This season SACA introduced an Under 18 Girls Shield, to be played concurrently with the boys Under 17 Shield. Unfortunately several clubs were unable to get a team together and, frustratingly, 2 sides pulled out at the last minute, leaving Kensington, Sturt and Southern District to battle it out for the inaugural Shield.
With the timing of the competition meaning several players were unavailable, we were able to give an opportunity to former Brown, Cassidy Perkins, and her Tea Tree Gully team mate, Alysha Petherick, to represent Kensington. Thanks to Bruce Jamieson at TTG for allowing this to happen.
On day 1 our side took on Sturt, who were strengthened with the addition of the talented Letcher sisters from Broken Hill.
Sturt won the toss and decided to bat, with Katie Letcher joined by Strikers rookie, Emma de Broughe. Alysha Petherick clai
med the wicket of de Broughe with the score on 57 in the 10th over, and Maeve Edwards removed Letcher in the following over.
Sturt scored at a steady 6 runs an over, losing 1 more wicket to Alysha Petherick’s bowling on their way to 3/125. It would have been easy for captain Rachel Church to only use our senior bowlers in Sturt’s innings, however every player bowled a minimum of 2 overs, even our 4 players – Ayisha Salah, Eloise Jansen, Elodie de Wit and Indi Panelli – who were under the SACA “recommended” age of 13. The effort in the field was fantastic, with players throwing themselves around, saving several boundaries along the way, and supporting their bowlers.
We made a great start to the run chase with openers Maeve Edwards and Alysha Petherick scoring 10 off the first over. They were both out by the end of the 10th over, with 47 runs on the board. At that point Rachel Church, who had made a steady early start, was joined by Sarah Ferris, and the run rate jumped, the 79 runs required for victory coming in just 9 overs. Rachel finishing with 60 from 42 balls with 10 @ 4s, and Sarah 36 from 27 balls with 4@4 and 1@6.
A great all round team effort getting the Kensington girls across the line.
On Day 2 we lined up against Southern District with a slightly different team. With Eloise and Elodie unavailable, we welcomed 3 of our senior players in Emily Jones, Georgia Iannella and Amelie Green.
Winning the toss and batting we made another steady start, and at the half way mark we were 2/60. A flurry in the last 10 overs saw another 102 runs added, for a total of 6/162.
Rachel Church coming in at #6 was again our top scorer, with another unbeaten innings with 34 from 23 balls. Next best were Em Jones, Cassidy Perkins and Sarah Ferris who all contributed 19.
Opening the bowling, Em Jones and Amelie Green, kept things tight, as did all 8 bowlers, restricting Southern to 65 from their 10 overs, securing a 98 run win.
So, with 2 wins from 2 games, Kensington takes out the inaugural SACA U18 Girls Shield.
A big thank you to Eliza Doddridge who coached the side and created a very inclusive and supportive environment, one of the reasons we were successful.
Thanks also to Nat Edwards who managed and scored for both games, Peter Jansen who helped out on day 1 with scoring, Jamie Panelli who assisted with coaching and with umpiring on day 2, and to all the family members who came along and supported our girls.