Sunday XI v. Warwick
On Sunday 4th August, Kenilworth hosted neighbours Warwick for a forty over a side friendly at their Warwick Road ground that saw the K’s win by 17 runs in a low scoring affair.
Visitors Warwick won the toss and asked Kenilworth to bat first. The home side opened up with the experienced Geoff Hay and the youth of Kieran Umashanka, the pair made a watchful start against the Warwick bowling, in the ninth over, Spall enticed Hay into a mistake, caught for 5. Kenilworth 15 for 1. Matt Casey was in at three, after the fall of the first wicket, Umashanka and Casey took the score to 32, when Casey was deceived by Spall, bowled for 7 in the 13th over. Shayan Imam was next to partner Umashanka, the two youngsters, batted well together, Umashanka looking good at the crease, the pair added 21 in five overs, when Imam was caught off the bowling of Webb for 5, 53 for 3 on the 18th over. This bought James Adamson to the crease, Adamson started with two early fours, but just after the drinks break, Adamson was bowled by Webb for 10, 72 for 4 now in the 21st over, his wicket bought Matt Dadswell to join Umashanka, Dadswell showed intent immediately, a strong four on the on side, then Umashanka was caught off the bowling of Lawson, his fine innings, and personal best score in senior cricket of 31, Kenilworth now 82 for 5 in the 24th over. Louis Smitheson was in at seven, he and Dadswell started to get the score moving, gradually the two batsmen began take the score along, going past the hundred, Matt Dadswell in particular, very quick to punish the short ball, hitting two sixes to the road side of the ground, along with straight drives, Dadswell and Smitheson went past a fifty run partnership together, with the score on 140, Dadswell was bowled by Spall, hitting a senior best score of 44, he and Smitheson putting on 58 together in 13 overs. Kenilworth 140 for 6 in the 37th over, Smitheson followed soon after, trying to push the score on, bowled by Sharma for a well played 13, Christian Russ not out 2 and Tom Skinner not out 1, Kenilworth closing their innings on 149 for 7 from their forty overs. Spall with 3 for 18 and Webb 2 for 18, the most successful bowlers for Warwick, as the players headed off for tea.
Webb and Kumar-Singh opened their side’s reply, Christian Russ and Chris Beech opening up the bowling for the home side, and the visitors lost Webb in the second over, run out by a direct throw from Matt Casey at extra cover, Webb out for 1, Singh was next man in, he and Kumar – Singh looked to be positive, both players with early fours, then Beech struck, Kumar – Singh well caught by Tom Skinner on the leg side boundary, out for 9. Cox was now in with Singh, both players looked to steady their sides innings after the two early wickets, Singh though was bowled by Matt Casey for 15, the visitors 40 for 3. Sharma in at five, along with Cox, began to get their side on the front side, Sharma opened up with a six off Casey over mid wicket, both batsmen busy at the crease, the pair went on to add fifty together, and going past a hundred, when in Casey’s second spell, had Cox caught behind by Louis Smitheson for a solid 38, 110 for 4 in the 30th over, Casey struck again in his next over, Sharma well caught on the leg boundary for a good innings of 35, 115 for 5. Tom Skinner then bowled Watson for 5, 122 for 6, with overs now running out Warwick were struggling to find the boundaries required, Marlow was run out by Kieran Umashanka for 8, leaving Warwick requiring 25 to win off the last over, Baldwin falling to a good catch behind from Louis Smitheson off the bowling of James Adamson for 8, as Warwick closed their innings on 132 for 8 from forty overs, Kenilworth the winners by 17 runs. Wickets for Matt Casey with 3 for 19 from eight tidy overs, Tom Skinner 1 for 15 from eight overs, Chris Beech 1 for 19 from eight overs and a wicket for James Adamson with 1 for 10 off two overs on a day when Matt Dadswell and Kieran Umashanka made personal best scores in senior cricket.