3rd. XI v. Broadway II
On Saturday 22nd June, Kenilworth Third eleven made the trip to play table toppers Broadway for their latest Cotswold Hills League Division six fixture and were soundly beaten with a couple of players picking up on-field injuries whilst fielding during the first half of the match.
In glorious conditions, the home side decided to bat first, Twiston Davis and J. Hands made a positive start against seamers Pete Alty and Matthew Dadswell, Kenilworth were dealt an early blow, when in his third over, Alty pulled up injured as he was running in to bowl, he unfortunately could take no further part in the game, young Daniel Barrie continued his over, the home side lent Kenilworth a sub fielder for the remainder of the innings, a very generous offer from the home side.
When the home side had reached 38, birthday boy Matt Dadswell bowled Twiston Davis for 5, Banning joined Hands now, he looked in good touch from the start. Then a second wicket for Kenilworth, J. Hands was well caught and bowled by Daniel Barrie for an aggressive 44, Broadway 57 for 2. Straight after the drinks interval in the sixteenth over, Banning was run out by the sub fielder of Broadway, Banning making 15, the home side 74 for 3. Marsden and Tomsowich then started to take the game away from Kenilworth, the pair started to up the run rate, they went on to post a fifty run stand, skipper Edmunds tried several bowling options, and it was Siddiqui that broke the stand, as James Sparks managed to cling on at deep square, Marsden out for 45, Sparks then picked up a wicket himself, having D. Snell caught by Dan Roden at mid wicket, Snell going without score, Broadway 157 for 5. Trying to repeat the catch in the next over off Sparks, Roden injured himself in the process, he too going off, not to return to field, Kenilworth now with nine in the field and one sub, the home side looking to take advantage of the visitors misfortune. Mondoza was then well caught at backward Square by the sub fielder, Broadway 198 for six, still eight overs remaining. Number eight begun to cut loose, Matt Dadswell and Louie Smitheson were the death bowlers for Kenilworth, Smitheson bowled Tomsowich for a fine 60, Dadswell bowled P. Hands for 4, Aspey finished 44 not out, Broadway 261 for 8 from their forty overs. Wickets shared, Matt Dadswell with a decent 2 for 41 from nine overs, Geoff Edmunds with 1 for 41 from eight overs, Daniel Barrie with 1 for 60 from nine overs, James Sparks 1 for 33 from four overs, Siddiqui 1 for 21 from two overs Louie Smitheson with 1 for 13. As the players headed off for a well deserved tea.
Kenilworth openers Geoff Edmunds and Andy Dadswell went out looking for a positive response, but Dadswell was bowled for 4 by R. Snell, the visitors 9 for 1. Vic Joshi joined Edmunds, he too fell cheaply, lbw to P. Hands for 4, Kenilworth already in trouble at 22 for 2. Edmunds was then bowled by P. Hands for 11, the visitors 36 for 3, Yas Joshi was then bowled by R. Snell for 10, now the visitors were in deep trouble at 36 for 4. Matthew Dadswell and Louie Smitheson were at the crease together, Smitheson was then bowled by P. Hands for 2, now 49 for 5, Dadswell though was at least showing some resistance, hitting five fours, with three in a row, until he became P. Hands fourth victim, bowled for 22, James Sparks was bowled by J. Hands without score, Kenilworth on the brink on 63 for 6. Daniel Barrie was bowled by Marsden for 4, 67 for 8, Dan Roden bravely decided to bat, but he was last man out, bowled by Mondoza for 1, leaving Siddiqui not out 1, with Pete Alty unable to bat, Kenilworth were all out for a paltry 68 in the 20th over. Broadway the winners by a massive 193 runs, P. Hands doing the main damage with 4 for 14 from nine overs and R. Snell with 2 for 28 from six overs.
Kenilworth take four points, on a day where a young third eleven, coupled with injuries on the field were well beaten, at least it was a lovely place to play cricket and a match played in good and friendly spirits by both sides.