CRICKET: KENILWORTH hosted new boys Earlswood on Saturday afternoon for the club’s latest Warwickshire Cricket League Division One match.
Chasing a third win in a row, Kenilworth were asked to bowl first.
Earlswood openers Edwards and Jackson got the visiting side off to a flying start by finding the boundary on a regular basis.
The pair put on a huge opening stand of 180 for the first wicket as Jackson was the first man to fall for 62.
His partner Edwards went on to make an unquestionable 130 though despite Kenilworth’s efforts.
There were moments of glory for the home side as young opening bowler Jono Sparks took four wickets for 44 runs from nine overs.
Spinner Jorjeet Singh also picked up multiple victims by taking three wickets for 57 runs.
The other wicket taker for Kenilworth was Pat Howard with one wicket for 75 runs off 12 overs.
Earlswood ended their innings on a massive 305/8.
Kenilworth made a strong start in their pursuit of 306 as openers Adie Sellar and Aussie Magafus put on 96 before Sellar was dismissed for 33.
Two further wickets fell and Kenilworth soon found themselves at 125/3.
But Magafus went on to his his first century for Kenilworth and ended on 129 not out.
Despite his efforts, Kenilworth finished the game on 217/6 – meaning the match ended in a losing draw.
Kenilworth’s 2nd XI travelled to Moseley Ashfield.
Kenilworth asked Ashfield to bat first, a decision the home side’s openers seemed to enjoy as Ward and Khan made light work of the Kenilworth’s bowling.
The pair put on an impressive 125 for the first wicket, Ward went on to make 50 and his opening partner Khan 72.
The introduction of spin was to slow down the home side, as Charlie Stranks (63/4) and Chris Beach (34/1) took wickets as did skipper Geoff Edmunds.
Hafeez (38*) and Bacho (36*) boosted the home side’s total as Ashfield finishing on 269/7 from their 50 overs.
In reply, Kenilworth made a disastrious start by falling to 2/1 and then 10/2 before opening batsman Ben Whidborne and number four Mohammed Shahid started to rebuild the innings.
The pair were beginning to bat their side back into the game, both players found the boundary on regular occasions.
They put on a partnership of 190 for the third wicket as both went on to register maiden hundreds for Kenilworth.
Shahid made exactly 100 whil Whidborne hit a sparkling 114.
Youngster Elliott Sorrell hit an impressive 43* to help Kenilworth’s cause as the second team won the game by six wickets – finishing on 273/4.