CRICKET - Kenilworth relegated after Nuneaton defeat - The Leamington Observer

CRICKET - Kenilworth relegated after Nuneaton defeat

Leamington Editorial 6th Sep, 2022 Updated: 6th Sep, 2022   0

KENILWORTH CC have been relegated from the Warwickshire County League Division One after they were beaten by 95 runs in their must-win game against Nuneaton who guaranteed survival with victory.

Nuneaton openers David Colkin (79) and Jacob Milnes (70) put on 144 runs for their first wicket whilst Ahsan Sayed (22), Martin Cox and Jordan Gilkes (both 19) made useful contributions.

The visitors posted 271-9 from their 50 overs with Stuart Cope (3-56) the pick of the attack as Connor Shingler (2-47), Joe Atkinson (2-49) and Darius Potten-Ravenshad (2-56) all took two wickets apiece.

Town opener Atkinson (55) hit 10 boundaries in his 57-ball innings to get the home side off to a positive start and out on a 61-run first-wicket stand with Daniel Horner (19).

However, only Henry Curran (54 not out) produced another meaningful innings and impressed with nine boundaries, including one six, in his 52-ball knock.

And Steve Rhodes (14) was the only other batter to reach double figures in a disappointing display that saw Town bowled out for 176 in the 35th over.

The result means Kenilworth now trail Nuneaton in the table by 21 points with just one match left to play and can no longer catch their nearest rivals.

In Division Seven East, Kenilworth’s 2nd XI struggled against an accurate Wolvey bowling attack in a six-wicket defeat.

Town were bowled out for just 102 in 42.4 overs as only Louis Smithson (23), Dave Gamble (22) and Sam Leach (16) reached double figures.

And Wolvey raced to victory in 17 overs with Steve Brook (44) top scoring despite Oliver Berry (2-41) taking two wickets and further scalps for Thomas Best (1-10) and Gamble (1-24).

In the Cotswold Hills League Division Four North, Kenilworth’s 3rd XI suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Tanworth and Camp Hill to finish bottom of the table.

Town ended their league campaign in disappointing fashion as they were bowled out for 107 as Tarun Ahuja and Swapnil Rana (both 17) and Anthony Kerry (13) were the only batters to reach double figures.

And Tanworth eased to victory in 26 overs as they reached 108-3 with Ben Kelley (1-12), Ethan Tate and Matthew Dadswell (both 1-21) taking the wickets.

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