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Comfortable win for Kenilworth Wardens

Kenilworth Wardens Match Reports for August 17th

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2013 11:45am
Kenilworth, Warwick
By Paul Smith
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1st XI

A solid all-round team performance, headlined by Scott Stenning’s excellent unbeaten 72, saw Kenilworth Wardens to a comfortable 70 run win over local rivals Leamington.

Wardens’ 12th win of the season extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches, and also took them a step closer to confirming promotion to the Premier League. Victories against third placed Wellington and fourth placed Smethwick, over the coming Bank Holiday, will now confirm their return to the Birmingham Premier League’s top flight after a three year absence.

Stenning arrived at the crease after Nick Seager had blasted seven fours and two sixes in a typically powerful 42, and proceeded to bat through the remainder of the innings. He added 60 with Keith Bell (30), then 63 with Sitanshu Kotak (25), before skipper Martin Donald (37*) joined his predecessor in a breezy unbroken fourth wicket stand of 72.

This meant the hosts closed their 50-over allocation with a formidable 245 for three, despite the best efforts of Neil Smith (0-25) and Tom Warner (2-43).

After the early loss of Shabaz Alam, Mark and Paul Best added 70 relatively untroubled runs for Spa’s second wicket. However, Paul’s run out by Kotak for 34, and the immediate dismissal of Lee Hopkins, reduced the chase to 77 for three, after which Wardens’ spinners gradually took control.

Udit Talati’s tidy spell returned 2-31, while Kotak’s two wickets included opener Mark Best, who battled hard for his 51 before being seventh out with the score at 147. Ali Wilkinson (2-48) duly mopped up the tail, as Leamington were dismissed in the 41st over for 175.

2nd XI

Tom Ballinger claimed 5-48 to hurry Wardens 2nd XI to a crushing 140 run victory over Eastnor.

The teenage leg-spinner ripped through the Herefordshire side’s middle order, to dismiss them for 169, after some consistent batting, led by Andy Whitehall’s fluent 85, had seen the visitors post a substantial 309 for five.

In extending their recent winning run to four games, Wardens moved ahead of Bromsgrove into the second promotion spot with five games remaining, all of which will be played in a win/lose format.

Whitehall, who struck three sixes and eight fours in his fine knock, added 153 for the second wicket with Sunjay Sharma, who also struck some powerful blows in his 65. James Madley (36*), Jack Sorrell (23) and Fred Rex (29*) then ensured Wardens took full advantage of their good start, to post their biggest total of the season. Veteran Jim Sandford (3-65) was the pick of Eastnor’s attack.

Ballinger and Nick Whiting (2-14) then combined to ensure there were no slip-ups after tea. Josh Emery (40) and Tom Hurrell (25) made some inroads for the hosts, but Wardens’ six-man attack always held the upper hand, as Eastnor were dismissed in the 49th over.

 

Kenilworth Wardens Thirds

Despite opener Paul Smith's fluent half-century, Wardens 3rd XI slipped to an exciting final over four wicket defeat against Ashorne.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat on a damp pitch, Smith’s 50 was well supported by middle order contributions from Tom Lamond (39) and Richard Mousley (27), as the hosts posted a competitive 198 for six The standout bowlers for Ashorne were Gary Hammersley with 1-23 and Nick Saunders, 2-34.
Ashorne battled hard after tea, with Hammersley (43) and Tom Husselby (46) adding 90 for the first wicket, to put the visitors into a commanding position. Four quick wickets swung the match in Wardens’ direction, but a spate of dropped catches, plus some superb clean hitting from Tom Lewis (48), kept Ashorne in contention.

Ant Pidgeon’s excellent run out set up a tense finish, with Tom Kane’s edged two finally seeing Ashorne to victory with three balls and four wickets remaining. The pick of the home bowlers were Lamond 2-28 and Dan Mousley 2-39.

 

Kenilworth Wardens Fourths

Kenilworth Wardens 4th’s claimed a famous 54-run victory over local rivals Kenilworth 3rds despite fielding only nine men.

Holiday calls and unavailability left the visitors with a reduced complement, but after the loss of two early wickets, veteran left hander John Hayman anchored the innings with an unbeaten 26. Keeper Jonathan Phillips added a useful 16, while Nick Linfield’s 21-ball 20 was a crucial contribution.

Andy Kennell’s 3-18 led the way for Kenilworth, whose quest for 141 was soon reduced to 20 for four by three quick wickets from debutant seamer Tondi.
Freddie Davies (23) and Henry Curren (21*) battled hard from the middle order, but John Orton’s 3-13 and two wickets apiece for Jamie Brown and Scott Jones ended Kenilworth’s resistance at 86 in the 27th over.

 

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