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1st. XI v. Standard


Standard 222-10 (44.1 overs) beat Kenilworth 93-10 (25 overs) by 125 runs (DL method)


The Club’s 1st XI travelled to Standard in their 45 overs a side League match only to be heavy 125 run losers in a rain affected match as the DL method was applied.

Standard were bowled out for 222 in their last over of their innings as Will Hawker hit an impressive 77 whilst Tom Kidd chipped in with 27, Miller 22, Vaughan 22 and Leybourne 21 in a solid team batting performance. Darius Potten-Ravenshad was the pick of the Town’s bowlers taking 4-40 from his spell, whilst youngster Jono Sparks took 2-32,  Joe Atkinson 2-34 and Connor Shingler 1-23.

Kenilworth lost early wickets and then a few overs to the rain. Wickets continued to fall in the reduced run chase but were out of sorts. Matt Casey made 23, Tom Booker  20 and Stuart Cope 12 but they were the only batters to reach double figures as the side were skittled out for 93 in 25 overs. Kidd took 4-38 Patel 3-16 and the Fox brothers both 1-24 in a very comfortable win for the hosts.

A local photographer – CnC 747 – took an album of images of the match that has been uploaded onto the Club’s Facebook page (with their consent) and on our FB Members Group. 250 plus images.

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Firsts win their opening League match

Kenilworth 1st. XI v. Berkswell 2nd. XI


Kenilworth 164-8  beat Berkswell 84-10 by 80 runs. Win/Lose.


The 1st. XI kicked off their 45 overs a side mini-League season in the WCCL South East Group A with an 80 run win at their Warwick Road Ground.

Kenilworth batted first and had initially limped to 56-6 after 28 overs before Jono Sparks and Matt Casey shared in a solid 16 overs and 96 run partnership for the 7th. wicket to boost the side’s score. Casey made 38 (4 x 4) before being run out whilst Sparks made his first half century of the year hitting a fine 58 with 9 boundaries.  Joe Atkinson had earlier chipped in with 17.  Aspinall and Cooke both claimed 2-21 for Berkswell, Blundell 2-23 whilst Nigel took 2-11 from his 9 overs.

In reply,  Berkswell found conditions equally difficult with only Brammer 15, Blundell 13 and Coleman 12 managing to reach double figures as Kenilworth’s bowlers took control. Atkinson took a fine 3-13, Charlie Stranks 2-9 and Casey 2-13 whilst there was a wicket apiece for Darius Potten-Ravenshad and Stuart Cope, as Berkswell were bowled out for 84, Kenilworth ending up 80 run victors with 16 overs in hand.


The boys do it!

1st. XI v. Kings Heath




Kenilworth WIN to survive relegation in a tactical declaration match.


With Division 1 survival in the Warwickshire County Cricket League at stake for both sides in their crucial final match of the season,  Kenilworth needed 3 points to condemn King’s Heath to relegation and it was a stunning 93 run 3rd. wicket partnership between Chris Prophet and Dave Edmunds who both stood firm under immense pressure to set up a Kenilworth victory  and break King’s Heath’s hearts after they had tactically declared.

The day started with Kenilworth in 10th. spot 22 points ahead of 11th. placed King’s Heath in a match where a maximum of 24 points were available dependant on the toss and 23 points ahead of bottom placed Water Orton, meaning that two of the three sides were going to drop into Division 2 by the end of the day.

The coin came down in King’s Heath’s favour who chose to bat – otherwise the match would have become a dead rubber had they lost the toss and would have condemned them to automatic relegation before the match had even started.

Their openers put on 34 for the first wicket before Sunny Ahmed bowled Langham-Walsh for 20. A 46 run 2nd. wicket partnership then took the side to 80-2 before Louw fell for 34 when Matt Casey took the catch off Henry Curran’s bowling. King’s Heath then found themselves at 96-3 as opener McKeever fell after posting 30, caught by Curran off Joe Atkinson’s bowling before a 4th. wicket partnership of 55 between Bird who made an unbeaten 51 and Baker then took the side to 151-4 before Ahmed bowled Baker for 10. King’s Heath then tactically declared at the fall of the wicket after 38.3 overs. Ahmed took 2-33, Atkinson 1-40 and Curran 1-44 whilst opener Steve Rhodes, although wicketless, conceded only 28 runs in his 8 overs opening burst.

Home skipper, Pete Magafas opened with Adie Sellar who fell LBW for 2 with the score on 20-1. He was then joined by Chris Prophet. The pair went onto put 35 together for the second wicket before Magafas departed for 30 (3 x 4, 1 x 6).  Dave Edmunds then joined Prophet and the pair started to build a strong partnership together. Several bowling changes were made by King’s Heath as they sought a breakthrough. However, both remained steadfast, solidly batting together for 26 overs, dampening the King’s Heath’s spirits and took the side to the brink of victory as they shared in a superb 93 run third wicket partnership. With the score onto 148, 4 away from victory, Edmunds fell for 48, after hitting 8 boundaries in his 78 ball knock. A couple more quick wickets then fell to increase the tension including Prophet’s, whose resolute innings of 51 finally came to an end after 118 balls in which he had hit 9 boundaries with the side finding themselves on 149-5.

However, a huge sigh of relief was breathed as Tom Booker and Atkinson took Kenilworth over the winning line and score the next 3 priceless runs to ensure that the side reached 152-5 in 44.3 overs to secure Kenilworth’s Division 1 status for next season after an intense and pressure filled day from start to finish.

A game played in great atmosphere and spirits by both sides and a credit to both clubs and to cricket, heightened by King’s Heath tactical declaration in their attempt to stave off relegation but it was Kenilworth’s day thanks, in the main, to Prophet and Edmunds with the bat as they remain in Division 1 for another year, which is in itself an achievement as the side started their campaign at the beginning of the season as the lowest ranked team of the 12 sides in a very tough and competitive Division.


King’s Heath 151-4 off 38.3 overs DECLARED  (Sunny Ahmed 2-33, Joe Atkinson 1-40 and Henry Curran 1-44) – 4 points

Kenilworth 152-5 (44.3 overs) (Pete Magafas 30, Chris Prophet 51 and Dave Edmunds 48 who shared in a 93 run match winning 3rd. wicket partnership) – 24 points.





Bowled out with 8 balls left but survival chances increased

1st. XI v. Four Oaks Saints




The First XI travelled to Four Oaks Saints on Saturday 7th. September in their penultimate Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 1 fixture of the season and despite losing the match and being bowled out with 8 balls left, increased their chances of survival in the Division by picking up more points than the bottom two placed sides with their future decided in next weekend’s League finale when they play fellow relegation contenders Kings Heath.

On winning the toss, Four Oaks Saints opted to bat first and after being 27-2, Van Dyk 61 and Hipkiss 30 shared in a solid partnership before Zaman with 50 not out helped the side to reach 210-9 despite a solid bowling and fielding performance by the Kenilworth side. Charlie Stranks span his way to 3-43 from his 12 overs, whilst openers Sunny Ahmed took 2-43 from his 12 and Matt Casey 1-28 from 6 overs. Connor Shingler chipped in with 1-48 from his 12 overs and there was a wicket for occasional bowler and skipper, Pete Magafas as he took 1-36 with a run out accounting for the other wicket to fall.

In reply, the Kenilworth innings could not have got off to a worse start as they lost 2 wickets in the first over, leaving them on 6-2. However, Magafas remained firm and with the fit again Dave Edmunds remained together until the 21st. over as the pair put on 88 together for the third wicket.  Magafas made 53, hitting 7 boundaries whilst Edmunds posted 42 hitting  a six and 5 x 4 in his knock. Ahmed then chipped in 23 (3 x 4) and Jono Sparks, at number 9, hit 24 (4 x 4) but after he was out the tail fell away and from being 159-7 with 4 overs of the match left the side were unable to hang on and were bowled out for 163 with only 8 balls left to face as Khatkar 4-29, Hasan 3-45 and Zaman 2-28 took the Four Oaks bowling plaudits and gain the side a 47 run win.

However, Kenilworth picked up 6 crucial points to take them to 174 points to consolidate their 10th. placed position and give them further breathing space with a 22 point buffer between them and Kings Heath on 152 points and Water Orton on 151 points as the drop looms in next week’s final matches of League season where a maximum of 24 points can be gained.

Most fittingly, in the circumstances, the League places go to the wire and it will be a relegation decider as the side host Kings Heath who need the win to survive and leapfrog Kenilworth whilst they just need to avoid defeat or to pick up 3 points.

Next week’s game – Kenilworth v. Kings Heath. The Relegation Survival decider in the FINAL LEAGUE MATCH of the season.

Let’s roar the side on and see them perform. Show your support.

Be there next week!! 12 noon start at home.



Side hangs on to crucially draw in rain affected match

1st. XI v. Water Orton




The Firsts travelled to Water Orton  for their latest Division 1 Warwickshire County Cricket League match. The match had great importance for both sides with both in the bottom three in the Division and trying to escape the drop. Water Orton had the better of the drawn match.

Batting first, Water Orton posted 243-9 declaring their innings in the 45th over. Prabhu hit 73 for the hosts and he was well backed up by Crouch who made 60 and Roscola 35 despite the Town bowlers putting in solid spells with Joe Atkinson taking 3-31 from 10 overs and Charles Lamprecht 2-17 off his 6 overs burst the side’s top performers.  Steve Rhodes  took 2-70 from his 12 overs whilst Charlie Stranks with 1-25 removed the obdurate Prabhu. Tom Booker was in good form behind the sticks as he took 2 catches and a stumping whilst there were outfield catches for Stranks, Sunny Ahmed and Connor Shingler.

In reply, in a rain affected innings, Kenilworth had 43 overs to face. The side initially stuttered and found themselves at 14-2 losing both openers inside 6 overs. However, Shingler and Lamprecht then posted a 51 run partnership for the third wicket before the latter fell for 32 after hitting 5 boundaries. With the score on 65-3, skipper Pete Magafas joined Shingler and the pair went on to hit 73 runs in their 4th. wicket partnership in 15 overs together as the side reached 138-4 in 28 overs. Shingler made 42, hitting 5 boundaries whilst Magafas went onto make 47 that included 1 x 6 and 6 x 4’s. Four wickets then fell for 33 runs with side in a bit of trouble at 171-8 with 9 overs of the match remaining. However, Dan Horner  with 19 not out and Stranks 7 not out crucially held firm in their unbroken 21 run partnership to see the side to 192-8 and to safety, to avoid defeat. The side collecting 11 crucial points.

For Water Orton, wickets were shared around with Roscola 3-37 and Crouch 2-32 the most successful.

Two matches remain of the League programme that sees Kenilworth staying in 10th spot on 168 points, 18 points ahead of both King’s Heath and Water Orton who hold 11th. and 12th. spots respectfully, both on 150 points to remain in the relegation zone. So it, will be any two from three of these sides who will be relegated into Division 2 for next season. It’s going to be a tight finish with a maximum of 48 points available in the remaining games for all three sides.

Kenilworth also play King’s Heath at home in the last game of season on 14th. September which is likely to determine who survives the drop. Next week, Kenilworth travel to 5th placed Four Oaks Saints in their penultimate League match and will be looking for a good performance to give them some breathing space and increase their survival chances. King’s Heath play 2nd placed Solihull Blossomfield who are 6 points behind the Divisional leaders next weekend and then ourselves. Whilst Water Orton play 4th placed Hampton & Solihull next week and then current 6th. placed Bablake Old Boys in their final League match of the season.

Water Orton 243 for 9 Dec (45.0 overs) (17 points) drew with Kenilworth 192 for 8 (43.0 overs) (11 points)  

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