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2009 Reports

Here are reports of all matches played by Kenilworth Cricket Club’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams in 2009.

Sun 1st XI 12/04/2009 Harborne Friendly KCC win by 4 wkts
Kenilworth Cricket Club began warming up for the new Warwickshire League Premier Division season with a four wicket victory in their traditional season’s opener at Harborne on Easter Sunday. The Birmingham League hosts had first use of a perfect wicket but were kept in check by fine spells of bowling from Charlie Leonard and Gregg Peebles. The introduction of Lewis Phillips resulted in the Club’s first wicket of the season, while a superb piece of fielding from Leonard saw danger man Darren Franklin run out cheaply. Harborne had slumped to 107 for 6 but a late flurry from Tim Clay 27 and Dan Rulte 19, allied to 27 extras, boosted the total to 175 for 9 in 40 overs. The Town’s paceman, Mitch Lowe with a fine 3-12, Phillips 2-32 and wily left arm spinner, Geoff Edmunds, who claimed 2-34, were the most successful Town bowlers. Kenilworth lost early wickets slumping to 20 for 2 in reply but the side recovered after David Edmunds steadied the ship to hit 38. Club newcomer, Lee Melville, made a very solid and impressive match winning 74 not out with Leonard 15 not out as they shared in an unbeaten 6th wicket partnership to steer the Town to their target with four wickets and three balls to spare to kick off the 2009 season with a fine victory.
Sat 2nd XI 18/04/2009 Norton Lindsey League KCC lost by 2 wkts
Norton Lindsey 2’s achieved an exciting last ball two wicket win against Kenilworth who had posted 132 batting first. 7 Town players reached double figures in their first warm up match of the season with new boy Pranay Turlapati hitting 19, Pat Howard and Tom Kane 18 a piece, colt James Alty 16, Richard Strange 15, skipper Rob Heath and Tom Anscombe 10 each. Hall with 2-16 and Colverwll 2-7 off 8 overs were the host’s most successful bowlers. In reply, Norton Lindsey had R. Howard 37, K. Ashby 29 and J. Morris 23 to thank as they ended on 135-8 after Howard had earlier taken 2-22, Phil Edmonds 2-17, and James Alty 2-18, his first wickets in Senior cricket, whilst Heath and Turlapati took a wicket each. Tom Anscombe starred with the gloves behind the sticks as he took a catch and 3 stumpings.
Sat 1st XI 18/04/2009 Norton Lindsey Friendly Kcc win by 108 runs
Kenilworth continued their warm-up for the new Warwickshire League Premier Division campaign by recording two victories at the weekend. Norton Lindsey were the visitors to Warwick Road for a 40-over friendly on Saturday and Kenilworth eased to a comfortable 108 run success. Dave Edmunds 42 and James Nason 91 shared a first wicket stand of 91 before Mitch Lowe, who was dropped on 2, hammered 94no which included ten 6s and 2 fours as the home side totalled 244 for 4. Andy Dewar 2-55 was the most successful bowler Tight bowling from Adie Sellar 3-19 and skipper Geoff Edmunds 2-11 restricted the villagers to 136 for 8 of which Neil Morgan 52 and Paul Ashley 21 were chief contributors.
Sun 1st XI 19/04/2009 Tamworth Friendly KCC won by 63 runs
Kenilworth 1st XI followed up with a 63 run victory in another 40-over clash at Tamworth on Sunday. Openers Mark Deeley 55 and Michael Faulkner 36 laid the foundations for a good score, while all-rounder Gregg Peebles smashed 84no, including 7 fours and 6 sixes, and Lee Melville hit 32 as Kenilworth amassed 256 for 5. Tamworth made a brave chase with Jamie Flower 73, Martin Render 58 and Mike Jones 22 among the runs but they were pegged back by Nason 2-19 and Roger Kelsey 2-33, while 15-year-old leg-spinner Rob Gardner claimed his first senior wicket as the reply terminated on 193 for 7.
Sat 2nd XI 25/04/2009 Wellesbourne Friendly KCC win by 28 runs
The 2’s warmed up for the start of next weekend’s League campaign with a 28 run win over Wellesbourne. Batting first in their 40 over encounter, the Town made 153-5 thanks to a half century from skipper Rob Hearth who made 52 and 35 from colt Pat Howard. Old timer, Ali Peebles chipped in with an unbeaten 18 and Richard Strange 13. Roothwell took 2-20 for the visitors and then made 36 in the Wellesbourne innings. Wheeler added 28, whilst Mole and Prasat made 16 a piece. It was the Town youngsters who shone with the ball as Howard completed his fine game to snap up 3-11 off 5 overs and Phil Edmonds took 2-12 off 6 overs. Peebles showed he still had the guile with the ball as he claimed 3-21 and Andy Kennell 1-17 as Wellesbourne ended the day on 125-9.
Sat 1st XI 25/04/2009 Wellesbourne Friendly KCC win by 199 runs
The Town 1’s completed their pre season friendly fixtures with a comfortable 199 run success at Wellesbourne. Kenilworth made first use of a fine batting surface and amassed 281-3 in their 40 overs . Dave Edmunds top scored with a fine 118 off 94 balls and new boy Lee Melville continued his fine early season form with the bat to make an unbeaten 86 off only 48 balls with 6 x 6’s and 6 x 4’s. Mitch Lowe faced only one ball which he reverse swept for 6 at the end of the innings! For Wellesbourne, Barnett took 2-59 and Havers 1-79. In reply, Wellesbourne struggled to 82 all out in which only Barnett 22 and Havers 19 reached double figures. For the town Gregg Peebles took 4-20, Mitch Lowe 2-10 and there was a wicket each for Geoff Edmunds , colt Matt Bolshaw and Roger Kelsey. The WACL league season begins next week with a tough trip to Southam
Sun 1st XI 26/04/2009 Chairman’s XI Friendly Chairmans won by 13
The Chairman’s XI emerged victorious by 13 runs in a 25 over contest to celebrate the opening of the new Kenilworth Cricket Club’s Clubhouse and Pavilion. Batting first the Chairman XI racked up 179-4 in their 25 overs thank to Graham Charlesworth who top scored with 88 from only 79 deliveries and Neil Smith with a rapid 65 off 25 balls with 6 huge 6s and 4 x 4s. For the Club XI, Dave Edmunds was the leading bowler with 2-33 , Mitch Lowe 1-35 was the only other wicket taker with 1 run out. In reply the Club XI finished just short of the winning target closing on 166-7 from their 25 overs. Plenty of batsmen made starts but only Gregg Peebles with 32 and Dave Temple 31 passed 20. For the Chairman’s XI captain Geoff Edmunds took 2-34 , and there was a wicket each for Jon Corden , Steve Ogrizovic , Neil Smith , Graham Charlesworth and part time KCC bowler Joe Courts . Many Thanks to all the players for putting on a fine match,also to the officials who gave their time umpires Jonathan Cousins and Barrie Leadbeater and scorer Richard Grover. The match was played in great spirit and was watched by the biggest crowd at the Warwick Road ground for many decades.
Sat 3rd XI 02/05/2009 Sheldon Marlborough League KCC lost by 92 runs
Kenilworth 3rds slipped to a 92 run West Midlands League defeat against Sheldon Marlborough on Saturday. Sheldon amassed 202 for 4 and Kenilworth could only manage 110 of which Jack Edwards 27 and Nigel Thompson 24 scored the lions share.
Sat 1st XI 02/05/2009 Southam League Winning Draw
Run-hungry Kenilworth opened their Warwickshire League Premier Division campaign by getting much the better of a draw at neighbours Southam on Saturday. Kenilworth won toss and had no hesitation in making first use of a fine track with short boundaries. Mitch Lowe topped scored with a brutal 79 off 47 balls, which included eight 6s, while there were also useful contributions from Dave Edmunds 59 off 50 balls and opener Mark Wisdish 48. The innings finished with a flourish as Matt Rees 22 put on 71 off only 41 balls with Lowe for the eighth wicket which lifted the total to a healthy 280 for 8 from their 50 overs. Dave Hawkes was the most successful bowler by returning 3-73 with support coming from Rob Edom 2-23, skipper Daniel Vernon 2-68 and Michael Clements 1-25 but Southam’s cause was not helped by the late arrival of one of their players meaning they spent 25 overs fielding with only ten men. In reply Southam limped to 13 for 2 in eight overs thanks to Gregg Peebles who removed Matt Goatley and Chris Bramley who made a big hundred in last years fixture. A 67 run partnership between Hawkes and Luke Nelly gave Southam a glimmer of hope but when the latter departed it was left to Hawkes, who made a stubborn 70 off 109 balls, to hold the innings together. The efforts of Hawkes ensured Southam staved off the threat of defeat and they closed on 175 for 8. Gregg Peebles led the visitors attack with 3-28, while Mitch Lowe claimed 2-35 and there was one wicket apiece for skipper Geoff Edmunds, Dave Edmunds and debutant Joe Haynes.
Sat 2nd XI 02/05/2009 Offchurch & Lapworth League Winning Draw
Kenilworth 2nds started their Division One season with a winning draw against Offchurch & Lapworth at Warwick Road. Home openers Mark Deeley 45 and Michael Faulkner 44 shared a fine first wicket partnership of 106 but both fell in quick succession and skipper Rob Heath 41 was the only other batsmen to contribute as the innings closed on 209 for 6. Cross took 4-47, while there was a wicket each for Waldron and Troth. Offchurch & Lapworth were restricted to 142 for 6, of which Troth hit an unbeaten 48, with Pete Alty 3-35 and Andy Kennell 2-17 proving the pick of Kenilworth’s attack.
Sun 1st XI 03/05/2009 Leamington Friendly KCC lost by 9 wkts
Kenilworth won the toss and batted to 177-8 in their 40 overs with Mitch Lowe hitting 37 and Dave Edmunds 27. Nathan Credgington was the Spa leading bowler with 2-31 whilst the other wickets were shared around as 8 bowlers turned their arms over. Leamington eased to 178-1 in 27.4 overs thanks to Dave Hawkes who hit a splendid 103 not out to go with his 70 for Southam v Kenilworth on Saturday and wicket keeper Alex Phillips who made 49 not out. The only Spa wicket to fall went to Town youngster, Matt Bolshaw, as he claimed 1-37 but it was the Spa’s day.
Sun 2nd XI 03/05/2009 Braybrook Friendly KCC lost by 7 wkts
The 2nds suffered a seven wicket defeat against Braybrook on Sunday. Michael Faulkner 52 and Roger Kelsey 25no top scored as Kenilworth reached 156 but the visitors eased to 157 for 3 despite good bowling from Pat Howard, Jaesh Naik and Sam Leach.
Sat 2nd XI 09/05/2009 Fillongley League KCC win by 8 wkts
The Town 2’s climbed to 4th in the WACL Division 1 2nd XI thanks to an 8 wicket success at Fillongley. Fillongley won toss and batted but only opener Lee 49 and Myton 37 passed 20 as the rest of the batting struggled to leave Fillongley on 193 all out from 49.5overs. For the Town, Ali Peebles 2-17, Andy Kennell 2-23 and Matt Rees 2-46 and there were wicket apiece for Matt Bolshaw, Tom Kane and Peter Alty. In reply, Kenilworth romped to an 8 wicket success with 6 overs left thanks to opener Mark Stranks who was unbeaten on 58 from 136 balls and 15 year old Patrick Howard who scored his maiden half century to make a magnificent 80 from 95 balls with 17 boundaries before he was out with only 4 runs required for victory. For Fillongley, Blackmore took 1-31 and Mark Cashmore 1-70. Kenilworth 24 points Fillongley 3 points.
Sat 3rd XI 09/05/2009 Studley League KCC won by 114 runs
The Town 3’s secured their first League win of the season in emphatic style as they cruised to a 114 run win. Batting first, the side’s star performer was Nigel Thompson who hit a superb 90 in the Town’s total of 241. Chris Walsgrove added 31 and skipper, Luke Walton, made 30 whilst newboy opener Roger Kelsey hit 21. Byford took 3-50, Lewis 2-37 and Edwards 2-53 for the hosts. In reply, only Studley’s Reeves showed any resistance hitting 50 as the Town’s paceman, Ed Smith, ripped through the Studley line up to take 6-28 off 10 overs. Jonny Armstrong claimed 2-35 and Kelsey 1-20 for the Town, as the hosts collapsed to 127 all out with some 16 overs to spare.
Sat 1st XI 09/05/2009 Fillongley League KCC win by 35 runs
The Town 1s climbed to 2nd place in the WACL premier division with a 24 point haul at home to Fillongley. Kenilworth batted first but were soon in trouble 42-3 and then 83-4 thanks to 25 from Joe Haynes but his dismissal brought together Lee Melville and Mitch Lowe who both set about rebuilding the innings as they put on 125 run partnership together off 104 deliveries before they both fell in the same over – Melville for a patient 57 off 107 balls and Lowe a usual brutal knock of 74 in only 49 deliveries with 7 x 4s and 4 x 6s. The remainder of the innings slipped away from 208-5 with some poor running between and wickets and shot selection to a final total of 217 all out achieved with 2 deliveries left. For Fillongley, Steve Gardner jnr lead the attack with 4-41 and there was a wicket each for Tregonning, Slade and Nightingale. In reply, Kenilworth made the best possible start as paceman Lowe removed Tom Barber with the 2nd delivery of the innings. Dan Smith was next to go for 19, yet with his dismissal, Tom Nightingale and Aaron Blackmore set about rebuilding the innings as they put on 72. When Nightingale fell for 54, Andy Carty took at the challenge and made a quickfire 35 in 32 deliveries. His dismissal at 167-5 led to a collapse to leave Fillongley 182 all out with only two balls of the match remaining, losing their last 3 wickets for only 3 runs, taking 7 points and handing victory to Kenilworth by 35 runs and the 24 points. For the Town, left arm spinner Geoff Edmunds took 5-51 and with it the man of the match award, as well as snapping up the last two wickets, Mitch Lowe 1-32 Gregg Peebles 1-35, Charlie Leonard 1-33 and Dave Edmunds 1-22.
Sun 2nd XI 10/05/2009 Banbury Friendly KCC win by 7 runs
The Sunday 2s completed a 100% winning record for the club over the weekend with a narrow 7 run victory over Banbury in the only game of the day due to the 1’s clash being called off as Banbury couldn’t raise a team. Kenilworth were 13-1 before Mark Deeley and colt Patrick Howard put on 116 for the 2nd wicket with Deeley eventually out for 65 off 107 balls but Howard continued from his fine form from making 80 on Saturday to end with 69 not out from 122 balls when the innings closed on 181-3 from 45 overs. Banbury wicket takers were Iqbal 1-23 , James King 1-26 and James Morgan 1-19. In reply, Banbury looked well set as opener White and Smith raced to 37 off only 7 overs but when White was out he was quickly followed by Berry and Morgan both failing to trouble the scorers to leave Banbury 43-3. Captain Ed Smith and Liam Manley set about rebuilding the innings with a 64 run partnership before Smith fell to his Town namesake, Andy, to a fine catch from Pranay Turlapati behind the stumps for 54 off only 59 deliveries. Manley’s wicket also fell to spinner Andy Smith after being stumped by Guy Pearson, who took over the gloves at drinks interval, after he had made a quickfire 35. The rest of the batting fell away as Banbury collapsed from 125-5 to 145-9, although it was a tense finish as the last wicket put on 29 runs when on course for an unlikely win but their run chase was thwarted by a fine catch by Guy Pearson behind the stumps off skipper Deeley’s bowling as they were bowled out for 174 with 8 overs remaining. Earlier, 15 year old Tom Pope led the attack with a fine 3-43, Andy Smith 2-36, Anthony Kerry 2-43, Indy Matharu 1-49 and Deeley 0-1 off his two deliveries.
Sat 3rd XI 16/05/2009 King’s Heath League KCC won by 68 runs
Man of the Match, 15 year old, James Alty starred with the bat and the ball in the Town 3rd’s 68 run over King’s Heath. He made his highest score in Senior cricket with a mature 49 opening the batting as the side reached 170-9. Ed Smith from the number 9 berth made a swashbuckling unbeaten 21 whilst Pranay Turlapati made 19 and Roger Kelsey 11. Greaves took an impressive 6-59 for the visitors who then struggled in reply, as they slumped to 7-3 after Smith teamed up with namesake, Andy, to send the top three back to the hutch – a position that they never recovered from. Wickets fell regularly between the rainstorms and their innings ended on 102 with 9 overs to spare. Only Masood with 35 and Lockyer with 11 reached double figures. Ed Smith ended the day on 2-25 from 11 overs, Andy Smith 2-15 off 9, whilst fellow spinner, colt Phil Edmonds, snapped up 2-21 and Gareth Knights 1-16. Debutant, Matt Hone, took 1-9 but it was left to Alty to finish off the King’s Heath tail with a fine 2-6 to round off a great day for him and the side. Pranay clung onto two catches behind the sticks.
Sat 2nd XI 16/05/2009 King’s Heath League Abandoned
Only 4 overs were possible before the heavens opened meaning the match had to be abandoned. Tony Sollis was unbeaten on 7 and Mark Stranks 1 when the rain ended play for the day.
Sat 1st XI 16/05/2009 King’s Heath League Abandoned
A sudden ending meant Kenilworth were denied the chance of victory, when well placed and batting well in their run chase but had to settle with 6 pts against Kings Heath, as the match was abandoned. The game got under way 3 hours late with the minimum of 25 overs a side contest after persistent rain through the afternoon. Town skipper, Geoff Edmunds, asked King’s Heath to bat and they made 136-5 in their allotted overs. Only former Harborne player, Jim Moreton, with 46 in 63 balls and opener Phil Jefferies 23 made significant contributions. Gregg Peebles 2-44, Mitch Lowe 1-21 and Charlie Leonard 1-30 took the wickets for the Town. In reply, Kenilworth were going well at 67-2 off 13.2 before a short rain delay took the players off. On the resumption with both captains keen to achieve a result, Dave Edmunds drove the ball towards the boundary only for a King’s Heath player to twist his ankle and after a conference between both umpires, the match was frustratingly abandoned. Opener James Nason made 25 with Joe Haynes and Dave Edmunds unbeaten on 18 and 11, respectively.
Sat 2nd XI 23/05/2009 Walsall YMF League KCC lost by 4 runs
The Town 2’s had a painful defeat chasing Walsall’s score of 142-8 as they lost by 4 runs with 8 overs to spare when they were bowled out for 138. Walsall YMF had Shakil 42 and Ramzan 29 to thank in reaching their total, despite the best efforts of Tom Kane, who took 3-36, skipper Rob Heath 3-38 and Ed Smith 1-29. In reply. the 2’s never recovered from 48-5 although opener Mark Stranks hit an impressive 46 and the efforts of Smith at number 10 proved fruitless as he was last man out after scoring a fine 21. Earlier, colt, James Alty had notched 19 but Ahraz with 3-29, Danish 2-39 and Ahsan with 2-8 proved to be the match winners.
Sat 1st XI 23/05/2009 Pickwick Post & Mail League KCC won by 94 runs
The Town 1’s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 24 point victory at home to 10 man Pickwick Post and Mail to move into second place, 4 points behind leaders Nuneaton at the start of the May Bank Holiday programme. Kenilworth were asked to bat but were soon in trouble at 20-3 and 56-6 as the top order struggled against opening bowler, Hassan, who finished with figures of 5-49. However, a superb 90 run partnership for the 7th wicket between Mike Watts who finished with 47 from 76 balls and Mark Deeley who was unbeaten on 46 from 90 balls. It was then left to debutant, Jack Edwards, to make a useful 19 to take the side’s final total to a respectable 186-9. Imran Mohammed 2-46 and Javed Tariq 2-36 were the other Pickwick wicket takers, whilst wicket keeper, Aftab Ali, had a excellent performance behind the stumps with 5 catches and 0 byes. In reply, Pickwick found life equally difficult when batting and were reduced to 35-3 with all 3 wickets falling to seamer, Charlie Leonard, who eventually ended with 3-37. The rest of the batting struggled against wily left arm spinner, Geoff Edmunds, who took 5-19 and claim his 2nd man of the match in 3 weeks and with it take his league wickets tally to 13 for the season after only 4 matches. Paceman, Mitch Lowe, took the final wicket as he trapped S Iqbal LBW to leave Pickwick 92-9 (all out) Only Javed Iqbal, with 29, managed to make a significant contribution. Kenilworth 24 points Pickwick Post and Mail 4.
Sun 2nd XI 24/05/2009 Willoughby Waterleys Friendly KCC won by 12 runs
Two personal bests in Senior Cricket helped the Town 2’s to a 12 run win over visitors, Leicestershire based, Willoughby Waterleys in a true friendly fixture. 17 year old starlet, Guy Pearson, hit a stunning 94 bludgeoning the ball to the boundary and over it throughout his impressive innings whilst 15 year old, Tom Pope, hit an unbeaten 31 at number 8, with 2 sixes and four 4’s, as he and Roger Kelsey 20 helped the side to 191-8 in their 40 over clash after 15 year old, James Alty had notched 16. Ashraf took a frugal 3-8 from his 8 overs. In reply, Willoughby kept up with the run rate as Jay Smith hit 35, Yanushan and Neheamiah 28 a piece and Jones 27 but their innings fell away against spinners, veteran Andy Smith who took 2-25 off his 8 overs and the youthful Phil Edmonds, with 2-43, after Roger Kelsey had earlier taken 2-34, Prannay 1-15 and colt, Jaesh Naik 1-15 but their run chase was ended by a fine run out by Sean Burke as the visitors ended the day on 179-9 in a tense finish.
Sat 1st XI 25/05/2009 Warwick League Winning draw for KCC
The Town 1’s and local rivals, Warwick, settled for a draw in their Bank Holiday Monday fixture as only 9 wickets fell during the day for 474 runs scored between the sides. Kenilworth batted first, after winning the toss and made an impressive 267-5 after good start from openers James Nason and Mark Wisdish who put on 70 for the opening wicket. Nason fell for 42 off 53 deliveries and Wisdish soon followed for 23. Then three promising partnerships formed of 47, 38 and 33 then followed, thanks to contributions from Joe Haynes with 28, a fine 55 from in form Dave Edmunds but the side’s final total was achieved courtesy to some hard hitting from Mitch Lowe who scored 86 from 54 deliveries with 6 x 4’s and 7 x 6’s including 22 off one over from former Kenilworth player James Wynn Evans. Lowe put on 70 run partnership for the 6th wicket off 49 balls with Adie Sellar who contributed 5. For Warwick, Lee Skrypchuk took 2-45, James Wynn Evans 2-87 and Paul Coleman 1-35. In reply, they were never on the pace for victory despite being 113-3 thanks to a 96 run 3rd wicket partnership between captain Jamie Coleman who made 45 and Ross Briscoe who made 69. It was left to Sam Dabin and Adie Passey with 27 and 23 respectively in a partnership of 52 off 48 balls to take Warwick to a final total of 207-4. For Kenilworth, the wickets were shared around as Charlie Leonard took 1-43, Gregg Peebles 1-15, Geoff Edmunds 1-42 and Mitch Lowe 1-50, as 6 different bowlers were used. Kenilworth 15 points, Warwick 10.
Sat 3rd XI 30/05/2009 Weoley Hill League Losing Draw
The Town’s last pair clung on for 5 overs to prevent Weoley Hill from winning the match after they had posted 224-7 with J. Smith hitting 50, Abbotts 41 and M. Smith 31 whilst the Town wicket takers were Colin Goodall 3-25, Phil Edmonds 2-34 and Ed Smith 1-55. Replying the Town made 186-9 after Ed Smith had made an impressive 58, skipper Luke Walton 37, Chris Walsgrove 15 and Goodall 14. However, it was left to Matt Bolshaw at 10 with 9 not out to guide to Town to safety, after Brooks had taken 4-67 from an unchanged 25 overs and Bencons 4-32 from his 14 overs. An interesting and a most unusual occurrence and finale to the match as both the last pair of Matt Bolshaw and Phil Edmonds batted with runners on the field as both had been injured earlier during the game. So, a well done to those two young lads for going out to bat and successfully save the game for the 3’s. Team players!
Sat 1st XI 30/05/2009 Solihull Blossomfield League KCC lost by 4 wicket
A disappointing batting display condemned Kenilworth to their 1st defeat of the season at Solihull Blossomfield. Kenilworth batted first on a fine surface but were soon in trouble at 38-4 and 53-5 before Gregg Peebles and Charlie Leonard set about rebuilding the innings with a 32 run partnership before Peebles fell for 19. Leonard fell soon after for top score of 24 thanks to a fine catch in the gully from Mohammed Altaf. A 9th wicket stand between Mike Watts who was unbeaten 21 and a rapid 19 from 24 balls from Matt Rees took Kenilworth to 147 all out with 9.4 overs unused. For Solihull Blossomfield, Ali Ebad led the attack with 5-18. In reply, Blossomfield found batting equally tricky as they were reduced to 22-3, leaving the game in the balance until a 67 run partnership between Sheraz Khan 29 and man of match, Rob Edmond, who was unbeaten on 43 off 98 balls with 4 boundaries. He fittingly hit the winning runs with more than 23 overs to spare as Blossomfield cruised home by 6 wickets, ending on 148-6. Mitch Lowe 2-34 , Geoff Edmunds 2-21, Charlie Leonard 1-41 and Gregg Peebles 1-35 took the wickets for the Town. Blossomfield 24 points Kenilworth 3 points leaves the Town in 3rd place 1 point behind Atherstone who are 27 points behind table toppers, Nuneaton.
Sat 2nd XI 30/05/2009 Solihull Blossomfield League Losing Draw
A superior fielding display from Solihull Blossomfield strangled any chance of the Town 2’s seeking a win as the match petered out into a draw. Batting first, the hosts amassed 219 in 49.5 overs as paceman Jonny Armstrong took 4-38 for the Town and left arm spinner, Andy Kennell weighed in with 4-41 whilst the evergreen Ali Peebles snapped up 1-20. Bannister top scored for Blossomfield with 57, Lewis 42 and Reid 38. Tight bowling and whippet like fielding left the Town scratching about for runs after openers Mark Stranks 31 and Richard Strange 32 had put on 61 for the first wicket. Tom Kane chipped in with 17 not out and Peebles an unbeaten 10 but the side settled for a draw as they ended on 139-5. Edmond took 3-32 and Reid 1-23.
Sun 1st XI 31/05/2009 Harborne League Lost bt 6 wickets
The Town 1s had a winless weekend with a 6 wicket defeat in their opening game of the Warwickshire Sunday League season at Harborne. Kenilworth won toss and chose to bat on a typical flat Old Church Avenue wicket the only partnership of significance was a second wicket stand of 45 from Dave Edmunds with 20 and Gregg Peebles who top scored with 37 from 52 deliveries. Once these were out only Mitch Lowe with a brutal 35 off 28 balls reached double figures as the rest of the lower order collapsed against Jonathon Cockcroft who took 4-14 and captain Darren Culbard 3-34 as Kenilworth were all out for 127 with more than 14 overs remaning of their allocation. Rajiv Sen 2-35 and Kiran Iyer 1-33 were the other Harborne wicket takers. In reply, Harborne cruised to victory by 6 wickets with more more than 20 overs to spare. This was largely due to an unbeaten 80 from opener Tom Arnold who made 80 off 63 deliveries 10 x 4s and 4 x 6s including a straight 6 to seal victory. Tom Kane 1-33 ,Charlie Leonard 1-12 Geoff Edmunds 1-15 and debutant Matt Hone 1-44.
Sun 2nd XI 31/05/2009 Olton & W.W. League Won by 6 wickets
The Town 2s were the weekend only victors with a 6 wicket success at home to Olton. Olton 218-7 Roger Kelsey 4-29 , Callam 51. Kenilworth 220-4 35.2 overs Guy Pearson 51 Mark Deeley 74 not out.
Sat 2nd XI 13/06/2009 Four Oaks Saints League Losing Draw
Four Oaks Saints secured a winning draw after posting 174-9 of which Beattie hit 47 and Grifferty made 25. Colt, Matt Bolshaw took 2-18 and veteran Ali Peebles 2-19 whilst Matt Hone, Andy Kennell and Rob Heath took a wicket each. In reply, Saints bowled well and the Town found runs hard to come by as Minhas took 4-28, Duffy 1-25 and Hoffman 1-19. Lewis Phillips hit 35, Jack Edwards 21, Steve Kelley 19*, Hone 12 and Peebles 11* as the Town settled for a draw ending on 146-7.
Sat 3rd XI 13/06/2009 Southam League KCC win by 21 runs
The 3rds won an exiting encounter against neighbours Southam by 21 runs. Batting first, the Town reached 188 after 17 year old Guy Pearson had made 45 and skipper Nigel Thompson 43 but it was a crucial 9th wicket 39 run partnership between Colin Goodall 27* and Indy Matharu 23 that made the difference. Ralph took 3-78 for the hosts, Jones and Darby 2 wickets a piece whilst Muglesdon, Preston and Newport each chipped in with a wicket. Southam got off to a flyer chasing as they put on 63 in the first 6 overs as Newport blasted 49. However, the introduction of the “spin twins” Andy Smith and Roger Kelsey slowed the Southam innings down as they picked up wickets. Smith bowled a marathon 20 over spell to take 5-38 and Kelsey’s 12 overs were rewarded with 4-36. Ed Smith took 1-31 whilst 15 year old Pat Howard took a stunning overhead one handed catch from S. Muglesdon 24 as Southam ended on 167 when nearly stealing victory.
Sat 1st XI 13/06/2009 Bablake OB League KCC lost by 4 wkts
The Towns 1’s suffered their 2nd defeat of the season as they went down by 4 wickets at Bablake. Batting first, Kenilworth looked well placed at 127-3 but with the final 7 wickets yielding only 51 runs the final total was 173 all out from 49 overs. Gregg Peebles top scored with 38 followed by Mark Wisdish 34. The only other batsmen to pass 20, were Charlie Leonard 27 and Dave Edmunds 22 as the middle to lower order collapsed against some fine Bablake bowling. Former Kenilworth Wardens player, Richard Bush, led the attack with 4-30 to which Steve Swaffield 3-40 and Tom Cowley 3-36 were the other wicket takers. In reply, Bablake slumped to 47-2 and 106-6 but a fine 70 run partnership between Guy Eames who finished unbeaten 40 off 46 balls with 4 x 6 and skipper Richard Swaffield 29 off 33 2 x 6 took Bablake to victory with 7 overs remaining as they reached their target of 174. Peebles took 2-45, Geoff Edmunds 2-25, Mitch Lowe 1-45 and Leonard 1-53. With some surprising results else where Kenilworth now lie in 6th plcae in the WACL Premier Division but only 15 points separate 2nd to 10th.
Sun 1st XI 14/06/2009 Kenilworth Wardens League KCC lost by 6 wkts
The Sunday 1s were well beaten by a strong Kenilworth Wardens side in the local derby at Glasshouse lane . Kenilworth won toss and batted first but were reduced to 55-3 before a 55 run partnerships ensued between Adie Sellar and Gregg Peebles who made 41 off 70 balls and 47 off 74 set the way for Mitch Lowe to blast 32 off 16 balls with 4 x 6s and an important 27 from Charlie Leonard to take the final score up to 193-8. Paul Rowe 2-29, Ant Wilkinson 2-41 Kotak 2-49 main wicket takers for the Wardens. In reply, they strolled to a 6 wicket success more than 10 overs thanks to opener Whitehall with 48 before an unbroken 81 run partnership by former KCC player, Steve Marillier, 82 off 85 8 x 4s, 2 x 6s and Kotak 26, took Wardens to victory. Charlie Leonard took 2-25 and Joe Haynes 2-41 for the Town.
Sun 2nd XI 14/06/2009 Bablake Old Boys League KCC won by 5 wkts
Exactly 500 runs were scored by the sides in a terrific game in which the Town sneaked victory with only 7 balls to spare. Bablake made an amazing start as both openers put on 208 for the first wicket and each made centuries. Desai 103 and Russell 100 were in stunning form but once they both fell, the side could only go onto post 248-7. The spin trio of Roger Kelsey took 4-40, Andy Smith 2-45 and Pat Howard 1-31 took the wickets. In reply, the Bablake total never fazed the Town’s batsmen as Dave Temple made 62 with 5×4 and Andy Dadswell 24 with 5×4. Youngster, Guy Pearson carried on the run chase with a fine 45 with 6×4 and 1×6. However, it was Chris Wallsgrove and Ant Kerry that held their nerves when requiring 8 an over in the last 6 of the match. Wallsgrove made 31* and Kerry 21* including a crucial 6 as the Town reached 252-5 in a tense and exciting finish. Bennett took 2-54 and Green and Randall a wicket each but their efforts were in vain.
Sat 3rd XI 20/06/2009 Aston Unity League KCC won by 197 runs
The Town 3’s thrashed 9 man Aston Unity by 197 runs in a great all round performance. With the bat, the side romped to 235-5 as colts, Pat Howard hit 49 and Rob Gardner 48. In form, Chris Wallsgrove hit a great unbeaten 56 as he teamed up with Pranay Turlapati who blasted 42. In reply, although they survived one ball short of 28 overs, Aston Unity were skittled out for only 38 with no player reaching double figures. Wily old stager, Peter Alty, took a frugal 4-11 off 8.5 overs as his seam deliveries were virtually unplayable, whilst Ed Smith chipped in with 2-5 from 6 overs, colt Tom Pope 1-5 off 5 and Roger Kelsey 1-3 off his 3 overs.
Sat 2nd XI 20/06/2009 North Warwickshire League KCC won by 10 wkts
The Town’s 2nds cruised to a 10 wicket win inside 15 overs after bowling North Warwickshire out for a paltry 83. The side were unable to cope with the pace and accuracy of the Town bowlers as they ripped through the batting line up. Only number 3, McPherson 21 and number 8, 15 year old McNaught with 28 reached double figures as Matt Hone took 4-31 off 11 overs, Tom Kane 3-27 off 9, Matt Bolshaw 2-20 off 5 and skipper, Rob Heath, 1-3 off 2 overs. In reply, the Town’s opening pair of Mark Deeley 47 not out and Michael Faulkner 31 not out strolled to 84-0 and victory.
Sat 1st XI 20/06/2009 Bedworth League Winning Draw
The Town 1’s enjoyed a winning draw at home to Bedworth as they were invited to bat first but were soon in trouble at 86-5. However, 2 sizeable partnerships developed with Mitch Lowe and Gregg Peebles putting on 67 together before Lowe fell for 36 off 46 balls. This brought Joe Haynes to the crease as he made he best score of the season so far with an unbeaten 32 off 38 balls, Peebles fell after posting 42 to the off spin of Zimbabwean, Thomas Dangerimbizi, who took 3-38 as the Town 1’s made the final score of 216-8. The other Bedworth wickets takers were Ryan Oldham 2-17, captain Scott Friswell 1-73 and Nigel Camwell 1-25. In reply, Bedworth look well on course for victory at 171-4 with 6 wickets remaining after successive 50 partnerships for the 3rd and 4th wicket of 56 and 66 but Friswell failed to find a partner to stay with him as 5 wickets fell in the final 2 overs including 2 in 2 deliveries courtesy of a calamitous run out thanks to Charlie Leonard and a fine stumping from Watts off Mitch Lowe. Friswell finally fell for 82 off 115 balls with 7 x 4s and 1 x 6s and deservedly took the man of the match award as Bedworth close on 202-8. Geoff Edmunds led the attack with 3-58. Leonard took 2-62, whilst Haynes and Lowe a wicket each in a tense finish to keep their hopes of Birmingham League cricket next season very much alive. Kenilworth 17 pts Bedworth 11 pts.
Sun 1st XI 21/06/2009 Attock League KCC lost by 6 wkts
The Sunday 1’s remain winless in the top division of the WSL after their latest defeat at home to Attock by 6 wickets in a high scoring game. Kenilworth batted first and acheived a respectable total of 229-6 from their 45 overs thanks to sizeable contributions from opener Charlie Leonard 67 off 92 balls with 7 boundaries and Dave Edmunds a run a ball 76 with 4 x 4s and 4 x 6s – one of which deserves special mention a waist high no ball full toss which disappeared over the keeper and over the boundary. Matt Hone also made an important 24 off 18 balls at the end of the innings. Zaman 3-42 and Hussain 2-52 were the main Attock wicket takers. In reply, Attock paced their innings to perfection as the winning runs were acheived with 1.2 overs remaining after Asim Khan top scored with 73 from 91 balls and all of the top 5 batsmen passed 20. Wickets were shared around the Town bowlers as Tom Kane took 1-34, Leonard 1-46, colt Phil Edmonds 1-33, Geoff Edmunds 1-47 and Mitch Lowe 1-40 but their efforts were in vain.
Sat 2nd XI 27/06/2009 Ansley Sports League Winning Draw
Matt Hone bludgeoned a fantastic Club record score of 180 not out in the drawn game against Ansley Sports in the Warwickshire Cricket League Division 1 2nd XI clash. Hone put on a remarkable unbroken 285 run 3rd wicket partnership with Adie Sellar as the side amassed 314-2 before declaring on 46 overs. His innings of only 106 balls faced saw him smash 12 x 6’s and 14 x 4’s including consecutive overs that saw 24 runs and 19 runs conceded by the stunned Ansley bowlers and surpassed the previous Club record in the League of 161* set in 2003 by current Town player, Dave Edmunds and 161 set by Douglas Marillier, in 1999, who went onto play Test and ODI cricket for Zimbabwe. Sellar also contributed to the partnership in fine style as he made 100 not out when the declaration was made. His 114 ball innings included 1 x 6 and 10 x 4. In reply, Ansley started well and reached 89-2 inside 15 overs but fell to 94-4 a position they never recovered from. Opener Phillips made 59, Smith 23 and White 14 as they successfully clung on for a draw to end on 173-7 off their 55 overs faced helped by a couple of drop catches from the Town fielders towards the end of their innings. Hone rounded his fabulous day off in style as he snapped up 3-30 off 10 overs, ably assisted by Tom Kane with 2-44, Ali Peebles 1-10 and Pete Alty 1-46 in a day to remember for him.
Sat 3rd XI 27/06/2009 Walmley 5th League KCC won by 4 wkts
The Town 3’s went to the top of their Division following their 4 wicket win over Walmley, who were restricted to 150-8 off their 50 overs. R. Billingham made 50 and opener Mathieson 32 for the hosts as the Town 3’s recorded their 5th victory of the League campaign. Spinners Roger Kelsey and Andy Smith shared 36 overs as they took 3-45 and 3-65 respectively after Indy Matharu had earlier chipped in with 1-18 and Ed Smith, also with 1-18. In reply, the Town started cautiously against an accurate Walmley opening attack that included left arm female seamer, Kath Larkin, who went onto be the pick of the bowlers as she took 3-67 off 16 overs. However, the Town’s Pranay Turlapati set the Town up for victory as he hit 46 but it was left to a crucial and well paced 7th wicket partnership of 26 between Colin Goodall 17* and Kelsey 11* to secure victory and ease the nerves on the bench with just 3 overs to spare. Chris Wallsgrove had earlier made 27 for the Town 3’s, Nigel Thompson 16 and Andy Dadswell 15 whilst Billingham Jnr. had taken 2-37 and Cullum 1-24 for the hosts as the Town 3’s reached 151-6.
Sat 1st XI 27/06/2009 Nuneaton League KCC won by 87 runs
Man of the match, Charlie Leonard, steered the Town 1’s to a comfortable 87 run victory at Nuneaton that has leap frogged the Club into second place in the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division, as he starred with the bat and the ball. Leonard firstly made a superb 95 off 133 balls that included 9 x 4’s as he put on 131 runs for the third wicket with Dave Edmunds who hit 58 off 81 balls, after the side had slumped to 6-2. Once Edmunds departed, Leonard went on to team up with with James Nason 30 to add another 57 run partnership and help the side to 228-5. However, the Nuneaton bowlers made a strong come back as the Town’s innings fell away to 240 all out in 48.5 overs with Lee McNeill and Adam Walters leading the Nuneaton attack taking 4-41 and 4-38 respectively along with Tony Ingram, making his first appearance of the season, taking 2-65. In reply, Nuneaton made a rapid a start and were 67-2 after 12.1 overs as opener John Allen made 22 but Leonard wiped out any chance of a run chase when he took a fine 4-33. Adam Walters and Fraser Plowman made 29 each but the side could not cling on for a draw after Mitch Lowe had taken 3-31 and Gregg Peebles 1-32, whilst keeper, Mark Deeley snapped up 4 catches behind the stumps. It was left to spinner Geoff Edmunds 2-12 to wrap up the fine Town win as he trapped Dean LBW with just more than 3 overs to go which gave Kenilworth a maximum 24 points and Nuneaton 6. Kenilworth are now in 2nd place in a very tight WACL Premier Division 6 points behind leaders Solihull Blossomfield and the dream of Birmingham League cricket lives on, although only 25 points separate the top 9 sides after 10 matches played.
Sun 2nd XI 28/06/2009 Nuneaton League Abandoned
A sudden torrential rainstorm that flooded the wicket and outfield meant that the match was abandoned when the Town side were 79-1 off 19.1 overs. Colt Pat Howard was unbeaten on 26 and old timer, Andy Dadswell was 20 not out. Earlier, Dave Temple was given out LBW for 25 off leg spinner Berry who ended with 1-32 off 5.1 overs.
Sun 1st XI 28/06/2009 Sutton Coldfield League KCC lost by 11 runs
In a most peculiar game on a very bowler friendly wicket only 129 runs were scored for the loss of 20 wickets with just 4 players managing to reach double figures, the Town 1’s fell 11 runs short of the Sutton Coldfield score of 70-10. Town’s Adie Sellar took 3-19, Tom Kane 2-13 whilst Matt Hone, Geoff Edmunds and Mitch Lowe a wicket each whilst Guest made 39 and Stevenson 10 for the hosts. In reply, the Town 1’s found conditions virtually unplayable as they struggled to 12-6 off 16 overs and then 47-9 before their miserable day was ended when they were all out for 59. James Nason made 21 whilst colt Guy Pearson was last man standing in 14*. Ali took 2-5 off 8 overs, Stevenson 3-8 off 9, Guest 3-18 and Clarke 1-25 in a game to quickly forget for the 1’s.
Sat 1st XI 04/07/2009 Handsworth League Winning Draw
A fine hundred from opener James Nason helped Kenilworth to a winning draw at home to Handsworth in a high scoring encounter at the Club’s Warwick Road ground and with it takes Kenilworth to the summit of the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Divison by 1 point from Solihull Blossomfield. Kenilworth won the toss and batted first on a fine looking track but it was a case of déjà vu as they slumped to 39-3 before a large partnership of 195 then ensued between Nason, who carried his bat through the innings, with 112 off 148 balls and Mitch Lowe who fell for 74 after a well crafted and patient 95 ball innings, then Nason teamed up with Gregg Peebles 14 and Joe Haynes 11 not out to take the final total to 275-5 aided by 48 extras, including 23 byes. J Ahmed 2-55 R Stone 1-55 and K Smith 2-44 took as all 6 bowlers used suffered. In reply, Handsworth gave a decent effort to achieve victory thanks to sizeable partnerships of 94 and 78 for the 3rd and 4th wicket respectively but once Ahmed fell for 67 and Dawkins 47 in the same over thanks to fine catches on the boundary by Nason and Tom Lawrence off the left arm paceman Lowe, the remainder of the order held firm to ensure a draw as they closed on 220-7. Lowe claimed 4-56 Charlie Leonard 2-61 and Geoff Edmunds 1-39. Kenilworth 17 pts Handsworth 10 pts. Only 7 points separate the top 6 sides in what is turning out to be one of the tightest campaigns in years.
Sat 3rd XI 04/07/2009 Sheldon Marlborough League KCC won by 89 runs
A 121 run 4th. wicket partnership between Pranay Turlapati 48 and Colin Goodall 46 set up the Town’s total of 221-8 after the side had wobbled with the score was on 45 as 3 wickets fell in quick succession without a run scored. The side’s total was bolstered by an incredible 80 extras being conceded by the Sheldon Marlborough side (32 byes, 22 wides, 11 no balls, 10 leg byes and 5 penalty runs). Tom Anscombe chipped in with 13, colt Pat Howard 10 and Andy Smith 10* as Waleed took 3-32 and Saeed 3-47. A great bowling and fielding performance by the Town 3’s left Sheldon struggling as wickets fell at regular intervals although their tail wagged with Hussain Ramzan hitting 32, Saeed 22, S. Ramzan 20 after Groves had earlier made a quickfire 32. Roger Kelsey took 3-47, Turlapati 2-9 off 6 tight overs, Ed Smith 2-28 and Indy Matharu 2-25. It was left to Howard (0-1 off 1.2 overs) who took a sharp c & b to seal the side’s 6th win of the season and extend their lead of the Division as Sheldon ended on 132-10. Earlier, 12 year old debutant, Jack Howard, who had an impressive match, took a fine catch in the covers.
Sat 2nd XI 04/07/2009 Handsworth League KCC lost by 3 wkts
The 2’s score of 188-10 was not quite enough to stop Handsworth winning by 3 wickets with only 7 balls of the match remaining in a tight contest. In form Matt Hone made 59, Michael Faulkner 54, Richard Strange 30 and Matt Rees 18 in the 2’s total. Hinds took 3-24, Jason 2-59 and Ahmed 2-47 for the hosts. Handsworth had Mills 57, Johnson 37 and Hussain 24 to thank for sneaking past the winning post on 190-7 despite the best efforts of the Town bowlers of Peter Alty 2-44, Hone, Rees, Ali Peebles, Andy Kennell and Rob Heath who all took a wicket each.
Sun 2nd XI 05/07/2009 Sutton Coldfield League KCC lost by 3 wkts
Like their 1st XI counterparts the previous week when they fell to 12-6 and 59 all out, the Town Sunday 2’s never recovered from 10-6 at Sutton Coldfield on a very damp bowler friendly track. Only Lewis Phillips with 22 at number 6 who hit 3 boundaries and the number 8, Mark Stranks found any apititude to deal with the conditions and the ball. Stranks hit a most impressive 54 that included 6 x 4’s in the side’s ultimate total of 120. Safdar took 4-9 and Rauf 3-6 for the hosts. Sutton then found the wet track conditions equally difficult but Wiseman with 35, Arif 23 and Safdar 20 set the side up for victory as they reached 121 for the loss of 7 wickets after colt spinner Pat Howard had claimed 3-21, Phillips 2-37 whilst there was a wicket a piece for skipper, Mark Deeley and Pranay Turlapati.
Sun 1st XI 05/07/2009 Walmley League KCC won by 65 runs
The Sunday 1’s broke their Warwickshire Sunday League duck with their first win of the season by 65 runs against Walmley. The 1’s batted first and from 72-3, a 4th wicket partnership of 70 ensued between Matt Hone and Tom Lawrence. Hone continued his good recent form to hit a brutal 51 off 42 balls but he was overshadowed by a magnificent hundred from opener Tom Lawrence, in only his 2nd game for the club, as he carried his bat through the innings to finish unbeaten on 101 in 114 balls, slapping 11 4’s to the boundary ropes. With 10 overs left and side’s score on 142-4 with 10 overs, the batters stepped up the pace as quickfire runs were scored from Gregg Peebles 24 off 23 balls and James Nason 20 off 14 to take the final total up to a competitive 228-6 from 45 overs. Rob Ellis led the attack with 3-20 whilst Lewis Harrison 1-32 Dominic Burdett 1-37 and J Burke 1-34 were the other wicket takers. In reply, apart from a fine 49 off 82 balls from opener Will Slattery before he was cruelly run out attempting a 2nd run to take him to 50 thanks to fine boundary fielding from Lawrence the rest of the Walmley order struggled and they finished on 163-8. Roger Kelsey was the stand out Town performer with the ball as he took 3-36 aided by Peebles with 1-16, Geoff Edmunds 1-26, Adie Sellar 1-17 but the day belonged to Tom Lawrence for his fine batting performance.
Sat 2nd XI 11/07/2009 Offchurch & Lapworth League Losing Draw
Rain ruined the Town 2’s League match at Offchurch when the match was finely balanced with the Town on 116-1 after 28.4 chasing the host’s score of 208-9. Offchurch had Troth 57, Wright 45, Lowry 25 to thank for posting their total despite some accurate bowling from Town skipper Rob Heath, who claimed his first five for for the Club, with 5-51 and a 4-55 for the reliable and dogged Pete Alty. Mark Deeley took 3 catches behind the stumps. Mike Faulkner with a solid unbeaten 70 and Mark Stranks 36 not out were going well before the rain came and ended proceedings with the side 5 runs short of achieving a winning draw.
Sat 1st XI 11/07/2009 Southam League KCC won by 59 runs
The Town 1’s extended their lead of the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division to 10 points over second placed Solihull Blossomfield after a 59 run win against Southam in the local derby clash as results elsewhere went in their favour. The match was a low scoring affair with the Town only managing to post 149-9 off their 50 overs as Tom Lawrence top scored with 29, whilst James Nason and Mark Wisdish both added 24 as the side struggled against an accurate Southam bowling attack. Waters took 3-51, Clements 3-35, Ward 2-21 and Edom 1-14. The Southam batsmen could not cope with a fine spell of bowling from Town’s Geoff Edmunds as he ripped through the line up taking 5-19 from 9 overs and they collapsed to 90 all out with only wicket keeper Sam Upton 22 and Simon Heath 19* reaching double figures. Edmunds received valuable support from Charlie Leonard with 2-18, Gregg Peebles 1-19 and Mitch Lowe 2-24 who snapped up a sharp c & b to end the game and with it give the Town a deserved win. Kenilworth 24 pts Southam 4pts.
Sat 3rd XI 11/07/2009 Studley League KCC won by 9 wkts
The Town 3rd’s recorded their 7th. win in 9 games to head Division 2 of the West Midland 3rd XI CCC for the second week following a comprehensive 9 wicket win in their clash against Studley who were bowled out for only 87 off 32.2 overs. They never recovered from losing a wicket first ball of the match and further slumped to 4-2. Only Bray 23 Hobbis 11 and Pearsall 12 reached double figures as the Town bowlers and fielders were on song. From 62-4, Studley lost their last 6 wickets for 25 runs due to two suicidal run outs, 1-35 off 12 overs from Lewis Phillips, whilst Indy Matharu took an impressive 2-16 off 10 and Roger Kelsey 2-17 off 6. However, the star bowler was Nick Robbins, playing his first game for 4 years, as he took 3-9 off 4.3 overs, including the last two wickets, in consecutive balls, to leave him on a hat trick chance next week. In reply, an unbeaten second wicket partnership of 70 between youngster Andy Dadswell and Pranay Turlapati ensured the Town 3’s strolled to victory inside 24 overs as they reached 91-1 with some 43 overs of the match remaining. Dadswell hit 23 not out including 1 x 6 and 2 x 4 in his 65 ball innings whilst Pranay blasted 49 not out off 47 deliveries faced in which he hit 9 boundaries and fittingly brought the match to a swift conclusion with a straight drive for 4.
Sun 1st XI 12/07/2009 Olton & W.W. League KCC won by 4 wkts
The Town 1’s recorded their second successive victory in the Warwickshire Sunday League following a 4 wicket win at Olton & WW. Batting first, the hosts were pegged to 159-7 as Matt Bolshaw snapped up a very tidy 3-19 off his 9 overs, ably assisted by Charlie Leonard 2-16 whilst there was a wicket a piece for James Nason and Dave Edmunds. Simpson was unbeaten on 74 from 105 balls with 8 boundaries and Hawkins chipped in with 27 for Olton. The Town 1’s had Lee Melville to thank for easing to victory with 8 overs to spare as he hit a solid 70 not out from 85 balls with 8 4s and a 6 and Gregg Peebles was unbeaten with a quickfire 17 off 14 balls with 4 boundaries after Kenilworth had slumped to 44-5. Earlier, Nason had posted 20 as the side reached 160-6. Olton wickets were shared around with Steve Du Cros with 2-23 being the picked as 8 bowlers were tried
Sun 2nd XI 12/07/2009 Warwick Medics Friendly KCC lost by 39 runs
Warwick Medics’ opener, Evans, was the star performer as he carried his bat with an unbeaten 114* in the side’s total of 252. Bennett chipped in with 54 and Hastings 49 in this friendly 45 over encounter. Pick of the Town bowlers were evergreen Ant Kerry with 3-31, veteran Mark Deeley 3-12 whilst Lewis Phillips claimed 2-36. In reply, the Town were never up with the run rate and fell 40 runs short as they closed on 213-6 despite the best efforts of Deeley 44, Andy Dadswell 39, Rob Gardner 31 not out, Michael Faulkner 18 and Phillips 17.
Sat 2nd XI 18/07/2009 Fillongley League KCC won by 3 wkts
Richard Strange rolled back the years as he hit his first half century for 17 years in the Town 2’s 3 wicket win against Fillongley who had earlier posted 190 with opener Smith hitting 95 and Lee 34. Matt Hone took 4-64, Andy Kennell 3-16, Tom Kane 2-43 and Rob Heath 1-11 for the Town. In reply, Heath with 40 and Mike Faulkner 37 set up an exciting climax as Strange knocked the ball to all parts to see the side home on 191-7 with 2 overs to spare as he made a delightful unbeaten 56 in which he hit 6 x 4 despite the efforts of Tregonning who had taken 4-45.
Sat 3rd XI 18/07/2009 King’s Heath League KCC won by 9 wkts
The Town 3’s further cemented their position at the top of Division 2 West Midland 3rd XI CCC with a 9 wicket win over second placed King’s Heath who were unable to cope with the accuracy of the Town spinning trio of Andy Smith, colt Pat Howard and Roger Kelsey as they were bowled out for 113. Smith took an impressive and frugal 5-9 from his 13.4 overs, whilst Howard snapped up 2-15 off his 7 overs and Kelsey 2-23. They were backed up by excellent fielding and catching epitomised by 2 stunning catches from Ed Smith and one from Matt Rees who had earler claimed 1-18 with the ball. 14 year old Jones top scored for the hosts with 26 not out. In reply, the Town patiently chipped away at their target as Andy Dadswell made 23 from 45 balls and once he fell, Howard teamed up with skipper Nigel Thompson. They put on a match winning unbroken partnership of 79 runs to see the side home with some 18 overs to spare to end on 114-1 to record the side’s 7th consecutive League win and eighth in all as they now lead the table by 56 points with 4 matches remaining. Howard made 31 not out from 106 balls in which he hit 2 boundaries whilst Thompson made an unbeaten 40 off 47 balls that included 6 x 4.
Sat 1st XI 18/07/2009 Fillongley League KCC lost by 8 wkts
The Town 1’s slipped up in their Premier Division title chase in the Warwickshire Cricket League following an 8 wicket defeat at Fillongley and are now in second place albeit with the same points behind new leaders, Bedworth, as they have won more games. Both sides are on 183 points. With some nine League games remaining, no Club seems able to take command, as only 21 points separate the top 9 teams that has seen top spot change hands 3 times in the past 4 weeks in what continues to be very tight championship. Kenilworth were asked to bat first on a damp wicket and apart from opener James Nason who made 54 from 108 deliveries, it was left to Gregg Peebles and Mark Wisdish with an unbroken stand of 90 which took the final total to 200-6 and maximum batting points achieved thanks to 61 off 60 balls from Peebles with 5 x 4 and 5 x 6 and Wisdish who provided valuable support with 22 from 47 balls. Fillongley bowling was led Ian Webster 3-36, Steve Gardner 2-61 and left arm spinner Tom Nightingale 1-36. In reply, as the track dried out batting became easier a 2nd wicket stand of 99 between Ben Fleming and Andrew Carty who made 42 made Fillongley favourites. Fleming went onto carry his bat through the innings for an unbeaten 101 from 108 balls with 14 x 4 and 3 x 6 and deservedly was named man of the match. Aaron Blackmore was unbeaten on 25 as Fillongley reached 201-2 and sealed victory with more than 10 overs to go. Gregg Peebles 1-42 and Mitch Lowe 1-54 were the only Town wicket takers.
Sun 2nd XI 19/07/2009 Olton & W.W. League Abandoned
After 42 overs, the Town 2’s Warwickshire Sunday League match at Olton finally succumbed to the weather when they were on 135-6. Skipper Mark Deeley had made 39, colt Pat Howard a patient 31 and Lewis Phillips 20 when rain called an early halt to proceedings. Moore took 2-19 and Russell 2-30 for the hosts.
Sun 1st XI 19/07/2009 Harborne League Abandoned
A prolonged heavy downpour at tea time finally led to the abandonment, with points shared, in the Sunday 1’s Division 1 Warwickshire Sunday League clash against Harborne. Kenilworth chose to bat first and after numerous rain interruptions posted 197-4 in 38 overs as Charlie Leonard top scored with 49 with solid contributions from Matt Hone and Gregg Peebles who both made 30 and Dave Edmunds who was unbeaten on 43 from 42 balls when the innings came to an end. Gareth Strangwood led the attack with 2-38 skipper Rajiv Sen 1-12 and Dean Birmingham 1-24. The deluge prevented any further play.
Sat 1st XI 25/07/2009 King’s Heath League KCC lost by 6 wkts
The Town 1’s suffered their 2nd successive defeat by 6 wkts against King’s Heath and with it slipped to 5th place in the WACL Premier Division 15 pts behind new leaders Fillongley in what still continues to be a tight competition, with the leaders seemingly changing weekly. Kenilworth were asked to bat first on a damp pitch but only Dave Edmunds with 85, his top score of the season, got past 20 as Kenilworth limped along to 160-8 from 50 overs. For Heath, Phil Jefferies took 3-34 and Andrew Davis 3-40 whilst other wickets fell to Sam Walker and Andy Lloyd. In reply, King’s Heath reached 161-4 and victory with only 2.4 overs to spare after opener, Jefferies, scored 32 whilst Patel was unbeaten on 29 but former Harborne and Bromsgrove player, Andrew Lloyd, with 60 from 86 balls with 6 x 4 and 2 x 6 took the man of the match honours. Mitch Lowe claimed 1-35, Charlie Leonard 1-23, Geoff Edmunds 1-45 and James Nason 1-27 for the Town.
Sat 2nd XI 25/07/2009 King’s Heath League KCC lost by 6 wkts
The Town 2’s could only muster 149-7 on a damp track that King’s Heath chased down with 5 overs to spare to claim a 6 wicket win. Opener Richard Strange with 41 and skipper, Rob Heath with 43 batted well in the difficult conditions, whilst Nigel Thompson with 17 not out and Ali Peebles 12 not out chipped in at the end of the innings. Monk took 2-28 and Williams 2-23 for the hosts. Innings of the day was then made by Heath’s Monk who hit a solid 70 whilst Spinks with 39* guided them to 150-4 and victory despite the efforts of colt Matt Bolshaw who took 2-32 whilst Tom Kane and Lewis Phillips picked up a wicket a piece.
Sun 1st XI 26/07/2009 Dorridge League Abandoned
Only 43.4 overs were possible in the WSL Division 1 clash at Dorridge before the match was abandoned with Kenilworth on 193-6. Runs were shared around with Gregg Peebles top scoring with 42, Adrian Sellar and Lee Melvile both made 39 and Charlie Leonard 32. For Dorridge, skipper Dave Ball 2-29 and Andy Wing 2-32 were the leading wicket takers when the match was halted.
Sun 2nd XI 26/07/2009 Leamington League Abandoned
Rain ruined the Town 2’s Warwickshire Sunday League Division 2 League Cup semi final clash against neighbours, Leamington who made 208-9 in their 45 overs. Sutton top scored for the Spa, followed by Inskip 45, McCarthy 27 and Bramley 26. Spa made an impressive start to the match but were pegged back by the Town’s spinning trio led by Andy Smith, who took a tidy 2-24 from his 9 overs, colt Phil Edmonds with an impressive spell that was rewarded with 2-30 whilst Roger Kelsey ended with 4-64. The Town fielding was on song as Tom Pope, who had earlier taken 1-51, snapped up 2 smart catches one of which was a screamer whilst colt Rob Gardner clung onto a difficult chance. In reply, only 3 overs were possible when rain ended proceedings with the Town on 5-1 after Andy Dadswell was cruelly given out. The Cup semi final will be replayed at a later date.
Sun 2nd XI 02/08/2009 Bablake Old Boys League KCC won by 6 wkts
The Town 2’s cruised to a comfortable 6 wicket win with 9 overs to spare at Bablake Old Boys who had been restricted to 119-9 batting first in their Warwickshire Sunday League Division 2 clash. S. Eames top scored with 47* followed by Watson 19 and McCallam 13 for the hosts. All 5 Town bowlers picked up wickets with colt Phil Edmonds snapping up 3-28 with his wily right arm spin whilst Indy Matharu was very frugal as his 9 overs were rewarded with 2-15 in a spell that included 6 maidens. The other wicket takers who took one apiece were Lewis Phillips, Pranay Turlapati and Chris Hurst. In reply, Dave Temple hit 34 for the Town whilst colts James Alty and Rob Gardner made 12 each as did Richard Strange and Hurst who were both unbeaten to see the Town side home on 121-4. The Kenilworth cause was helped by Old Boys conceding 36 extras as Desai took 2-32 and Eames 1-18.
Sun 1st XI 02/08/2009 Kenilworth Wardens League KCC won by 3 wkts
A fine spell of bowling from the Town’s 15 year old, Matt Bolshaw, helped Kenilworth to a 3 wicket success over neighbours Kenilworth Wardens at Warwick Road in the Warwickshire Sunday League Division 1 clash in the only game of the weekend to be played in Kenilworth. Wardens batted first on a damp track and posted 208-9 from their 45 overs. Skipper Martin Donald top scored with a brutal 58 from 41 deliveries hitting 4 x 4 and 4 x 6, whilst opener Sitanshu Kotak made 55 and Scott Stenning 40. Colt Bolshaw led the attack with a fine 4-37, including both Wardens’ openers and the prize wicket of Kotak. Dave Edmunds chipped in with a tidy 3-32 and there was a wicket each for Gregg Peebles and Mitch Lowe. Peebles then got the Town off to a flying start chasing, as he made a quickfire 46 before being stumped. A rapid 5th wicket partnership of 74 from 46 balls from in form Matt Hone who top scored with 64 from 59 balls with 2 x 4 and 5 x 6 and Lowe who was unbeaten 38 from 31 balls with 1 x 4 and 4 x 6 set the platform for an exciting and tense finish. It was left to 17 year old Guy Pearson to club the winning boundary with 2 deliveries to spare and secure victory for the Town as the side reached 212-7. For the Wardens, Scott Stenning completed a fine all round performance with 3-27, whilst Donald took 2-42 and there was a wicket each for the slow left arm duo of Dan Vernon and Kotak but the day belonged to the Town quartet of Bolshaw, Peebles, Hone and Lowe.
Sat 1st XI 08/08/2009 Warwick League KCC won by 38 runs
Kenilworth’s 38 run victory and maximum points over near neighbours Warwick keeps the Town in the hunt for Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division glory. They have now moved into 3rd place and only 6 points behind new leaders, Atherstone, in what continues to be one of the tighest competitions in years, with pole position changing weekly in the run in for the title. Kenilworth were asked to bat first on a firm but variable Hampton Road deck. Lee Melville led the way with 60 from 104 deliveries as Dave Edmunds chipped in with 29, Gregg Peebles 24 and Charlie Leonard 22 in the side’s total of 177-9 from 50 overs. For Warwick, there were 3 wickets a piece for Paul Jackson 3-42, former KCC player, James Wynn-Evans 3-29 and Craig Downing 3-22. In reply, Warwick got off to the worse possible start as Town paceman, Leonard, gave Kenilworth a fantastic start as he cleaned bowled Dyer and then had Looch caught behind to leave the hosts 0-2 after the first over. A steady flow of wickets saw Warwick slump to 78-6 as they struggled against Leonard and left arm spinner, Geoff Edmunds. However, a 41 run stand between Ross Briscoe and Sam Dabin gave Warwick an unlikely sniff of victory but when Briscoe fell for a fine 68 from 86 balls, it was left to Edmunds to trap the number 10 and 11 batsmen in front to leave Warwick 139 all out and Kenilworth victors. Geoff Edmunds deservedly took the man of the match award with 5-28, with his 4th 5 wicket haul of the season, whilst in form Leonard took 4-47 and Mitch Lowe 1-31. Keeper, Mark Deeley pouched two catches behind the sticks and took a sharp stumping as all other batsmen were bowled. Only 16 points now separate the top 6 sides in the Premier Division and with 6 matches to go 9 Clubs are still in the hunt for the title, each having a realistic chance of claiming it.
Sat 2nd XI 08/08/2009 Warwick League Losing Draw
Despite the condition of the pitch, due to the recent inclement weather, the match was a surprising run fest with Warwick claiming the majority of the points as 480 runs were scored. Warwick batting first scored 257-5 as man of the match, S. Smith, carried his bat for 50 overs and made a very creditable 120 off 158 balls faced, in which he hit 13 boundaries and one 6. J. Davis hit 97, only to be denied of his century by a beaut of a ball from the Town’s Tom Kane, as the pair had put on 208 for the 2nd wicket. Kane ended with 2-77, whilst evergreen Pete Alty snapped up 3-48 from his 15 overs. The Town 2’s kept up in the run chase despite the occasional hiccup to end on 223-8. The side’s innnings of the day was from 18 year old rising star, Matt Rees, who blasted an incredible 74 from only 35 balls faced, in which he hit 5 x 4 and 6 x 6, as he went run crazy to record his maiden half century for the club and his highest score in Senior cricket. Pranay Turlapati, in his debut for the 2’s, hit 40 as he and Tom Kane 26 put on 80 for the 5th wicket. However, the side had to settle for a draw after Hammersley had taken 4-34 and Scrypchuk 2-48 for Warwick.
Sat 3rd XI 08/08/2009 Redditch (Friendly) League KCC lost by 3 wkts
The 3rd’s, currently leading Division 2 of the West Midland 3rd XI Club Cricket Championship, suffered a rare 3 wicket defeat at the hands of Redditch, placed 4th in Division 1, in their friendly clash. Batting first on an unpredictable track, the Town 3’s made 128-9 in their 45 overs as skipper Nigel Thompson top scored for the side with an obdurate 37 as he and Tom Anscombe 19, returning to health, put on 65 for the 5th wicket. However, the side lost 3 quick wickets on 107. Colts, Rob Gardner and Phil Edmonds made 13 and 12* respectively as Waqar Ali took 3-12 and Andy Stokes 2-8 for the visitors. In reply, Redditch started cautiously against the spinning trio of veteran Andy Smith and youngsters Edmonds and Jaesh Naik. Jabba hit a solid 54 and Shenton 23 as the visitors kept up with their target. It was left to Peatley 18* and Ali 11* to see Redditch home to 129-7 with three overs to spare, despite the best efforts of Smith, who took 4-43, Naik 1-23 from 10 overs and Edmonds 1-42. Rob Gardner took a skier of a catch and Pat Jenkinson a sharp chance, whilst Edmonds showed his potential with a sharp run out but the Colts’ efforts were in vain. Next week, the side can wrap up the title, so long as they do not lose to Southam in their League campaign.
Sun 1st XI 09/08/2009 Attock League KCC won by 2 wkts
The Sunday 1’s made it two consecutive wins in the Warwickshire Sunday League Division 1 with a narrow 2 wicket victory at Attock who could only muster 147 from 39.1 overs. Extras top scored with 34, including 23 wides and 5 penalty runs for the ball hitting a helmet behind the keeper from a wide. H. Khan was the leading batsmen with 23. Geoff Edmunds completed a fine weekend to take 5-32 – his second 5 wicket haul in 2 days – to give him combined weekend figures of 10-60. Dave Edmunds took 2-11 and there was a wicket a piece for Matt Bolshaw, opening bowler James Nason and Mitch Lowe, who wrapped up the innings. In reply, Kenilworth found batting equally tricky thanks to some tight bowling and a couple of run outs. However, it was thanks to Adie Sellar to settle the nerves, as he hit an unbeaten 35 to guide Kenilworth to victory with 10 deliveries remaining as the side reached 148-8. Only Lee Melville with 28 and a rapid 27 off 25 balls from Matt Hone were the only other batsmen to pass 20. Z. Azam led the Attock bowling with 3-35 and there was a wicket each for H. Khan 1-23, S. Mehmood 1-34 and Z. Shah 1-27.
Sun 2nd XI 09/08/2009 Moseley League KCC lost by 7 wkts
Richard Strange, who hit his first century for 19 years for the Club and with it his highest career score of 122, still ended up on the losing side as Moseley proved to be easy 7 wicket victors with 9 overs remaining in the Warwickshire Sunday League 2nd XI Division 2 clash. Strange whose magnificent 126 ball innings saw him hit 11 boundaries and one 6 helped the side post 218-7 in their 45 overs. Skipper Mark Deeley chipped in with 31 and Lewis Phillips 21. A. Din picked up 2-27 whilst four other Moseley bowlers claimed a wicket a piece. In reply, Moseley got off to a flier as Nick Chase made 49. However, he fell to a superb caught and bowled from colt Phil Edmonds, 1-37. Lee Gorton then made a hard hitting unbeaten 104 for the visitors as he and Taylor 24 not out saw Moseley home to 219-3 with comfort. They were aided by an unusally lack lustre Town bowling performance that also spoilt Strange’s marvellous day and personal achievement. Tom Pope and Pranay Turlapati were the only other Town wicket takers.
Sat 1st XI 15/08/2009 Solihull Blossomfield League KCC won by 4 wkts
The Town 1’s maintained their challenge for the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division title and with it promotion into the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League with a 4 wicket win at their Warwick Road ground over visitors Solihull Blossomfield. The win maintains their 3rd position, 6 points behind leaders Atherstone and 3 points behind second placed Bablake Old Boys as all three sides won with only 5 matches of the campaign remaining. Solihull Blossomfield made a brisk start to their innings hitting 38 from the first 8 overs. However Mitch Lowe made breakthroughs and soon Blossomfield had slumped to 75-6. Despite Harris hitting 29 and youngster, Richard Weaver, 20 for the visitors the side could only muster 133 as they were bowled out inside 44 overs. Lowe was on song as he took 6-54 from his 15 overs, aided by some excellent slip catching. Dave Edmunds snapped up 2-20 with Charlie Leonard and Geoff Edmunds taking a wicket a piece. In reply, the Town 1’s soon found themselves at 39-4 but Leonard batted with composure as he shared in 32 and 31 run partnerships with Lowe and Mark Wisdish. He went onto make an unbeaten 62 off 109 balls in which he hit 7 boundaries and a six as he led the side to victory when they reached 136-6 with 9 overs to spare. Dave Edmunds chipped in with 20 whilst Ali Ebad took 3-37 for the visitors. The next two crucial League games see the Town 1’s take on both Atherstone and Bablake in a nail biting run in for all 3 top teams. Table now – Atherstone 240, Bablake 237, Kenilworth 234.
Sat 2nd XI 15/08/2009 Solihull Blossomfield League Winning Draw
The 2’s dominated their match at Solihull Blossomfield but could not remove the last pair as the hosts clung on to end the day on 124-9 after the Town 2’s had earlier posted 204-7. Pranay Turlapati top scored for the Town with an unbeaten 46, Mark Stranks 30, colt, ageless Ali Peebles 27 not out and Mark Deeley 30 in the side’s total as Ford had taken 3-39 and Edmund 2-49. Blossomfield’s Lewis with 50 not out from the number 4 berth and number 11, Kinlass 6 not out denied the Town victory despite the efforts of evergreen all rounder Peebles who had taken 3-17. 3 run outs and a wicket each from Pete Alty, Edmonds and Rob Gardner accounted for the other Blossomfield batsmen to fall.
Sat 3rd XI 15/08/2009 Southam League KCC lost by 8 runs
The Town 3’s blew their chance of claiming the West Midland 3rd XI CCC Division 2 title early when they lost by 8 runs against Southam. The 3’s were undone by a shocking batting performance chasing a lowly 116 as Southam’s Phil Mugleston ran riot through the Town line up, to claim an impressive 7-27 off 17 overs. They started the run chase well after Andy Dadswell and Colin Goodall put on 41 for the first wicket before Dadswell fell for 24. However, seven Town batsmen could then only add a combined total of 7 runs between them, as nerves got the better. Colt Tom Pope made a quickfire 13 whilst Goodall, who had held the innings together, was last man to fall after making a solid 48 and the side were frustratingly bowled out for 108 with some 15 overs available. Darby took 2-3 and Southam skipper, Tony Bromwich, 1-35. Earlier, Pittam made 26 and Preston 29 in the Southam total as the Town bowlers did their jobs when 15 year olds, Pope took 3-21 and Jayesh Naik 3-23 off his 10 overs – his best Senior performance, to date. Spinners, Andy Smith chipped in with 1-22 off 12 overs, Roger Kelsey 1-31, Chris Hurst 1-11 and debutant leg spinner, Matt Watts 1-1 but their efforts proved to be in vain due to the side’s woeful batting performance as the 3’s recorded only their second defeat of the season. Yet all is not doom and gloom, as the title is still in their own hands with them having two more chances to win it over the next fortnight.
Sun 1st XI 16/08/2009 Leicester Teachers Friendly Match Drawn
Due to a very late cry off on Sunday morning (at 10 a.m. with the start time of 2 p.m.) from scheduled Sunday League opponents Sutton Coldfield, Kenilworth entertained Leicester Teachers in a last minute arranged friendly after they had also suffered a similiar cancellation. Kenilworth batted first and made 184-7 from 44 overs. Lee Melville, opening, top scored with 42 as he put on 64 for the first wicket with James Nason who chipped in with 26. There were useful contributions from Adie Sellar 22 and James Alty 29 before Dave Edmunds hammered 23 from only 13 balls with 3 x 4s and a 6 to take Kenilworth to their final total. Page and Hibberd were the leading bowlers with 2-28 and 2-32 respectively. In reply, Leicester Teachers were left hanging on for the draw as they reached 102-9 from 40 overs. Keeper Owen Stean, batting at 8, top scored with an unbeaten 31 but only J Murphy 24 and A Hibberd 22 were only other batsmen to pass 20. 7 bowlers were used by the town the most successful being Charlie Leonard 3-11, James Nason 2-11, Phil Edmonds 2-30, Dave Edmunds 1-18 and Chris Hurst 1-26. The Town 1s end their Sunday League campaign next week with a trip to Walmley
Sun 2nd XI 16/08/2009 Nuneaton League KCC lost by 3 wkts
Nuneaton’s Ruben Field was the difference between the two sides in their Sunday League 2nd XI encounter as he hit a match winning and unbeaten 89 in their total of 147-7 as the side claimed a three wicket win with 4 overs to spare. The Town 2’s posted 147-5 after Pranay Turlapati and Mark Deeley had lifted the side from 78-5 as they added 69 runs. Turlapati, after several scores recently in the 40’s, went onto deservedly claim his maiden half century in Club colours as he made 52 not out. Deeley went on to make 34 not out. Wilfred Pinfold took 2-26 for the hosts. 15 year old Jaesh Naik, opened the Town attack and his fine weekend form continued as he took an impressive 3-27 from his 9 overs whilst Lewis Phillips weighed with 3-24. Debutant colt Jack Dismorr took 1-11 from 4.2 overs to go with a fine catch that he claimed earlier at deep square leg. Jordan Gilkes had made 21 but it was left to Field to bring victory for Nuneaton.
Sat 2nd XI 22/08/2009 Lyndworth League KCC lost by 5 wkts
The Town 2’s were no match for table topping Lyndworth who cruised to an easy 5 wicket win with some 24 overs to spare after restricting the Town to 135-7 off their 50 overs. It was thanks to Mark Deeley who hit 27, all rounder Tom Kane with 37 and a rapid 13 ball knock from colt, Rob Gardner who made an unbeaten 24 with 4 boundaries to thank for reaching that total. Khan took 3-16, Nadeem 3-22 for the visitors. In reply, despite a fine 3-19 and an outfield catch from Kane, Lyndworth reached 141-5 inside 26 overs as M. Khan made an unbeaten 42, O. Khan 33 and Zaman 27. Colts, Matt Bolshaw and Phil Edmonds, were the other Town wicket takers with 1-21 and 1-51 respectively.
Sat 3rd XI 22/08/2009 Aston Unity League KCC win by forfeit
The 3rd XI were fittingly crowned Division 2 champions of the West Midland 3rd XI Club Cricket Championship after a solid season with one match of their campaign now left to play. However, the manner in which they achieved the title was disappointing as unlucky 13 struck, as their 13th match of the season was forfeited by struggling Aston Unity, who were unable to raise a side – having only 6 3rd team players available.
Sat 1st XI 22/08/2009 Atherstone League Winning Draw
The Town 1’s maintained their Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division title challenge with a winning draw in a top of the table clash at Atherstone to remain in third position with 4 games remaining that also knocked Atherstone off top spot and who now find themselves in 4th. place. Kenilworth lost toss and were inserted. They reached 125-3 with 16 overs left as Dave Edmunds, James Nason and Lee Melville made 31, 35 and 39. After they departed Mitch Lowe made a rapid 51 from 32 balls with 3 x 4s and 5 x 6s and he lifted the side’s total to 228-9 from 50 overs. Bowling, Kenilworth made a fine start as Lowe had danger man Luke Reeves caught behind in the 3rd over. Atherstone’s glimmer of hope was skipper Matt Pickering who made 49 before he was cleaned bowled by Geoff Edmunds. Once he fell the draw seemed the likely result and so it proved as Atherstone closed on 153-5 from 50 overs. Dadu made 27 and Simon Grayson was unbeaten at the end on 27. Charlie Leonard led the attack with 3-38 whilst Lowe took 1-35, Geoff Edmunds 1-33. Results elsewhere mean Bablake are the new leaders with Handsworth in 2nd whilst Kenilworth remain 3rd. Next week is another crucial clash against Bablake at the Club’s Warwick Road ground on Saturday, followed by an away trip on Bank Holiday Monday to Bedworth, matches that will go a long way in determining where the title will go.
Sun 2nd XI 23/08/2009 Sutton Coldfield League KCC lost by 3 wkts
The Town 2’s ended their League campaign with a last over defeat at the hands of Sutton Coldfield after posting a creditable 201-8 in their 45 overs. Mark Deeley and Steve Kelley led the Town batting as they put on 80 for the 3rd wicket, after Deeley and Ali Peebles, 25 had added 75 for the 2nd wicket. Deeley fell for 69 after hitting 8 boundaries in his 89 ball innings, whilst Kelley made a season highest of 41 off 57 balls which saw him hit 3 boundaries and a six. Ant Kerry chipped in at the end to make 16 not out off 14 balls with 3 4’s as Houston had taken 5-28 and Luke Finn 2-19 for the visitors. Replying, Sutton started well but the slow blowers brought the game back and ensured a tense finish was going to happen. Finn hit 35 whilst colt Brotherton made an impressive 72 and Parker 29 as they crept home past the winning post with only two balls to spare as they ended on 204-7 after Peebles had taken 2-50 whilst the Town quintet of Andy Smith, Jaesh Naik, Roger Kelsey, Pranay Turlapati and Deeley had taken a wicket a piece.
Sun 1st XI 23/08/2009 Walmley League KCC lost by 8 wkts
The Town 1’s ended their Warwickshire Sunday League Division 1 season with a disappointing 8 wicket defeat at Walmley. Kenilworth won toss and made first use of what appeared a fine surface but apart from Dave Edmunds 16 and James Nason 14 it was left to Geoff Edmunds batting at number 11 who top scored with 27 with 5 boundaries who put on 30 runs for the final with Matt Bolshaw 1 not out to take the final total to 112 all out with more than 8 overs un used. The total was aided by 33 extras, including 25 wides. For Walmley, Rob Gardiner took a fine 5-23, Russell 3-20 and a wicket each for Dan Maskal and Dutch International Twenty 20 player Tim Grujiters. In reply, Walmley cruised to 116-2 with more than 20 overs remaning thanks to 28 from 26 from opener Chris Booth with 4 x 4s but he was overshadowed by an unbeaten 59 from 75 balls from fellow opener James Brocklebank with 9 4s which took Walmley to victory. For the Town Geoff Edmunds 1-25 and Mitch Lowe 1-12 were the only successful bowlers. Awaiting final league places but it appears Kenilworth will finish mid table a good achievement considering they are the only Warwickshire League side in the division.
Sat 3rd XI 29/08/2009 Walmley 5th League Won by 8 wkts
Already champions of Division 2 of the West Midland 3rd XI CCC, the Town 3’s rounded off their season in fine style as they notched up their 10th victory of their 14 match campaign with a 8 wicket win against visitors, Walmley. The match was played at Leek Wootton’s Memorial Ground where Walmley had 13 year old starlet, Haseeb, who scored an impressive 50 to thank for the side reaching 130, whilst Dave Holmes chipped in with 29. Town’s Nick Robbins led the attack and collected a fine 3-7 off 7.2 overs, veteran Andy Smith snapped up 3-44 whilst Ed Smith chipped in with 1-9, debutant George Boylin 1-11 and Roger Kelsey 1-25 as keeper Tom Anscombe snaffled two sharp catches behind the stumps. The 3’s had a solid start as Colin Goodall and Pat Howard put on 94 for the 1st wicket and set the side on the way to victory as Goodall made 46 with 6 x 4 and Howard 36 with 5 x 4. It was left to in form colt, Rob Gardner to hit the winning boundary as his 21 ball cameo innings saw him notch up a quickfire 32 not out in which he blasted 5 boundaries and a huge six as the side reached 131-2 with 18 overs to spare and kick off a night of celebrations at the Town’s Clubhouse and bring the first Saturday League title to the Club for 12 seasons.
Sat 1st XI 29/08/2009 Bablake Old Boys League Lost by 2 wkts
In a top of the table clash Kenilworth suffered a narrow 2 wicket defeat to current leaders Bablake. After being asked to bat first Kenilworth, looked well place at 112-4 with more than 20 overs remaining but unfortunately the last 6 wickets yielded only 28 runs at the innings closed on 140 all out with 3.3 overs unused. Opener James Nason top scored with 44 but nobody else passed 20. Bablake bowler Steve Swaffield returned outstanding figures of 13.4-7-27-7 whilst captain Jason Pyott took 2-41 and Jonathan Sanders 1-27. In reply, Bablake found batting equally difficult although opener Bush made 35. However, Swaffield rounded off a good day for him as he top scored with 37 and captain Jason Pyott 30 but once they were both out it was left to Sanders to strike the winning boundary to take Bablake to victory with 8 overs remaining as they reached 142-8. For Kenilworth, Mitch Lowe took 3-47, Charlie Leonard 2-53 Gregg Peebles 2-8 and Geoff Edmunds 1-29 which meant Kenilworth picked up only 4 points whilst Bablake collected 20. With only 3 matches to go Kenilworth need to win all their games and hope for results else where to go in their favour if they are to have any chance of being crowned champions as they are now 27 points behind Bablake whilst Handsworth remain 2nd.
Sat 2nd XI 29/08/2009 Four Oaks Saints League Winning Draw
In a high scoring match that suited the batsmen 498 runs were made by both sides but the Town 2’s had the better of the match as they posted 281-9. There were solid performances from several Town’s batsmen as Mark Deeley led the way with 44, Matt Hone 38, Guy Pearson 36, Pranay Turlapati 24, Steve Kelley 23, Michael Faulkner 19 and Tom Kane 17, whilst extras “top scored” with 61. Millard took 3-46 for the hosts. In reply, Four Oaks Saints were never in the hunt to chase down the set target despite the best efforts of Farmer who made 61, Minhas 31, Beattie 30*, Hall 21 and Scandrett 20* as they settled on ending the day on 217-7. Seven Town bowlers were used with spinner Edmonds the pick with 3-33 followed by Alli Peebles 2-35 whilst there was a wicket a piece for Hone and Andy Kennell.
Sun 2nd XI 30/08/2009 Coventry Ramblers Friendly Abandoned
The match was blighted by the weather and ended in a damp draw. Ramblers made 190-4 from a reduced 35 overs with Kershaw 64 not out and Thomas 64 after Roger Kelsey had taken 1-12, Phil Edmonds 1-45, Colin Goodall 1-47 and Jaesh Naik 1-36. The Town 2’s only faced 5 overs when the match was finally abandoned with side on 22-0 leaving Dave Temple 18 not out.
Sat 2nd XI 31/08/2009 North Warwickshire League KCC by default
With only 2 hours notice before the match was due to take place, bottom placed North Warwickshire, telephoned to cry off the match, unable to raise a side and conceded it to Kenilworth, thus leaving 11 Town players very disappointed that they were unable to play and which meant that there was no cricket at our Warwick Road ground on a Bank Holiday Monday for our loyal supporters and spectators to watch.
Sat 1st XI 31/08/2009 Bedworth League KCC won by 45 runs
The Town 1’s bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Bablake with a maximum points victory in a low scoring game at Bedworth. Kenilworth were asked to bat first on a damp track with variable bounce and quickly slumped from 44-2 to 52-7, with opener Dave Edmunds making 31 before Guy Pearson batting at 9 came to the crease and with support from Geoff Edmunds who was 18 not out, made 47 from just 50 deliveries as they put on a valuable 47 runs for the 10th wicket partnership before Pearson was last out with the score on 120 with 8.4 overs unused. For Bedworth, Andy Ashby returned fine figures of 15-5-29-5, skipper Scott Friswell took 4-40 and Kunal Sharma 1-11. In reply, no Bedworth batsman got going and only Sean Hirons who made 22 passed 20 and opener Andy Ashby made 18 but no other Bedworth batsmen made double figures. For the Town, Charlie Leonard was on song and took 4-32 and wily Geoff Edmunds took a fabulous 5-9 – his 5th 5 wicket haul of the season to take his tally to 41 wickets for the season and Gregg Peebles 1-15 but the Man of the match award deservedly went to Pearson for his composed innings as others around him struggled. With only 2 games to go the tightest WACL Premier Division for a good few years is set to go down to the final week of the season and the Town 1’s are still in with a chance. They remain in 3rd place behind new leaders Handsworth who leapt frogged into pole position following Bablake’s defeat at the hands of Warwick. The 1’s play Nuneaton next Saturday and round off the campaign with a trip to Handsworth on the last day of the season. What a climax it could be.
Sat 1st XI 05/09/2009 Nuneaton League KCC won by 24 runs
The 2009 Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division title (and with it promotion into the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League) will be decided on the final day of the season after Kenilworth completed the double over Nuneaton in an enthralling 24 run success and with it a maximum 24 point haul. Kenilworth lost the toss and their wish was granted, as they were asked to bat. Dave Edmunds and James Nason put on 67 for the first wicket but once Nason fell for 11 and shortly followed by Edmunds Junior, who top scored with 47 off 64 balls, only Tom Lawrence with 26 and Mark Wisdish 29 passed 20 as the side’s innings closed on 174-9 from 50 overs. Dean Hopkins led the Nuneaton attack 3-52, James Taplin 2-40 Tony Ingram 2-41 and Lee McNeil 1-35. In reply, Nuneaton made an equally positive start reaching 55-1 but both openers fell including wicketkeeper, John Allen, who made 40 before he was bowled by Geoff Edmunds. Captain Ruban Field was the only player to make a score of note as he made 20 before Geoff Edmunds wrapped up the tail and leave Nuneaton 150 all out from 46.3 overs in a tense finish. Edmunds Senior claimed his 2nd man of the match and 5 wicket haul in consecutive games with outstanding figures of 13.3-6-9-6. Gregg Peebles provided valuable support with 3-73 and Mitch Lowe 1-37 was the other wicket taker as the side have set up a thrilling conclusion to the League season when any one from 4 teams can claim League glory. The top four all play each other in the final round of matches. The Town, who remain in third spot are away to leaders Handsworth, having closed the gap to only 9 points whilst second placed Bablake, 7 points ahead of the Town, entertain 4th placed Atherstone. The Handsworth game is a must win match for the Town who then must await the Bablake result to see if their dreams of Birmingham League cricket for 2010 turn into reality.
Sat 2nd XI 05/09/2009 Ansley Sports League KCC won by 10 wkts
Ansley suffered at the hands of the Town 2’s for the second time in the season when then fell to a 10 wicket defeat. They posted 179-9 batting first as Musson made 56 and Simpson 32. The pick of the Town bowlers was all rounder Matt Hone who took an impressive 3-23 off 13 overs, whilst veteran Ali Peebles took 3-52, skipper Rob Heath 1-32 and Andy Kennell 1-29. In reply, Ansley were saved from a second dose of Hone’s exploits, who had scored a club record score of 180* in the sides’ first encounter, as he waited patiently in the number 3 berth for 40.3 overs whilst the opening pair of Mark Deeley and Michael Faulkner dominated proceedings. The duo secured a comfortable 10 wicket win for the Town side ending on 180-0. Deeley was impressive and in total control as he made an unbeaten 93 off 118 balls hitting 8 boundaries and 2 sixes, whilst Faulkner’s confident 133 ball knock saw him make an unbeaten 73 which included 6 boundaries.
Sun 2nd XI 06/09/2009 Leamington Friendly KCC won by 4 wkts
The Town 2’s reached the final of the Warwickshire Sunday League Division 2 Cup Final but it was not without a huge fright as they recovered from 15-5 after only 9 overs to secure a 4 wicket win chasing down the Birmingham League outfit Leamington’s total of 102 all out who had batted for only 29.4 overs of their entitled 45 overs. It was Spa’s Chris Cheslin who ran havoc claiming 5 wickets for 1 run in a 17 ball burst including a hat trick that put the Spa side on top as favourites as the number 2 to 6 Town batsmen all fell for a duck. However, it was Town’s opener Dave Temple who remained steadfast as he and number 7, Ant Kerry, put on 62 for the 6th wicket before Temple fell for a match winning 42 that had included 6 boundaries and bolster the side’s total to 77-6. Once he fell, Kerry took up the mantle and played sensibly for his 25 not out that saw him hit 3 boundaries as he and colt Phil Edmonds 9 also not out put on the required 26 runs as the side edged to victory on 103-6 with just over 6 overs remaining. Cheslin was by far the pick of the Spa bowling attack as he ended up with figures of 5-9 from his 9 overs. Bailey was the other wicket taker. Earlier, Leamington had been restricted by some on song Town bowling and fielding as Edmonds took 3-18, Roger Kelsey 3-28, colt Tom Pope 2-25 and Andy Smith 2-24. Kerry took three catches in the field and Pope a stunner. The Town 2’s now play Sutton Coldfield at their Warwick Road ground next week in the Final. The 45 overs a side match starts at 12 noon.
Sat 1st XI 12/09/2009 Handsworth League KCC won by 53 runs
A fantastic end to the Warwickshire Cricket League Premier Division saw Kenilworth claim maximum 24 points win a 53 run win at leaders at the start of play, Handsworth but Bablake claimed the title with their victory at Atherstone. Kenilworth won toss and knowing they needed maximum points to have any chance of the title should Bablake have a hiccup chose to bat first. On a pitch with variable bounce, Kenilworth could only manage 135 all out from 46.1 over. Matt Hone, in only his second 1st XI appearance, top scored with 39 from 34 balls and Mark Wisdish, who was last out for 23, put on a valuable 56 run partnership for the 6th wicket, including 5 penalty runs for the ball hitting the helmet. K. Smith 3-24 and R. Stone 3-41 were the leading Handsworth bowlers. In the 10 overs before tea, Handsworth slumped to 33-4 whilst after tea, only Stone with 24 passed 20 as the rest of the batting fell away against unsurprisingly Geoff Edmunds who took 7-21 as Handsworth capitulated and were skittled out for 82. Gregg Peebles with 2-23 and Mitch Lowe 1-29 were the other Town wicket takers. Edmunds ended the season with 54 league wickets at an average of 10.5, including 18-39 in the last 3 games. Overall, it was a very enjoyable and positive season for the 1st XI as they missed out on the title by just 7 points but congratulations and good luck Bablake who have beaten Kenilworth in both their meetings this season.
Sat 2nd XI 12/09/2009 Handsworth League KCC won by 3 wkts
The Town 2’s ended their League campaign with a 3 wicket win against Handsworth which meant the side finished a very creditable 6th position in the final League standings having won 6 matches, drawing 9 and losing only 4 games. Batting first, Handsworth made 137 all out thanks to Boscombe hitting 32, Ahmed 30, Buchanan 26 and Mills 21. Pick of the Town bowlers were the Town spinning duo of promising colt, Phil Edmonds who took an impressive 3-32 and veteran Andy Kennell 3-26, whilst Ali Peebles chipped in with 1-19, Matt Bolshaw 1-22 and Pete Alty 1-36. In reply, the Town started well as Michael Faulkner made 24 as he and Pranay Turlapati 33, put on 37 for the 3rd wicket. The 5th wicket 40 run partnership between Guy Pearson who made a hard hitting 36 and Steve Kelley set the side up for victory and it was left to Kelley to guide the team to 138-7 as he made an unbeaten 15. Thomas took 2-14 for the visitors whilst 5 other Handsworth bowlers took a wicket a piece.