CRICKET: KENILWORTH hosted Solihull Blossomfield in Division One of the Warwickshire League at the weekend.
Kenilworth were put into bat, however a familiar story unfolded.
The home side were in trouble early on when they fell to 12/2 in the fourth over, that later turned to 44/4.
Kenilworth’s innings looked in trouble, but Chris Prophet (26) and Tom Booker (47) started to rebuild their team’s innings as the pair put on 66 for the fifth wicket.
Australian Pete Magafas made 21 on debut, but Kenilworth were bowled out for a below par score of 142 inside 42 overs.
Solihull’s Thompson earned a tidy four wickets for just 35 runs while Sutherwaite (22/2) and Myres (29/2) also impressed.
Blossomfield made an impressive start as their openers raced to 120 in just 20 overs.
The opening pair of Seifas and Morgan both reached 50 as they made batting look easy.
They were quickly dismissed soon after reaching their half centuries though as Bashier (23*) hit the winning runs for the visiting team.
Blossomfield cruised to an eight wicket victory in just 25 overs.
Only Jono Sparks (31/1) and Phil Edmonds (8/1) had something to cheer about.
Kenilworth remain rooted to the bottom of the league.
Kenilworth’s second team travelled to Birmingham side Weoley Hill for their Warwickshire Division Seven fixture.
Kenilworth were put into bat, openers Mark Stranks and Dan Horner made a strong solid start to their team’s innings.
The pair put on 55 for the first wicket before Horner fell for 29 – Stranks went on to make a fine 45 while Freddie Davies later added an aggressive 29, which included three sixes.
A useful knock of 14 from Michael Watts and 10 from Ant Kerry helped Kenilworth reach 145 all out in the 49th over.
The home side never looked comfortable against Kenilworth’s bowling though as young seam bowler Freddie Davies ripped through the middle order, taking a fine four wickets for 23 runs.
He was backed up by skipper Geoff Edmunds who also took four wickets and Chris Beach who chopped in with two wickets for 14 runs off just nine overs.
Only Grathorne with 28 not out and Simpson (19) made double figures for the home side as Weoley Hill were bowled all out for 83 inside 31 overs.
S fine team performance saw Kenilworth collect 24 points, winning by 62 runs.
Kenilworth’s Saturday third team made the long trip to play Winchcombe 2nd XI on Saturday for their Cotswold Hills Division Six fixture.
Kenilworth made a steady start before losing their first wicket at 23.
But from 40 for 2, the visitors collapsed to 60 for 6.
Skipper Sam Leach – along with number eight Nick Moore – started to rebuild the innings, putting on 53 for the seventh wicket.
The innings ended on 119 all out with still eleven overs left of their innings.
Winchcombe’s star performer was seamer Lambert who took five wickets for just 12 runs.
Home side Winchcombe made a strong start to their reply.
Lewis (51) and Keylock (40*), helped the home side cruise to victory in the 28th over, finishing on 120/1.
The only wicket taker for Kenilworth was young Charlie Waters (18/1).