3rd XI v. Earlswood IV
On Saturday 6th July, Kenilworth’s 3rd. XI hosted Earlswood IV’s at their Harbury ground for Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division Six fixture that saw them 6 wicket winners.
After a delayed start due to rain, the match was reduced to thirty five overs per side. Earlswood won the toss and elected to bat first. Murphy and Weir opened the batting for the visitors against the new ball Kenilworth attack of Matthew Dadswell and Dave Gamble. Gamble struck in the sixth over, Murphy bowled for 1, Earlswood 16 for 1. Massey joined Wier, the pair looked to be positive, putting on fifty together in sixteen overs, when on 66, Wier was well caught one handed by Geoff Edmunds at mid wicket off the bowling of Daniel Barrie for 30. Jackson now joining Massey, these two were to add a busy stand of eighty together in just eleven overs, Massey going on to make a very good half century for his side. Jackson was the dominant batsman in the stand, before he was bowled by Dave Gamble for an aggressive 42, the visitors 146 for 3 in the 33rd over. Massey finished unbeaten on 63, as Earlswood ended their innings on 155 for 3 off their thirty five overs. Wickets for Dave Gamble with 2 for 21 off eight tidy overs and 1 for 19 for Daniel Barrie off six overs.
After the tea interval, and in light rain, the Kenilworth openers Uma Umashanka and Dan Roden looked to build a solid opening stand together, and the pair got through the first ten overs unscathed, some good running, saw the pair add 46, when in the 11th over, Umashanka was caught and bowled by Massey for a solid 29, his wicket saw the arrival of Drew Dyer, immediately Dyer was on the offensive, hitting a flurry of big shots, including four huge sixes, one of which sailed into the nearby farm opposite. Dyer and Roden were to put on a game changing partnership of 64 in just nine overs, when Dyer was lured down the pitch, stumped off the bowling of Shale for an aggressive 44, Kenilworth still well placed on 110 for 2 in the 19th over. Young Matt Dadswell, promoted up the order, got off the mark with a straight four, but the was bowled a couple of overs later by Shale for 5, Kenilworth 119 for 3 in the 25th over, the home side still well placed, Roden still at the crease, he was now joined by Shiyan Imam, but Imam was bowled by Shale for 2, now 121 for 4, suddenly it was game on, the match in the balance again. Andy Dadswell joined Roden, the equation was 35 to win off eight overs, a couple of tight overs left the home side needing 30 off six overs, Dadswell got off the mark with a six over wide mid on, followed by four in the same over, twenty needed off five overs, several twos for Roden, another four for Dadswell, and the home side needed seven off the last three overs, in the 33rd over, two more twos for roden, a single each left the scores level with 13 balls remaining, a leg bye off the last ball of the 33rd over gave Kenilworth the victory by six wickets, finishing on 156 for 4, winning with two overs to spare, Dadswell finished not out 17, but Dan Roden batted through, a superb innings of concentration, ending 39 not out. For Earlswood, Shale took a decent 3 for 39 off his eight overs. A fine team effort saw Kenilworth rewarded with their third win of the season, and 17 points.