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17th Aug, 2022

CRICKET - Kenilworth impress despite losing draw against Nether Whitacre

KENILWORTH CC were only able to come away with a losing draw against Nether Whitacre CC despite hitting 261-4 which included an impressive knock of 92 from Henry Curran in their Warwickshire County League Division One clash.

Nether Whitacre won the toss and elected to bat as they plummeted 282-9 from their 50 overs with Steve Rawlings contributing 128 and Tom Smith 58.

Town’s Steve Rhodes took 3-59 whilst Tom Skinner (2-43), Joe Atkinson (2-58) and Darius Potten-Ravenshad (1-52) all claimed wickets.

Kenilworth made a steady start courtesy of openers Atkinson (20) and Christopher Prophet (29) before Daniel Horner added 10.

This brought Henry Curran to the crease and he joined Charlie Stranks (65 not out) to put on 149 runs for Kenilworth’s fourth wicket before the former was eventually bowled for 92.

However, the duo were unable to guide Town to Nether Whitacre’s big total as they fell just 22 runs short with their 50 overs up for the loss of four wickets.

The club’s 2nd XI also took on Nether Whitacre and suffered a 51-run defeat in Division Seven East.

Whitacre posted an imposing 327-6 which included knocks of 110 from Joe Darbs and 72 from Ian Breeze.

Josh Charlwood and teenager Tom Best both took 2-57 with Sam Leach and Sam Davies also amongst the wickets.

Kenilworth’s Danny Boneham made 72 in reply and Dave Smithson 57 whilst Joe Tate chipped in with 29 and Mark Stranks 22.

However, their efforts proved in vain as Kenilworth were bowled out for 276 in the 47th over to fall more than 50 runs short of the required total.

The club’s 3rd XI claimed a 24-run victory against Rowington in Division Four North of the Cotswolds Hills League.

Teenage opener Keeran Umashanker starred with the bat on his way to 53 as he shared a 72-run partnership with Dhruv Vyas (50) for the opening wicket.

And Umashanker then enjoyed an 80-run stand with Steve Kelley (39) for Kenilworth’s third wicket before Tarun Ahuja added 27 as Town posted 211-5 from their 40 overs.

Rowington did their best to chip away at the required total only to fall 24 runs short in the penultimate over as they were bowled out for 187.

Dan Hone (3-36) impressed with the ball whilst veteran Pete Alty (2-35), Ahuja (2-56) and Umashanker (2-24) all took two wickets apiece.

And club history was made on Sunday as 16-year-old Katie Farrell became the first female to play senior cricket for Kenilworth in living memory – although the club did have a ladies team back in the 1930’s.

Farrell (2-18) took two wickets as Kenilworth beat Barford by 57 runs in a 40-over friendly with fellow debutant Yougunn Prakasm Kumar (2-14) also impressing with the ball.

Kenilworth’s Sunday XI batted first and posted 241-8 as Joe Tate made 74 and Dhruv Vyas 71 as the pair put on 138 runs for the fourth wicket whilst Louis Smithson chipped in with 24.

Barford were bowled out for 184 in 35.2 overs as they fell well short of the required total as Town’s five other bowlers all took a wicket each alongside those from history maker Farrell and Kumar.

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