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2011: Sunday 2nd XI Reports

LOSS: 17/04/2011 v Tamworth

The Town’s Sunday 2nd XI could only post 133 all out in the 40th over, a score that Tamworth eased past with some 8 overs to spare in the side’s first 40 overs a side friendly match of the season. For the Town, James Nason top scored with 27, Dave Edmunds 25, whilst debutant, Anante, made 15 and number 10, Chris Beech 21. Tamworth’s Gray was the most successful bowler taking 3-12 off his 8 overs. The hosts soon found themselves reeling at 19-2 but a 91 run 4th wicket partnership between Kinson 45 not out and Flower 48 not out saw Tamworth home with ease, as they reached 136-3. Of the 8 Town bowlers used, only three managed to chalk up a wicket each – openers Pranay Turlapati and Andy Smith, whilst colt Phil Edmonds took the third.

LOSS: 05/06/2011 v Attock

Like their 1st XI counterparts, the Town 2’s came unstuck against Attock in their 40 overs a side Warwickshire Sunday League clash. They posted 188-6 with in form Mark Stranks hitting 47, the ever youthful Mark Deeley 44 and 15 year old colt Sid Hegde making 44 as Javed took 3-23. However, Attock reached 190-4with Rupak leading the way with an unbeaten 42 after Awan had made 42 and Taz 35. Four Town bowlers – Ant Kerry, Roger Kelsey and colts Charlie Stranks and James Alty each claimed a wicket.

LOSS: 26/06/2011 v Water Orton

A superb century from Town’s opener Mark Stranks was not enough to secure the Sunday 2’s victory as they were unable to defend 207-6 , losing the match in the last over. Stranks blasted 14 boundaries and a six in his superb knock of 106 not out – even more impressive in the hot sunny weather conditions. Steve Kelley had chipped in 31 as he and Stranks shared in a 69 run second wicket partnership. Water Orton slumped to 53-5 before Glastonbury made 53 got the side back on track with the run chase. Fielders and bowlers toiled in the heat and despite the efforts of spinner Andy Smith who took a season’s best of 4-26 and Roger Kelsey 3-42. Orton had Woofenden 42 not out to thank as he hit the running runs in the last over in a tense finish as they reached 208-9. Peebles and colt Charlie Stranks took the other wickets to fall.

WIN: 03/07/2011 v Walmley

In an exciting climax to their 40 overs a side Warwickshire Sunday League encounter, the Town 2’s came away victors by 3 runs against Walmley after posting 193-9. Mark Stranks continued his season’s fine run with the bat as he scored another 50. Colt Jeremy Howard added 25 – his best Senior score whilst Tom East chipped in with 20 and Steve Kelley 21. Walmley’s Zairab took 4-13 and Woods 2-39. In reply, Zairab made 51 to complete a fine all round day for him, whilst McDonald made 38 and Hall 36. However, the Town bowlers held their nerves at the death and managed to restrict Walmley to 190-9 after Roger Kelsey had taken 4-49, colt James Kettle 2-33 whilst fellow colts Howard and Charlie Stranks picked up a wicket a piece.

LOSS: 10/07/2011 v Hunningham

The Town 2’s were undone by the weather as they lost out by 7 wickets to Hunningham in another rain reduced match. The Town batted first and posted 173 in their 40 overs as Andy Dadswell made a fine 71 as he hit 12 boundaries and a six and shared in a 99 run 6th partnership with 13 year old Jarrod Lane who hit a superb 23 as Ashington took 3-17 and Hills 3-18 for Hunningham. Their total was reduced and they reached 109-3 to win the match as Bowman made 61 despite the efforts of Roger Kelsey who took 2-31 and Jack Howard 1-28.

LOSS: 17/07/2011 v Kenilworth Wardens

In a reversal of fortunes, the Town 2’s were soundly thrashed by the Wardens second string losing their match by 167 runs. Wardens put on 218-6 with Jayesh hitting 52, Nelesh 37 and Hastub 33 not out despite a super 4-36 from Town’s spinner Roger Kelsey after 15 year old starlet Jack Howard had taken 1-22 and James Alty 1-49. The Town innings went downhill rapidly losing their first wicket first ball of the run chase and never recovered from being 12-4 inside 5 overs. Only Mark Stranks 13 and Tom East unbeaten on 12 managed to reach double figures as the side were bowled out for a paltry 51. Dipesh took 3-6, Hitesh 3-12, Jayesh 2-13 and Kastubh 2-15 as they showed they were the superior side.

LOSS: 24/07/2011 v Harborne

Harborne 2’s completed a Warwickshire Sunday League double as they too defeated their Town counterparts. The Town 2’s posted 171-6 after Ant Kerry top scored with an unbeaten 47 in which he hit 3 sixes and 5 boundaries, Mark Stranks made 46 with 4 boundaries and Tom East 26. Harkhan took 2-24 whilst there was a wicket a piece for Harborne’s Keogh, Reynolds and Adams. Harborne reached 175-3 with 2 overs to spare after Adams had made 50 but it was left to Benson unbeaten with 48 and 30 not out from Harkhan to see Harborne to the winning post despite 2-40 from Town’s veteran Ali Peebles and 1-36 from Jaesh Naik.

WIN: 31/07/2011 v Highwood Park

The Sunday 2’s enjoyed a 35 run win in their friendly clash with Highwood Park. The Town posted 200-6 thanks to Mark Stranks who hit 57, Steve Kelley 53 and 23 from Nigel Thompson as Gaskell took 3-43 and Russell 2-24. In reply despite 69 from Alsopp, Russell’s 23 and 21 from West, Highwood Park were bowled out for 165 as Theo McBrien took 3-19, Charlie Stranks 3-24, Ali Peebles 2-18 and Roger Kelsey 2-26 for the Town.

WIN: 14/08/2011 v Lichfield Nomads

Diminutive 14 year old, Jarrod Lane, was the Town starlet on show as he made an unbeaten and his maiden Senior half century when he hit a skilful 55 not out hitting 6 boundaries in the process as the Town 2’s successfully chased down the Lichfield Nomads 140-8 in their 40 overs a side friendly encounter. Lane added 77 for the 2nd wicket with Mark Stranks 37 whilst Jeremy Simmonds chipped in with 10 at the death as the side won with 4 overs to spare ending the day on 141-5. Fittingly, it was Lane who hit the winning runs after Collins had taken 2-11 and Fearon 2-19. Earlier, Nomads had Gorton 39 and Fearon 23 to thank for reaching their total as Roger Kelsey took 4-19 with his variations, Charlie Stranks 2-20 whilst Lewis Phillips and Anthony Kerry took a wicket each but it was a day to remember for young Lane.

LOSING DRAW: 21/08/2011 v Stockton

The Town 2’s match against Stockton was a draw after Stockton made 249-4 thanks to a superb performance by Lee Golding who ran riot with the bat as he smashed an unbelievable 151 not out smashing 16 boundaries and 3 sixes after Ward had made 33 and Choudry 29. The Town who were two recognised bowlers short toiled despite a solid start. Jaesh Naik took a superb 1-14 from 8 overs whilst Andy Smith took 2-45 after conceding frugal 11 runs from his first 5 overs and fellow spinner Roger Kelsey 1-36. Nail and Mark Deeley put on 137 for the first wicket chasing. Naik made his Senior career best with 43 as he hit 2 boundaries and a six as Deeley went onto make 93. However, it was Town’s 14 year old Danny Boneham who had a day to remember in his Senior debut hitting a confident and unbeaten 24 with 5 boundaries as well as earlier taking a steepler of a catch on the boundary as the Town ended the day on 197-6 after Choundry had taken 4-29 for the hosts.

LOSS: 04/09/2011 v Broughton

In an exciting climax, Broughton edged to victory by 1 wicket and 7 balls to spare after the Town 2’s had posted 159-9 in their 40 overs a side friendly encounter. Andy Dadswell top scored with a fine 46 whilst Matt Bolshaw made 32 and Mark Stranks chipped in with 16 as Crowhurst took 4-15 for the visitors. In reply, Hodgetts 41 not out led Broughton to victory in a tense finish after Granger and Lisle had made 18 each. Young Jack Howard took 3-29 from his 8 overs and Charlie Stranks a frugal 2-10 off his 8 overs. Old timer, Anthony Kerry took 2-25 whilst Jeremy Kettle and Bolshaw claimed a wicket a piece but Broughton ended the day on 160-9 to take the match honours.