West End Men’s 4th grade Round 9

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Jan 152018
 

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 9 day 1

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Jan 142018
 

Elliot Opie and Lucas Froude have engineered one of Kensington’s more significant innings recoveries, steering the Browns towards a defensible total from what had been a ruinous start.

As gathering weather threatened some favourable conditions for bowling on a green-top, Tea Tree Gully captain Matthew Weaver elected to field before sweeping showers, heavy at times, delayed the start by more than two hours and saw an early lunch taken. Players stayed sharp with a solid session of P-I-G circle kicking, making use of a verandah area to inject a degree of rebound difficulty. 

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Wind and emerging sunshine saw Pertaringa Oval fit for play from 1.15pm but opening bowler Ben Atkinson proved an immediate handful from the northern top end – he clai

med the first seven wickets in a 12-over spell of 7/23, as slip catches and lbw and bat-pad decisions saw the Browns slide to 7/39 before Opie (83) joined Froude (58no) for some methodical rescue. The pair each posted their highest 1st Grade score as they compiled 138 for the ninth wicket, first negotiating the hour to tea (7/59) after which Opie and later Froude scored increasingly freely.

 Joshua Macey’s lbw dismissal of Opie, also from the northern end, has removed any chance of Atkinson joining the select few to have taken 10 wickets in innings. Froude and David Grant (15no) safely navigated the closing overs to 6.55pm stumps at 8/202. Play will resume half an hour early this Saturday to make up remaining overs lost to the weather.

Saturday’s play capped a remarkable week for the Browns and some of its leading players – Lloyd Pope was in the starting XI for the Australia Under 19s World Cup warm-up win in New Zealand over Sri Lanka, John Dalton and David Grant both featured for a Cricket Australia XI in a warm-up win for the touring England one-day side in Sydney, Dan Worrall took 2/25 in his season-first BBL hit-out for the Melbourne Stars and Alex Ross scored 27 off 19 for the Brisbane Heat before being controversially dismissed for obstructing for the field when even non-geometers could have reasonably concluded he’d avoided injury and wilfully obstructed nobody.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 8 day 2

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Jan 082018
 
Kensington fell just two wickets short of salvaging outright points at Parkinson Oval, helped by a sportingly swift Sturt declaration that opened up possibilities for both sides neither could ultimately attain.
 
In significantly more comfortable conditions than the previous day, the visitors took just 3.3 overs to claim the first-innings points without further loss of wicket and declared three balls later just five runs ahead.
 
The home side then took charge of the match for much of the rest of the day, declaring at 7/202 off 55 overs – contributors including Henry Dall (40), Robbie White (49), Euan Fletcher (41no) and Hugh Cranendonk (a late 28 off 29 balls) – to set the visitors an outright target of 198 from 35 overs.
 
Outright home points looked possible at 3/17 and 4/36, half of the wickets to Scott Aufderheide (2/15), before 19-year-old England Young Lion Euan Woods (75no off 70) joined with Thomas Kelly (41) to take Sturt to the near safety of 4/130 with just seven overs remaining, when the home side channelled some more brown-hearted play of yesteryear. Kelly was bowled by Elliot Opie (3/51) a ball after being hit by a fair delivery he’d misjudged, swiftly followed by a brilliant Adam Hose run out, triggering a slide to 8/150 with 17 balls to negotiate – negotiated safely they were, however, Sturt singing their song and Kensington’s flagship side now left with a tough road to avoid missing two-day finals action for the first time since 2009-10.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 8 day 1

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Jan 062018
 

Sturt are just 17 runs short of first-innings points after a scorching day that saw the visitors field in the toughest conditions, before a mid-afternoon wind change and slight easing, but that also saw five of our top seven contribute just four runs between them.

Jake Brown elected to bat, as any skipper would have when the mercury had already hit 40 at nearby Kent Town before the start of play. John Dalton’s dismissal on the first ball of the day wasn’t our best on-field start to a new year and the Browns were 2/15 a short time later, when fellow opener Henry Dall followed, but Adam Hose and Brown saw it through to lunch (during which the mercury peaked at 42.6 at Kent Town) and what looked a good platform of 2/104.

However, Hose’s lbw dismissal for 50 in the third over after lunch was the first of six wickets for young legspinner Tom O’Connell (6/54) and triggered a 4/2 middle-order collapse. Brown fell a short time later for 67, to the first of three sharp Alex Gregory slip catches, as part of a slide to 156 all out on the scheduled tea break, keeper Lucas Froude last out for 24.

An early wicket each to Elliot Opie (1/47) and David Grant (2/50) gave some early optimism at 2/22 but an 83-run partnership between Gregory (32) and Sturt skipper Brad David (66no) helped the visitors to 3/140 at the close of play.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 7 full report

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Dec 262017
 

The Browns have wrapped up first innings points on day one and set up the chance of an outright win next Saturday, in an eventful day that saw 22 wickets fall for 310 runs.

Skipper Jake Brown sent Northern Districts in to bat on a wicket promising some assistance for the bowlers – supported by some good catching in slips and elsewhere, the bowlers capitalised to see the home team 4/35 after the first hour, 6/75 at lunch and all out for 92 just 30 minutes after the break. New-ballers Elliot Opie (3/23) and Scott Aufderheide (4/29) led the way. Nick Palmer snared 2/12 after battling his way to Salisbury Oval, helped by a phone call to his dad after the only apparent local he’d felt comfortable asking for directions, a BMW driver, turned out to be similarly out-of-area and lost.

We did make a shaky start to the run chase. Being rattled by the demoralising day unfolding at the WACA for their national side presumably doing nothing to help, both of our Poms were back in the sheds inside of the first over and before a run had been posted. John Dalton (34) and Hugh Cranendonk (22) steadied things but there was still work to do when Dalts was dismissed at 6/76. The seventh fell at 86 but Sam Williams (16) and Palmer saw the win secured with three in hand.

The dismissal of Williams triggered an entertaining apparent battle for deserving ownership of the number 9 position between Palmer (43 off 40) and Daniel Burns (28 off 23 including four sixes off one Cameron Williams over). The eventual total of 171 meant a 79-run lead with 18 overs to have a crack before stumps, Opie (2/14) making the inroads to have the home team two down and still 32 runs in arrears heading into day two.

West End Twenty20 Cup Round 3

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Dec 262017
 

West End Twenty20 Cup Round 2

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Dec 132017
 

Tuesday’s Twenty20 at home to East Torrens fell significantly flatter than the one-wicket thrilling win over Sturt just two weeks earlier. Alas, this wasn’t just for the absence of DJ/MC Michael Sullivan’s amplified contributions in order to make way for an entertaining live stream with Browns luminaries Grant Chapman, Jamie Panelli, Barry Steele and Anthony McDonald joining Dave Webb in the commentary box.

Skipper Elliot Opie had no hesitation in electing to bat but the Browns found it difficult to get the East Torrens bowlers away as they mixed up their deliveries. We were just 1/30 after the six-over power play but managed to post a potentially competitive 4/136 with contributions from John Dalton (40 off 33), Adam Hose (36 off 41), Robbie White (27 off 27) and Charlie Holmes (18no off 13). The innings featured eight fours and two sixes, on the lower side of typical T20 expectations.

It’s fair to say Jake Lehmann (76no off 39) and Michael Cranmer (44 off 24) made easier work of their chase, right from the opening over yielding 24 to being 0/47 off three, 0/78 from the six-over power play to the first wicket falling at 108 in the ninth.

Those with the facility to review the online coverage, on Facebook or at http://kensingtonbrowns.com.au/?p=4048, but without the time to soak in all commentary ruminations might choose to skip straight to about 2:05 to see David Grant’s impressive catch running in from long off to pouch a ball that had been hit very high indeed and well out of the camera shot that barely does it justice, Charlie Holmes the beneficiary and lone wicket taker. Reviewers with an extra 60 seconds on their hands can cue to a minute earlier and hear ‘Cheesy’ McDonald musing about making his A Grade debut in 1994 in the same game as the club’s current 1st grade scorer who, if he’d been listening, would have been able to tell Cheesy that the Reds had by that stage smashed 16 fours and two sixes… as well as reassert that his own A Grade scoring debut was at the start of the 1993-94 season after a three-season apprenticeship in lower grades.

The visitors reached the target off 12.5 overs with nine wickets in hand. With two wins in the bank, Kensington should still make the eight-team round of T20 qualifying finals but might well need a win at Uni next week and even then possibly have to wait on the remaining Round 4 results of 9 January to be sure.

West End Men’s 2nd Grade

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Dec 042017
 

West End Twenty20 Cup Round 1

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Nov 292017
 

Tuesday night will sit comfortably among Parkinson Oval’s ever-growing collection of memorable tight finishes, thanks very largely to Middlesex keeper-batsman Robbie White taking charge of a sinking ship and singlehandedly steering it home to port to ensure our bowlers’ earlier good work wasn’t all for nought.

Sturt won the toss and batted but surprise opening bowler Alex Ross set an early tone by conceding just three from a tidy first over. As DJ/MC Sully played Tim Minchin’s Taboo (only a ginger can call another ginger ‘ginger’) from the pavilion, Lloyd Pope (4/24) cut a wrong ’un-dominated swathe through Sturt’s top and middle order to have them reeling at 7/60 after 12 overs. The visitors did last the full 20 overs but posted just 9/126, seemingly below par and very gettable both at the break and for much of the chase. Skipper Elliot Opie (2/24) was the other multiple wicket-taker and had rotated his fellow charges to good effect.

In reply, Brown and Hose were both dismissed inside of six overs but showing the right scoring intent to have us 2/46. Even with Ross gone in the 10th, we were 3/63 and well enough on target with Dall scoring at a run a ball and being joined by the capable White. Sturt were tightening the screws by the 16th (5/94) but it was the 18th over when the wheels really started to fall off. Sure, it was a ship earlier in the narrative but let’s not get too bogged down in analogous detail. Spinner Ziggy Kulesza (5/15) took four wickets in that 18th over, all bowled, to be twice on a hat-trick, Lloyd Pope earning relieved home crowd cheers as a defensive block denied the last but we’d lurched dramatically to 9/98 and with still plenty to do for White, at that stage 23 not out off of 19 balls, and Pope… so White, then, or at least so thought the crowd and White was not to disappoint them.

White fearlessly put opener Stuart Claring-Bould’s next delivery away for six over deep square leg, deftly managed a couple of twos and another six before finding the desired single on the over’s last ball, retaining the strike at 9/115 with still 12 to get now off six Kulesza balls. A six off of balls two and four and White (52no off 29) had memorably steered the Browns home with just two balls to spare and one wicket in hand, much to the delight of a home crowd enjoying the Zerella wines and other tasty treats available on the balcony.

With a rescheduled Round 4 win against the SACA Under 19s already in the bag, we’re two from two in the shortest version of the game with another home tie against East Torrens in a fortnight (December 12) before a visit to Uni the following week to secure hopefully one of the eight Qualifying Finals places on offer.

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 5

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Nov 272017
 

West End Men’s 3rd Grade Round 5

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Nov 272017
 

West End Men’s 4th Grade Round 5

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Nov 262017
 

West End One Day Cup Round 4

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Nov 202017
 

West End Men’s 2nd Grade Round 4

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Nov 192017
 

West End Men’s 3rd Grade Round 4

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Nov 142017
 

West End Men’s 4th Grade Round 4

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Nov 132017
 

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 4

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Nov 132017
 

West End Men’s 1st Grade Round 3

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Nov 062017
 

West End Men’s 3rd Grade Round 3

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Nov 062017
 

West End Men’s 4th Grade Round 3

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Nov 052017
 

Day 1
It was a spectacular day of cricket at Col Waite for the D Grade. Year 12 student Hamish Porter won the toss in his first game as D Grade captain, and we had a bat first. Wickets fell early, but Konnis was solid with 28. His wicket saw the Mosey boys come to the crease together. With Nick pulled out of retirement by a lack of available players. The brothers batted together for the first time, and were working beautifully as a pair when D Mosey fell for 16, a partnership of 68. Nick Mosey continued on, smacking the ball to all parts of the ground in a spectacular knock from a man who hadn’t picked up a cricket bat in 2 years. Nick had strong support from Vivian (16) and N. Holmes (15), but there was no mistaking that he was in control. Nick hit 7 sixes and 20 fours on his way to a spectacular score of 145. Certainly a handy innings from the late call-up.

After N Mosey fell, the team found itself in a bit of trouble, but a mature knock from the young skipper H. Porter (33) was vital to draining the momentum from the Port Adelaide bowlers. The tail put on 46 runs for the last 4 wickets, and batted out a good number of overs to tire out the opposition. Ingram was the last wicket to fall, he referred to his terrible swipe as a “tactical declaration” in hindsight. The D’s finished with 272, Port had 15 overs to bat.

N Mosey 145
H Porter 33
J Konnis 28

A pair of peaches from Nick Holmes and Darcy Hunkin saw the openers removed quickly. Their number 3 was looking to play shots, but Darcy had other ideas. The 16 year-old in his second senior game unleashed a devastating spell of left arm bowling that decimated the Port line-up. Darce knocked the number 3’s leg stump out of the ground, before hitting middle with his very next ball. Facing a hat-trick ball, the Port batsman decided to attack, and charged down the wicket. Darcy struck him on the pad, and got his hatrick. A fantastic effort, but it didn’t stop there. Darce stuck again in his next over to claim 5-for. The opposition clearly rattled by his in-swingers, 4 of his wickets were LBW, rare for a left-armer. Not to be outdone Holmesy got another two wickets and Darce finished off his age-mandated spell of 6 overs by knocking over another one.

Port finished the day on 9/29 after 14 overs, an incredible effort by the boys, especially Darcy. 6-for, including a hat-trick in his second senior game, all at age 16. A beautiful spell of bowing.
Hunkin: 6 overs, 6-4.
Holmes: 7 overs, 3-24

An amazing day of cricket. The team will be hoping that they can skittle them again next week to claim a strong outright win.   Kensington 10/272. Port Adelaide 9/29

LO Division 1 Round 4

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Nov 052017
 

West End Men’s 2nd Grade Round 3

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Nov 042017
 

B Grade – Kensington defeated Port Adelaide at Parkinson Oval 

Day 1
A slightly greener then normal Parkinson oval pitch greeted the B grade on day one of their clash against Port Adelaide. Skipper Daniel Burns was under no illusions and had zero hesitation batting first when he won the toss. It wasn’t an ideal start with opener Michael Sullivan snicking off to gully in the first 4 overs. Sully had been working throughout the Southern Flinders over the previous 2 weeks and had driven a total of 7 hours over two successive Fridays to return to Adelaide only to be dismissed two games in a row for scores of 0 and 0. Duck season can be a cruel mistress. Michael Davies, having earned a call up to the B grade after strong performances in the C grade, set about his business with Hugh Crannendonk having come down from the A grade. Davies looked in great touch from the very first ball he faced, a cracking cover drive. Crannendonk was a focused man on a mission showing great controlled aggression and diligent application as he progressed the score at a cracking rate. The two had a 118 run partnership which took control of the game early and helped lay a fantastic foundation for the team. It took and absolute hanger from Port’s Keeper Sheedy to dismiss Davies who made a solid 35 from 80. Crannendonk at the other end was hitting them clean with multiple boundaries and one rather large roof ball. He had the team working in overdrive as he went through 2 bats, 6 pairs of gloves and 3 separate towels as his score raced along to 105 before he was dubiously judged LBW. Cranner’s presented a range of anecdotal evidence as to why he wasn’t out such as the likelihood he had hit the ball and the questionable height, but received no support from his star witness, Charlie Holmes whom he was batting with him at the time. Holmes was quoted as simply saying ‘plum mate, sorry’. Unfortunately a handy 46 by birthday boy Charles Holmes was the only other contribution of significance and despite the extremely strong start the B Grade succumbed to improved balling fielding effort from Port Adelaide and a constant flow of wickets ensued. Holmes was a particularly unlucky one after a bouncer hit him flush on the helmet before the ball, seemingly defying physics, somehow hit the stumps. Looked like a dismissal straight out of stick cricket.  Our total score was 256 all out in the 72nd over and in the end some handy runs from bowlers Burns 12, Lecawasm 10 and Cappulleti 12 were required to be competitive. Was the best 12 not out you’ve ever seen from a number 11 according to Michael Cappuletti.

This gave us 16 overs at Port Adelaide which was a decent chunk of time to hopefully make some inroads. Make some inroads the B grade did with Cappuletti and Eckerman picking up key early wickets including the dangerous Reynolds. Ty Wunderburg was in the game with a sharp catch at Gully adding to his growing number of great catches so far this season. Hiran Lecawasm produced something special throwing down the stumps to give the B grade their 3rd wicket and great momentum leading into next week with Port Adelaide at 3/32 overnight chasing 256 on what is another beautiful pitch for batting. A good game awaits next week, if the B grade can win they will be 3 from 3.    

   

Kensington players selected @ U19 National Championships

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Nov 042017
 

Six Kensington players selected in 13 player Squad to represent SA at U19 National Championships in Tasmania in December.

Congratulations to Kensington players (left to right) Lloyd Pope, Henry Dall, Cameron Fatchen, Lucas Froude, Ashley Eckermann and Ewan Fletcher on their selection in the SA Squad for the U19 National Championships