3rd. XI v. Broadway II
On Saturday 24th. August, Kenilworth’s 3rd. XI team hosted promotion chasing Broadway Seconds for their latest Cotswold Hills Cricket League Division 6 fixture, their penultimate match of the campaign that saw the side fall to defeat and condemned then to relegation in a low scoring affair.
Winning the toss, Broadway chose to bat first, Twiston Davies and Disnell opened their sides innings, they made slow progress against the bowling of Ed Smith and Matt Dadswell, the bowlers keeping the visitors in check, and Ed Smith had Disnell for 8,caught by Dave Gamble on the seventh over, Geoff Edmunds replaced Matt Dadswell, and soon bowled Twiston Davies for 8. Dave Gamble replaced Smith, and made two breakthroughs, having Hands lbw for 12 and number five Tomkotowilz caught behind by Andy Dadswell for 11, Geoff Edmunds then bowled Madden for no score. The visitors slipped to 45 for 6, Edmunds striking for the third time, Maiden well caught by Dan Roden for 2.
A stand of 30 between Lambert with 13 and Nishigaki, took Broadway to 75, before Nishigaki was run out brilliantly by Dave Gamble for 15, lambert bowled by the returning Ed Smith, 75 for 8, became 79 for 9, when Smith bowled Aspey for no score. Number ten Hands and last man Snell manged to add 25 for the last wicket, before Edmunds had Hands lbw for 13, Broadway all out for 104 in the 35th over. For Kenilworth, Geoff Edmunds taking 4 for 15 from seven overs, Ed Smith a fine 3 for 17 from nine overs and 2 for 27 from seven overs for Dave Gamble, as the players headed off for tea.
So, with both sides needing a win for different reasons, the home side had 45 overs to reach their target of 105. Openers Uma Umashanka and Dan Roden made a careful start against the visitors bowlers, but Roden was bowled by Tomkotowilz for 4. Next man in Will Machin also struggled against the Broadway bowling, eventually Hands bowling him without score, Kenilworth 11 for 2 after twelve overs, young Yas Joshi joined Umashanka, but still no improvement in the scoring rate, Umashanka bowled by Nishigaki for a painful 4 in the 20th over, Kenilworth 27 for 3. Andy Dadswell joined Joshi, but he was caught behind off Lambert for 2, Matt Dadswell was stumped soon after, and Kenilworth were in serious trouble on 38 for 7 in the 32nd over when both Christian Mortlock and Ed Smith fell without scoring off the bowling of Nishigaki. Joshi was adjudged lbw for a fine innings of 23, with one big 6, Kenilworth on the brink on 63 for 8. Dave Gamble and Gareth Knights at the crease, Gamble too hitting a 6, but he lost Knights, bowled by Maiden for 3, 69 for 9.
With last man Geoff Edmunds along with Gamble, and overs running out, the task looked impossible, and Edmunds was last man out, bowled by lambert for 3, leaving Gamble 17 not out, Kenilworth all out for 79 in the 43rd over. Broadway the winners by 25 runs, Lambert and Nishigaki taking three wickets each for the visitors. Kenilworth take 7 points.
Contrasting emotions for both sides, Kenilworth relegated, Broadway the champions, congratulations to them, a season where the batting has let them down time and again, the bowlers though had a good season. They have one League match to go before their season ends.