17th Sep, 2019

Wardens sink to 12th loss of season against Smith-inspired Kidderminster

Ben Tyler 10th Sep, 2019

CONNOR Smith’s century helped ensure that Kenilworth Wardens finish rock bottom, following their seven-wicket defeat to Kidderminster.

In the penultimate fixture in Birmingham & District Premier Division One, the Wardens achieved a respectable total of 259-6 from their innings, but were unable to find an answer to the showstopping totals offered by opening pair Smith (113) and Andrew Kimberlin (70).

Kenilworth slipped to 48-3 when batting first but had Mohammed Haroon (68) and Ben Rex (40) for resurrecting their innings with a partnership of 91.

Though both were dismissed three overs apart, number seven Richard Linfield’s (51) arrival complemented Nathan Edwards (59no), as the pair added 102 to the score between them.

But when Kidderminster put together an opening stand of 159, it was always going to be a tough task to defend victory.

Number four Neil Pinner (28no) ensured that the visitors stayed on track after losing the top-scoring Smith for the third wicket, confirming victory in the 41st over.

The Wardens play their last fixture in the division away to sixth-placed Walsall on Saturday (noon).

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