23rd Sep, 2019

Mankad century not enough to guide Wardens into final as K&D dictate Floodlit T20 Cup

CRICKET: A STUNNING century from overseas batsman Prerak Mankad wasn’t enough to help Kenilworth Wardens to victory over Birmingham Premier League force Knowle and Dorridge.

Mankad, who also hit 46 runs from just 16 balls the night before, raced to 123* as Wardens piled the pressure on K&D to reach 229/9 from their 20 overs.

But in reply, K&D showed no signs of panic as New Zealand international George Worker raced to a quick fire 30.

Worker was helped by the aggressive Harding and Phillips (74) as the visiting side quickly reached 210/2.

Incredibly, K&D raced to their 230 target in just 15 overs – leaving them in the driving seat heading into the final round of group stage matches.

Elsewhere Leamington boosted their chances of reaching the final with a huge win over Berkswell.

Leamington set a depleted Berkswell side a 200+ score to chase down.

But Nick James’ men struggled to make progress as wickets fell at regular intervals, which subsequently led to additional chances being taken.

Berkswell were eventually bowled out for less than 100 as Leamington recorded their first win of the tournament.

The Harlequins Logistics T20 Floodlit Cup continued last night as Kenilworth Wardens faced Leamington before Knowle and Dorridge tackled Berkswell.

The outcome of last night’s fixtures – which concluded after The Observer went to print – will dictate who reaches Friday night’s Grand Final.

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