An eventful day’s cricket at Henley & Grange Memorial Oval has seen Kensington secure first-innings points against West Torrens but narrowly fall short of an outright win while also narrowly avoiding an outright loss.
The start of play saw English pair Adam Hose and Robbie White at the crease, in their last appearances for us before resuming county pursuits, as we resumed just 26 runs behind the home side’s first innings 153 and with six wickets in hand. Tidy bowling, however, saw us take an hour to achieve the target – by just three wickets – thanks largely to Hose (79no), who remained composed as three more wickets fell at the other end. A fourth, to an impressive run-out, saw skipper Jake Brown declare a ball earlier than would otherwise have been the case.
As we looked to dismiss West Torrens for a second time to set up the game, we were already missing Redbacks opening bowler Dan Worrall on Shield duties but on day two were additionally again missing Elliot Opie and David Grant, due to more approaching Toyota Futures League commitments, Cam Fatchen and Nick Palmer their mid-game replacements. Our attack impressively did the job all the same.
Scott Aufderheide (3/38) led the way with two early wickets, including one in the opening over secured with a Hugh Cranendonk catch despite calls to the contrary and a collision with Palmer in the process but thankfully without apparent injury. Brown (2/19) and Palmer (2/31) chipped in with two wickets each before Lloyd Pope again efficiently cleaning up the tail, a peach of a wrong’un putting him on a hat trick which the home side’s number 11 narrowly evaded before falling a matter of balls later.
West Torrens’ dismissal for 136 inside 41 overs set the Browns a victory target of 135 off 40 but Ben Williams (7/43) put the home team in contention, just as Jake Brown (72no) – pictured bringing up his 50 with a six – singlehandedly kept the visitors in the frame and all four results remained possible into the final over.
We slumped along the way to 4/37, 7/70 and 8/85, Fatchen and Aufderheide offering some late support as Brown kept us on course. The fall of our ninth wicket and Pope’s judicious leave of the one ball he faced left Brown on strike for the final over and needing 13 for maximum points. He swung but managed a six on only the fourth ball before a two on the last ultimately left us five shy of the target and both sides narrowly denied.