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K&DCC Weekend Preview and Review - 1/2 June

K&DCC Weekend Preview and Review - 1/2 June

Adam Harrison31 May - 08:00
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Saturday 1st XI – Home to Kenilworth Wardens – 12 noon start.
Sunday 1st XI – Away to Barnt Green – 1pm noon start – National Knockout.

If there was one word to take from this weekend for the 1st XI, it would certainly be “frustration” as we were forced to settle for a winning draw at last season’s league winners Moseley. We then had to grin and bear the rain destroying our good chances of victory against Barnt Green on Bank Holiday Monday.

On Saturday, the ‘1’s’ travelled this short distance to Streetsbrook Road to take on local rivals Moseley. Losing the toss we were by our hosts to bat. Despite losing opening batsman Hamza Shaikh early on for 6, Jamie Harrison led the way, building good partnerships with Jamie Hughes (18) and Ethan Brookes (59). Harrison scored a run ball century (122), to get us in a strong position before finally perishing with the score on 214/5 with 16 overs to go. Harrison’s century including 2 x 6’s and 12 x 4’s.

Any hopes of a 300 plus score were put to bed with the tail end wickets going down towards the end of our innings. Oliver Currill however continued his good form with 35. Our score closing on a very respectable 277 all out with the last ball of the innings.

In reply Moseley wickets fell with regularity, finding themselves 69/4, however a middle order partnership of 86 between Ali Awan and Awais Mohammed settled the home side down, and gave them a chance to try and sneak and extra couple of draw points, if they could get to 222, which was 80% of our score (an ingenious rule created to try and stop teams just dead batting everything)

Skipper James Middleton threw everything at the home side, using 7 bowlers, but we just couldn’t get the wickets to force the win and take 24 valuable points home. Moseley closing on 179/8. So close, but so far away!

Ethan “Wings” Brookes the pick of the K&D bowling with figures of 3/34 from 12 overs. Currill and Umar supporting with 2 wickets each. 17 points for K&D.

Moving on to Bank Holiday Monday, a fixture originally put back due to the rain at the start of the season, a day and a fixture which was ironically ruined by…you guessed it….rain!

Winning the toss, we bowled first, and removed all the Worcestershire clubs’ batsmen for a very gettable score of 207. However, the weather gods soon put pay to any thoughts of knocking the score off with two huge down pours, leaving frustration as dark as the clouds above us. We had to settle for 9 points. What can you do…?

Skipper Middleton remained positive “Yes, its frustrating but we played well at Moseley, and were set to win the game on Monday, until the rain put pay to that. We go again this week at home to Wardens, and welcome back Neil Pinner this week which is good news for us”. The captain continued “I look back to Saturday and it was good to see Jamie (Harrison) score his first K and D century, it put us in a good position, and long may that continue.” James concluded “With Smethwick losing on Monday, we are only a couple of points off them, which is a positive for us”

Saturday 2nd XI – Away to Nether Whitacre (B46 2EX) 12.30pm start.
The Second XI had a day to forget, losing by 5 wickets at home to Solihull Municipal 1st XI. Batting first we were skittled out for 102 in 33 overs, however bowled well to take 5 wickets before ‘Muni’ reached their low target. Despite this loss, they sit 2nd in Warwickshire League Division 1.

Saturday 3rd XI – Away to Solihull Blossomfield 2nd XI (B91 3JY)
In a low scoring game at Lugtrout lane, the 3rd XI lost by 4 wickets to Attock 3’s. Batting first we could only reach 69 all out with impressive youngster Jamie Tregellas high scoring with 14.

Attock in reply reached the number they needed losing 6 wickets in 23 overs.

Saturday 4th XI – Home to Coleshill 2nd XI (Lugtrout Lane)
The 4th XI impressive run continues, this time defeating Solihull Blossomfield 3rd XI by 5 wickets taking them up to 3rd in their division.

Author: Rob Plaister
Photo Credits: Mike Woods Photography

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