KVCC stumble at Kenilworth

First published in Sport

KIDDERMINSTER Victoria’s good run was ended on Saturday when they suffered an eight wicket loss at Kenilworth Wardens in the Birmingham and District League Premier.

KVCC struggled on Kenilworth’s spin-friendly wicket, which the home side took advantage of.

Winning the toss, Kidderminster elected to bat and opened with Matt Pardoe and Richard Kimberlin.

A reasonable start produced 38 runs in 11 overs, but Kimberlin (16) was caught by Keith Bell, bowled Anthony Wilkinson.

Two wickets fell with the addition of only 39 runs. Michael Hill (9) and Neil Pinner (6) falling to bowler Udit Talati.

Forty runs were added for the fourth wicket with Pardoe batting well, but Craig Wood (24) was accounted for by Sitanshu Kotak.

The score had not changed when Kotak bowled Zac Turley for a duck as KVCC slipped to 117-5.

Pardoe looked comfortable, having scored 56, but then with the score on 156, he was caught by Talati bowled Wilkinson for 85.

KVCC then lost four wickets for 21 runs There were only nine overs remaining, but the Kenilworth bowlers did not concede many more runs. The score went from 156-6 to 177 all out.

Kotak in his 19th season with Kenilworth took 4-45, Wilkinson 4-54 and Talati 2-35.

Kenilworth won the game with ten overs to spare.

Scott Stenning top-scored with 68 not out, while Keith Bell (42) and Nick Seager (35) had scored 50 for the first wicket, but Stenning and Kotak (19) saw their team home to victory.

Kidderminster are fourth from bottom and face second from bottom Walsall at home on Saturday (noon start).

The seconds recorded a winning draw against Kenilworth and retain their top spot by 12 points.

Wardens won the toss and made 243-5 in 50 overs, with KVCC hitting 207-5 in 36 overs.

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