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1st Jul, 2022

CRICKET - Kenilworth in losing draw against Nuneaton in rain-affected match

KENILWORTH CC were forced to settle for a losing draw against Nuneaton in a rain-affected Warwickshire Cricket League Division One clash.

Kenilworth posted a credible 155-6 from their 35 overs as Joe Atkinson hit 41 and Henry Curran scored an unbeaten 32 with Charlie Stranks (19) and Connor Shingler and Jono Sparks (both 14) also contributing.

Rain delays meant that Nuneaton only had 26 overs available to bat with the game eventually called off at the 22-over mark with the home side on 134-4 having upped their run rate considerably.

Edward Wilson (39) and Lewis Hubbard (20) put on 61 for the first wicket before Kenilworth struck three times in quick succession through Darius Potten-Ravenshad (3-17) to leave them reeling on 62-4.

However, Jordan Gilkes (48 not out) and David Colkin (24 not out) combined for 72 runs before rain washed out the final four overs.

The result leaves Kenilworth second-bottom in the table having won just one of their opening 10 league matches.

And the club’s 2nd XI also battled to a losing draw in their Division Seven East fixture against Wolvey.

Kenilworth bowled out Wolvery for 152 inside 36 overs thanks to impressive returns from Dave Gamble (3-30), Ben Clarke (3-31) and Tom Skinner (2-42) with Sam Leach and Joe Tate also amongst the wickets.

However, in worsening conditions, Kenilworth could only muster 77-5 from 23 overs before the game was called off due to rain.

Danny Boneham hit 29 and Smithson 17 for the Town with Christopher Prophet (12) the only other player to reach double figures with the bat.

The 3rd XI saw their game against Henley-in-Arden abandoned with a ball being bowled.

And the club’s Sunday XI secured a six-wicket win against Hockley Heath in a 40-over friendly.

Hockley posted 172-6 as Town teenager Pat O’Reilly took 3-31 from his eight overs whilst Matt Dadswell, Joe Tate and Rana picked up a wicket apiece.

In reply, Dan Horner was again in the runs as he made an unbeaten 74 and hit the match-winning boundary as Town reached 175-4 in the 38th over.

Horner and Dhruv Vyas (18 not out) made 57 runs as a partnership after Louis Smithson hit 36 earlier in the innings.

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