3rd. XI v. Lapworth II
On Saturday 29th June, Kenilworth Third eleven hosted Lapworth seconds at their Harbury ground for their ninth Cotswold Hills Cricket League fixture of the season and were easily beaten by a rampant Lapworth side by 9 wickets after posting a paltry 68.
Finally winning the toss, skipper Geoff Edmunds opted to bat first on a very warm day. Edmunds and Dan Roden opened the innings for the home side, but lost Roden early, bowled by Morris for 1, Kenilworth 7 for 1. Vic Joshi joined Edmunds, both players were finding it tough going against the Lapworth bowlers Winter and Morris. Joshi was bowled by Winter for 2, the home side 16 for 2, Sam Leach was next in, but soon departed, caught behind off Williams for 1, Kenilworth now in trouble on 19 for 3. Andy Dadswell was next in, he and Edmunds steadied the innings, but with the score on 30, Dadswell was caught off Melia for 5, Edmunds fell soon after, caught off Styles for 11, Kenilworth 37 for 5 in the 18th over. A brief cameo from Ed Smith, who hit a quick 13 before he was bowled by Melia, Kenilworth 49 for 6, this became 51 for 7 when Will Thompson was caught behind off Styles for 5, Dave Gamble was then caught off Morris without score, now 51 for 8, this became 51 for 9 when debutant Chris Ross was bowled by Morris. Last pair at the crease Matt Dadswell and Daniel Barrie had an impossible task of getting their side to a decent score, but Matt Dadswell hit two fours and a big six, but his partner Barrie was caught and bowled by Carr without score, Kenilworth all out for just 68 in the 28th over, Matt Dadswell left stranded on 15 not out. For Lapworth, Morris took 3 for 3, and two wickets each for Melia and Styles.
After the tea interval the visitors looked to Openers Carr and Styles to get their side home. Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell opened the bowling for the home side, the visitors survived the opening spell of nine overs, Daniel Barrie replaced Dadswell and Dave Gamble replaced Smith, Barrie thought he had Carr caught behind, but Gamble did have Styles lbw though, Styles making 17, the visitors 40 for 1, Joel Faber and Carr then saw their side home with no further loss of wickets, getting over the line in the 18th over, Carr 31 not out and Faber 12 not out, Dave Gamble with 1 for 10 from four overs, the only wicket taker, as Lapworth finished on 69 for 1 to win easily by nine wickets, another game the Thirds will want to forget.