1st. XI v. Hampton & Solihull
On a sun drenched Saturday 20th April, Kenilworth hosted Hampton and Solihull in their opening Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture of the 2019 season.
Kenilworth asked Hampton to bat first, but lost opener Pickering early, bowled by Muhammed Naeem for three. James joined Lunn, and together they began to steady their sides innings, but the Kenilworth bowlers kept things tight, the visitors making steady progress until Joey Poole got a deserved wicket, having James caught by Sunny Ahmed for 28, Poole bowled a fine spell from the start, twelve overs straight through, taking 1 for 33, but on another day could have picked up more. Fahim then accounted for Lunn for 40. The home side never let Hampton get away, Joe Atkinson then turned the screw, bowling Friend for 23 and McKey for 1, Jones batting at number five, went on to make a solid 50 for his side, before the return of Naeem via a catch behind by Dan Horner did the trick, Taylor with 17 not out, but Hampton never got away from the Kenilworth bowling. The visitors ending their innings on 180 for 6 from their fifty overs. Naeem with 2 for 50 from 11 overs, Joe Atkinson 2 for 15, Joey Poole 1 for 33 from 12 overs and a wicket for Fahim with 1 for 14.
After the tea interval, the Kenilworth openers Dave Edmunds and Chris Prophet looked to make a solid start in their sides reply, having put on 25, both openers fell in quick succession, Edmunds lbw to Palmer for 15 and Prophet bowled by Keyte for 11. With two new batsmen at the crease, Mo. Fahim and Connor Shingler looked to get their side back on track, together the pair began to build their side’s innings, taking the score to fifty then to a hundred, as the runs flowed from both players bats. Fahim and Shingler took their partnership beyond a century stand, with both players passing fifty, before Fahim was bowled by Keyte for a fine 68, as Kenilworth were close to the finishing line, Sunny Ahmed joined Shingler, together they saw their side over the line in the 41st over, Shingler finishing on a brilliant 70 not out on his league debut for the club.
Kenilworth ended on 182 for 3, to win by seven wickets. For Hampton, Keyte taking 2 for 43 from 12 overs. Kenilworth take 20 points, as they start the new season in fine style.