A RAIN-INTERRUPTED trip to Knowle & Dorridge foreshadowed a losing draw for Kenilworth Wardens, who remain bottom of Birmingham & District Premier Division One.
Scott Stenning’s 152 total from 163 balls put the hosts in the driving seat, with Knowle & Dorridge declaring on 296-5.
It was a decision that proved correct when Kenilworth fell short with their 202-9 total from their revised innings of 44 overs following rainfall.
Winning the toss and electing to field, Kenilworth bowler Tommy Rex removed Alex Phillips (3) for the first wicket at 23-1, although the hosts recovered with a stand of 68 between Stenning and Ethan Brookes (36).
Stenning began to approach the century mark after a partnership of 97 with Sam Reddish (38), who was bowled by Mark Pidgeon (2-75).
Batting alongside number five Martin Donald (41no), Stenning reached his century before finally being dismissed by Tom Mordey’s catch from Pidgeon’s delivery at 280-4.
William Rigg (6) had a short stint at the crease before being stumped by Harry Butler from James Sykes’ delivery, with Knowle & Dorridge declaring moments later.
Kenilworth also made a slow start to their innings after losing opener Nick Seager (10) early on, although they were unable to achieve the desired response in reply.
Ben Rex put on 37 with Nathan Edwards (93) before being stumped by Phillips, while Richard Linfield’s (4) dismissal shortly after signalled the regular fall of Kenilworth wickets.
Harry Johnson (6) and Harry Butler (0) were next to go as the Wardens slipped to 94-5, but a stand of 73 between Sykes (37) and Edwards put them back on track.
Both were gone at 178-7, ending the last real hopes that Kenilworth had of going close to the hosts’ total, with Pidgeon (0) and Mordey (14) both dismissed before the end of the innings.
Kenilworth now go in search of crucial points when hosting Moseley on Saturday (noon).