A THIRD victory in a row at home to Weoley Hill has moved Kenilworth up to fourth in the Warwickshire League Division One.
Weoley Hill chose to bat first on a cloudy but dry Saturday afternoon but after a steady start where they reached 45 for 1, they subsided to 67 for 6, with seamer Steve Rhodes (2 for 34) and (Joe Boyle 4 for 22) both bowling outstanding spells.
However it was the returning Ed Ruswa who produced a dazzling spell of spin bowling that saw the visitors all out for just 110 in 43 overs with Ruswa finishing with figures of 4 for 20 and Steve Rhodes played his part in the field by holding to sharp catches at slip.
Kenilworth’s reply was soon in trouble as they were reduced to 35 for 5 with opening bowler Chadwick taking 3 for 32.
The hosts were indebted to wicket keeper batsman Tom Booker, who went on to win the game for his side by scoring a composed 58 not out which included 11 boundary fours.
Lohar bowled well for the visitors and finished on 3 for 50 but Booker got his side over the line as Kenilworth ended on 111 for 6 to win by four wickets in only 21 overs.
Kenilworth’s second team remain top of Division Eight after securing 20 points from their trip Berkswell’s third string side.
Berkswell were asked to bat first and made a solid start before Top Pope (2 for 32) and Phil Edmonds (1 for 50) got in the stride, but it was skipper Geoff Edmunds who stole the show with another five wicket haul.
Edmunds finished on 5 for 38 from ten overs as Berkswell finished on 209 for 9 from their 45 overs.
Kenilworth made a strong start to their reply with the opening pairing putting on 77 for the first wicket and Mark Stranks led the charge with a fine 85, which saw him score no fewer than 15 dours.
Henry Curren (26 not out) and Michael Watts (11 not out) saw Kenilworth home as they finished on 210 for 4 to win by six wickets and stay top of the league.