1st XI Home vs Earlswood CC 1st XI
Earlswood won the toss and elected to field on a tricky surface that had been affected by early morning showers. Kenilworth struggled to make progress, with wickets falling at regular intervals. Fitzgerald’s impressive bowling figures of 4-19 played a big part in this, as the score reached just 45-6 at one stage. However, Kenilworth managed to rebuild, thanks in large part to gritty innings from Adam Huxford (30), Joe Atkinson (22) and Chris Prophet, and finished with a total of 103 all out in 36 overs.
In response, Earlswood never looked comfortable against the disciplined Kenilworth attack. Despite reaching 36 for 2, they ultimately fell to a total of just 52 all out in 29 overs. Connor Shingler was the standout bowler for Kenilworth, finishing with impressive figures of 5-15 from his 12 overs. Matt Casey and Joe Atkinson also put in strong performances, taking 3-2 and 2-5 respectively.
This impressive performance saw Kenilworth secure a gritty win and claim the full 24 points, leaving them top of the division after two games and with back-to-back victories under their belt.
2nd XI Away vs Ambleside CC 2nd XI
The 2nd XI won the toss and chose to field first during their inaugural away match of the season. Josh Charlwood and Ben Clark started with tidy opening spells, but it was Babu’s exceptional performance of 5-22 from 11 overs that proved to be the turning point for Kenilworth. Ethan Tate also contributed with 2-29. The remaining wickets were shared among Louis Smithson, Matt Bain, and Ben Clark as Ambleside were eventually bowled out for 138 in 45 overs.
In response, Kenilworth’s openers, Joe Tate and Keeran Umashanker, provided a strong foundation with 27 and 44 respectively. Despite losing some late wickets, the team managed to reach the target with a nervy finish. Captain Charlie Stranks played a crucial knock, finishing with an unbeaten 27 runs, ensuring Kenilworth reached 139/6 in 44 overs.
This victory earned Kenilworth 20 points, placing them in 3rd position in the WCL Division 7 East with 37 points.