1st. XI v. Bablake Old Boys
On Saturday 13th July, Kenilworth hosted Coventry outfit Bablake Old Boys for their latest Warwickshire County Cricket League Division One fixture on a day where both side’s bowlers were in form on a low scoring day that saw the visitors win with some comfort by 46 runs.
Visitors Bablake Old Boys were to bat first, Arnold and McCullum opened up for their side, the pair had put on 18 for the first wicket when McCullum was caught off the bowling of Joey Poole for 4, fellow opening bowler Jack Howard then soon had Arnold caught behind by Tom Booker for 14, Bablake now 32 for 2. A stand of 25 between Hopkins and Doak-Smith for the third wicket before Joey Poole had Doak-Smith caught for 5, the visitors 57 for 3 in the 19th over. Hallatt and Hopkins were needed to now get their side back on track, but Skipper Pete Magafas broke the partnership, bowling Hallatt for 22, Bablake 84 for 4 in the 19th over, Ilyas then had Ali caught by Matt Casey without score, now 105 for, Kenilworth on top. Hopkins was the next wicket to fall, well stumped by Tom Booker off the bowling of Connor Shingler, the visitors now struggling on 113 for 6. Shingler then had Yardley caught and bowled for 3, now 116 for 7. Number nine Cowley was then lbw to shingler for 2, 122 for 8 in the 39th over. Ketley added a quick 11, before he was bowled by Ilyas, 135 for 9, last man Baines was soon dismissed, caught by Ilyas off the bowling of Connor Shingler without score, Bablake Old Boys all out for 140 in 44 overs.
For Kenilworth, Connor Shingler took a brilliant 4 for 14 off seven overs, Ilyas with 2 for 18 from seven tidy over, seamer Joey Poole with a quality spell of 2 for 24 off ten overs, Jack Howard with 1 for 21 off nine overs and 1 for 33 for Ilyas off nine overs. A fine effort in the field for Kenilworth, as the players headed off for tea.
Chris Prophet and Connor Shingler opened their sides reply, but lost Prophet in the first over for 6 for 1, Ali then had next man in Adie Sellar bowled for 6, the home side struggling early on on 24 for 2. Next man in Dave Edmunds and Shingler took the score to 40 in the 12th over, when Ali bowled Edmunds for 4. The home side became 45 for 4 in the 21st over, as the runs dried up, Henry Curran was caught off the bowling of Bains without score. Then disaster, in the 25th over, Bains removed opener Shingler for 29 and Tom Booker for 2, Kenilworth in trouble on 61 for 6. When next man in joined skipper Pete Magafas, but he didn’t last long at the crease,, bowled by Bains for 6, Kenilworth 69 for 7. Then Matt Casey was caught and bowled by Cowley for 5, now 83 for 8 in the 33rd over. Jack Howard was then bowled by Cowley, the home side on the brink on 90 for 9, and when Last man in Joey Poole was run out without score, Kenilworth were all out for 94 in the 38th over, Magafas left not out 20.
Bablake Old Boys the winners by 46 runs. Bains with 4 for 19 from ten quality overs, ripped out the home sides innings, his wickets changed the game for Bablake. Kenilworth slip down a spot to 9th with only 2 points separating three teams for the next relegation spot as bottom side, Water Orton are a further 27 points adrift propping up the Division.
Bablake O.B. 140-10 (20 points) (44 overs) beat Kenilworth 94-10 (4 points) (38 overs) by 46 runs.