosts.

Kenilworth starting the new season with a fine win by 59 runs, Kenilworth collecting the full 24 points for their efforts.

 

Cricket played in the right spirit

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

On Saturday 26th August, Kenilworth’s Third team, containing several youngsters making their debuts in Senior cricket travelled to Lapworth for a forty overs a side friendly.

The home side batted first and openers Carter and Carr put on a solid 67 for the first wicket in fourteen overs before seamer Indy Matharu took the first wicket, as he induced a catch behind, he followed this with a caught and bowled next ball, There was another wicket for Matharu in his second spell gave him excellent figures of 3 for 23 from seven tidy overs.

Skipper for the day Andy Kennell gave opportunity to the side’s young seam bowlers, and Kieran Shanker was rewarded with a debut first senior wicket  with 1 for 28 off six good overs. Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were fellow youngster Will Machin with 1 for 58 from eight overs and 1 for 32 from veteran slow bowler Andy ‘Plod’ Smith from eight overs. There were catches for Andy Dadswell, Matt Dadswell, Indy Matharu and one, much even to the surprise of his team mates, by Andy Smith at mid wicket that restricted Lapworth to 240 for 6 from their forty overs. The home side were given a late boost, as Marsden with 46 not out and Hann making an unbeaten 25, after earlier Carr made a fine 50 and Carter with 33, as the players went off for a well deserved tea.

Kenilworth began their reply with opening pair Matt Dadswell and Uma Shanker, the pair putting on 37 for the first wicket in thirteen overs, before Dadswell was bowled for a solid 17, Shanker was to follow for 15. The side slipped to 41 for 4, as home bowler Seeley bowled eight overs through, taking 3 for 23. Young all rounder Will Machin, batting at six, was to hold firm and he batted for 22 overs, finishing on 28 not out. His fellow juniors did themselves proud tasting adult cricket for the first time and were encouraged to enjoy the experience and have some batting practice in the middle, in front of proud parents and family. Kenilworth who were never a threat to reach the set target finished on to 103 for 6 from their forty overs.

The home side using eight bowlers, in game played in a brilliant way, on a day when the spirit of cricket was in full evidence, and the Kenilworth youngsters did themselves proud.

Lapworth take immense credit for the way they played the game, they were the deserved winners on the day by 137 runs , but all in all, cricket was the winner. Well done to both sides for playing the game in  the right way and for giving the youngsters a chance to enjoy their big day, which they did.