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Cricket played in the right spirit

3rd XI v. Lapworth II

On Saturday 26th August, Kenilworth’s Third team, containing several youngsters making their debuts in Senior cricket travelled to Lapworth for a forty overs a side friendly.

The home side batted first and openers Carter and Carr put on a solid 67 for the first wicket in fourteen overs before seamer Indy Matharu took the first wicket, as he induced a catch behind, he followed this with a caught and bowled next ball, There was another wicket for Matharu in his second spell gave him excellent figures of 3 for 23 from seven tidy overs.

Skipper for the day Andy Kennell gave opportunity to the side’s young seam bowlers, and Kieran Shanker was rewarded with a debut first senior wicket  with 1 for 28 off six good overs. Other wicket takers for Kenilworth were fellow youngster Will Machin with 1 for 58 from eight overs and 1 for 32 from veteran slow bowler Andy ‘Plod’ Smith from eight overs. There were catches for Andy Dadswell, Matt Dadswell, Indy Matharu and one, much even to the surprise of his team mates, by Andy Smith at mid wicket that restricted Lapworth to 240 for 6 from their forty overs. The home side were given a late boost, as Marsden with 46 not out and Hann making an unbeaten 25, after earlier Carr made a fine 50 and Carter with 33, as the players went off for a well deserved tea.

Kenilworth began their reply with opening pair Matt Dadswell and Uma Shanker, the pair putting on 37 for the first wicket in thirteen overs, before Dadswell was bowled for a solid 17, Shanker was to follow for 15. The side slipped to 41 for 4, as home bowler Seeley bowled eight overs through, taking 3 for 23. Young all rounder Will Machin, batting at six, was to hold firm and he batted for 22 overs, finishing on 28 not out. His fellow juniors did themselves proud tasting adult cricket for the first time and were encouraged to enjoy the experience and have some batting practice in the middle, in front of proud parents and family. Kenilworth who were never a threat to reach the set target finished on to 103 for 6 from their forty overs.

The home side using eight bowlers, in game played in a brilliant way, on a day when the spirit of cricket was in full evidence, and the Kenilworth youngsters did themselves proud.

Lapworth take immense credit for the way they played the game, they were the deserved winners on the day by 137 runs , but all in all, cricket was the winner. Well done to both sides for playing the game in  the right way and for giving the youngsters a chance to enjoy their big day, which they did.


Alvechurch far too strong for the 3rds.

3rd XI v. Alvechurch & Hopwood 3rd XI

Kenilworth hosted high flying Alvechurch 3’s at their Harbury ground on Saturday 1st July for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture.

Kenilworth won the toss and put the visitors into bat, skipper Sam Leach struck an early blow thanks to a smart catch from Andy Dadswell, that left the visitors 2 for 1. Tom Skinner then reduced Alvechurch to 32 for 2 but Muzafur began to rebuild his sides innings, he and Duggins went on to add 96 together for the sixth wicket after they were struggling on 121 for 5. Duggins made 35 but Muzafur went on to fall agonisingly short of a hundred, as skipper Sam Leach removed him for 98. Leach went on to return fine figures of 4 for 40 from ten overs. There were wickets too for Tom Skinner with 2 for 55, Nick Moore 1 for 30 from nine overs, spinner Andy Smith 1 for 26 off six overs and seamer Indy Matharu 1 for 50 from ten overs.  Skelt added 33 for the visitors, who finished on a decent 256 for 9 from their forty five overs. There were two catches each for Andy Dadswell and Uma Shanker in the outfield but in truth the home side had a mixed day in the field.
Kenilworth had the worst possible start to their reply, losing a wicket in the very first over. Further loss of wickets had the home side in trouble at 60 for 4.
Andy Dadswell went on to top score with 28 batting at number three, skipper Sam Leach with 21 including a big six, Nick Moore 15 and Ben Maney with 14 were the only home batsmen to reach a double figure scores. Eventually the side were all out for only 108 in the 39th over. For the visitors, Singh with 3 for 30, Malik 2 for 23 and Khan also 2 for 23, as Alvechurch won by a huge 148 runs, with Kenilworth taking five points for their efforts.

Visitors edge it

Sunday XI v. Woodleigh

Kenilworth’s Sunday XI  hosted Woodleigh for a forty overs a side friendly on Sunday 25th June.

Visitors Woodleigh were asked to bat first and seamer Indy Matharu (1 for 28) struck an early blow, reducing the visitors to 5 for 1, but Taylor and White went on to put a huge partnership of 158 for the second wicket, White survived two chances before he reached 50, off 54 balls, and went to make a hard hitting 106 – his second 50 took only another 25 balls, (12 x 4 & 4 x 6). Taylor made a more sedate 56, as the home bowler’s struggled to contain the Woodleigh batsmen and they visitors ended on 226 for 6 from their forty overs. Other Kenilworth wicket takers  were Matt Dadswell 1 for 29 from 8 overs and 2 for 36 from 7 overs from Tom Skinner whilst Henry Curran affected two smart run outs.
Kenilworth lost Henry Curran for 10, one of four lbw decisions, but Danny Boneham (24) added 44 for the second wicket with Matt Casey (25), batting at four. Adam Huxford made a solid 57 (7 x 4), but the home side were always behind the rate, Elliott Haynes-Sorrell added 18 and Darius Potten-Ravenshad finished 30 not out, but Kenilworth were to ended just short on 205 for 9 from their forty overs.
Woodleigh the winners by 21 runs. White finished his fine day with 2 for 22 and Price 1 for 21 off eight tidy overs. A decent game of cricket, edged by the visitors.


Thirds lose out

3rd XI v. Claverdon

Kenilworth’s Third team hosted leaders Claverdon at their Harbury ground on Saturday 23rd July for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture on a glorious summers day.

Claverdon batted first, but soon slipped to 12 for 2, as opening bowlers Sam Leach 2 for 15 and Nick Moore 1 for 37, taking a wicket each thanks to catches behind for young keeper Elliot Haynes-Sorrell, Sorrell went on to take four smart catches behind on his league debut. Claverdon started to build again, but the introduction of young Ryan Bull was to check their progress, taking four wickets in his first spell, reducing the visitors to 95 for 6, a hard hitting 41 from Andrews helped the visitors to a total of 191 all out in the 37th over. Bull went on to claim his fifth wicket in his second spell, Indy Matharu with 1 for 28 and spinner Chris Beach 1 for 29, Claverdon were helped by the host’s bowling 42 wides and no balls.

Kenilworth were soon in trouble in their reply, slipping to 27 for 3 with Hastings with 3 for 16 doing the damage, further wickets falling saw Kenilworth fall to 43 for 6, only lower order patient innings from Ryan Bull with a personal best of 21 and 17 from Chris Beach saw Kenilworth to 120 all out, the home side were also indebted to 48 extras , as the visitors ran out winners by 71 runs, Kenilworth taking 6 points.


Thirds slump this week

3rd XI v. Kenilworth Wardens IV

Kenilworth hosted local rivals Kenilworth Wardens at their Harbury ground on Saturday 9th July for their Cotswold Hills League Division Six fixture and whom they played the previous week in the League when Kenilworth were victors.


The Wardens were put into bat and their openers made a strong start with Salisbury 31 and Sorrel  56 putting on 71 for the first wicket. They went onto smash 232 for 5 from their forty five overs as Bultes added an unbeaten 42. For Kenilworth,  Chris Beach took a fine 2 for 37 from ten overs,  experienced seamer Indy Matharu  took 1 for 56. They were also two smart run outs, courtesy of young Sam Markgraf and Chris Beach.


Kenilworth had a terrible start in reply and slipped to 30 for 4, with Salisbury doing the damage ending with 4 for 31. However, Andy Dadswell 15 and young Max Howard with a league best of 34 steadied things with a forty five run partnership, but the home side were never in the game and finished on a disappointing 135 for 8 from their forty five overs.


Nick Moore made 16 and Geoff Hay 13 and they were the only other batsman to reach double figures, Kenilworth Wardens won by 97 runs in the return League fixture as Kenilworth took just the four points for their efforts.