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Carrick Travel Floodlit T20 Cup

Round up of day one and two

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2013 07:13pm
Kenilworth, Warwick
By Paul Smith
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Some blistering batting from Knowle & Dorridge duo Al Baker and Alex Phillips condemned Berkswell to a 94 run opening day defeat, as the Carrick Travel Floodlit T20 Cup got underway at Kenilworth Wardens’ Glasshouse Park home.

HIA Insurance Man of the Match Baker thrashed a violent 71 from only 21 balls, including seven sixes, while Phillips added a further five maximums in his rapid 77, and Dominic Harding chipped in with an equally quick-fire unbeaten 52, as K&D piled up 271 for four.

A superb pitch, quick outfield and short boundaries made life tough for the bowlers, but leg spinner Chris Davidson (2-26) and seamer Ben Coley (2-24) then brought K&D skipper Dave Smith some much-needed control during Berkswell’s reply.

Steve Parker cleared the ropes four times in his battling 46, while Chris Cheslin contributed a breezy unbeaten 18-ball 36 as the ‘Swell closed on 177 for six.

Carrick Travel Cup holders Leamington also slipped to defeat, as Kenilworth Wardens prevailed by 27 runs in a precursor to next Saturday’s Birmingham League meeting between the clubs.

Consistent batting, led by Eian Marillier (38) and skipper Martin Donald (33), saw the hosts to 190 for seven, while Luke Radford (2-20) and leg spinner Daryl Williams (1-28) were the pick of Spa’s attack.

Sam White dismissed dangermen Radford and Dave Bailey early in the Leamington response, but opener Shabaz Alam (31) kept their hopes alive.

Good contributions from Grant Thornton (30) and Jonny Wigley, whose 30-ball 46 included four maximums, maintained the momentum, until the return of former India A slow left-armer Sitanshu Kotak (1-15) finally extinguished the holders’ hopes.

The competition continues from 5.30pm each night this week with the final scheduled for Thursday.

 

Day Two

Kenilworth Wardens’ skipper Martin Donald hammered a superb hundred, to steer his team to a second group stage win in the Carrick Travel Floodlit Cup.

LDP Man of the Match Donald’s outstanding knock saw Wardens to a comfortable 122-run victory over Berkswell, who have now lost both their opening matches.

The powerful right hander smashed eight sixes and eight fours in his 50-ball 101. He added 71 for the second wicket with Nick Seagar (19), before being dismissed by Varun Anand, who was the pick of Berkswell’s attack, with 4-37. A further late assault from Sunjay Sharma (28*) and Udit Talati (21*) saw Wardens close their rain-reduced 18 over innings on a substantial 223 for six.

Mark Pidgeon’s three early wickets, including the prized scalp of visiting skipper Dominic Ostler, immediately put the ‘Swell chase under pressure.

Steve Parker kept their flickering hopes alive with a typically powerful 46, including four maximums, before five quick wickets shared between Talati and Matt Hancock ended the Berkswell innings at 101.

Tournament favourites Knowle & Dorridge also made it two-from-two with a straightforward 107- run win over Leamington.

Their triumph was built on a fine all-round effort from Boothroyd & Co Man of the Match Dominic Hendricks, who followed a fluent 77 with a fine spell of off-spin that returned 3-31.

The South African star, who struck 12 boundaries and four sixes in his 27-ball knock, shared a 115-run opening stand with Alex Phillips (48). Consistent batting down the order then saw K&D past the 200 mark, despite the best efforts of Paul Rowe, who grabbed 3-36.

Michael Bevan’s two early wickets immediately put Leamington on the back foot, before Shabaz Alam (32) and Grant Thornton (46) built a threatening fourth wicket alliance.

However, Hendricks and K&D skipper Dave Smith (4-35) applied the brakes to good effect, meaning Leamington were finally dismissed for 120.

The competition continues from 5.30pm each night this week with the final scheduled for Thursday..  

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