October 27th, 2016

Wet weather hampers both Leamington and Kenilworth ambitions

Wet weather hampers both Leamington and Kenilworth ambitions Wet weather hampers both Leamington and Kenilworth ambitions
Updated: 7:15 pm, May 25, 2016

LEAMINGTON settled for a share of the points with Knowle & Dorridge as the weather intervened shortly after tea on Saturday.

K&D were asked to bat first and made a bright start through the experienced opening pair of Dominic Harding and Alex Phillips.

Harding fell to Max Webber for 28 with the score on 87 and ex-Leamington man Phillips was joined by Beau Webster as K&D pair punished the occasional bad delivery, but Leamington’s bowlers generally held them in check.

But 40 runs in just two overs presented K&D with a chance to post a high total before veteran bowler Neil Smith took control by taking the wickets of Webster (82) and then centurion Phillips who crafted an excellent 112 as K&D finished on 269 for 6/

Leamington’s batsmen faced testing conditions with murky light, light drizzle and fine bowling affecting their performance.

The drizzle turned into heavy rain with Leamington on 19-2 and although the umpires persevered in attempting to get play restarted, it was to no avail as the weather won,once again on a generally damp start to the season.

Although up against it, Leamington can take some heart from the generally disciplined bowling display. Smith commented “Apart from a couple of loose overs, we kept a strong K&D batting line up in check”.

Rain ruined the chance of KENILWORTH being able to record a first victory of the season in the Warwickshire League Division One against table toppers Barby.

Kenilworth batted first and openers Guy Pearson (33) and Mike Watts (26) put on 41 for the first wicket before Neil Goodman entered the fray and took control with the bat.

Goofman smashed a magnificent century as he made 105 hitting, which included eight four and seven sixes as Kenilworth reached 227-9 off their allocated 50 overs.

In reply and in declining weather conditions, Barby struggled to 136-7 in 29 overs with Joel Gleghorn holding their innings together with 81 not out and Rob Edom was the next highest to score with 18.

The Umpires brought an end to the game with 21 overs left due to the weather. Frustratingly, that saw Barby narrowly ahead of the required run rate to ensure they were awarded the winning draw albeit with only three wickets remaining after Kenilworth excellent all round efforts.

Kenilworth’s pacy opener Matt Dargan produced his best bowling performance of the season for the side as he took 4-35 off his 12 overs.

KENILWORTH WARDENS’ second team continue to set the early season pace at the top of the Birmingham Premier Division One after securing their fourth successive victory in an exciting encounter with Old Elizabethans in Worcester.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, openers Robin de Regt and Ben Rex (33) again got the innings off to a great start putting on 107 for the first wicket, before de Regt went on to complete a memorable knock of 137 off just 121 balls.

Supporting contributions from Mainak Ray (24) and James Madley (20) helped Wardens reach a challenging 259 for 6 off their 45 overs.

After losing both openers relatively cheaply, Tom Goodwin (107) completed a century of his own in leading an excellent run chase but his efforts ultimately proved in vain as key wickets from Dan Mousley (4 – 42) meant that Old Elizabethans closed on 253 for 8 off their 45 overs, securing a six run victory for the visitors.