Impressive win for Kenilworth in season opener - The Leamington Observer

Impressive win for Kenilworth in season opener

Leamington Editorial 18th May, 2018   0

KENILWORTH finally got their Warwickshire League Division One season underway last Saturday, claiming an impressive 167-run victory over Weoley Hill.

Batting first Kenilworth openers Dave Edmunds and Pete Magafas put on 36 for the first wicket before the former was dismissed for nine.

Henry Curran joined Magafas at the crease with the duo putting on a solid 54 runs for the second wicket when Curran departed on 13.

Magafas was going well and brought up his 50 and with Tom Booker, they got the home side’s scoreboard moving.

They put on a fine 89-run partnership for the fifth wicket, Magafas falling just four runs short of a deserved hundred.

His innings contained eleven boundaries.

Booker also made a fine half century, finishing on 69 not out, adding an unbroken 37 with Steve Rhodes (13no) for the seventh wicket as Kenilworth ending their innings with a decent 226-6 from their fifty overs.

Thomas Donovan (2-31) and Chris Graham (2-39) were the pick of the Hill bowlers.

Rhodes and Ian Baker opened up the bowling for Kenilworth and the pacemen soon had Weoley Hill in all sorts of trouble.

The first wicket fell at seven before the visitors crashed to 11-5.

They then looked on the brink at 25-7.

Only No.8 Nadeem Ahmed (20) and No.9 Donovan (12) made double figures as Hill were eventually bowled out for a paltry 59 in the 22nd over.

The bowling honours went to Baker with an excellent 5-16 from eight overs while Matt Casey (2-15), Jono Sparks (2-16) and Rhodes (1-11) also chipped in.

Kenilworth take on Highways Spartans on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Seconds crashed to a demoralising ten-wicket defeat to Dunlop All Stars in Division Seven.

Put into bat, Kenilworth found scoring runs hard with openers Mark Stranks and Ant Kerry putting on 23 for the first wicket before the second soon followed.

The visitors then slumped to 44-4 and looked further in trouble at 65-5.

All-rounder David Barclay (32) and Joey Poole (16) put on 39 for the sixth wicket before a cameo of 19 not out from the returning George Boylin pushed Kenilworth to 134-7 from their 50 overs.

Ali Shah (3-47), Mehmood Attia (2-17) and Hamza Javed (2-19) got the wickets for Dunlop All Stars who raced to 138-0 in reply.

Qasim Khan hit 65 off 59 balls while Amir Iqbal crashed 71 off 45.

The Seconds take on Solihull Municipal Seconds on Saturday.


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