Ashes column: Dull Ashes as drama is off-wicket

Is it just me, or is this year’s Ashes just a little bit boring.


Ashes column: Men behaving badly

If it hadn’t been for Kerry Packer, World Series Cricket and the smartphone, England’s Ben Stokes might well be out in Australia defending the Ashes, this winter, rather than waiting at home to see if he’ll be charged with actual bodily harm, after that brawl in Bristol, last September.

Malc Barnett

Tribute to man who put heart and soul into Leek Wootton

Leek Wootton CC have paid tribute to club stalwart Malc Barnett who died unexpectedly on November 13 aged 70.

Harry Johnson

Johnson’s Aussie knock described as ‘exceptional’

Kenilworth Wardens’ Harry Johnson grabbed the headlines Down Under after a standout performance on the opening day of Endeavour Hills’ Sub-District clash with Box Hill.

Berkswell and Warwickshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom in action against Yorkshire.

Sidebottom embracing his second chance with Bears

Ryan Sidebottom reflects upon his surprise rise into Warwickshire’s first-team this year as “pretty unbelievable”.

Miles Northwood

Northwood inducted into Blind Cricket Hall of Fame

Miles Northwood from Wellesbourne was inducted into the Blind Cricket Hall of Fame at Blind Cricket England & Wales’ T20 Cup Finals day at Wolverhampton Cricket Club.

Donna Bothamley presents Ed Smith (holding his match-winning ball) with his prize of six cricket balls.

Smith proves ewes-ful with the ball for Kenilworth

A livestock research project manager, who played cricket in the United States for two years, is the August winner of our monthly cricket competition.

Ben Rex scored an unbeaten 90 as Kenilworth Wardens 2nds recovered from 24 for four to post 177 for four against Harborne.

Wardens powerless as rain puts paid to Berkswell’s title hopes

Berkswell knew only victory could keep them in the chase for the Birmingham League Premier Division title but it was a storm rather than Kenilworth Wardens that put paid to their hopes.

Dave Barnett on his way to a century for Cotswold Hills Premier champions Wellesbourne. Picture: Morris Troughton

Record-breaking stand seals title for Wellesbourne

Wellesbourne were crowned champions of the Cotswold Hills Premier Division for the second year running after a 90-run win over Leamington 3rds at Loxley Close in the final game of the season.

Celebrations for Wicketz players in Leamington.

Arlington Avenue plays host to a first for the Wicketz programme

Leamington Cricket Club welcomed the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord’s Taverners, on August 31 as they hosted the Birmingham and Luton Wicketz hubs for the first ever match played between two hubs outside of London.

Prerak Mankad hit 45 and took two wickets as Kenilworth Wardens were just edged out by title-chasing Shrewsbury. Picture: Morris Troughton

Second-placed Shrewsbury are pushed all the way by Wardens

Second-placed Shrewsbury got home with two balls to spare in a Duckworth-Lewis decided contest at Kenilworth Wardens which saw two rain interruptions play a vital part.

Wellesbourne's Gary Maynard hits out against Leek Wootton's Dave Allison on his way to 67 for the home side.

Wellesbourne continue to lead the field after impressing in the field

Wellesbourne’s quest to retain the Cotswold Hills Premier Division title negotiated another hurdle with a solid eight-wicket victory over Leek Wootton at Loxley Close.

Richard Moon presents Gavin Shephard with the prize for his club.

Shephard shines in debut season for Norton

A village cricketer, who in his county playing days smashed Freddie Flintoff’s bowling all over the park, has been voted our Player of the Month for July.

Warwick 3rds opener Sanjiv Patel made an aggressive 15 before being caught. Pictures: Morris Troughton

Williams and Webb keep it tight as Warwick 3rds boost promotion hopes

Snitterfield CC hosted the first-ever Cotswold Hills League meeting between Norton Lindsey & Wolverton and Warwick and it ended with a 13-run win for the promotion-chasing visitors.

Pete Harrison hit an unbeaten 64 as Hunningham 2nds piled on the runs against Warwick 2nds.

Bird soars to quickfire 73 before pegging back Warwick batsmen

Hunningham 2nds skipper Stuart Bird starred with bat and ball as his side had the better of a draw with Warwick in Warwickshire Division Nine East.

Berkswell bowler Ryan Sidebottom impressed on his County debut.

Sidebottom seamlessly swaps Berkswell for Bears

Sport director Ashley Giles believes the recent flurry of recruitment at Warwickshire has provided important early momentum as the reshaping of the first-team squad gathers pace.

Robin de Regt fell for 99 as Kenilworth Wardens 2nds clung on for a losing draw against Moseley 2nds. Picture: Morris Troughton

Six of the best from Mankad earns Wardens nervy victory

Kenilworth Wardens overseas player Prerak Mankad returned season-best figures of six for 52 as they won a close-fought Birmingham League Premier Division match with Kidderminster by five runs.

Birmingham Bears wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Mellor in action for Leamington.

Mellor’s return to the side lifts Birmingham Bears

Leamington CC’s Alex Mellor has loved every minute of his recall to the Birmingham Bears side for the last two NatWestT20Blast games, writes Brian Halford.

Kenilworth Wardens 4ths wicketkeeper Alfie Porter gathers after a play and miss from Leek Wootton 2nds' Scott Jones.

Wardens 1sts left frustrated but 2nds complete vital victory

Rain forced the abandonment of Kenilworth Wardens’ Birmingham League Premier Division clash at home to Barnt Green with the visitors handily placed on 201 for four.

Andrew Smith just makes his ground on his way to an unbeaten 40 for Rowington 2nds.

Claverdon’s 100 per cent start to the season continues against Rowington

Claverdon maintained their perfect record at the top of Cotswold Hills Division Five courtesy of a four-wicket win at Rowington 2nds.

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