Under 12 Report

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Jan 042018

Day 1:
Rained out

Day 2:
Kensi vs Tea Tree Gully:

After being scheduled to play at Park 25, we were moved to Victoria Park hardwickets due to the rain. We batted first, with Jesse McMahon (15*) and Tom Hodgkinson (13*) having an opening stand of 28 off 7 overs. Everyone chipped in to get us to 3/84 off 20 overs with Jesse McMahon and Ryan Percival both making 15 not out. TTG started well with their openers putting on 20 before retiring. We restricted their scoring very well with wickets to Luke Szabo, Luke Watson and Adam Freeman. We took our chances and there were catches to Tom Turnbull and Ryan Percival. Tea Tree Gully fell 17 runs shorts, 3/67 chasing 85.

Kensington vs Sturt:
After lunch on day two we took on Sturt. We fielded first and early wickets to Ryan Percival with the new ball and four run outs, three to Jim Kelly (including two direct hits) put us in a commanding position. Jimmy’s fielding was very impressive throughout the week was a highlight. Leg spinner Seb Lowe also took a wicket to back up the great start we had made with the new ball. We kept Sturt to 7/53 off their 20 overs. Captain Kyle Adams made a valuable 10 at the top of the order, with Jim Kelly and Luke Szabo contributing to the chase between them. Once again, Jesse McMahon top scored with 15 not out, and we scraped over the line 7 wickets down with a handy 9 not out from Ryan Percival at the end. We continued batting and batted out our 20 overs. Kensi 7/69 chasing 54.

Day 3:
Northern Districts vs Kensington:

Our 40 over games started with a trip to Northern Districts at the Paddocks. We batted first and Tom Hodgkison (21), Kyle Adams (20), Luke Watson (25) and Henry Nitschke starred with the bat, with Henry top scoring with 27 not out. We ended our 40 overs at 7/150. We started very well with the ball, Henry Goold and Adam Freeman both making the batsmen play and having them 20 off the first 10 overs. We always looked in control, and some great captaining from Kyle Adams and 2 wickets from Jesse McMahon’s leggies and Tom Turnbull’s seamers restricted Northerns to 111 all out off 37 overs. With Kensi now recording three wins from three games and going into the next days 1 v 2 playoff against Woodville.

Day 4: Final:
Kensington vs Woodville:

We were to play Woodville in the final at Park 25 #2. Once again, we batted first and started very well, being 0/40 off the first 10 overs and looking at a score of 160+. Things didn’t go to plan with some tight bowling and good fielding from Woodville. Henry Nitchschke top scored again with 23, opening the batting. Valuable contributions from Jesse McMahon, Tom Turnbull and Luke Watson got us to 7/119 off our 40 overs.

We knew that with our attack and our ability in the field we could defend 120. We got off to a fantastic start again with another run out, this time from Ryan Percival. This set the tone for the rest of the innings and underlined that we were the outstanding fielding team of the carnival and just goes to show that fielding can change and win games of cricket. Stars with the ball were Jesse McMahon and Luke Watson, taking three apiece. While Adam Freeman did not take a wicket, he did end with figures of 4 overs, 0-2 which set the bowling innings up for Kensi. We bowled Woodville out for 84 and capped off a fantastic week with a grand final win.

Lastly, thank you to all the parents for supporting us coaches throughout the week, the week could not have gone as smoothly without you. Also, thank you to the players for a hugely successful week and congratulations on being undefeated. All players contributed to the teams win, this was a stand out from a coaching perspective as we never relied on certain players to win us games and over the three days everyone took their chances.

Back row: Hamish Gitsham (coach), Henry Dall (coach), Henry Goold, Luke Watson, Kyle Adams (captain), Luke Szabo, Thomas Hodgkison, Adam Freeman, Cameron Fatchen (coach)
Front row: Thomas Turnbull, Seb Lowe, Ryan Percival, Jesse McMahon, Jim Kelly, Henry Nitschke

It is Kensington’s fourth premiership in this competition after flags in 2010/11, 2014/15 and 2016/17.

U14 Reds Round 6

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Dec 262017

KENSINGTON Under 14 Red  9/230  Defeated   West Torrens   All out 208

We all knew this was going to be a good test playing the undefeated top side and losing 3 players to higher grades.

The openers got us off to a positive start with Cormac Dwyer following on from his century last game with a very confident (27) and Archie adding (14) to an opening stand of 46 before a fall of wickets saw us slump to 3 for 58 with Luke Homan (4) getting little opportunity to contribute due to some very good bowling.

Jack ( can I hit out yet?) Matchett (74) strode to the crease and played very maturely, punished the bad balls and along with good support from Hamish Towers (29) added 78 for the 4th wicket to get us to 140 . Ishaan Oak played well forward to a leg spinner and was unlucky to be given LBW for 2.  Shivam Channa (27) supported the tail while the remaining batsmen played for team runs with Milo Bennett smashing (with an injured Back ) 17 and Oscar Lawrence (7) unselfish in his run chase.

With no team scoring over 200 against West Torrens, the boys were adamant they wanted to beat them, particularly considering 4 bowlers contributed to 56 of their 60 overs.

Day 2 was hot, but we were still feeling positive although at 0/30 off 5 overs it was obvious it was going to be a long day. West Torrens were 3 /133 at tea after a run out and a wicket each to Hamish and Jasper. But cricket is a funny game and we were a different side after tea. With West Torrens requiring 100 off 32 overs with 7 wickets in hand we decided to treat this as a one day game and the pressure was put on the bowlers to really tighten up…..and they delivered. With the runs drying up their batsmen were forced into pushing the pace and were doing okay until Liam was able to superman across to a flashing coverdrive and pull off the catch of the year to lift the team and from there we never looked back with the amazing catches winning us the game. Oscar Lawrence held on to a red hot catch at gully , Archie dived full length at midwicket to get his fingers under a lofty shot , Max took a sharp one at wicketkeeper but Cormac took the pressure catch running turning and running to take a difficult high catch. Ishaan strangled the run rate with 2/24 off 11 and Oscar bowled exceptionally well under pressure (2/16 off 7). Special mention to Shivam who under immense pressure bamboozled all the batsmen with his leg spin and took 3/36 off his 16 overs , a match turner who thrived the more he bowled and we are looking forward to the rest of the year from him.

A Fantastic Team Effort. Well done boys.

U14 teams

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Dec 142017

Here are the teams for our final game before Christmas.

Congratulations to Max Michalanney, Max Kelly and Jasper Polglase who have been promoted to the U16 White team this week.

Also to Sam Neave, Sam Vartuli and Liam Overall who will play their first U14 Red matches.

And to Hamish Towers who takes over as captain of the U14 Red team.


Under 14 Red Under 14 White
Round 6 Round 6
Sat Dec 16 & Sat Dec 23 Sat Dec 16 & Sat Dec 23
1:30-5:30pm 1:30-5:30pm
vs West Torrens vs West Torrens
Lockleys North PS Langman Reserve
Team Team
Milo Bennett Kyle Adams (wk 1)
Shivam Channa Lachlan Austerberry
Cormac Dwyer Harry Burgess
Luke Homan Oliver Cooke
Oscar Lawrance Hugo Ellery
Jack Matchett Nicholas Graves (wk 2)
Sam Neave Theo Harper
Ishaan Oak Mitchell Makings
Liam Overall Jenil Patel
Hamish Towers (c) Alexander Smith (c)
Sam Vartuli Josh Tamke
Archie Walters Academy Player
Unavailable Under 16
Jasper Thomas Max Michalanney
Alexander Robertson Max Kelly (wk 1)
Sebastian McVann Jasper Polglase
Cameron Atherton    

There will be presentations after the second week of the match back at the club. There will also be best player awards from the last game presented then.

U14 Reds

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Dec 112017

KENSINGTON  3 / 367   (40)    VS PORT ADELAIDE  9/ 13   (17 .3)   all out 


From previous experience we weren’t expecting a strong challenge from Port so we set ourselves some accomplishable goals to keep us focused.

Unfortunately we passed that goal in the 30th over with 10 to go due to some prodigious runmaking from our openers.  Cormac Dwyer  108 (85) and Max Kelly 101 (71) put on a superlative display of power hitting and tireless running before they were both retired not out (sorry boys !).

It was always going to be a hard act to follow those two but to their credit the run machine continued  with Max Michalanney 51 (31), Jasper Polglase 31 (25)  , Alex Robertson  15 (12) n.o  and Milo Bennett 12(7) n.o all maintaining the run rate.

A big welcome to Luke Homan who drove from Naracoorte for the game who received a pearler of a ball to be dismissed for 9 (9).

It would have been easy to switch off at this stage but the bowlers wanted a piece of the action as well and we were able to dismiss Port for 13.  Seb Mcvann led the way with 4/0 , Jack (scary ) Matchett 2/4 and Luke Homan 2/4 and Hamish Towers 0/4 turning the ball a mile.

If we were to find a negative for our bowling stint, all runs off the bat except 1 were through slips. Time to sharpen those reflexes boys !

All in all a very professional job from the reds and congratualations again t to Max and Cormac for their chanceless centuries. 

U14 Whites Round 4

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Nov 282017

14 Whites v Sturt NAIL BITER!

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

Winning the toss new captain Alex Smith elected to bat giving our new look top order the chance to get runs on the board. Alex Smith and Harry Burgess opened the batting and got us away to a good solid start before Harry was caught trying to push the scoring. 1/34 after 13 gave us the steady start we needed and set the tone for the day. Runs continued to come at a steady rate with the out field being slow making us work really hard for every run. We lost another wicket but then a very good partnership between Hugo Ellery and Alex smith taking the score to 3/71 after 26 overs. We were set for some fast scoring. The boys were instructed to put the foot down as we had wickets in hand. Steady runs but a few wickets including Hugo (22) Mitch Makings (15) and Alex Smith (21) bought Jasper Thomas to the wicket. A few wild swings to get going but then some very good batting taking us to 135 in the 39th. Jenil coming in late and facing 1 ball for one 6! After 40 overs 8/143 and a solid score!

Into the field

The boys had set a good amount of runs and confidence was up. Knowing the more wicket and  maidens we bowled the more pressure on their batting. Josh Tamke getting us away to the start we needed bowling 4 overs 1 / 2 . Jasper Thomas from the other end also keeping the pressure up getting a wicket, after 10 overs we had them 2/20 and things seemed very much in our favour. Mitch Makings came on and bowled some good tight overs of spin but at the other end our fast boys struggled with grip, slipping on the mat regularly and causing some lose bowling. Nick Graves came on for a good spell of medium pace getting 1/10 off 5 overs and things still felt very much in hand. After 20 overs we had them 4/56. They now had their biggest (tallest) player at the wicket which had the parents on the side a little worried as if he started swinging it could get ugly. Sam Neaves now bowling was getting wickets at regular intervals and the game was really going our way however, they still had one tall big kid batting and batting reasonably well. 8/110 after 36 Sturt were in trouble, unfortunately for us Sam had run out of overs (4/20 off 8). 4 overs, 33 runs needed then, 31 needed off 3. Seven off the next over was ok as we had the field spread. Now they needed 24 off 2 overs. Ten off, leaving 14 runs off the last. Some of the cleanest hitting I’ve seen in under 14 cricket saw this one big lad kill us off getting the runs with a ball to spare. Heart break for our lads.

This game was an absolute nail biter and was played extremely well by both sides. You could argue that the umpires made a couple of mistakes that cost the game but in truth I think they were just consistent all day not giving anything out unless it was absolutely out.

Great game boys (both sides) I personally loved watching it and think that’s what makes this game so good to play!

U 16 Whites Round 3

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Nov 212017

Kensington defeated East Torrens

Day 1, As we all arrive late to the game due to the assistance of a confused Google Maps which guided most of us to either the Velodrome or the Croatian Club, we descended onto the ground to view the pitch. Well what a pitch it was, unrolled, unweeded with a very distinctive camber. Mmm do we bat or bowl?

As the Australian saying goes “go tails with the toss, think about bowling first, think again and then bat”. Well on the back of 2 very good games the boys decided to back themselves in and go for an outright from the word go.  A good decision from a confident team unit. The boys are sent out with a target of 3 wickets per session.

The team welcomes Charlie McKay into the side for the first time as JT steps up to open the bowling as Harry and Anik had been called up into the RED’s.  He was supported by Austin from the other end.  The pitch wasn’t giving any assistance at all and the boys had to work hard. The hardest work of the day was left to the wicket keepers as the ball would go through at ankle level.

Lachie Gitsham was in close with helmet, box and shin pads on adding pressure to the batsmen as the ball went either side of him. All the lads stepped up, superbly led by Sam and the pressure was on.

7 overs down for 13 runs and JT gets the breakthrough caught by Austin. 3 overs later Austin bowls a ripper and Sam takes a one-handed pearler in first slip. 2 for 26.

JT bowls on leg and the batsman glides the ball down to fine leg and they set off, Austin picks up and throws to the far end and the batsman is short of his ground. 3 for 26 and we as a team have hit our first target.

Time for a bowling change and Solomon comes into the play and that man Austin again with a catch. 4 for 36 in the 18th over and well on our way.

Into the second session and we are on top. East Torrens dig in for a fight and start slowing it up. A few hard miss chances go by and the ball starts playing lower and lower as it seems the track was slowing up.  On comes our spinner with Zac controlling the flight and we pick up our 5th wicket with an excellent stumping by Will. 5 for 70 after 27 overs.

Sam brings himself on and has his man clean bowled.  6 for 81.  Sam continues and the new batsman smashes the ball to backward of square where Nolen takes a great down low catch. 7 for 81.

Sam makes another move and Lachy Gitsham is bought on from the Northern end as we try to get our second target of 3 for the session with time against us. Last ball before lunch and yes Gitch does it.  LBW to dismiss their leading run scorer 8 for 94 at tea.

After a quick bite to eat and 4 litres of cordial, the boys are back out there with plenty of yap and the focus on the remaining 2 wickets and more importantly to keep them under 120 runs. James Woods is asked to bowl flat out and to have the batsmen on the back foot which he did and was very unlucky not to be rewarded with a wicket or two.  JT is back into the attack and Sam takes another good catch. 9 for 108 with an hour left and the coach starts sending the word out to slow it right down so we won’t have to bat. However, Sam and JT have other ideas with James Woods taking the catch to end East Torrens’ innings for 119.

James Taylor 3 for 20 off 8
Austin Davidson 1 for 12 off 8
James Woods 0 for 16 off 8
Solomon Muster 1 for 7 off 5
Zac Sauerwald 1 for 16 off 10
Nolen Titus 0 11 off 2
Charlie McKay 0 for 9 off 3
Lachy Gitsham 1 for 9 off 3
Noah Leydon 0 for 9 off 5

On a hard pitch which conceded 13 byes, 13 wides and 10 no balls.

Kensi go in with 40 minutes to bat or 14 overs. Charlie McKay and Will Sherman head out to bat full of composure with only one thing on their minds – 6pm.  They are told to take their time, play their normal game and enjoy themselves with a task of getting through to the end of play and to have the score under 100.

 We sat down for a tense 40 minute spell.  No need to worry. No night watchman required as the boys, playing together for the first time, set off to bat without any trouble or chances given to leave us 91 runs to chase for a win, this included some impressive pitch gardening from both batsmen as well as taking guard each over.

EODP 0 for 28

Day 2, We turn up on the second day at 0 for 25 off 14 overs with the West Torrens coach very keen NOT to play. On inspection of the pitch we find it to be damp and rough but despite this we let the umpire know that we are ready to go and as the umpire was keen for match payments the was game on.

It was a hard day early with the ball coming off very slow from a short length delivery and at times the ball would leave an impression in the pitch.  At full length the ball could dart off in any direction and at any height.

Our batsmen have to dig in deep to ensure a fighting win as we lose 5 of the top order caught in close off slow ballooning balls due to the pitch conditions.

Our openers, who bravely batted through the 14 overs the week before on a bouncy uneven wicket  find themselves facing  the total opposite and Charlie leads the way facing approx. 80 balls for 27 runs and Will 55 balls for his 11.  Our first loss comes with 34 runs on the board.

We lose quick wickets and it seems our eagerness to play may be going against us.  We find ourselves going from 1 for 34 to be 4 for 64 and then 6 for 92 as the pitch starts to dry up leaving hand grenades lying everywhere.  Our Captain Sam led the way with a great controlled and measured innings picking off singles and forcing the fielding team to work hard.

Sam worked hard with the middle order and there was some relief when Lachlan G hit 2 quick fours.   Zac worked hard off 15 balls to collectively put on a 19 run partnership with Sam.   Nolen walked to the pitch un fazed at 7 for 111 to help bring the win home facing 21 balls in a partnership of 32.

At 8 for 143 we have a mid-pitch conference and with Sam in the 40’s he suggests a declaration as every good captain would.   We decide to bat on as JT was keen to have a swing and to allow Sam to let loose.  The lads, with smiles on their faces,  let their bats do the talking as we batted on until 4:20pm when JT was caught for 27 ( 3 fours and a six).  Sam finished not out 71 off 80 balls.

We declared to give ourselves a go at an outright.  This decision was well supported by James as the next incoming batsmen who understood what was at stake.

The outright wasn’t to be as the opposition finished with hard hitting 2 for 97.

Highlights of the game;

  • Sam Lucas’s Captain’s Knock of 71 not out and 2 great catches
  • Charlie Mackay hard fought opening innings
  • Jamie Taylor 4 wickets and assisted run out for the match and his entertaining 27 runs
  • Austin’s run out after picking the ball up at fine leg to throw to the bowler’s end and his unlucky and economical bowling spells
  • James Wood’s attitude when declaring.


U14 Whites Round 3

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Nov 202017

14 Whites v East Torrens

The 14-white team headed to Rostrevor School to take on East Torrens. Kensi won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a cracking deck. Kyle Adams and Sam Vartuli got us away to a reasonable start before Sam was caught, 1/23 after 9. Scoring seemed to be difficult with the wicket just being a little slow and low, but our boys were showing some good patience waiting for the bad balls. The ET spinners were bowling well and putting our boys under continued pressure. Hugo Ellery (7) lost the fight bowled around his legs followed not long after by Kyle (16) tickling one down the Leg side caught by the keeper. At 3 for 68 after 25 overs we were positioned reasonably well and felt we were going to post a big total however we had a bit of a middle order collapse (again) with the exception of Oscar Lawrence who again held the team up. Oscar made a very good 28 Before being caught. In A little trouble at 7/95 we really needed our bottom order to fire, Step in Mitchel Makings who went about building a good innings being patient whilst taking the bad ball opportunities to score. Supported very well by Harry Burgess the pair put on a 40-run partnership before Mitch was bowled trying to push the score along with limited over left. Mitch made a well-earned 28 with Harry Burgess making a patient 16 before being run out. We really did miss an opportunity to post a big score but all in all felt we had enough runs, all out 153 in the 57th over.

Day Two

Rain Rain  Rain, No expectation to play at all, expecting the wicket to be unprepared and unplayable. However on arrival we were greeted with a prepared deck that looked as good as any deck you would play on. It was a little damp but other than that it looked very playable. (absolute credit to the Rostrevor ground staff!).  Umpires made the decision to wait 30 minutes and check. Still a bit damp so another 30 mins provided a pretty good pitch, all instructed to gear up and play!

What a great learning experience it was for our boys! So many questions about how / what / why but in the end a game of cricket prevailed. 43 overs to get 10 wickets to win! We had the target now we needed to perform at our best!

Josh Tamke bowled with fantastic rhythm and got our first breakthrough in the 7th over. Liam Overall bowled fast and was really troubling the batsman getting our second in the 10 over ET 2/11. Liam then got another in the 14th bowling in a fantastic partnership with Mitch Makings, Mitch getting the 4th wicket. ET in real trouble 5/39 in the 19th. Wickets had started to prove hard to take, our spinners bowling well but not having much luck (a few dropped catches not helping) until a good stumping by Sam Vartuli broke the deadlock. Spin was now becoming pretty easy to play so Oscar decided to bring back our fastest bowler in Liam. Liam decided to bowl into the ribs and found immediate success taking the last two wickets in succession. Et only having 10 players for the day robbed him of a Hat Trick Ball. ET All Out 74 (39 overs) A great effort by our boys, good positive cricket all day.

This was a fantastic opportunity for all boys (both sides) to learn more about the game and develop a better mindset to playing in sub perfect conditions. Winning /losing really is the least important part of teaching 11,12,13 year old kids how to play the game better. 

This team continues to improve, and it is fantastic to see them working so hard as a team in games.


Academy Matches – Monday November 13th

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Nov 142017

At Victoria Park the Black team took on the Yellow team. The Black team batted first and opener Harry Dangerfield got them away to a good start with 16*. Henry Goold came in and struck a fluent 29 including one large six. Jim Kelly made 20* off only 13 balls while Henry Smart finished with a quickfire 15*. The Black team finished with 5/141. Best of the bowlers was Harry Hooworth-Moule with 2/29.

The Yellow reply began slowly before Harry Woods (21*) got things moving. Harry Hooworth-Moule (20*) and Tyson Matthews (23*) had a crack at the target but in the end they ran out of overs, falling 24 runs short at 2/117.

On the adjacent oval the Red and Green teams fought out a thriller. The Greens batted first and with a few players away on camp all players got to spend plenty of time in the middle. Lucas Saunders made 43 runs across a couple of innings while Noah Latimer made 39. Harry Orchard chipped in with 24 and the Greens finished at 9/151. Tom Thredgold was the best of the Reds’ bowlers with 3/10 while Luke Szabo and Ryan Percival took 2 wickets each.

The run chase started well with Tom Thredgold (19*) and Darcy Young (16*) putting together a strong opening stand. Binuga Pathirana (19) and Luke Szabo (22) kept the momentum going but a couple of nice catches and run outs kept the game on a knife’s edge.

In the end the Reds required three runs to win from the last ball. Harry Orchard (2/24) held his nerve sending down a dot ball to deliver the Green team the win.

At Marryatville High School the Blue team played their second internal trial. Best with the bat were Oliver Ellis (14*) and Tom Waugh (13*) while there were several standout performers with the ball. Aston Hogben took 5/12, Arunesh Ghosh took 4/6 while Tom Waugh made it a good all-round day with 4/16.

Next week our teams start their matches against other grade clubs.

Academy Matches – Monday November 6th

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Nov 092017

The Kensington Academy had its first round of matches on Monday with three games played.

At a chilly Victoria Park, the Red team took on the Black team. The Reds batted first and amassed 11/133 from their 32 overs. The running between wickets was a feature with Morgan Young (21*) and Binuga Pathirana (19*) the standouts before Ryan Percival returned to the crease with a quickfire 30. Off spinner Adithya Venugopal finished with the amazing figures of 6/6 for the Black team while Henry Smart and Henry Goold each took 2 wickets.

In the Black innings Jim Kelly made a fluent 24*, Jack Michalanney whacked 18* and Oscar Rice chipped in with 17 to see the Black team over the line. They finished with 7/146. Ryan Percival with 2/27 was the best of the bowlers while Jesse McMahon took a great slips catch.

Also at Victoria Park was the Green vs Yellow match. The Green team batted first and finished with 5/92. They had solid contributions from Noah Prenzler (14), Harry Orchard (12*) and George Wicks (14*) before Thomas Hodgkinson blasted 24* to get them up to what would be a winning score. Aadi Mittal and Tyson Matthews with a wicket each were the best of the Yellow bowlers.

The Yellow innings started slowly thanks to some tight bowling and as the run rate required rose, so too did the risk-taking. That led to plenty of wickets and the Yellow team finished on 14/61. Tyson Matthews 10 and Aadi Mittal 13 were the leading run scorers while Thomas Hodgkinson and Lucas Saunders each finished with 3 wickets.

The win propels the Green team to the top of the ladder after Round 1.

At Marryatville High School our youngest team (Kensington Blue) were playing an internal match. There were some excellent performances with the bat and with plenty of gaps in the field a good chance for the players to develop their running between wickets. Tharan Balachander (17) and Ashton Hogben (27) both batted freely without being dismissed while Jesse Laing (20 for once out) and Jude Thomas (22 for once out) were other standouts.

With the ball leg spinner Jude Thomas was excellent with 3 wickets while Ashton Hogben, Jesse Laing and Oliver Ellis took 2 each.

The second round of matches will be played next Monday.

Under 14 Whites Round 2

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Nov 062017

14 Whites defeated Adelaide

The 14-whites headed down to West Beach to play Adelaide at home. Losing the toss Adelaide elected to bat and started to try and bore the kensi side to death with very negative batting and purely survival on their minds. It took until the 8th over for us to get our first wicket and this pretty much set the tone for the day. The kensi boys toiled hard and managed to take wickets at a slow rate but with very few runs being added. At the 30 over mark Adelaide were 6 for 44 and we felt well in control. Oscar Lawrence was leading from the front again with a cracking spell of 4/0. Unfortunately, after tea the boys got extremely tired and lethargic and struggled to take the last few wickets with Adelaide finishing on 9/131.

Best bowlers:  Liam overall, Jasper Thomas, Harry Burgess, and Oscar Lawrence

Day Two

The boys were instructed to play positive cricket and look for scoring opportunities however in the first and fifth overs we lost wickets to be 2/9 and certainly not the start we had hoped for. Enter Oscar Lawrence and Oliver Cooke who first, steadied the innings then when about winning the game! A fantastic 112 run partnership featuring lots of two’s (the boundaries where huge! for this age cricket) and only a handful of fours getting us to 135 before Oliver Cooke was run out for 41. Oscar made his first 50! Getting to 61 before he was dismissed. A small collapse followed with the boys instructed to play as if they were chasing 200 losing 4 wickets cheaply, however there was a fantastic little inning from Nick Graves putting on a quick 20. The boys eventually bowled out in the 55th over for 187.

A special thankyou to Hugo Ellery who was rostered off for this game but came down supported and scored for both days!

All in all a really good hit out by the boys and hopefully the start of more success!

Under 14 Reds Round 2

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Nov 062017

Adelaide defeated Kensington

Kensington     All out   133    lost first innings,  Adelaide   4 /267

Wow, that was some fantastic batting. Beautifully clean and fast. Unfortunately not by us  though !

Kensington batted first on a seaming swinging wicket and we never really found any batting rhythm, falling for a mediocre 133 helped by a free hitting Max Michalanney (23) and Extras  (22) . Resistance late by Milo Bennet (21) and Archie Walters (22) gave us some hope and we saw the opportunity to have 4 overs at them at the end of the day as a positive although they escaped away to 22 without loss. Despite that, we knew our bowling depth would give us a chance but on the second day the pitch proved otherwise with no assistance to our top end bowlers.

The rest as they say is history with an opening stand of 164 off 29 overs before their opener was caught on the boundary for 95 and the other succumbing for 61 shortly after due to some inspired leg spin by Archie who finished the day with  3 for 34 (11). Contrary to the result our bowlers again bowled well without luck and we were unlucky not to get a few decisions our way with Jack Matchett again proving slippery 0 /23 (8) and a great second spell by Milo   0/32 (7) deserving wickets on the flat pitch. Ishaan again proved frugal  0/22 (8) with both their openers hitting freely at the time.

A tough day for the captain ( Max Kelly ) with days like that, but he led from the front with some great wicketkeeping, and kept the over rate going and the team together as a solid unit.

We now know the calibre we have to play at to be competitive and hopefully next week our skills will shine.

Ray Sutton Shield Round 1 and 2

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Oct 232017

We’ve now had the first two rounds of the Ray Sutton competition.

In round 1 we were outplayed by Tea Tree Gully who batted first and made 3/154.  In reply we could only manage 104 with Jenil Patel offering lone resistance with an aggressive 23.

In round 2 we ventured to Campbelltown Oval to take on East Torrens.

We batted first and Ishaan Oak starred making a brilliant 110 not out.  Ishaan constructed his innings beautifully starting solidly and then expanding during the second half of our innings in a dominant display.  With able support from Archie Walters (33), Ishaan led us to a strong 3/204.  In reply East Torrens were never in it and could only manage 8/78 off their 40 overs.  Harry Burgess, Cormack Dwyer and Seb McVann took two wickets each.

Under 16 Reds Round 1

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Oct 232017

Under 16 Whites Round 1

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Oct 232017

U16 White V Woodville, Oct 16, Marryatville High

Captain Sam Lucas won the toss and inserted Woodville on a wicket that looked like it might help the seamers.

Jamie Taylor and Harry Wright created trouble early with good pace and a length that was proving very difficult to play.  Jamie managed to get two early and we had them 2/20 odd.  Woodville then consolidated and despite some economical bowling, ground away to take the score to 127 before James Woods came back into the attack and removed their dominant runscorer.  Thereafter we maintained consistent pressure and combined well together as a team to ensure that wickets fell regularly.
James Woods took one more to finish with two for the day, Solomon Musster bowled a very economical eight overs and took 2/9, Anik Warnakulasuriya bowled good areas all day and chimed in with one wicket while Harry Wright had the pick of the figures with 3/22 from 12 overs.  A good first up effort from a group that hasn’t played together much.

Week 2 got off to a sparkling start with Alex Burgess hitting two boundaries in the first over.  Alex and opening partner Solomon Musster got us off to a steady start but just as we were really getting on top.  Our plan was to build partnerships and bat out the day and Nolen Titus and Will Sherman (who came to the ground straight from dental surgery with eight stitches in his Mick Jagger sized bottom lip courtesy of school cricket) executed perfectly to the plan.  Both played steadily and ensured that we didn’t lose a succession of wickets, with Will in particular batting with great determination and application.  Skipper Sam Lucas came in at number 5 and smacked the ball all over Marryatville HS making 28 off much fewer balls.
At tea we were 5/99 chasing 179.
After tea Noah Leydon and Jamie Taylor continued to execute the team plan to perfection, grinding away patiently.    When Noah was eventually dismissed for a fantastic 56 we were well within sight of victory.  Jamie and Abdullah Rizwan steered us over the line with five overs to spare and then proceeded to have some fun with the extra overs finishing with 26 no and 17 no.

A terrific first up win was due reward for consistent application and discipline with both bat and ball.

The victorious 16 Whites looking great in this seasons shirts and caps.

Under 14 Reds Round 1

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Oct 232017

Under 14 Red  V Woodville

Lost First Innings     All out for 196  versus 8 /259

First game of the season and batting first on a hard wicket it was good to settle the nerves with the openers (Hamish 16, Alex 19), before both falling with the score on 44.

Some very consistent line and length from Woodville forced us into some rash shot making and poor decisions. Despite most batsmen getting a start (Ishaan 13, Cormac 10), it was the level head of the captain (Max 36) that provided any significant resistance early. At 5/98 we slumped to 9 for 130 before a strong rearguard from Jack (48 n.o) and Archie (19), who together  put on 66 for the last wicket to give us a defendable total . Jacks powerful run a ball innings was tempered by Archie who worked the ball around  to rotate the strike before the innings closed on 196.

Week 2 we felt confident in being able to defend our total but unfortunately the Woodville batsmen had other ideas.  At 1 for 126 at tea there wasn’t much to crow about but rue our missed opportunities , with 4 dropped catches and too much short bowling to provide easy runs. Despite that,  all bowlers did show periods of their skills and showed what a great attack we potentially have. Ishaan( 0/24 off 8) and Jasper( 1 for 23 off 8 ) contained early and deserved wickets , but cricket is a funny game , isn’t it ! Seb  ( Mr consistent) moved the ball beautifully  and was unlucky also not to get a wicket. Cormac generated some serious heat off his short runup (0 for 32 off 9) and Archie (0 for 39 ) fell victim to a calculated once an over charge from the batsmen despite a high degree of accuracy into a strong headwind. Our other legspinner Shivam bowled better with each over and bamboozled all batsmen( and our wicketkeeper) to finish with 2 for 31 and had their coach, (who is also a leg spinner) drooling at the amount of revs generated on the ball. A couple of late wickets to Jack closed out their innings at 8 for 259.

Onward to the next game with lessons learnt.

Under 14 Whites Round 1

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Oct 232017

14 whites V Woodville

A young and inexperienced under 14 white team headed to Haslam oval Hard wicket with a huge amount of enthusiasm. For 11 of 12 of the young browns this was their first venture into the under 14 district comp. The boys had all sorts of positive conversations going on and the team seemed to be super confident! Oscar Lawrence (captain) won the toss and elected to bat on what was an almost perfect day for batting. Unfortunately, things went rapidly downhill from there with us losing a wicket in the first over then another in the second and a 3rd in the sixth, having us reeling at 3/7. The young Browns confidence had taken a rapid shock to the system however Lachlan Austerberry was showing great resistance and determination. Unfortunately, he lost his fight after surviving for 17 overs. We lost our 4th, 5th & 6th wickets in quick succession and were in real trouble at 6/31 in the 17th.  Step in Oscar Lawrence who batted with some real maturity and formed a handy partnership with Theo Harper with a partnership of 33 runs unfortunately Theo hitting one in the air and being caught. Wickets keep falling in regular succession with only Mitchell Makings showing some resistance. Oscar finished with 20, unfortunately being bowled late in the innings. A real captain’s knock under pressure. The Browns all out for 80 after 42 overs.

With 16 overs left to go in the day the boys had lost a bit of confidence, however, after a quick pep talk and the realisation that we only needed 10 wicket taking balls to win, the lads took the field, upbeat and seeking quick wickets! Wow what a start they delivered, taking wickets in regular fashion. We were on a roll and things were quickly swinging in our favour. Oscar (captain) swung multiple bowling changes and got a result each time.  Woodville reeling at 6 for 43 after 16 overs. 6 bowlers used and 5 different wicket takers!

Day 2.

We knew we needed quick wickets if we were to win and 2 quick wickets we got pushing Woodville to 8/71, however, that’s where it ended for the young Browns not being able to get the last two wickets for another 12 overs, Woodville all out for 118. Poor bowling hampered us and we unfortunately bowled 35 extras which probably lost us the game.

Batting again, we set the task to bat the remaining 35 overs out but threw the order around a little to try and get all boys a bit of time in the middle. Again, we lost a wicket in the first over but had a great deal more resistance with Kyle Adams showing some class playing shots on all sides of the wicket. Hugo Ellery showed that he is a player of the future timing the ball nicely before losing a bit of concentration and being bowled. Cameron Atherton was promoted to no.5 after batting no.12 in the first innings and set about building a partnership with Kyle. The boys batting for 14 overs for a partnership of 49 runs. Unfortunately, Kyle losing his wicket after making a classy 38 runs. We lost a few more quick wickets and again, Oscar Lawrence stepped up and settled the innings with a quick 29. Cameron lost his fight but showed that he will be able to win us a game in the future. The day ended with us 8/108, however, there were some very positive signs!

Bring on the next game!

U18, U17 & U15 Kensington Juniors Selected For SACA Squads

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Jun 052017

In conjunction with the recently announced U19 Squad list, congratulations to the following Kensington State Junior Squad members:

U/18 Female – Rachel Church, Shae Daly, Sarah Ferris, Georgia Iannella, Sophie Roberts and Bella Smith

U/17 Male – James du Preez, Hamish Gitsham, Will Montgomery, Sam Rahaley and Tom Van Der Jeugd

U/15 Female – Cassidy Perkins and Amelie Green

U/15 Male – Jake Bilsborow, Sam Rahaley, Joshua Sims, Sam Warrick and Campbell Watts


Under 16 semi-final Red and White teams

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Mar 102017

Congratulations to the following players that have been selected to represent

Kensington in the Under 16 semi-finals starting tomorrow. Both sides finished

Minor Premiers and both are playing at home over the next two Saturdays.


16 Red

 Peter Unerkov, Tom Van der Jeugd (w/k) , Christian Leddicoat, Jack Konnis ( C ),

Henry Rice, Liam Nichol, Jack Read, Samuel Warrick , Darcy Hunkin, William Warrick,

Liam Greber and Ben Belperio.

Played at Ford Oval vs Woodville please be there at 12.30 – Manager Scott Greber


16 White

 Max Floreani ( C ), Liam Winskill ( w/k ),  Sam Burgess, Charlie McKay, Sam Lucas, Caleb Hoberg,

Josh Sims, Harrison Chow( w/k ),  Max Monfries, Mitchell George, Finn March and Jake Bilsborow.

 Played at Marryatville High School vs Adelaide please be there at 12.30 – Manager Richard Sims


Good Luck J




U16 Reds Bowling Award- Darcy Hunkin

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Mar 082017
Kensington U16 Reds left arm pace bowler Darcy Hunkin has taken out the SACA 16 Reds bowling award for 2016/17 with 26 wickets @ 9.6 ave

His efforts included two 9x wicket matches which resulted in outright victories against Port Adelaide and Tea Tree Gully. His best bowling of 6/14 is his Kensington career best. He was well supported by Liam Greber ( 18 wkts @ 10.8) and Will McGowan ( 14 wkts @ 11.6 ) All three bowlers finished in the top 9 of the competition. Well done to Darcy on very consistent season.

U16 Reds Round 11 V Woodville Report

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Mar 052017
The final round of the premiership season saw the Reds take on arguably the most consistent team in the comp, Woodville who were fourth on the table. Up for grabs was the minor premiership and a win would ensure a home final. With some last minute illness and injury in the 16s squad the Reds were forced to play day 1 with 10 players. This is always a challenge and knowing we had an extra batsmen for day 2 Jack Konnis won the toss and sent Woodville in taking a large gamble.

Woodville came out aggressively with the bat turning lots of ones into twos. Our bowlers stayed strong and the fielders worked over time. An early wicket to Darcy Hunkin then another to Ben Belperio had the game even. Woodville were strong through the middle order and a great caught and bowled to Liam Greber tilted the game our way. Very tight bowling from U14 debutant Sam Warrick saw him take his first wicket in the 16s and this was followed by a lucky run out. The Woodville tail started to hit out and where we hoped to keep them to 180, 200 quickly approached. Their scoring was halted by Liam Greber taking the final three wickets to finish with 4/34 off 11 overs. A wicket also to Jack Read through an absolute classic outfield catch to Jack Konnis saw Woodville all out 213. Kensington blocked out 2 overs late on day 1.

Day 2 started carefully with the bat and the team were given clear targets through out the innings. Getting to 100 by tea was one and we achieved that 3/103 at tea. An 82 run partnership between Henry Rice & Jack Konnis was broken when Henry was tragically run out for 37. Henry had worked overtime for his runs and found some form at the right time of the season . From there Kensington had small partnerships and at 6/162 the game was in the balance. 

With Jack Konnis unstoppable at one end Jack Read came to the crease  and after a very shaky start, Woodville could smell victory. 170, 180 came and still needing 4-5 runs an over Jack Read hit out. His 7x fours and 2x sixes changed the game in a heart beat. Woodville had blinked and the game was gone. Jack hung on long enough to get to 51 off 31 entertaining deliveries. Jack Konnis kept pushing towards 100 and was caught and bowled on 79. Jacks last month has seen him score 50, 63, 117* and 69. 
This was an incredible victory. From 3/37, to finish 9/250 was sensational. Great contributions from Peter Unerkov (14) and Tom Van der Juegd (21) helped support the run chase. Now it’s semi finals. And we face Woodville again. The semi final will be a great one. CONGRATULATIONS MINOR PREMIERS
Kensington 9/250 DF
Woodville 213
Man of the match:
3- Jack Konnis 79
2- Jack Read 51 (31)
2- Liam Greber 4/34

U/14 teams vs Woodville

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Feb 242017

It’s the last minor round game of the year for the juniors this week. We take on Woodville in a two day match.

Under 14 Reds vs Woodville at Haslam Oval, Sat Feb 25 and Sat Mar 4, 1:30pm start
Team – Charlie Bear, Alex Burgess, Max Cunningham, Adam Goddard, Jack Harding, Max Kelly, Solomon Musster, Jasper Polglase, Jack Tapfield (c), Jamie Taylor, Archie Walters and Campbell Watts

Under 14 Whites vs Woodville at St Michaels College junior campus, Sat Feb 25 and Sat Mar 4, 1:30pm start
Team – Cormac Dwyer, Lachlan Gitsham, Oscar Lawrance, Noah Leydon, Aidan McArthur, Seb McVann, Hugo O’Leary, Frank Packer, Alex Smith, Hamish Towers (c), Anik Warnakulasuriya and Beau Wells

There will be presentations back at the club after the second day of the match.

U16 Reds V Prospect Progress Score

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Feb 132017

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.

Kensington : 7/220 dec : Konnis 117*, Read 46, Unerkov 30, Hunkin 13*
Prospect : 0/4

Under 14 teams Feb 11 and Feb 18 vs Prospect

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Feb 072017

Please find below the Under 14 teams for our two day matches against Prospect starting this week.

Under 14 Reds vs Prospect at Wandana Primary School, Sat Feb 11 and Sat Feb 18, 1:30-5:30pm
Team – Jack Tapfield (c), Charlie Bear, Alex Burgess, Cormac Dwyer, Jack Harding, Max Kelly, Noah Leydon, Felix Packer, Jasper Polglase, Jamie Taylor, Archie Walters, Campbell Watts.

Well done to Cormac Dwyer who is playing his first game for the U14 Reds after making 44 in the Whites last week.

Under 14 Whites vs Prospect at Marryatville High School, Sat Feb 11 and Sat Feb 18, 1:30-5:30pm
Team – Hamish Towers (c), Lachlan Gitsham, Adam Goddard, Oscar Lawrance, Aiden McArthur, Seb McVann, Ishaan Oak, Hugo O’Leary, Frank Packer, Jasper Thomas, Anik Warnakulasuriya, Beau Wells.

Well done to Hamish Towers who has been appointed as the U14 White captain for their last two matches.

Congratulations as well to five of our Under 14 cricketers who have been promoted to the Under 16 Whites team this round – Sam Warrick, Joshua Sims, Jake Bilsborow, Charlie McKay and Solomon Musster. The U16 Whites are playing against Prospect at Ford Oval.

U 16 Reds V Tea Tree Gully Round 8 Report

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Jan 232017
The 16 Reds continued their great form with a brilliant outright victory over Tea Tree Gully at Marryatville High School.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl on what appeared to be a juicy pitch proved the right call as the Kensington quicks tore through the TTG top order. At 4/2, it’s difficult to recover and our bowling kept applying the pressure. As of this game we were 1st in the comp for wickets taken, and 1st for least runs against us. Those stats tell the story of an accurate bowling attack. It has been backed up by crazy good catching. Strike bowler Darcy Hunkin has lead the comp for bowling and continues to do so. His late swinging accurate bowling is of a superior class. I think Mitchell Starc would be impressed.
With Darcy Hunkin 4/10 on fire, being backed up by Will McGowan 3/12 and Liam Greber 2/5, TTG showed little resistance. TTG all out 54
Special mention to the catch of the season to Henry Rice. He was left winded but wasn’t letting go of a screamer and Liam Greber took a rocket catch at mid off.
Peter Unerkov and Tom Van der Juegd got us of to a solid start with the bat yet again putting on a solid 62 for the opening partnership. Passing the gullies score without loss meant our batsmen could play freely and Tom Van der Juegd made the most. His 69 (79 balls) was class. He hit 6x fours and 4x sixes in a very entertaining innings. Stumps: Kensington 2/103
Day 2:  The teams decision was to bat on and make sure TTG could not challenge us again. We set ourselves a score of 150 to declare in quick time.
Luke Pedlar (18) and Sam Burgess (21) made sure we reached our target quickly. Sam at a run a ball played a real team innings. Kensington 6/149 declared
TTG came out with a much better performance with the bat and whilst their mode was defensive, they gave us very little on a deck that was becoming lifeless compared to the week before. Wickets were hard to come by. Darcy Hunkin got the big break through but it wasn’t until Liam Greber took the second wicket on the stroke of tea that the team believed an outright may still be possible. A change of ends for Darcy making great use of a slight breeze and his raging swing bowling turned the game. He was simply too good for the defensive TTG batsmen. All bowled and LBW , Darcy put a master class. He finished with 5/13 and match figures of 9/ 23. His second 9x wicket match of the season. Darcy couldn’t do it alone. Liam Greber 2/9 off 10 overs included 6x maidens and spinner Will Cowling 2/28 provided great support but yet again catching proved crucial. Two classics to Angas Marshall in close on the leg were diving, scooping catches that were of great importance. At 2/47, Gullies lost 8/30 and Kensington had their second outright of the season. A massive game against Southerns this week will test us and show our real form. I challenge all boys to give 110% at training this week and prepare extra well for this match. Good luck.
Kensington 6/149 dec DF
Tea Tree Gully 54 & 77
Man of match : Darcy Hunkin 9/23 match figures
3: Darcy Hunkin – 9/23 match
2: Tom Van der Juegd – 69(79)
1: Liam Greber 4/14 match  & Will McGowan 4/ 22 match