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Match Reports for Saturday May 13th 2017

Posted by Daniel Phillips and John Casey on 17/05/2017 14:54

Basit Zaman

1st XI

Surprisingly having won the toss Wardens chose to bat on an overcast day, but the decision was rewarded with a comfortable 81 run win.

However, all was not plain sailing as the home registered a competitive total of 234 before being dismissed in the 48th over. A five wicket haul by Liam Weston (5 for 40 in 8.4 overs) saw Wardens reeling at 42 for 3 with Weston knocking over the top three batsmen, Ben Rex for 1, Nick Seager, 14 and Basit Zaman 16.

Young Harry Johnson steadied the ship with a top score of 66 (eight 4s), but despite a helping hand from Tom Brammer (11) the Wardens subsided to 105 for 6 shortly after mid-innings drinks break, mainly caused a frugal 10 over spell from spinner Chris Stainforth who took 3 for 19.

The fall of the sixth wicket brought together Johnson and Kamran Anwar (36) for the decisive stand of the innings, forty six in 47 minutes, before Liam Weston returned to the attack and dismissed Johnson, ending a fine chanceless innings.

After the dismissal of Anwar at 174, it looked as if the Wardens we going to be put out for a much under par score, but the tail had other ideas. Led by Nick Sale (35), he, Mat Hancock and Khayam Khan (19no) put on 60 for the last two wickets to guide the Wardens to a competitive 234.

In reply Kidderminster were pinned back by very good opening spells from both Anwar (1 for 16) and Khan (1 for 22). After the loss of two early wickets Staniforth and captain Neil Pinner (15) made slow but steady progress taking the score along to 57.

The introduction into the attack of Wardens captain Junead Zaman (3 for 33) changed the shape of the innings, Pinner was bowled by Junead and this was quickly followed by dismissal of the ever dangerous Chris Wood for 5.

Staniforth’s long slow innings of 34 off 90 balls came to an end with the total on 95 for 6, caught behind by Nick Sale off Matt Hancock. Despite a lusty 38 from Rickard Kimberlin (six 4’s) the Kidderminster reply fell away and the last four wickets were mopped up by leg spinner Basit Zaman (3 for 18) and Dan Mousley (1 for 15).

The end came in the forty-third over with the total on 153 and gave Wardens their win of the campaign.


2nd XI

Wardens 2nd XI make it three wins out of three after navigating a challenging away fixture Vs Moseley.

Wardens 2nd XI battled hard after being asked to bat on a lively wicket under grey overcast conditions by Moseley. Skipper Madley and former skipper Pidgeon provided a useful start with Moseley’s opening bowlers releasing early pressure through a succession of wides moving the score to 30-0 from 10 overs.

Pidgeon who fell for a dodged 54 ball 24 ensured Wardens navigated early pressure from Vikash Patel (9 overs 0-26). With Wardens innings at a balance with 89-2 from twenty-nine overs it was the combination of ever present Madley combined with aggressive Anthony who combined in a 82 runs partnership. After Madley was caught on the boundary going for a third uncharacteristic six in the 42nd over for 73. It was left to Anthony who proceeded to enter overdrive-mode plundering a further 31 runs from the remaining 3 overs to finish on an excellent 55 runs 69 leaving Wardens with a useful 203 from their 45 overs.

In reply Moseley got off to a useful start with aggressive opener Sammons single handily equally Wardens tally of 10 boundaries to apply early innings pressure on the visitors. With the score at 60-1 from 12 overs it was the introduction of Tommy Rex combining with in form Jordan that swung the game briefly in Wardens favour as Rex removed danger man Sammons (59) followed quickly by Nandra (4). Moseley’s Premier division experience then showed as they regrouped from 84-4 to 148-6 to give themselves a sniff of their 3rd successive victory. Requiring over a run a ball on a drying wicket, it was ice cold Rex whose two wickets in two balls removing Din (20) followed by Hulbert for nought swung the game in Wardens favour.

With 15 required off the final over it was left to the experience of Pidgeon who removed both Narotra (34) and number 10 Khan to see Wardens to a hat trick of early season victories.


3rd XI

Kenilworth Wardens 3rd XI’s Cotswold Hills Division One League season came to life on Saturday, with a thrilling tie at home to Kineton CC.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Wardens made quick inroads into the Kineton batting, with Charlie Sustain (2-15) dismissing both openers cheaply. The home side continued to bowl well, and despite good contributions from Cameron Stiles (46) and Oliver Taylor (24), Lewis Baker (2-42), Tom Clayton (2-34) and Prab Sahota (2-33) bowled well to reduce the visitors to 130 for seven wickets.

However, a number of dropped catches by the home side helped Kineton recover, and an excellent 84 from Isaac Roles, supported by 23 from Cormac Thompson, saw Kineton reach 238 for 9 off their 45 overs.

In response, Wardens made good progress, with both Fred Rex (54) and James May (51) hitting half centuries, supported by solid contributions from Luke Salisbury (31), Nick Lewis (24), and Lewis Baker (21). However, tight bowling from Jack Stephens (1-29 off 10 overs) and Isaac Roles (1-25 off 8) kept the pressure on the home team, and with two run-outs, and Jack Ashfield (2-49) and Rory Geary-Heaton (2-31) taking wickets later on, Kineton stayed in the game.

In a tense finish, Wardens were left needing to score a single from the last two balls to win the game, but good bowling and fielding ultimately lead to a run out of the last ball, and a tied game at 238 apiece.


4th XI

Kenilworth Wardens 4th XI continued their winning start to the Cotswold Hills League Division 5 season with a comfortable 5 wicket win away to Welford on Avon CC.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Welford on Avon were soon reduced to 22 for two thanks to early wickets from Steve Axcell (2-18). A stand of 52 between Will Gough (24) and the hard-hitting Malone (34) threatened to take the home side to a challenging total on a slow pitch, but wickets for Matt Davies (1-17) and Luke Cooling (2-21) broke through the Welford middle order, prompting a collapse to 93 for 6. With young leg spinner Tharun Rakasekar (3-27) taking lower order wickets, it was left to a positive 28 from George Lyndsey to help the home side reach a total of 140 all out in 37.4 overs.

Needing 141 to win from 52 overs, Wardens made a solid start, with an opening partnership of 32 between Mike Sorrell (14) and Les Reid (30), before Sorrell fell to the bowling of George Lyndsey (1-34). Jack Vickery took Wardens most of the way to their victory target with a quick fire 51, but his dismissal by Malone with the score on 103 prompted a mini collapse, including the loss of Reid, to see Wardens wobbling at 117 for five. Malone continuing his good day, taking 3 for 26 in his 6 overs.

However an unbeaten stand of 24 between Steve Axcell (11*) and John Casey (12*) took the visitors to 141 for five in just 33.5 overs.