Sunday XI v. Harborne
On a glorious sunny Sunday 8th September, Kenilworth entertained Birmingham outfit Harborne for a forty over a side friendly. The final Sunday match of the 2019 season and Kenilworth the last over winners.
Visitors Harborne won the toss and elected to bat first, Clarke and Bains the opening combination for Harborne, Matt Dadswell opened up for Kenilworth from the pavilion end, his opening partner young Daniel Barrie, and it was Barrie who struck with his second ball, having Bains caught at slip by Matt Casey for 4, the visitors 10 for 1. Dadswell then had number 3 there Feraz caught at gully by Dan Horner, the visitors struggling on 14 for 2 in the 5th over. Another wicket from Barrie, Fahid caught by Tom Skinner at cover for 1, 20 for 3. Archer and Clarke then went on to put a partnership together, Keiran Umashanker replaced Dadswell, Tom Skinner replaced Barrie, and Umashanker struck in his third over, bowling Archer for 13, Clarke had Scott with him now, but after a tidy spell from Umashanker, Christian Russ replaced him, and struck in his second over, Clarke caught by Dan Horner for a decent 33.
Scott was very watchful early on, Matt Casey bought himself on from the bottom end, and soon had new man in Hamza caught behind by George Baines for no score, the visitors struggling on 60 for 6 after twenty overs. Furcan and Scott had to try and get their side to a score, Scott started to be more positive as the overs ticked by, he and Furcam took the score past the hundred, but with overs running out, Scott started to find the rope, and going to a very solid fifty, Furcam was well run out by Matt Casey, as the visitors looked for runs at the end of their innings, Russ bowled Lyttle in the penultimate over for 4, and Scott fell lbw to Matt Casey to what was the final ball, Scott making 58. Harborne making 159 for 9 from their forty overs. For Kenilworth, Matt Casey taking 2 for 21 from eight tidy overs, Daniel Barrie with a smart 2 for 24 from six overs, Russ 2 for 33 from eight overs, Matt Dadswell with 1 for 28 from eight overs and a wicket for Keiran Umashanker with 1 for 18 off four, as the players headed off for tea.
Dan Horner and Elliot Haynes-Sorrell opened up the home sides reply but lost Horner early, lbw to Willcox for 2, Kenilworth 14 for 1 in the 4th over. Darius Potten-Ravenshad joined Haynes-Sorrell, Potten-Ravenshad looked positive from his first ball, the pair took the score to 40 when Haynes Sorrell was bowled by Hamza for 10, 40 for 2 in the twelfth over. Young Shayan Imam joined Potten-Ravenshad, but he fell lbw to Faizan for 2, Kenilworth in a spot of bother on 52 for 3 in the 19th over. The in form George Baines was along side Potten-Ravenshad, he fell lbw to Scott for a decent 31, the home side 63 for 4 in the 20th over. Skipper Matt Casey and Baines then started to get their side back on top, both batsmen ran well together and put the bad ball to the ropes, going on to add a fine fifty partnership together, putting on a match winning partnership of 76 in just fourteen overs, on 139 Casey was well caught off the returning Willcox for a solid 32. Keiran Umashanker was next in, but was bowled by Lyttle for 3, Matt Dadswell followed the same way for 2, Kenilworth 152 for 7 in the 37th over, Willcox bowled a maiden to Baines, Kenilworth needing 8 from two overs, fours byes in the 39th over, as Tom Skinner was now with Baines, Kenilworth were left with needing two runs to win from the last over, Willcox to Baines, two dot balls to start the over, but the third ball was sent to the square leg boundary for the winning runs, Kenilworth ending on 162 for 7, winning by three wickets and three balls to spare. Baines ending 36 not out. Lyttle and Willcox bowling well for Harborne, taking two wickets each, a fine way to close the Sunday season for Kenilworth, well played lads.
Special mention for Harborne, a good game of cricket, played with a great attitude.