3’s overcome Southam and the rain delay
Only the 3rds. managed to get a result in the three rain affected matches on Saturday for the Club as both the 1st. XI match v. Handsworth and the 2nd. XI match at Nether Whitacre were abandoned.
Kenilworth 3rd. XI v. Southam
CHL Division 6 – 45 overs a side
Southam 101-10 (33.2 overs) (1 pt) lost to Kenilworth 57-0 (15.5 overs) (22 pts) by 10 wickets
In a game that eventually saw Kenilworth win by 10 wickets as they chased down a reduced total, having bowled out Southam for 101 with their opener Tom hitting 52 and showing any form with the bat. No other batsmen managed to reach double figures as they all struggled against the Kenilworth pacy bowling line up. Ed Smith starred with the ball to claim a fine 3-18 from his 9 overs, whilst Will Thompson took 3-18 from his 4.2 overs. There was a wicket a piece for Matt Dadswell, James Adamson and James Sparks with a run out accounting for the other wicket to fall courtesy of keeper Vee Joshi who also took two catches behind the stumps and Sparks.
Rain then came for a while and when it subsided, splendid groundwork enabled the game to re-start and Kenilworth were set a revised target of 52 from 20 overs. Their openers Dhruv Vyas and youngster Yash Joshi safely saw the side to victory as they reached 57-0 with 4 overs in hand with Joshi blasting the winning ball for 6 as he ended unbeaten on 25 not out whilst Vyas added an unbeaten 26 (1 x 6) on a day that belonged to the ground staff and their efforts for getting the game on and to a conclusion.
Regarding the other two matches – both in the Warwickshire County Cricket League, in Division 1 and Division 7 East respectively:
1st XI – Kenilworth v. Handsworth
Only 16.5 overs were possible before the match was abandoned to the rain. Kenilworth were on 48-2 with opener Joe Atkinson 23 not out when play was ended. Both sides picked up 4 points each.
2nd XI – Nether Whitacre v. Kenilworth
Both sides picked up 5 points each in their abandoned match that saw 37 overs played. Kenilworth were on 128-3 when the match ended due to the inclement conditions with in form Dan Horner grafting his way to a super unbeaten 63 (6 x 4) after Charlie Stranks had made a solid 44 (4 x 4). Cooper took 2-27 for the hosts.