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13th Aug, 2022

CRICKET - Kenilworth remain in drop zone after Handsworth defeat

KENILWORTH CC fell to a seven-wicket defeat against Handsworth to lose further ground on their relegation rivals and remain in the Warwickshire Cricket League Division One drop zone.

The visitors struggled with the bat despite openers Joe Atkinson (37) and Stuart Cope (40) helping them reach 90-2 after a 71-run first-wicket stand.

However, only three other batters – Christopher Prophet (17), Charlie Stranks (20) and Adrian Sellar (17) – made double figures as Kenilworth were eventually bowled out for 163 in 49 overs.

Handsworth cantered to victory thanks to an impressive knock of 84 not out by Renrick Hooper and was supported by Carby Dawkins (24), Demari Prince (25) and Kamran Zaman (12 not out).

The home side reached the required total in 39.3 overs with Darius Potten-Ravenshad (2-39) and Atkinson (1-17) the only Kenilworth wicket takers.

And the result means Kenilworth sit 11th in the table, some 18 points behind Nuneaton who look to be their sole rivals in their fight for survival.

Elsewhere, Kenilworth’s 2nd XI secured a comfortable nine-wicket win against Fillongley in Division Seven East after they skittled their opponents for 93.

Sam Davies (4-35), Joseph Tate (2-5), Sam Leach (2-14), Louis Smithson (1-14) and Ben Clarke (1-21) were all amongst the wickets as just three Fillongley batters reached double figures.

Town’s Dan Horner made light work of the run chase with an impressive 61 not out, which included 10 boundaries, and was supported by Keeran Umashanker (20 not out) and Mark Stranks (13).

However, the club’s 3rd XI replicated the first team’s defeat with a seven-wicket loss against Lapworth in Cotswold Hills League Division Four North

Kenilworth were bowled out for 162 with Tarun Ahuja (34) top scoring whilst Matthew Dadswell (30), Dhruv Vyas (21) and Stephen Kelley (17) were the only other batters to reach double figures.

And despite Dan Hone (1-22) bowling Greg Williams for a duck and a run out by Ahuja, Lapworth eased to the required total in 30.3 overs as they finished on 166-3 with Christian Mortlock (1-15) taking the other wicket.

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