October 23rd, 2016

Kenilworth continue search for first league win

Updated: 11:10 am, Jul 09, 2015

THE SEARCH for a first win of the 2015 season continues for Kenilworth after they fell to a seven-wicket defeat at home to Olton in the Warwickshire League Premier Division.

Kenilworth batted first and made an impressive and steady start as they lost one wicket on their way to 65 runs.

But the hosts then slipped to 90 for 5 and then 124 for 7, with opening bat and skipper Dave Edmunds hitting 56.

But Jorjeet Singh (28), Gregg Peebles (20) and 26 not out from number nine Mike Watts got the home side to 167 all out in the 49th over.

Brookes was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 28 off ten tidy overs and Trilloe with 2 for 39 off ten overs also did the damage for Olton.

Olton’s reply began at a fast pace and they raced to 78 for 1 after ten overs with opener Weaver hitting 56, which included nine fours.

He was aided by Hawkins (32 not out) and Webb (31) as the visitors reached 170 for 3 from just 23 overs.

In Division Two, another disappointing batting display saw Khalsa slump to a seven wicket defeat away to Wishaw.

The Khalsa openers found conditions tough and it was not long before both openers were back in the shed.

A brief partnership between Aman Kalsi and Pardeep Sharma took Khalsa past 50, before Sharma was dubiously given out LBW for 28.

Spinner Asif continued to tear through the Khalsa batting line finishing with figures 5-30, including the key wicket of Kalsi for 27 as the visitors were bowled all out for 121 inside 30 overs.

As the sun started to dry out the wicket, it became easier for the Wishaw batsmen to score runs.

They made light work of the Khalsa total and reached it in 32 overs, largely thanks to an excellent knock from Lyle Kirkham who scored a well constructed 49.

Elsewhere in the Birmingham League First Division, Leamington’s up and down season continued as they lost at home to Attock by 21 runs.

After winning the toss, Leamington bowled first and made early inroads as Grant Thornton (3-28) reduced the visitors to 16-2 and when he removed Asim Khan (20) the score was 57-3.

But two crucial partnerships, both involving Mohammed Qamar Khan, started to swing the game in Attock’s favour.

A 52-run partnership with Omar Masood (21) followed by a second 52 run partnership with Sultan Mahmood (20) took the score to 161 before debutant Jamie Marsh ripped through the lower order as he picked up 5-32 with Attock crumbling to 198 all out.

In reply, Leamington got off to the worst possible start as Sarmad Anwar (4-55) took three quick Leamington wickets to leave the hosts on 20-3.

A partnership of 36 between Ollie Currill (23) and Mark Ashcroft (16) looked to rebuild the innings but when Junaid Khan (3-33) took three quick wickets of his own, Leamington were restricted to 77-7.

Lee Hopkins tried to shepherd the tail as alongside Thornton (18) the pair put on 50 to take the score to 127-8 before he and last man Matthew Davison (13) put on 37 to give Leamington a chance of a miraculous victory.

However, when Davison was out, Hopkins was left stranded on a brilliant 77 as he had taken Leamington a lot closer than most would have expected.