Cricket
Kenilworth hold on

30/05 Updated: 06/06 15:32

BATTLING Kenilworth held on for a Warwuickshire League Premier Division draw against Bablake Old Boys at Warwick Road on Saturday.

The Coventry visitors piled up 240 for 4 before declaring after just 43 overs thanks, mainly to a third wicket partnership of 141 between Tony Bristow and Steve Swaffield.

Bristow hammered 125, which included 16 boundaries and two 6s, while Swaffield struck 73, including seven boundaries and two maximums.

It proved a torrid afternoon for the home bowlers although Gregg Peebles stuck to the task and returned 2-59, while there was a wicket apiece for youngsters Tom Pope and Phil Edmonds.

Kenilworth started well in reply, superbly led by skipper Dave Edmunds who stroked an impressive 84 off 115 balls which included 13 boundaries and two 6s.

Lee Melville 49 and Peebles 23 offered good support but Kenilworth never really threatened the imposing target although they avoided defeat by closing on 174 for 9 in 57 overs.

Kenilworth opened their Warwickshire Sunday League Division One campaign with an impressive seven wicket victory over Birmingham League outfit Attock who posted a challenging 219 for 8 off their 40 overs.

Teenager Pat Howard was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-25 from his eight overs whilst Gregg Peebles snapped up 2-32.

Openers James Nason and Peebles started the run chase in style and added 102 for the first wicket.

Nason made 53, hitting 6 boundaries, while Peebles smashed 87, including nine boundaries and two 6s.

Peebles put on 62 for the second wicket with Chris Prophett 12 before Guy Pearson 25no and Dave Edmunds 28no eased Kenilworth to 221 for 3 with an unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 52.

The 2nds cruised to an eight wicket victory at Knowle Village on Saturday.

The hosts, for who Emmill hit 49, were restricted to 154 for 9 thanks to some tidy bowling from wily slow left-armer Geoff Edmunds 4-27 and Matt Bolshaw 2-35.

Kenilworth eased to 155 for 2 with 15 overs to spare thanks to an unbroken third wicket partnership between Mark Stranks 62no and teenager Rob Gardner 55no.

The 2nds suffered a 32 run defeat at neighbours Kenilworth Wardens on Sunday.

Wardens were dismissed for 205 with Dipesh 44, Minesh 41 and Kiron 31 scoring the lions share.

Andy Kennell was the most successful bowler by returning 3-14, while debutants, Taylor and Evans claimed 2-30 and 2-40 respectively.

Kenilworth could only muster 172 for 6 with Mark Deeley 74, Mark Stranks 50 and debutant Zac Templeton 16 top scoring. Hitesh took 3-16 for the hosts.

The 3rds suffered an eight wicket Cotswold Hills League Division Six defeat at Bidford.

Kenilworth totalled 197 for 7 with Nigel Thompson 72no, teenager Danny Boneham 38, Chris Wallsgrove 19 and Pip Boneham 16 top scoring.

Nash 91no and Wiggett 36 led Bidford to 200 for 2 with Indy Matharu and Danny Boneham the wicket-takers.

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