After 4x venue changes mid week, the 16 Reds finally got to play on Ford Oval on a hot & humid day. With the team unsure whether to bat or bowl, captain Jack Konnis was left with the ultimate task and decided to bat. The loss of early wickets hurt and we struggled to build partnerships. With good batting depth some fine performances were displayed. Peter Unerkov (30) looked to have all the luck with some near chances until he was incredibly run out. Jack Konnis dug in at the other end and I begged him to be there at the end. From a target of 230+ we suddenly hoped to limp past 150. Enter Jack Read. His first game in the Reds saw the debutant refuse to be bogged down and he played all his shots. Suddenly the scoring opened up and 150 was reached. Jack went on to make a remarkable 46 in tough conditions just when we needed someone to step up. At the other end one of the finest innings you will ever see was taking place. A young man with an outstanding attitude and relaxed demeanour played an inspirational innings that brought a tear to the eye. His 117* was pure class. There wasn’t a chance given all day and the captain played his heart out. He was well supported by Darcy Hunkin late in the day who ensured Jack reached his milestone. Now our bowlers must deliver on day 2.
With the weather in command and Port Adelaide not wanting to prepare a pitch, the 1st Grade girls made a useless trip to Port Adelaide last night. As it turned out no games were played and the matches have been rescheduled for Wednesday the 15th of Feb. (next week). All games at Park 25. We are on Park 25#1.
The 1st Grade this Sunday will come up against West Torrens at Parkinson Oval. Game time 11:50 start which means that players need to be dressed and ready to warm up by 11:00. Get there and be ready to go. A home game so afternoon tea is required. New Captain this week so Popey get the afternoon tea bringers sorted. If you don't have all emails let me know and i can forward them on.
Katelyn Pope (C), Jordan Doecke, Shae Daly, Eliza Doddridge, Kelly Armstrong, Rachel Church, S.J.Jameson, Sarah Ferris, Chloe Frick, Amy Kaesler, Georgia Iannella
2nd Grade Browns take on Prospect at BROADVIEW Oval. For those who checked the program this game has been moved from the original ground. Game will start at 1:00 pm. Please arrive by 12:00 for warm ups. Browns in need of a win after a less than glorious time since Christmas. Only 1 game out of the 4 at this stage.
Emily Jones (C), Mellow Lin, Sophi-Rose Green, Amelie Green, Bridee Tonkin, Ursula Gully, Sam Tammitta, Jill Latimer, Frankie Queale, Tya Gonsalves, Jacqui Manning
2nd Grade Golds have the bye this week. If you have some time get down to either Parkinson or Broadview and support your team mates.
Good Luck to all this week, lets hope we can get some cricket played!!!!!
Kevin, Ditts and Andy
Late email this week. Apologies for that as we were waiting on fitness tests and replies re availability. Still waiting on a couple but this is where we are at as it stands.
1ST GRADE 20/20 V STURT AT COL WAITE OVAL. Please note that there has been a change in venue from the original programming. 1st Grade needing to win their remaining 2 games to make the final. Still sitting in 4th position after last weeks games but with games against Sturt and Port Adelaide left who both currently sit above us on the ladder we are in with a very good chance of getting in to defend our title and make it 3 in a row. A proud recent history in this competition as we have made 6 of the last 7 Grand Finals on Adelaide Oval
Sarah Lowe (C), Bridget Patterson, Katelyn Pope, Jordan Doecke, Kelly Armstrong, Rachel Church, Eliza Doddridge, Shae Daly, S.J. Jameson
Game time is 12:00. Warm Ups from 11:00
2ND GRADE BROWNS V West Torrens at GLENEAGLES RESERVE Ailsa Avenue, Findon. Again a change of Grounds. These changes were due to the Mens 1st Grade Teams getting home ground advantage for the West End One Day Cup.
Game time is 1:00 pm. Warm Ups from 12:00
Chloe F (C), Emily J, Amy W. Sam T, Jill L, Amelie G, Ursula G, Frankie Q, Tya G,
2ND GRADE GOLDS V Northern Blues at SALISBURY Oval. Don't get on the wrong side of the railway line! Game Time 1:00 pm, warm ups from 12:00.
Lauren S (C), Jess M (VC), Maeve E, Sez F, Ayisha S, Cassidy P, Jacqui M, Amy K, Olivia M,
Both sides a touch shy at this stage. Hoping that will change over the next 36 hours. AGAIN if you are able to fill in for a week or you have been inadvertently left out, PLEASE let me know asap. The ladder for the 2nd Grade is:
Good Luck to all this week
Kevin, Andy and Ditts
Unerkov, Van de Jeugd ( w/c ) 1st week only, Leddicoat, Marshall ( C ), H Rice, Edmonds,
Konnis, W Warrick, Hunkin, McGown, Greber, Cowling
Manager Scott Greber
Game starts at 1.30 at corner Galloway Road and Marine Drive O’Sullivans Beach ground no 1
please aim to get there 12.45.
I believe this is hard wicket so please bring rubber sole shoes as well.
Winskill (w/k), Floreani, Burgess ( C ), Nichol (v/c), Lucas , Read, George, W Rice, Monfries, Belperio,
Chow 13th man – will play second Saturday as one player moving from Whites to Reds after
the first Saturday due to State commitments in seniors.
Manager Tim Rice
Game starts at 1.30 at Marryatville High School , please bring afternoon tea and aim to be
there by 12.45.
Congratulations to Tya Gonsalves and Bella Smith who have continued Kensington’s run of state representation this season. Tya has just returned from the SAPSASA carnival in Canberra and Bella is currently in Canberra for the Under 15 Championships. Kensington once again has had representatives in every state team fielded this season.
Adelaide were dismissed for 138 with Greg Tanti 5/46 , Cameron Fatchen 2/14 and Ashley Eckermann 2/26
destroying the Adelaide batting attack after they got to 55 with out loss then lost 5 wickets for 4 runs.
Our fielding and catching was fantastic for the whole carnival.
In reply we made the runs with only the loss of Arham Hashmi for 15, with Lucas Froude 44 no and Henry Dall
58 no in 30 overs, with 20 overs to spare.
A brilliant couple of weeks by this squad, undefeated and superbly coached by Michael Sullivan and Jordan Leiman.
That gives Kensington 3 out of 3 Grand Final wins so far this season with the juniors J
Ray Sutton, U12 Shield, U17 Shield
Unerkov, Van der Jeugd, (w/c), Marshall ( c ), H Rice, Pedlar, Edmunds, Burgess, Hunkin, McGown,
Greber, Cowling, Gitsham
Manager Scott Greber – Marryatville High School 1.30 start please bring afternoon tea and be there 12.45.
Konnis ( C ), Winskill ( w/k ) , Nichol, Lucas, Read, George, Floreani, W Rice, Monfries, Hoberg, March, Belperio
Manager Tim Rice – Memorial Oval Memorial Drive, Tea tree Gully 1.30 start please be there at 12.45.
After losing the toss, the 16 Whites batted first at Ford Oval. Some very good bowling from Glenelg saw 3 wickets fall early on, and our innings needed some rebuilding. Sam Lucas and Jack Read (17) steadied the ship with a 30 run partnership, and then Max Floreani (11) joined Lucas to add another 27 runs before he was bowled by one that kept low. At 5/69 in the 24th over, another solid partnership was required and Sam Lucas and Will Rice duly delivered. They kept the scoreboard ticking over with some good running between the wickets and put away any bad balls from the Glenelg bowlers. Rice was eventually out for 24 while trying to lift the run rate, before Sam Lucas was run out for a well-made 37. Some late hitting from Ben Belperio (13 not out) and Will Cowling (5 not out) took the final score to 7/140 from our 40 overs, which was a good effort after being 3/13.
Quick wickets would make this a difficult chase, but despite excellent opening spells from Max Monfries and Max Floreani, we couldn’t get the breakthroughs we were looking for. Mitch George and Ben Belperio continued to keep things tight, and at drinks Glenelg were 0/48 after 20 overs. Jack Konnis snared the first wicket thanks to a good running catch by Mitch George at deepish midwicket, but from there the 2 Glenelg batsmen stepped it up, and at 1/97 in the 29th over things were starting to get a little worrying. A superb piece of fielding from Jack Read created a run out, then Konnis took a caught & bowled next ball. 2 quick wickets to Will Cowling and another to Konnis reduced Glenelg to 6/107 and the match was evenly poised. Some lusty blows reduced the run chase down to Glenelg needing 16 runs to win off 5 overs, with 4 wickets in hand.
Ben Belperio came back into the attack and immediately took a wicket – 13 runs required off 4 overs, with 3 wickets remaining. Max Monfries and Belperio bowled well, but couldn’t get another wicket. The chase was down to 6 run needed off the last 2 overs, with still 3 wickets in hand. Glenelg were definitely in the box seat, but Monfries bowled a superb 39th over and only conceded 1 run. This left the last over in the hands of Ben Belperio – a wicket off the 1st ball was followed by 3 singles. 2 balls left, 2 runs to win, 2 wickets remaining. Belperio then took another wicket, leaving Glenelg with 2 runs to win off the last ball. Their number 11 swung and missed, the batsmen took off for the tying run and Liam Nichol coolly ran up and removed the bails to complete the run out and secure a nail biting victory. Wickets were shared between Ben Belperio 3/22 (8 overs), Jack Konnis 3/41 (8 overs) and Will Cowling 2/28 (6 overs), but there were also important spells from Max Monfries (0/9 from 8 overs) and Max Floreani (0/16 from 6 overs). The fielding was very sharp in the last 20 overs, and played a big part in the win. Overall, this was a fantastic effort from the whole team in a pressure situation!
For this game, our regular soccer match for warm up was taken to a new level with the addition of former Adelaide United premiership star Bruce Djite who addressed the boys at the start of the day and then had a ” kick” with the boys as well. Needless to say Glenelg were in awe of our star attraction.
Back to cricket and Glenelg won the toss and sent us in. All reports gave the impression it was a high scoring track and Glenelg’s success has been on the back of strong early batting. I asked the boys to consider a winning target and again we set ourselves reaching 200. Peter Unerkov and Tom Van der Juegd put on a very healthy 46 for the first wicket and laid the platform for our strong middle order to keep the scoring going.
At times our run rate ebbed between around 3 to 4.5 runs an over. With the loss of a couple of quick wickets, Angus Marshall joined Peter at the crease and the pair got the scoring going again. Angus made a solid 23 before being dismissed. Our middle order stumbled and we lost 4/17 at a crucial time of the game. Peter Unerkov played the perfect opening batsmen role making 67 (103 balls) before getting out. His development in recent matches has been a joy to watch and he continues to grow in confidence each week. Hamish Gitsham was elevated up the order and joined Luke Pedlar at the crease. This combination took the game away from Glenelg. Their running between wickets was professional like and anything loose was punished. The pair put on 65 for the seventh wicket and helped ensure we would make 200. Hamish finished an outstanding 42* (37 balls) and Luke a masterful 32 (28 balls) Luke’s last two innings have been real ” team” scores and now looks at home controlling our middle order. Glenelgs fielding struggled with missed fields and over throws as Hamish and Luke applied more and more pressure. This was quality cricket.
I’ve never personally seen a game with Hamish Gitsham in it where he doesn’t take at least two weeks so the expectation was high that he would provide the early break through. When Will Warrick took a great catch at second slip to dismiss the dangerous Isaac Higgins for a duck , it started a rout that Glenelg couldn’t halt. Hamish finished with the ever impressive figures of 4/13 and was well backed up by the ever reliable Darcy Hunkin (1/12). When Liam Greber dismissed the strong Harry Chandler, Glenelg had lost the last of their recognised top order. Lachie Parker (2/2) and Will McGowan (2/9) were way to strong for the Glenelg lower order finishing the match out in only 22 overs. No one could have predicted this outcome and not in 22 overs. I have to applaud this outfit on a number of key attributes. Firstly our running between wickets was at the highest standard I’ve seen in junior cricket. Secondly catching… Will Warrick, Darcy Hunkin and of course Tom VDJ all took outstanding catches behind the stumps. Thirdly, our bowling. We simply bowled straight. This was a clinical display and some of these boys are now taking their game to a higher level. It’s not only impressive to watch, but a privilege as well.
Kensington 8/202 DF
Man of Match : Hamish Gitsham 42*, 4/13. Special mention: Peter Unerkov (67).
Unerkov. Van der Jeugd (w/k), Leddicoat, Marshall ©, Edmonds, Parker, Pedlar, Greber, Hunkin, Warrick, Gitsham, McGown
Played at Adealide Boys High ( oval 1 ), Corner Glover and West Terrace Adelaide.
Manager Scott Greber , please be there 11.50
Konnis ©, George, Nichol, Lucas, Read, Floreani, W Rice, Belperio, Monfires, Cowling, March
Playet at Ford Oval, please bring afternoon tea
Manager Tim Rice, please be there 12.15
Congratulations to Kensington’s (CA XI) wrist spinner Lloyd Pope (17 yo) who yesterday won the leading wicket taker award for the U19 National Championships held over the past fortnight in Adelaide (with 21 wickets @16.3 including 6/21 off 5.5 v SA and 6/29 off 9 v QLD), backing up his winning of the equivalent leading wicket taker award for the U17 National Championships in Oct (SA U17s) where he took 18 wickets. This is officially the first time that any Australian bowler has won this award for both the U17 & U19 National Championships in the same year.
Lloyd’s notables this season so far include:
- U17 National Championships (SA) – 18 wickets. Leading Wicket Taker
- U17 National Championships (SA) – 2nd Most Valuable Player of Tournament
- U17 National Championships (SA) – Team Of The Championships, selection
- U19 National Championships (CA XI) – 21 wickets. Leading Wicket Taker
- U19 National Championships (CA XI) – 3rd (equal) Most Valuable Player of Tournament
- U19 National Championships (CA XI) – Team Of The Championships, selection
- U19 National Championships (CA XI) – Ricky Ponting XII U17 T20 (Team to play SCG BBL curtain raiser on Dec 27 against Adam Gilchrist’s XII U19 T20 Team)
- Cricket Australia Gold Pathway
Cricket Australia’s Pathway has offered Lloyd some wonderful opportunities to “value add” onto his recent success including meeting Shane Warne during the recent Adelaide Test Match and doing a 30 minute session with Shane on the Adelaide Oval prior to play, being selected to play at the SCG on Dec 27 and being invited to attend the CA Pathway Camp in Jan in Brisbane.
Lloyd has also taken 14 wickets for Kensington so far this season in various A Grade formats. Congratulations Lloyd from the Club on your season’s achievements to date!
(Lloyd receives U19s Leading Wicket Taker Award from Ryan Harris)
With both 2nd grade teams not able to make the Grand Final, the 1st Grade stand alone this week. A tough weekend last week as both 2nd Grade teams battled a lack of numbers. Both had only 7 for the 1st game with the 2nd game no better. Unfortunately the lack of numbers told with the Browns losing in the 19th Over against Northern with only 7 players. Interestingly only a month ago we loaned Northern's fielders when they were short in the 40 Over game. No reciprocation last week.
1ST Grade V Southern Districts at Park 25 #3 on SATURDAY 17TH DECEMBER. Game starts at 11:50. Ready for warm ups by 11:00. Southern Districts are the home team.
Amy Wiseman (C), Jordan Doecke, Rachel Church, Kelly Armstrong, Hannah Armstrong, Eliza Doddridge, Sarah J Jameson, Emily Jones, Shae Daly, Sophi-Rose Green, Maeve Edwards
CONGRATULATIONS to Maeve Edwards and Sophi-Rose Green on their 1st Grade debuts this week. We wish you both well. Good Luck
Ditts, Andy and Kevin
For the Kensington U16 Reds round 5 match we took on Northern Districts at home at Marryatville. With the 16 whites winning on forfeit it was going to be difficult to get everyone a game for 2 weeks. With a team plan to bowl first, we were surprised to be sent into bat by Northerns’. Nevertheless every good team must have a plan B and yet again we were committed in our aim of making 250+ with the bat. A couple of early wickets saw Christian Leddicoat come to the crease and he looked his usual commanding self. With the fall of the third wicket he was joined by Henry Rice and the pair proceeded to take the game away from Northern’s bowlers. Whilst Christian’s efforts fluctuated between elegant and brutal, Henry looked unflappable at the other end. There are some similarities here to Mark Waugh when it comes to Henry. At times he makes it look way to easy. Since his debut in the reds in round 3 he is averaging an “ok “ 146.00 with the bat!! He can field, and bowl as well – a true all-rounder. Henry went on to compile a masterful 74 from 92 deliveries. Christian, after a brief time out with heat stress resumed his innings on 48 and didn’t take long to put another 50 on his books. He was eventually out for 57.
Luke Pedlar showed class with a well-constructed 33 and good support from Peter Unerkov with a developing 22. Liam Greber and Sam Burgess smashed 19 runs off the last over to hit our target of 250. 8/254 dec . Kensie had a few overs at Northern’s on day 1 and almost had one wicket, but it wasn’t to be. Northern’s 0/13 at stumps.
At 10am on the morning of day 2, I received word that we had lost Sam Burgess to a broken hand. A good story but only Sam’s to tell! One bowler down, a few overs in and we lost another with young Caleb Hoberg injuring his back. Never fear, two fast bowlers down and still the team rallied together. This gave opportunity for other boys to get valuable overs. Whilst the usual suspects performed as normal, Peter Unerkov got his first bowl in the reds and was excellent with 1/9 from 6 overs. Will Quigley Smith was on a hat trick and finished with impressive figures of 2/12 and joining him was the reliable Liam Greber with 2/18 off 11 overs back to full condition. But the main man was Christian Leddicoat with 3/7 off 4 overs. He got his length right and Northern’s middle order couldn’t cope. A really great all round performance. Northern’s all out 88
They say catches win matches, but they do more than that. The really good ones lifts a team and the energy of the group. Darcy Hunkin fielding at first slip took a true genuine “screamer” to dismiss Northern’s dangerous Deakin Davis. The batsman couldn’t believe Hunkin had grabbed it and didn’t walk at first but was politely told OUT.
Down 2 bowlers, everyone a little weary and time against us it was a team decision to give a couple of boys another bat. Liam Nicol found confidence with a nicely made 16* AND Tom Van Der Juegd looked great until he skied one and was out. Kensington 1/28 declared
In reply we were able to take 3x Northern wickets, with weary legs, Northerns 3/67.
I’m most impressed with the spirit in the team and we stay 2nd on the ladder –massive game this weekend against the dangerous Glenelg. This is a game which will show where we really stand in the competition.
Kensington 8/254 dec & 1/28 dec DF
Northern Districts 88 & 3/67
Man of the match: Leddicoat 57 & 3/7 + Henry Rice 74 & 1/9
Kensi’s Lloyd Pope is one of four South Australia 14-17 year olds invited to attend CA’s Gold Rookie Pathway Camp in January.
Good luck to Lloyd who will also represent CA this fortnight at the U19 National Championships currently underway here in Adelaide.
‘A Sully Production’. Thanks to Michael Sullivan (Sully) for making this footage possible. A great match with a nail biting ending. Enjoy.
J Konnis ©, P Unerkov, C Leddicoat, L Nichol, H Rice, L Pedlar, T van der Jeugd (w/k), D Hunkin,
L Greber, S Burgess, C Hoberg, W Quigley-Smith
Manager Scott Greber
Played at Marryatville High School 1.30 start please be there by 12.45 and bring afternoon tea.
White – unfortunately no game as Northern Districts have forfeited.
Wishing the very best of luck to our Under 18 Girls who are about to set off for the national carnival in sunny Tasmania.Congratulations to Eliza Doddridge, Shae Daly, Kelly Armstrong, Sarah Ferris, Sophie Roberts and Rachel Church. It is fantastic to have 6 reps in the team from Kensington and we know that they will do themselves proud. Good Luck to all and go well.
Kensington Women's Cricket😀
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