3rd XI v. Winchcombe II
On Saturday 1st June, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted Winchcombe II’s for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground but the visitors proved too strong as they won by 6 wickets.
Home skipper Geoff Edmunds lost the toss and his side were asked to bat first. Openers Ant Kerry and Dan Roden made a solid start, after ten overs Kenilworth were forty for no loss, they took their stand past fifty when Kerry was bowled for a solid 30. Roden fell in the next over, caught off Andrews for 15, Kenilworth 58 for 2, this soon became 60 for 3, as Gareth Knights went without scoring. Two new men at the crease, Will Thompson and Andy Dadswell, Thompson had made 8, when he was bowled by Andrews for 8, Kenilworth now in a spot of bother, from 58 for 0 to 68 for 4. Dadswell was joined by Ed Smith, the pair began to rebuild their side’s innings, putting on 25 together in seven overs but Dadswell was caught off Andrews for 16, Kenilworth now 93 for 5. James Sparks joined Smith now, a couple of blows from the bat of Smith saw the side past a hundred but Smith picked out Orzel on the boundary for 17, now 103 for 6. Matthew Dadswell joined Sparks, he and Sparks batted well, putting on 25 together before Dadswell was bowled by Bellfield for 17, the home side now 128 for 7, this became 128 for 8 in the same over, Phil Hollingsworth adjudged lbw. Daniel Barrie had made 3, before he also fell to Bellfield in the 37th over, last man Geoff Edmunds joined Sparks, the pair added three, before Sparks was bowled by Bellfield in the last over for 13, Kenilworth all out for 136. For Winchcombe, Andrews took 4 for 29 from nine overs and Bellfield taking an incredible 4 for 4 from 3.4 overs.
The Winchcombe reply with skipper Paul Orzel and Lewis, Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened up the bowling for Kenilworth, the visitors made steady progress, but never got away from Kenilworth, when Daniel Barrie replaced Dadswell, he bowled Lewis in his second over, Lewis out for 17, Winchcombe 40 for 1. Parker joined Lewis now, Lewis always looking to score, he began to take the game away from the home side, surviving several dropped chances he went on to post a fifty, but eventually, Ed Smith in his second spell had him caught and bowled for 65, the visitors 98 for 2, Geoff Edmunds had replaced Barrie and was beginning to dry up the runs, with the score on 111, he had Andrews caught by Ant Kerry for 9, Edmunds then had Drysdale brilliantly caught one handed by Ed Smith for 2, Winchcombe now 124 for 4. Parker was still at the crease, together with O’Sullivan, the pair saw their side home, Parker ending 30 not out, the visitors ending on 140 for 4, to win by six wickets. For Kenilworth, Geoff Edmunds taking 2 for 30 from nine overs, Ed Smith with 1 for 17 from nine tidy overs and a wicket for Daniel Barrie, 1 for 30 off four overs. Kenilworth take points for their efforts.