25th May, 2019

Kenilworth pull clear of First Division relegation zone

CRICKET: KENILWORTH were involved in a close encounter on Saturday afternoon against Weoley Hill as the club aims to pull clear of the drop zone.

After winning the toss, Kenilworth invited the visitors to bat first.

Weoley Hill made a solid start to their innings with top orders batsmen McLaughlin (73) and Morley (52) working well together to take the score past one hundred.

But when the pair were dismissed, Kenilworth started the drag the game back in their favour as impressive bowling from Jorjeet Singh (21/3) and Freddie Davies (47/3) helped bowl Weoley Hill all out for 223.

The hosts lost two early wickets in reply as they slumped to 3/2, but captain Pete Magafus steadied his team’s reply with a comfortable 39.

When Magafus departed, Tom Booker and Jorjeet Singh guided the score along to 150/5 with 20 overs remaining.

Booker passed 50 once Singh had been dismissed, but his efforts proved not enough as Kenilworth were bowled out for 208 in the 48th over as Weoley Hill won by 15 runs.

2ND/3RD XIs

Kenilworth’s second team travelled to Aston Manor for their Warwickshire Division Seven fixture.

The home side were asked to bat first and made a steady start by adding 26 runs for the loss of no wickets.

But they were quickly reduced to 45/4, and two further wickets left Aston Manor at 67/6 – leaving skipper Geoff Edmunds with the task of trying to skittle out the home side cheaply.

Edmunds’ left arm spin caused all sorts of problems as he finished with figures of 27/7 from 12 overs.

A knock of 34 from Manor’s Christian was the only score of note as the home side collapsed to 92 all out.

Kenilworth’s opening batsmen Nathan Chant and Adam Huxford started the reply well, adding 34 for the first wicket.

But Huxford picked out a fielder and was dismissed for 13.

That meant the inform Ellott Sorrell joined Chant at the crease, and the pair went on to post an unbroken stand of 59 for the second wicket to see Kenilworth home to a comfortable nine wicket victory.

Elsewhere the 3rd XI hosted Bretforton for the last home fixture of the current Cotswold Hill Division Six season.

Kenilworth posted 141 from their 38 overs with Matthew Dadswell hitting an impressive 31.

In reply, Bretforton collapsed to 41 all out inside 17 overs as Ed Smith took eight wickets for just ten runs from eight overs.

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