Heading out to Park 25 for round 1 of the 16 reds comp, Kensington came up against rivals, Woodville. The last time these two teams met it went down to the final over, much the same as this weeks match. The day started off well with Mitchell George winning the toss and electing to go in for a bat on a flat Park 25 wicket. Things developed quickly with a first session of pure class batting by openers Campbell Watts (75) and Peter Unerkov (71) who had us through to tea at 0-149, with obvious signs Woodville were becoming incredibly frustrated. 7 overs after tea Peter missed a straight one and was bowled for a great innings including 8 boundaries. 6 overs after Campbell departed for a very good innings also including several boundaries. Jack Tapfield and Mitchell George were next at the crease and were unfortunately the start of a middle order collapse, with Jack (3), Mitchell (11), Charlie McKay (0) and Sam Warrick (0) taking us to 6-181 after being 0-160. Some flash hitting from Jack Harding (19) and Liam Greber, (14) managed to get us through to stumps with a score of 8-240
Day 2 came around and defending a score of 240 seemed probable especially with the bowling lineup we had, unfortunately we lost Sam Warrick and Peter Unerkov to first XI commitments, which took away some bowling power which in the end proved costly. Wickets were shy in the first 25 overs until a catch was finally taken by Henry Rice followed by a terrific run-out by Henry this gave some motivation to Max Cunningham who bowled a class spinners spell taking the crucial wicket of their number 5 batsmen for a five ball duck. Woodville skipper Lachlan McNeill proved too hard to beat as he assisted his team and formed many partnerships to get his team to 5/232 until finally getting dismissed by a tremendous delivery by Jake Bilsborow, for 99 runs. With 3 overs to go Woodville required 9 runs to win, Liam Greber bowled his usual line and length death bowling to ensure the game wasn’t a blow out. It went down to the final ball by Jake and unfortunately the number 9 batsman managed to get a toe on it and they scrambled through for a quick single, sealing the victory. Very good bowling display by Jake Bilsborow (2/31 off 12), Liam Greber (2/33 off 16) and Max Cunningham (2/48 off 11). It was a very good display of cricket by all but some costly fielding mistakes let a game that should have been won slip away from us.