2nd. XI v. Weoley Hill
On a glorious Saturday 29th June, Kenilworth hosted Weoley Hill seconds for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division eight fixture and ran out victorious by 51 runs as the accuracy of the home bowlers told in the 50 overs a side win/lose format match.
On a hot and sunny day, home skipper Dan Horner won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Mark Stranks and skipper Horner looked to make a solid start, but Horner was bowled early into the innings by J. Draper without score, Kenilworth 2 for 1. Horner’s wicket saw Adie Sellar arrive to partner Stranks, the two experienced batsmen then started to put on a partnership together, a combination of good running and good shots, as they put on a fifty run stand together, both players were batting very well now, bringing up the hundred and a hundred stand together for the second wicket when Sellar was caught off the bowling of Cole for a fine innings of 47, Kenilworth 102 for two. Henry Curran was next man in, but he fell first ball, caught off the bowling of Starling, Kenilworth 110 for 3. Stranks was still there, and soon bought up yer another half century for himself, Nathan Chant was his next partner at the crease, he and Stranks took the score to 138 when Stranks was bowled by J. Draper for a solid 69, his innings containing 6 x 4 and 1 x 6. Kenilworth now looked to kick on towards the end of their innings, Chant and Matt Casey were in a positive mindset, both players getting the scoreboard moving quickly, Chant though fell for 31, caught off the bowling of Starling, Kenilworth now 171 for 5. Charles Lamprecht joined Casey, the pair batted out the final overs together, as Kenilworth posted a strong score of 234 for 6, Lamprecht out off the final ball of their fifty overs, lbw to Starling for 19, Matt Casey ending unbeaten on 45. For Weoley Hill, Starling took 3 for 52 from ten overs and J. Draper with 2 for 40 the main wicket takers.
On their reply, Grant and Brown opened Weoley Hill’s reply, but Chris Beech had Brown caught by Henry Curran for 5, Weoley Hill 23 for 1 in the 12th over, Appleby joined Grant, together they began to build a stand together, but their progress was slow, with the score on 55, Appleby was then lbw to Matt Casey for 14 in the 23rd over. Next man in Allday joined Grant, the pair had added 29 together when Grant was run out by Henry Curran, Grant making 42, the visitors 84 for 3, but now in the 34th over, as the home side continued to turn the screw on the Hill batters. Allday decided it was time to put bat to ball, as he started to dominate the home bowlers, the visitors looking to up the rate, he and Barnacle putting a fifty run stand together in quick time, the pair continued to be positive, Allday going to a decent half century, but Weoley Hill were to fall well short in the end, Barnacle out in the last over for 29, caught well by Dan Horner off Henry Curran, Allday though ended 78 not out, the visitors ending on 184 for 4 from their fifty overs. For Kenilworth a wicket for Chris Beech, Matt Casey and Henry Curran. Kenilworth the winners by 51 runs, and take 20 points for their fine efforts.
KENILWORTH 2NDS vs. WEOLEY HILL 2NDS at Kenilworth
Kenilworth won by 51 runs
Kenilworth 234 for 5 (50.0 overs) (20 points) (M. Stranks 69)
Weoley Hill 183 for 4 (50.0 overs) (5 points) (T. Allday 78)