Wardens left sweating after defeat - The Leamington Observer
Online Editions

9th Aug, 2022

Wardens left sweating after defeat

Leamington Editorial 5th Aug, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DESPITE a determined batting performance, led by Keith Bell, Kenilworth Wardens slipped to a seven-wicket defeat at bottom of the table Himley in the Birmingham League Premier Division on Saturday.

The hosts won a crucial toss in very damp conditions and as a result controlled the late-starting 40-over contest from the outset. This enabled them to record only a second victory of a difficult season and by doing so grab a Premier Division survival lifeline.

By contrast with the elation in the home camp, a distinctly subdued atmosphere accompanied Wardens’ journey back to Warwickshire.

They have now gone seven matches without a win and as a consequence have slipped to tenth place in the table, where only an uncomfortable nine-point margin separates them from the drop zone.

Martin Donald’s newly-promoted team now face a crucial home match with Kidderminster – who are two places and nine points above Wardens – on Saturday, before the final quarter of the campaign brings a return to their preferred 50-over win/lose format.

After being asked to take first use of a damp pitch, stand-in skipper Bell battled hard from the top of the Wardens’ order for his 75-ball 43. He had added 55 third-wicket runs with Sitanshu Kotak (30), when veteran seamer Stuart Wedge made a decisive intervention.

His accuracy and seam movement removed both well-set batsmen, plus three further middle-order scalps, to finish with 5-42.

Anthony Wilkinson (22) and Udit Talati (21) both contributed useful late runs for the visitors but, as conditions improved, a target of 160 looked under-par.

This impression was further reinforced by home openers Jamie Harris (46) and Greg Wright, who put on a fluent 93.

Himley’s left-handed skipper showed all his experience in compiling an excellent 67-ball 62, including seven boundaries and a six, and his second-wicket alliance with former Old Hill batsman Nathan Round, who contributed a run-a-ball unbeaten 43, took the hosts most of the way to the finish line.

Talati grabbed a couple of late wickets to clinch a bonus point for the visitors, but there was no denying Himley, who eventually cruised home with eight balls remaining.

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.

Subscribe

Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Leamington Observer.

Recruitment

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.