3rd. XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV
On Saturday 15th June, Kenilworth’s Third team hosted rivals Kenilworth Wardens for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture at their Harbury ground but the match was abandoned due to the weather and persistent rain part way through the game.
Kenilworth skipper Sam Leach won the toss and asked the Wardens to bat first, Reid and Jefferies Readman made a solid start against the Kenilworth opening pair of Matt Dadswell and Sam Leach, putting on 40 together in the first nine overs. Young Daniel Barrie replaced Sam Leach, and in his second over, affected the run out of Reid, after some fine fielding from Dan Roden, Reid out for 7, the visitors 46 for 1. Spinner Matt Casey replaced Dadswell from the road end, he soon had Jefferies Readman and Fitzgerald bamboozled, getting lots of turn, soon he had Fitzgerald walking back to the pavilion, bowled for 3, Wardens losing their second wicket with the score on 73. After a decent spell from Daniel Barrie, Tom Skinner replaced him, he too had the ball on a string, too good for Morgan Jones, bowling him for 7, the home side now back in the game, the visitors 99 for 3. The next man in for the Wardens was John Casey, but was out early for no score, bowled by Matt Casey, the visitors 102 for 4. All the while, Jefferies Readman was piling on the runs, passing fifty as his side struggled at the other end, but his decent innings was ended by Casey, bowled for 80 out of 114 for 5. Jo Mills and Nick Lewis then looked to get their side to a score of note, but in the 32nd over, the players were forced off, the rain that had threatened, arrived, after an early tea, the sides were hopeful of a return, but after a brief sunny spell, another shower arrived and despite the best efforts of the home side to make the ground playable, the sides were beaten by the weather, unable to have enough time in the game to force a result, so it was match abandoned at 17.45. Wardens ending on 138 for 5 after 31.5 overs. Jefferies Readman with 80 for the visitors, Matt Casey with a fine 3 for 32 from nine overs and Tom Skinner with 1 for 15 from five overs, the wicket takers for Kenilworth.
Both sides taking seven points each, on a day where the rain had the final say, spoiling what was looking like a good game.