1st. XI v. Four Oaks Saints
On a glorious sunny Saturday 22nd June, Kenilworth hosted Four Oaks Saints for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture – a win/lose format – and the cricketing gods were kind to the side as they recorded their 3rd win of the season.
Kenilworth won the toss and asked Visitors Four Oaks to bat first. A. Hipkiss and Van Dyk opened their sides innings, the had made a cautious start against a determined home bowling attack, and Kenilworth were rewarded with the early wicket of Hipkiss, lbw to Steve Rhodes for 3, the visitors 15 for 1, this became 20 for 2 soon after when Joey Poole bowled J. Hipkiss for a single, Javed joined Van Dyk, the pair added 14, when Rhodes had Javed caught for 8, Four Oaks 34 for 3 now. Next man in Tahir, together with opener Van Wyk began to get their side back into the game, taking the score to 76, when Sunny Ahmed bowled Tahir for 18, 76 for 4 became 77 for 5 when Van Wyk was caught off Sunny Ahmed for 20. Four Oaks slumped to 81 for 6 when Wright was stumped by Tom Booker off Connor Shingler for 12. Ahmed had Zamann caught without scoring, now 81 for 7, this became 84 for 8 when Shingler had Moore caught, also without scoring. Number nine Hussain and number ten Dinnery then put on a solid stand of 41, as Four oaks rallied, but the Return of Steve Rhodes soon accounted for Hussain and Dinnery, as the visitors were all out for 138 in the 41st over, Hussain making 12 and Dinnery with a breezy 31. Steve Rhodes was the pick of the home sides bowling, taking 4 for 29 off 9.2 overs, Sunny Ahmed with 3 for 28 from eight tidy overs, Connor Shingler with 2 for 30 from eight overs and a wicket for Joey Poole with 1 for 31 from six overs, as the players headed off for tea.
Skipper Pete Magafas and Connor Shingler opened the Kenilworth reply, but with the score on 13, Shinger was adjudged lbw for 3, 13 for 1. Sunny Ahmed then joined his skipper Magafas, the pair began to get their side into a good position, going on to post a partnership of 55 together, when Magafas was caught off Zamann for a solid 26, the home side 68 for 2. Dave Edmunds joined Ahmed, both players looking to be positive, until Edmunds was bowled by Zamann for 15, Kenilworth now 92 for 3, Ahmed was out soon after, caught off Zamann for a decent 35, now the home side were 100 for 4, Now Muhammad Fahim and Tom Booker were at the crease, but Zamann struck again, Booker out without scoring, Kenilworth wobbling on 103 for 5, Fahim though counter punched, and got his side nearly home when he was caught off Moore for a fine 31, just when his side needed it. So it with 21 needed, and plenty of overs remaining, Henry Curran, with a patient 7 not out, along with Ilyas, 12 not out, finally got Kenilworth to a much needed win, as Curran hit the winning boundary, as Kenilworth ended their innings on 139 for 6 in the 34th over, for Four Oaks Saints, Zamann was the stand out bowler with a fine 4 for 42 from ten overs. Kenilworth the winners by six wickets, for their third win of the season, collecting 20 points, Four Oaks 3.