West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 11 day 2

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Feb 182018
 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Women’s T20 Grand Finals live streamed on Sunday, 18th Feb

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Feb 172018
 

Kensington women in T20 final – live streamed this Sunday 

SACA is pleased to confirm that this Sunday’s T20 Grand Finals will be live streamed for the first time.

The Statewide Women’s T20 Cup GF is scheduled to start at 9am, with the West End T20 Cup GF to follow directly afterwards at 12noon.

For more details, and the link to where the live stream can be viewed, please view the article below which is on the SACA website.

http://www.saca.com.au/news/finals-fest-at-adelaide-oval/2018-02-15

Our girls are going for their 4th successive win in this competition. If you can’t be there on the day to support them, please keep up with the live stream.

Statewide Women’s Country Round – T20 Round 10

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Feb 142018
 

Statewide Women’s Country Round – T20 Rounds 9

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Feb 142018
 

SA Under 15 Team

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Feb 132018
 

Kensington has had three players selected in this season’s State U/15 team.

Well done to Sam Rahaley, Joshua Sims and Sam Warrick who are up in Queensland playing in the carnival currently. The team won their first two games and today made 187 batting first vs Queensland.

You can follow all the scores at www.nationalchamps.com.au

West End Men’s 4th Grade Round 11

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Feb 122018
 

4th Grade v West Torrens: Day 1

Today was a good day for the 4th Grade, with first innings points already secured. With some rain clouds around, we won the toss and bowled first. Our openers bowled tight and when Nick Holmes made the breakthrough after about 12 overs, the pressure paid off and Holmes quickly had three more. Liam Greber took the ball from Nick’s end and took 4 of his own bowling tight in-swing, Nick got a run out and came back later to get his fifth. This impressive display from Liam and Nick, supported by the tight bowling of Adam, left West Torrens all out for 81 at afternoon tea.

Our batting innings started slowly as our openers got settled. Unfortunately, D-Sub got run out just as he was looking a bit more confident. Jack Konnis was joined by Hamish Porter and they put on 125 together, accelerating as they approached the target and beyond. Jack was eventually dismissed for about 80, while Hamish made his first senior fifty just before stumps and is not out. We finished the day at 3/153, leaving us in a strong position for a potentially valuable outright to be set up next week.

West End Men’s 2nd Grade Round 11

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Feb 122018
 

Top of the table B Grade took on West Torrens at Parkinson on Saturday. Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Kensington were made to work hard for the intial breakthrough with West Torrens getting to 0/25 before Michael Cappalutti got an edge to Sam Williams at second slip. The second wicket to Daniel Burns quickly followed before West Torrens steadied in the second hour. With 20 minutes to lunch and only two wickets down after being sent in West Torrens would of been the happier side but a double breakthrough to Nick Palmer and Tom Mackenzie, including a wicket on the last ball of the session to a wicked wrong un, saw honours fairly even at 4/90.

The middle session saw Kensington get on top with two wickets to Michael Cappalutti before an excellent partnership from West Torrens rescued the innings with the 7th wicket putting on 100. This took the score to 6/220 just after tea before Daniel Burns and Tom Mackenzie combined to knock over the last 4 wickets in a hurry, West Torrens all out for 237. Three wickets each to Michael Cappalutti, Daniel Burns and leg spinner Tom Mackenzie who has really taken to B grade comfortably. 

With 14 overs left to bat Nick Palmer and Sean Mcullum opened, each playing positively and punishing anything loose despite the time of day, this brilliant hour of batting left the Browns in command at 0/60 overnight with a great oppourtunity to finish the job next Saturday.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 11 day 1

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Feb 112018
 

Kensington are well-placed to claim first-innings points and potentially push for more, after dominating day one with ball and bat away to West Torrens.

 

Jake Brown elected to bowl in humidly warm and overcast conditions that saw the start of play at Henley & Grange slightly delayed by passing precipitation, some early time passed with debate over the point at which heavy spitting had become a shower had become rain.

 

Even with Dan Worrall on Redbacks duties, along with batsmen John Dalton and Alex Ross – Ross at last also rewarded for some consistently strong form – we fielded the strong fast-medium attack of Elliot Opie (2/39), David Grant (2/43), Scott Aufderheide (2/42) and Brown (1/11), supported by legspinner Lloyd Pope (3/16) playing his first game for us this calendar year and since his Under 19 World Cup exploits earned him enough global notice for the coveted social-media verification of a blue tick on his Instagram account.

 

All Browns bowlers looked sharp as the home side crawled to 2/61 off 26 overs to lunch. Slip and keeper catches off Opie and Aufderheide in the second, third and fourth overs after the break had the Western Eagles battling at 5/76. Grant then took wickets on ball one of his second spell’s both first and second overs, while Pope (pictured) brought a swift end to the innings and a slightly early tea by dismissing Nick Crouch (a run-a-ball 47) and two tail-enders in his sixth, seventh and eighth overs – that the last was an lbw decision was only slightly disappointing following a rare innings run of nine 'caught' dismissals, even with a couple of sharp chances not taken, West Torrens all out for 153.

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With fully 46 overs to be faced, a long final session loomed and was to last just more than three hours. Openers Hugh Cranendonk and Henry Dall fell, in consecutive overs, with the score at 27. Adam Hose (62no) and Jake Brown (29) then had us looking at the possibility of first-day points, before wickets either side of the second drinks break had us ultimately settling just 27 shy at the close of play at 4/127.

ATCA Women’s Division 1 – 2018 Round 2

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Feb 092018
 

Kensington v Trinity Old Scholars

With Round 1 of the new year competition heated out the previous week, we took on Trinity at home for the first game of the new competition.  A late change to the start time of the SACA Women’s 1st and 2nd Grade games, brought forward to allow players to get to the BBL final at Adelaide Oval, meant Maeve Edwards was unable to play in the 2nd Grade fixture and joined the 3rd Grade side.  Kensington batted first, and following a rush of blood from captain Sam Tammita, and a nick to the keeper from Alicia Doyle, we were suddenly 2/4. Maeve joined Eloise Jansen at the crease, and the pair put on 122 runs, with Maeve finishing 75* (13@4, 1@6) and Eloise 11*, Kensington posting a very competitive 2/122 from their 20 overs.

Trinity boasted a couple of strong batters, but our bowling attack was on point.Trinity was soon 3/8 in the 2nd over, with Matilda Stone (2/29) on a hat-trick, and captain Sam Tammita (2/3) again in great form. Some sharp fielding from Maeve Edwards, running out the opposition’s key batter with the score on 36, was instrumental in keeping the scoring under pressure, and Trinity were all out for 60 in the 14th over, our young side scoring a well-deserved first victory.

Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade Round 8

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Feb 092018
 

Kensington v West Torrens

In a strange programming anomaly, round 8 of the 50 over competition was played on Sunday, prior to round 7 being played.  With the Strikers WBBL losing their semi-final to the Sixers on Friday, both sides were boosted with star inclusions, so a tough battle was envisaged.  West Torrens won the toss, and decided to bat on a beautiful pitch on Park 25 # 3.  Losing their first wicket to the returning Katelyn Pope (4/31) in the 5th over, their innings imploded, and they were soon dismissed for 49 in the 22nd over.  Captain Sarah Lowe was again economical and effective, taking 2/6 from her 7 overs.  Eliza Doddridge, who has been in great form with the bat in recent weeks, proved her all-rounder status cleaning up the tail, taking 4/7 from 3.1 overs, including a hat-trick.  A great double, having scored a century against the same side 4 weeks ago.  Needing 50 to win, Eliza and Rachel Church made light work of the chase, scoring the winning runs inside 11 overs.

We now have a 2 week break from 50 over cricket, before returning with Round 7 on February 25th.

West End’s Men’s 2nd Grade Round 10

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Feb 052018
 

B Grade travelled to Bice Oval with the game finely in the balance with Southerns requiring 170 more runs with 9 wickets in hand. 

After a lacklustre 20 overs in the field the previous week from everyone the energy and commitment was there from ball one Saturday. Nick Palmer started us off with two quick wickets before Cameron Fatchen and Daniel Burns picked up one each to leave Southerns reeling 5 down still needing another 130. 

Southerns rebuilt to lunch and despite Ash Eckerman and Michael Cappalutti bowling in a terrific partnership into the break we were unable to take the killer blow. 

Southerns fought hard after lunch bringing the equation down to 60 required with 5 wickets still left before Luke Pedlar who had to keep due to an injury to regular keeper Sean Mcullum took a brilliant stumping off Daniel Burns to bring control back to Brown’s.

Southerns kept hanging in there but Kensi continued to take regular wickets eventually bowling Southerns out 20 runs short completing one of the best bowling and fielding efforts of the season.

This win leaves us top with Sturt, who have the bye to come and leaves us in control of where we finish at the end of the season. 

Bingo Night 24th Feb

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Feb 052018
 

 

Bingo books available for purchase on the night

1 for $10
2 for $15
3 for $20

10 rounds of Bingo, plus other games during the night

Great family fun
Great prizes
Get your friends and family together for the night

BYO Food, Drinks available at the bar

 
 

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U14 Whites

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Feb 052018
 

14 Whites v Glenelg

The 14 Whites headed down to Glenelg playing on another green top with a hard slab of concrete underneath. Captain Sam Neave won the toss and elected to bat (largely because we only had 7 players at the time!)

Some starts to a day of cricket you just want to forget! Maybe press the reset button and start again and this was the case for our 14 whites. Batting orders were changed up a little which gave boys the opportunities that we want to give all players however it backfired on us in this game. Runs were really hard to come by with an outfield that seem to suck the life out of every ball that was hit.

We lost consistent wickets early to be 3/11 after 9 overs and really having to work hard to hold our wicket and try to actually score a run.  A good innings was being had by Oliver Cooke showing some cricket maturity whist wickets kept continuing to fall. 6 for 26 after 21 and we were in real trouble. The boys were asked to be more positive and try to set a target of 100 runs which would have been an outstanding result if we could manage it. Batters still falling at regular intervals and our innings closed in the 34th over. Oliver Cook the only one to hit double figures with 27.

All out 74.

Our players were flatter than the concrete deck they were playing on so some strong encouragement pointing out that we had a cracking bowling line up and that Glenelg still needed to get the runs.

Glenelg’s inning started much like ours with runs nearly impossible to score for anyone hitting balls along the ground. The Kenis boys were bowling to a standard above the level we were playing and whilst taking wickets was a grind we were really on top. Nick Graves was bowling better than ever whilst Milo Bennett (back from a back injury) was bowling fast and straight. 3/13 after 10 and we were looking like we might pull off a massive come back. Tight bowling continued with Cam Atherton, Jasper Thomas and Sam Neave really making Glenelg work hard for any runs. Kyle Adams tried something new keeping up to the stumps to the medium paces which was impressive and putting the batters under real pressure. Liam Overall came on and bowled with some real express pace (faster than anybody I’ve seen in white’s comp) eventually seeing the wickets cartwheeling and Kensi on top. Glenelg now 4/38 after 29. Parents on the side were all starting to get a little nervous with what was now going to be a real contest! Mitch Making again came on and taking wickets getting 2 at crucial times. Glenelg now 7/45 and everybody was up and about. Unfortunately for us again we found a lad batting for the other side who was happy to take risks and smash balls over the top (something we should learn a bit from). The game came down to the last over and last wicket (Glenelg 9/72). Unfortunately (again) we fell short the 3rd or 4th time this season in the last over.

Great contest by the boys!

We must learn to win games and in my opinion, I feel it starts at training and a commitment to improve even only by 1% which will make the difference between winning and a loss.

West End One Day Cup Qualifying Final

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Feb 042018
 

Skipper Jake Brown’s rarely achieved feat of a second century in a single weekend wasn’t enough to save Kensington’s one-day qualifying final, away to Woodville, and his team’s last realistic prospect of silverware this season.

 

Having won the toss and elected to bat at Woodville Oval, Brown was at the non-striker’s end for the horror start of being two wickets down after two balls – already two more than had fallen in the previous day’s play against Southern District in the two-day competition.

 

Alex Ross (80 off 85, 10x4s and 1×6) looked in control – save only for a near run out, after some calling confusion, when 54 – as he set about innings repair with Brown before being trapped leg before, the side then a better-placed 3/142 after 29 overs.

 

Brown went on to score 110 off 142 balls (10x4s) – eighth man out, just 2.2 overs shy of carrying his bat for the weekend – as he steered his side to an at least competitive 248, all out on the last ball of the full 50 available overs even as 7/76 were lost over the closing 13. Brown is here pictured being congratulated by Daniel Worrall, who contributed a late 17 off 18 balls in the Southern Redbacks and Melbourne Stars player’s first on-park appearance for us since February 2017.

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Unfortunately for him and his side, Brown was part of a further rarely seen double – both opposing captains opening the batting and scoring centuries. After John Dalton at midwicket claimed a catch off Daniel Burns (1/42 off 8) that the umpires had initially appeared reluctant to reward for the first wicket (Woodville 1/38 after 6.2), Harry Nielsen (108 off 117 balls) together with Jacob Dickman (90 off 108) put on a second-wicket partnership of 171 through 31.5 overs.

 

Nielsen’s was the first of three late wickets, briefly giving the visitors faint cause for optimism, as the home side reached the target and a semi-final berth in a relatively unconvincing closing but still by then comfortable fashion by six wickets with fully three overs to spare.

 

David Grant (2/52 off 9) was our only multiple wicket-taker, while Brown’s 5 left-arm orthodox overs for 12 runs were comfortably the most economical, Worrall (1/47 off 10) our only other bowler conceding less than five an over.

 

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 10 day 2

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Feb 042018
 

Not losing a wicket in a day’s play will help win you most games of cricket and this is exactly what occurred on a glorious Saturday at Parkinson Oval.

 

Alex Ross came into the side, replacing debutant Sam Rahaley, for his first match with us since late November and some strong BBL performances with the Brisbane Heat but spent the day padded up to be next in, needing to get up only each time a piercing alarm in the adjacent Burnside rugby clubhouse inexplicably went off – three times.

 

Skipper Jake Brown (106no off 153 balls) hit the first three boundaries of the day but Englishman Adam Hose (175no off 200 balls) then began to score more freely and impose himself on the game with the innings we’d known he was capable of producing. Including two boundaries the previous Saturday while with nightwatchman Elliot Opie before his dismissal late in the day, Hose’s innings featured 22 fours and 4 sixes, while Brown hit 12 fours and a six, as they compiled a staggering and near-chanceless unbeaten partnership of 284 over the course of 57.1 overs.

 

Session by session, the pair compiled 97 off the 28 overs before lunch, 145 off the 24 overs between lunch and tea – including a rapid 96 off 10.5 punished overs after the drinks break, which had been taken early while one of several ball searches took place in and around the creek at the southern end – and 40 in just four overs after tea.

 

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Hose brought up his 100 off 148 balls in 192 minutes and his 150 off 189 balls in 245 minutes, while Brown – pictured being congratulated by Hose – reached his 100 off 150 balls in 237 minutes, shortly before Hose scored the boundary that took the Browns to 3/304 and past Southern District’s 10/301 for a win that had looked unlikely at 3/20 let alone with all seven wickets from day two’s start of play still intact.

 

 

 

 

James DuPreez off to Sydney to study

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Feb 012018
 

James DuPreez, one of last season’s Player of the Year (3 way tie) is off to Sydney to study.

Wishing him all the best from the club and look forward to seeing him back soon.

 

West End’s Men’s 2nd Grade

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Feb 012018
 

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 10 day 1

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Jan 292018
 

Kensington trail Southern District by 279 runs with seven first-innings wickets in hand, after a long hot Saturday of toil on Parkinson Oval perhaps highlighted even before play’s commencement by the debut of our youngest-ever A or 1st Grade player.

 Fresh from a 2nd Grade century on his last day as a 14-year-old, Sam Rahaley has made his debut at 15 years and six days – he received his cap from club great Andrew Rumbelow and has managed his debut a month earlier than our previous youngest and now Geelong Cats footballer George Horlin-Smith.

 With back-to-back forecasts of 42C either side of a Saturday night ‘low’ of 27C, the start of play had been brought forward to 10am but, even with the dodged bullet of Sunday’s 44.1 to be recorded at Kent Town, Saturday’s 39.6 was challenging enough on a day that would see play still lasting fully until 5.53pm.

 Southerns captain Josh Barrett elected to bat on a wicket green enough to offer some assistance to the bowlers but was one half of a first-time pairing (Shaun Tanner 54 and Barrett 47) that put on 93 for their team’s best opening stand of the season, aggressively riding their luck along the way with a number of half chances falling just short or wide of fielders, before home skipper Jake Brown bowled Tanner for the much-needed breakthrough. A second wicket, to David Grant (1/77) just before the interval saw the visitors lunching at 2/118. A post-interval collapse of 4/12 left them 6/180 before David Sboro (48) partnered Matthew Sugg (40) and then Huw Stone to add 63 and 52 for the 7th and 8th wickets as Southerns reached 301.

 Three Browns bowlers finished with three wickets apiece for their efforts – Elliot Opie 3/65 off 21, Scott Aufderheide 3/45 and Brown 3/69 again with a mix of fast medium and orthodox spin in the continuing absence of Lloyd Pope, newly world-famous after his record 8/35 off 9.4 eye-catching overs steered the Australian Under 19s to an astonishing World Cup quarter-final win over England. With Alex Ross and Dan Worrall returning this Saturday from KFC BBL duties, Rahaley will be replaced and won’t manage a bat in his debut game but did roll the arm over for two overs – a delivery from his first is pictured – shortly before the second new ball was taken.

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 With an awkward six overs to face before stumps, Kensington managed to lose both opening bats bowled shouldering arms, as well as nightwatchman Opie who’d found himself facing the second ball of the innings. Kensington are 3/22 with Adam Hose (11no) and Brown (1no) to resume this Saturday.

U/19 World Cup Semi Final – Australia vs Afghanistan

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Jan 292018
 

Good luck to Lloyd Pope who will be playing in the Australia vs Afghanistan semi final today at the U/19 World Cup.

The game is being played in Christchurch and starts at 8am Adelaide time. Coverage is live on Foxtel.

Preview from ESPN Cricinfo:

No sooner had Lloyd Pope sealed a dramatic semi-final berth for Australia at the Under-19 World Cup that his captain Jason Sangha made a request. It wasn’t about extending the team’s curfew time so that they could have a bit of fun. He wanted “assistance or footage” of Afghanistan. He wanted information on Mujeeb Zadran, who runs in like a medium-pacer and bowls a mix of offspin, legspin, googly and a carom ball and Zahir Khan, the left-arm wristspinner.

The hype around Mujeeb, in particular, is substantial. A few hours after Australia’s training session had ended, the 16-year old was bought for an astonishing USD 625,000 by Kings XI Punjab to play the Indian Premier League. So you can see where Sangha is coming from.

Only video of Under-19 players is hard to come by because most matches at this level are simply not televised. Analysts have been spending long workhours poring through every last bit of available footage to help their batsmen understand the angles Mujeeb creates and the variations he carries.

Click here for full article

Congratulations To Kensi’s Lloyd Pope – World Record Bowling Knocks England Out Of U19 World Cup

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Jan 242018
 

Kensington Bowler Keeps Australia’s U19 World Cup Hopes Alive!

In NZ, with Australia’s U19s making an uncharacteristically meager 127 off only 33 overs with the bat in its U19 Cricket World Cup quarter final against the ‘Old Enemy’ England, the Australian bowlers hadn’t many runs to defend.

Australia knew 127 would ‘have to be enough’ and England said later that they were very confident that they could make Australia’s runs ‘none down’ and at 0/47 after only a few overs, few would have disagreed.

With Australia’s normally devastating and frugal quick bowlers this time being despatched to all corners of the Queenstown Oval, Captain Jason Sangha tossed the ball early in the power play to Kensington’s own wrist spinner, Lloyd Pope, in almost a last ditch effort to slow the scoring and hopefully take a wicket or two.

It was Lloyd’s day.

Showing great control and with a varied and spectacular array of sliders, wronguns and leg breaks, Lloyd proceeded to baffle England, taking a record 8 wickets in 9.4 overs for just 35 runs to leave the English camp shell shocked.

Brilliant top class slips catching by Australia’s Captain and a great stumping and catch by keeper Baxter Holt plus a brilliant direct hit run out from all rounder Jonathon Merlo, made Australia’s win, truly an all round team effort.

Chasing 128 to win, England had been knocked out of the U19 World Cup for a remarkable 97 with Kensi’s Lloyd Pope doing the damage finishing with the U19 World Record and Man Of The Match figures of 8/35 (2 maidens) off his 9.4 overs.

Australia now progress to the Semi Finals.

Channel Nine Video HERE

Andy Maher Interview HERE

FiveAA Rowey & Bicks HERE

Rachel Church in Australian U18 talent squad – live streamed this Sunday

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Jan 222018
 

 

Rachel Church has been selected to play in an Australia U18 exhibition match after the WBBL (Stars v Hurricanes) at the MCG on Sunday 28th January. The two teams were picked following the recent U18’s carnival where Rachel captained SA.

Rachel comes off great performances in club cricket in recent weeks, having scored 209 runs without being dismissed in her last 4 innings.

Match Details

The match will be live streamed on www.cricket.com.au

3:30pm (AEDT) – U18 WBBL Exhibition match starts.  If you happen to be in Melbourne over the weekend – Entry is free, through Gate 3 at the MCG – please let your friends and family know.

Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade Round 5

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Jan 222018
 

U14 Whites

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Jan 222018
 

14 Whites v Northern Districts (HOT HOT HOT!)

The 14 White team were at home on Langman reserve (Hard wicket)

Day one and lots of rain and a very damp outfield greeted us as we took on the top of the table Northern districts. Losing the toss we were sent in to bat. Not an ideal result but run’s on the board is always a good thing! A small delay whilst we waited for the hard wicket to dry a little, a few test runs with boys slipping over and then we were away (under 14 cricket we were all keen to get the boys a game!).

Our line up this game included three boys up from the academy showcasing exactly what the academy is for! We felt as though our batting was going to be fairly strong and with smiles the boys got underway. Unfortunately we Lost Kyle second ball he faced to a cracker that skidded on and just clipped the stumps 1/1 not an ideal start. Mitch Makings and Josh Tamke settled in and put on a fantastic partnership of 59 runs before josh was unluckily bowled hitting the ball into his pad. We were off to a good start although our run rate was slow (slow outfield not helping). Archer Schwartz came and went after one ball hurting us a little but still in a reasonable position at 3/60 after 26. Oliver Cooke looked in good form hitting the ball cleanly but unfortunately edged one after a good partnership of 31. Mitch was batting well, building his score and looked like he was in for a big score however with the run rate a little low and needing to push runs after a period of dot balls he lost his fight and a very well made 54! Jim Kelly (one of our academy boys) was still at the crease and starting to find some runs. Few more cheap wickets and a smashing cameo by Jenil Patel hitting 2 massive sixes saw us make a reasonable 10/161 in the 59th over. Jim Kelly 21 not out and showing some real determination!

We thought this was a fairly reasonable score considering the conditions and early wickets on day 2 would see us in with a good chance!

Day 2.

Forecast for 36 but felt more like 65 at Langman and we knew we were in for a very hard day out in the sun. Early wickets were going to be key and energy had to be kept up for the entire game! We got our wish with Nicholas Grave getting 2 wickets in his first over! Game On! However, this brought two very good batsmen to the crease who really were never troubled by our bowling attack wilting in the sun. Game over 2/151 at tea after 30 overs and our boys cooked! A break in the shade, some zooper doopers and a slight cooling down in temp, set some new goals to bowl them out and try and restrict the score and we were away again! Hugo Ellery getting the breakthrough lifting the side then Oliver Cooke getting rid of the other lad and we finally seemed to be making progress. Jesse McMahon getting his first under 14 wicket (up from the academy!) and we had a small bit of momentum. Lots more runs to them with us finally bowling them out in the 56th over on 296 (ouch!).

Best bowlers

Nick Graves 3/29

Oliver Cooke 1/16

Not our best day of cricket but really great signs seeing the academy boys doing well!

West End Men’s 4th Grade

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Jan 222018