Sunday XI v. Corley
On Sunday 1st September, Kenilworth made the short trip to play Coventry side Corley, for what the last match of the Arden Sunday Cricket League season and ended the season in winning ways.
Home side Corley won the toss and elected to bat first, Swan and Williams the batsmen, Matt Dadswell and Joe Atkinson the bowlers they faced first up. Corley made a careful start, Dadswell and Atkinson bowling in good area’s. In the eleventh over, Dadswell had the reward of bowling a good line and length, as he bowled Swan for 6, the home side 24 for 1. Skipper Kahn joined Williams, but fell in next over to Christian Russ, Russ replacing Atkinson, Khan caught by George Baines without score, Corley 26 for 2. Next man in Ward then added 37 with Williams for the third wicket with Williams, before he was bowled by Russ for 15, the home side getting stuck, 63 for 3 in the 18th over. Phillips and Williams took the score past a hundred, when on 104, Phillips was caught behind off Matt Casey for 11, Casey replacing Dadswell, the fourth wicket pair added impetus to their sides innings, adding 41 in just five overs, Corley 104 for 5 after 23 overs. Williams went to a decent fifty, along with Parker, added 35 for the fifth wicket, Parker though was caught and bowled by skipper Dan Horner for 6, 139 for 5 in the 31st over.
With Williams closing in on a hundred, he was bowled by Matt Casey, trying one reverse sweep too many, out for a fine 97, Corley 148 for 6. Two more quick wickets for Casey, as he had Falconer lbw for 8 and Lynch caught by Dan Roden for 4, the home side were 161 for 8 in the 37th over, Dan Horner snapped up the last two wickets, via catches from Dan Roden and Louis Smitheson, Corley all out for 172 off the last ball of their forty overs. For Kenilworth, Matt Casey taking 4 for 40 off his eight overs, Dan Horner snapping up 3 for 23 from six overs, Christian Russ with 2 for 36 off seven overs and a wicket for the reliable Matt Dadswell with 1 for 24 from eight overs, as the players headed off for tea.
Kenilworth opened their reply with Joe Atkinson and young Dan Roden, the pair made a solid start, 16 for no wicket after two overs, with the score on 35 in the eighth over, Roden was bowled by Lynch for 11. Next man in George Baines joined Atkinson, the pair started to get the scoreboard moving, the pair adding 43 on six overs, Baines falling lbw to Falconer for 8, Kenilworth though well placed on 78 for 2 after 14 overs, Matt Casey fell lbw in the next over without score, 79 for 3. Young Shayan Imam was next in, Atkinson still going well, with an array of strong shots on both sides of the wicket went to a deserved fifty, as he and Imam took their side past a hundred, on 108, Imam was caught for 8, 108 for 4 on the 23rd over.
The fall of Imam’s wicket bought Drew Vyas to the crease, he soon made his intentions clear, punishing the bowlers, as he flayed the ball to all parts, in no time the visitors were cruising, the pair adding fifty together in just five overs, and with the scores level, and on 44, Vyas won the game and bought up his maiden half century for Kenilworth, as he deposited his fourth six into the field, along with four fours, Vyas ended exactly 50 not out, along with a masterful 78 not out (8×4) from Joe Atkinson, Kenilworth finished on 178 for 4 after 29 overs, Kenilworth cruising to a six wicket win with eleven overs remaining. The pair adding an unbeaten 78 together in only six overs for the fifth wicket.
Kenilworth ending their Arden Sunday league campaign with a 24 point win, finishing in fourth position, accumulating 180 points from 14 league games played, another solid season for the Sunday side.