CRICKET - Kenilworth beaten again by Hampton and Solihull - The Leamington Observer

CRICKET - Kenilworth beaten again by Hampton and Solihull

KENILWORTH CC suffered another defeat in the Warwickshire County League after they were beaten by three wickets against Hampton and Solihull.

Kenilworth were looking to turn their season around with a win in the Division One clash and came close to securing what would have been just their second victory of the season.

However, despite Tom Booker’s impressive 74, Kenilworth were bowled out for 199 with useful knocks from Joe Atkinson (26) and Stuart Cope (25).

Hampton opener Chris Hughes (57) and Isaac Mohammed (61) helped the home side chase down the required total in 37.5 overs.

That was despite the best efforts of Kenilworth’s bowlers as Cope (2-37) and Jack Howard (2-48) both took two wickets with Connor Shingler (1-29), Atkinson (1-35) and Steve Rhodes (1-47) taking one wicket apiece.

And the club’s 2nd XI were also beaten as they lost by 43 runs against Berkswell in Division Seven East.

Kenilworth looked well-placed to win after bowling their opponents out for 121 in 38 overs thanks to impressive figures from Ben Clarke (3-22), Joshua Charlwood (3-35) and Dave Gamble (2-18).

However, Kenilworth were skittled for just 78 in reply as Keeran Umashanker top scored with 19 whilst Sam Davies chipped in with 18 and opener Mark Stranks (10) was the only other batter to reach double figures.

Berkswell bowler Oliver Berry ripped through Kenilworth’s middle order as he took 6-15 from his 10 overs with four batters removed without scoring.

And Kenilworth’s 3rd XI made it a hat-trick of defeats as they suffered an agonising one-wicket defeat against Warwick in the Cotswold Hills League Division Four North.

Kenilworth were beaten with just three balls remaining as Warwick reached the required total in 39.4 overs after the former reached 143-8 at the end of their innings.

Dhruv Vyas (23) top scored for Kenilworth whilst Tarun Ahuja (21), Ant Kerry (18), Will Thompson (18) and Sam Leach (17) all made useful contributions.

And Kenilworth bowled well as Ed Smith (3-35), Sam Leach (3-48), Anay Joshi (2-14) and Matthew Dadswell (1-22) took the wickets as Warwick edged a tight game in the final over.

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