October 26th, 2016

Winning draw failed to lift Kenilworth

Updated: 2:33 pm, Jun 09, 2015

KENILWORTH remain rooted to the bottom of the Warwickshire League Premier Division despite claiming a winning draw at Rugby on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors opened the batting and openers Dave Edmunds (35) and James Nason (53) put Kenilworth in good stead.

The highlight of the innings came from Tom Brooker who scored 78 and made a stand of 132 alongside Nason as Kenilworth rattled up their best season’s total of 284 for 3 from 50 overs.

An unbroken stand of 97 between Chris Prophet (48 not out) and Neil Goodman (52 not out) also proved to be a highlight.

Rugby’s reply was kept in check by Kenilworth’s opening bowlers Neil Goodman (1 for 23) and Ian Baker (3 for 52) as the hosts slipped to 97 for 5.

There were wickets for spinners Jorjeet Singh (1 for 26) and Phil Edmonds (2 for 52), as the home side slipped to 126 for 7.

But an unbeaten 90 by Rugby skipper Edwards earned his side a draw as they finished on 201 for 8 form their 50 overs.

Elsewhere, in the Warwickshire League Division Two, Leamington Khalsa had to settle for a losing draw in their away clash at Castle Bromwich.

The visitors opted to bowl first and an excellent opening spell from Pardeep Sharma made it difficult for the opening batsmen.

But a solid opening stand took the Birmingham outfit to 45 without loss in the first 12 overs.

A century second wicket stand from A Nicholls (86) and A Hipkiss (71) made life difficult for all the Khalsa bowlers and Castle Bromwich eventually finished on 252 for 7.

An excellent final burst from paceman Gaurav Gandecha earned him four wickets in his 12 over spell.

A flurry of boundary’s from Khalsa opener Asaad Qureshi greeted the Castle Brom opening attack but he was bowled by Sedgely for 21 before Aman Kalsi was controversially given out when the bat hit the ground for 31.

Pardeep Sharma immediately made an impact by striking his second ball to the boundary as the visitors went hard at the bowlers.

The hosts suffered at the hands of the blustery conditions by dropping on two occasions Sharma went past 50.

Sharma was eventually caught at point off the spinner for an exciting 63 off 41 balls and a 36 from Taz Sharma at the back end of the innings saw Khalsa reach 206 for 8 of their 50 overs.