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Feb 272015
Hi All,

Teams this week. Very important games for all 3 teams this week as everyone is in with a very realistic chance to take part in the finals. The A Grade currently sit 2nd on the ladder and are up against Port Adelaide who sit 3rd, a mere 2 runs behind. The B Golds are 4th and play the second placed Northern Districts. The B Browns are 6th, 13 points shy of the 3rd placed Uni and are up against Port Adelaide who sit just behind them.

A GRADE V PORT ADELAIDE AT PARKINSON OVAL. GAME STARTS 11:50, READY FOR WARM UP BY 11:00. Afternoon tea required, Sarah Lowe will let you know what to bring, and Wisey doesn't need to bring fruit!

S. Lowe (C), B. Patterson (C), K. Pope, E. Doddridge, W. Duraisingam, J. Hill, J. Doecke, A. Wiseman, S. Daly, V. Neale, B. Morgan

You may notice a different name at the end. And yes you are right, it is Beth Morgan. Welcome back to Beth this week, i know all the girls are excited to have you in the team and to catch up with you again.

B GOLDS V NORTHERN DISTRICTS ORANGE AT HELEN BLACK (Women's Playing Fields, bottom oval). GAME STARTS AT 1:00PM, WARM UPS READY TO GO BY 12:15. (we are the away team, so no need to bring afternoon tea)

E. Armstrong (C), H. Armstrong, K. Armstrong, J. Murray, T. Lewis, L. Semmens, G. Iannella, S. Johnson, M. Ronan, M. Edwards, R. Kim, U. McCleod


C. Frick (C), S. Fraser, E. Jones, T. Thackeray, S. Roberts, A. Kaesler, S. Altman, E. Harford, A. White, S. Walton, E. McNaught, S. Ferris

Please let me know if i have missed someone.

Good Luck to all

Kevin F 0417813924

16 teams vs Port Adelaide

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Feb 272015

16 teams vs Port Adelaide 16 Reds to play Port at Eric Sutton oval Starting at 1pm please be there by 12.15 Reds Wessel van Wyke Sam Barnett John Bliss James Cleggett-c Sean McCullum-wk Tom van der Jeugd Adam Clements Greg Tanti Hamish Porter James du Preez Will Loffler Lloyd Pope Batting order to be sorted on the day Congratulations to Greg Tanti on his first 16 reds game Whites have already won as the result of a forfeit by the Port team Congratulations to the players in our squads playing first 11 and senior games. This week due to the forfeit for the Whites we have been able to get 4 of our squad in to the LOA Turf Kensington team. They were in need of bowlers and luckily we have heaps of them. They are playing Mercedes at Waite oval no.1 on Fullarton road by the Urrbrae college on the corner Andrew Faulkner is the captain and his number is 0401 984 401 if you can not find the oval or are running late In that team for this week is Lewys Evans Ashley Eckermann Ben Cox David Hamann This is the first senior game of the club for Ashley,Ben and David, well done and good luck There is a players presentation night after this game, it will be the first one since before Xmas due to all the disruptions so it would be great if you could attend and also check out our fantastic new deck out the front of the clubrooms. Go the Browns !! Gary Slack Bonnetts Saddleworld

Senior teams vs Woodville

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Feb 262015

A huge round of cricket coming up for the Browns with all four teams either right in the mix for finals or at least mathematically still alive. Woodville are traditionally strong throughout the grades so it will be a big challenge. With a bye in the last round, wins are at a premium.

A Grade vs Woodville at Woodville Oval, Sat Feb 28 and Sat Mar 7, 11:00am start

   Team – Nick Mosey, Scott Blackmore, Sam McNeil, Jake Brown (c), John Dalton, James Smith, Freddie van den Bergh, Brendan Connelly (wk), Elliot Opie, David Grant and Jamie Panelli

B Grade vs Woodville at Parkinson Oval, Sat Feb 28 and Sat Mar 7, 11:30am start

   Team – Alex Chapman, Liam Scanlon, Sam Williams, Ned Young (wk), Charlie Holmes, Simon Schwerdt (c), Harry Allen, Curtis Montgomery, Kogo Fujiki, Hiran Lecamwasam and Jordan Leiman

C Grade vs Woodville at St Clair Oval (new ground – Actil Avenue, Woodville), Sat Feb 28 and Sat Mar 7, 1:00pm start

   Team – Henry Dall, Michael Sullivan (c), Michael Davies, Hugh Cranendonk, Nick Palmer, Harvey Box, David Brown, Brayden Frost (wk), Eddy Greeves, Michael Cappelluti and Scott Aufderheide

D Grade vs Woodville at Col Waite Oval, Sat Feb 28 and Sat Mar 7, 1:00pm start

   Team – Lucas Allen, Mitchell Crisp, James Duncan, Rhys Davies, Euan Fletcher, Fraser Collis (wk), Cameron Fatchen, Matt Scheepers, Toby Leiman, James Risby (c) and Nehal Dhami

Well done to Sam McNeil and Sam Williams who have been promoted after centuries last week. As was Michael Davies who made 99! With James Smith also making a hundred in the A’s last week we went within 1 run of having a century maker in all four grades. Batting coaches Gary Wright and Jake Brown are arguing over the credit.

Under 14 Selections 28th Feb 2015

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Feb 262015

Under 14 Whites vs Port Adelaide at Langman Reserve. Game starts at 1.00pm so please be there at 12.15 ready to warm up. Please bring afternoon tea.

Liam Greber, Christian Leddicoat, Matthew Slack, Ross Porter, Jack Read, Jack Packer, Zac Norris, Alex Wakeham, Max Floreani (c), Sam Nicholls, Charlie Bear, Max Monfries Team Manager Greg Slack.


Under 14 Reds vs Port Adelaide at Marryatville High School. Game starts at 1.00pm so please be there by 12.15 ready to warm up. As this is a home game please remember afternoon tea.

Tully Kennett, Angas Marshall, William Montgomery (c) , Jack Konnis, Luke Pedlar, Arham Hasmi, Sam Rahaley, Liam Winskill, William Warrick, Sam Bruce, Hamish Gitsham, Will McGowan. Team Managers, Sam Konnis, Peter Marshall.

Women’s Results Last Weekend

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Feb 242015
Hi All,

The B Grade Teams unfortunately had their games abandoned due to the heat, but the A Grade took on Sturt at Parkinson Oval. We arrived with a lot of shelters, plenty of eskies and copious amounts of ice and towels. A large fan set up at the back of the shelters helped people try and keep cool(ish). Each and every one of the girls need to offer very large "Thank You's" to Jane Lowe and Phil Pope!

Back to the game and Sarah Lowe managed once more to lose the toss, however Sturt felt home ground advantage wasn't enough and put us into bat in very hot conditions.Bridget and Eliza got us away to another solid start of 35. A couple of quick wickets set us back but Popey joined Bridget and put on 66 before Kate managed to miss a straight one. Bridget fell for an excellent 74 with the score on 136 but Winnie and Jordy kept the momentum rolling and put together 63 in 45 minutes. Jordy went for 30 with Winnie falling off the final ball for 43. Winnie batting wonderfully well in the heat for her best innings for the club this year. The final score of 7/215 seeming so much better on a slow outfield, where we hit only 6 boundaries. Bridget 74, Winnie 43, Jordy 30, Kate 18 and Eliza 15 all making it into double figures.

Sturt started very positively and were 43 without loss after 10 overs. With drinks every 10 overs we were able to take stock and from there the girls bowled and fielded very solidly. The next 10 overs went for 30 with a wicket off the final ball.  With only 26 from the next 10 the pressure was building and then the wickets started to fall. Sturt struggling through to 142 and being bowled out in the 47th over. All the girls bowled well with Bridget backing up her batting with 3/29 from 10 overs. Shae continued her wicket taking with 2/36 along with 2 catches, Jakarra 1/19, Kate 1/22 and Kelly Armstrong 1/7 also getting wickets. An excellent win by the girls with many contributors. Especially pleasing in the field as we stuck to the task throughout realising that if we could build enough pressure then the opposition would eventually crack.

Kensington 7/215 DEFEATING Sturt 10/142

The premiership table is incredibly tight at this stage and Sunday's win saw us leap from 5th into 2nd place. A loss would have seen us bottom! We are 2 runs ahead of 3rd and on;y 1 win in front of bottom placed Sturt. What all this means is that any loss means that we run the risk of dropping out of the 4. This week the A Grade take on 3rd placed Port Adelaide at Parkinson.

B Browns take on Port Adelaide also but at Eric Sutton Oval, with the B Golds V Northern District's Orange at Helen Black Oval at the Women's Playing fields. Both B Grade teams are in with a chance of making the finals with 3 games remaining.

(3 of the games have not had last weeks result entered so require 7.5 points to be added)


Kevin F

Kensington Academy update

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Feb 162015

Here are the results from our last few matches:

Round 4

Blue 5/181 (Sam Warrick 29*, Jack Holland 28*, James Woods 26*, William Rice 2/29) defeated Red 6/155 (Finn March 32, Anik Warnakulasuriya 31*, William Rice 28*, Malachy Carruthers 26*, Charlie McKay 3/17, Jack Holland 2/12)

Pink 4/133 (Archie Walters 32*, Frank Packer 26*, Adam Goddard 22*, Oscar Lawrence 1/4) defeated Green 11/97 (Oscar Lawrence 22, Charles Quigley-Smith 2/10, Hugo Shute 2/17, Jasper Polglase 2/19)

Round 5

Yellow 6/166 (Hamish Shute 43*, Peter Unerkov 26*, Henry Rice 2/12, Tom Barnett 2/24) defeated Blue 7/164 (James Woods 44, Tom Barnett 23, Joshua Sims 21, Sam Warrick 20, Jake Bilsborow 3/27, Peter Unerkov 2/23)

Pink 6/175 (Ashwin Atukorala 31*, Frank Packer 29, Charles Quigley-Smith 21, Oliver Cooke 2/5, Hamish Towers 2/15) defeated Black 8/166 (Darius Boast 25*, Ishaan Oak 25, Alexander Smith 23*, Hamish Towers 21, Archie Walters 2/17, Jasper Polglase 2/20, Hugo Shute 2/25)

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There is one more round of internal matches remaining before the teams finish off with two day matches against teams from Tea Tree Gully, Northern Districts, Sturt and Prospect.


Seniors vs Port Adelaide – Day 1

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Feb 162015

The A Grade batted first at Parkinson Oval in a must win game. Conditions were absolutely stifling – a humid and muggy day when the clouds were overhead, a scorching 41 degrees when they parted. There was some debate about which was actually worse. In the end we reached consensus – both were equally bad.


Nick Mosey looked in good touch for 33 at the top of the order but hit one back to the bowler just when he was set. John Dalton breezed to 21 but holed out to deep square leg. When we lost Jake Brown just after lunch we were 5/83 and in some trouble.


Scoring runs was hard work as the outfield was exceptionally slow. The outfields at Kensington Gardens this season had never looked better and had been freshened up by the heavy rains after Christmas. Until the council suddenly found themselves with 100 extra tonnes of sand and nowhere to put it. They found a place… Parkinson Oval. Any danger we could do some of this sand dumping a little closer to rugby season?


James Smith and Freddie van den Bergh came together and batted through the remainder of the middle session. They began patiently and had to work hard for their runs – shots that were creamed through the field would only go for one or two. Smithy gradually found his touch and managed to take the sand out of the equation – “there’s no sand in the air.” One six nearly cleaned up Frankie Worrall while he was obliviously putting on sunscreen. Freddie finished with a resolute 37 and played a key role in a 127 run partnership with Smithy. Daniel Worrall played a bright cameo as we looked to pile on the runs in the final session. He hit two large sixes towards the duck pond on his way to 25.


At the start of the last over Smithy was on 94. There was a dot ball first up then he whipped one through mid wicket for two. A single to square leg took him to 97 but he’d lost the strike. Next ball Elliot Opie – team man that he is – worked one into the covers for a single to give Smithy back the strike. Next ball Smithy flicked away behind square. It looked four for all money but the dreaded sand put the brakes on and he scampered back for two. One ball to go – 99*. Shades of Steve Waugh vs England at the SCG in 2006/07*.


*Contrary to popular belief this was not his last test innings which it is often described as. One of Anthony McDonald’s (many) pet hates is journalists who make that error.


Last ball Smithy punched one to mid on for a single – hundred up! It’s been a tough year for Smithy with travel and injury but Saturday was a reminder of just what a classy player he is. He took control of the innings, played shots all around the ground and steered us to a strong total. And he actually played and missed at one for the first time this season!


The Browns finished the day at 8/256 with the option of batting on next week.


At Port Reserve the B Grade were looking to consolidate a top two spot against a 6th ranked Port team who needed a win to stay in the finals race. We bowled first and were on top early with wickets to Jordan Leiman and David Grant. Our quicks were all over them in the first session and continued to apply the pressure after lunch. Curtis Montgomery hit the pegs four times on his way to a 5 wicket haul. After years of niggling injuries it’s great to see him back fit and firing and bowling fast. Jordan finished with three and Granty two as Port were skittled for 85.


We had a few jitters at 3/31 but Ned Young (36) and Sam McNeil (63*) saw us to the total without further loss. As stumps we were 4/134, a lead of 49 and a chance to push for an outright win next week.


The C’s, D’s and LOA’s were all cancelled due to heat.





A Grade Women’s Results

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Feb 152015
Hi All,

No B Grade games this weekend, but the A Grade played West Torrens on Saturday and came away with a comprehensive win. The A Grade welcomed Spring Chicken Marg Hay into the team for her first A Grade game for Kensi. Sarah lost the toss and Torrens batted under cloudy skies on a hot day. We just watched Glenelg Men's A Grade team get bowled out for 33 in 57 mins on Pk 25 #1 and were hoping for a carbon copy. An early wicket to Shae raised our hopes but runs were coming quite quickly on the fast outfield. A lot of boundaries and Torrens were soon 2/50. Shae started hitting a more consistent line and some excellent field placings and sharp work behind the stumps from Jordan was putting the pressure on them. They came with a plan of 4 or out and thankfully for us the out option started winning. Popey started pitching the ball up thanks to some coaching advice from the Umpire??? and Torrens were in disarray. Amy Wiseman failed to hang onto a hot chance off her own bowling late in the innings, but Popey cleaned up next over. Actually Amy's missed catch was the first time i've ever heard total silence immediately after it had been dropped followed by significant laughter from Teammates, Batters AND an Umpire. If Wise was looking for support from her team it wasn't forthcoming. Shae bowled superbly for 6/44 from her 10 Overs and Popey 4/18. Torrens all out 81.
Bridget and Eliza got away to a quick start as it was too early for afternoon tea. Eliza falling with the score on 22, but from there Sarah and Bridget were fantastic. We flew past their score well before tea with both sadly falling to ïnteresting"umpiring decisions. At tea Torrens were happy to call the game on such a hot day, as the sky was now clear. The Umpires were happy and i think beat the girls off the ground. Bridget 41 from 53 and Sarah 47 from 56. Torrens 81 LOST to Kensi 3/112. All were glad to be home early. A's still not in the 4.  We are 55 runs (3 wickets) behind Sturt who we play this week at Parkinson, and 1 game behind 2nd and 3rd with 4 games to come. A lot of work left yet.

B Grade resume this week with both teams playing at home. The Golds sit 4th at the moment and The Browns 6th (10 Teams). This means that the Browns are on Ford, Golds on Col Waite and the A's on Parkinson. ALL games on Sunday

Disappointing that we had to cancel our Average cricket game today, but in line with the SACA and Kensi heat policy we had no choice.  We are hoping to reschedule before the cricket year is out.

ALSO there is a round of B Grade Games scheduled for SATURDAY MARCH 14TH. Please be aware that this round is on a Saturday.


Kevin F

Hot weather announcement

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Feb 132015

C’s, D’s and juniors called off tomorrow. Will be one dayers next week.

A’s, B’s and Women’s A Grade still on as normal.

LOA’s will need to wait for a decision from ATCA tomorrow morning.

Try to get down to Parkinson Oval to support the A’s. Massive game vs Port Adelaide!



Senior teams vs Port Adelaide

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Feb 132015

SACA will be making a ruling late this afternoon on whether any matches are cancelled this weekend due to heat. We will publish the announcement here and also on Facebook. We’re also still waiting on word from SACA regarding availability of Daniel Worrall. Teams may change from those listed below


A Grade vs Port Adelaide at Parkinson Oval, Sat Feb 14 and Sat Feb 21, 11:00am start

    Team – Nick Mosey, Scott Blackmore, Alex Ross, John Dalton, Jake Brown (c), James Smith, Freddie van den Bergh, Brendan Connelly (wk), Daniel Worrall, Elliot Opie, Jamie Panelli

B Grade vs Port Adelaide at Port Reserve, Sat Feb 14 and Sat Feb 21, 11:30am start

    Team – Alex Chapman, Liam Scanlon, Harry Allen, Sam McNeil, Ned Young (wk), Simon Schwerdt, Hugh Cranendonk, Curtis Montgomery, Kogo Fujiki, David Grant, Jordan Leiman

C Grade vs Port Adelaide at Colonel Waite Oval, Sat Feb 14 and Sat Feb 21, 1:00pm start

   Team – Henry Dall, Michael Sullivan (c), Sam Williams, Nick Palmer, Michael Davies, Harvey Box, Hiran Lecamwasam, Brayden Frost (wk), Eddy Greeves, Michael Cappelluti, Scott Aufderheide

D Grade vs Port Adelaide at EP Nazar Reserve, Sat Feb 14 and Sat Feb 21, 1:00pm start

   Team – Euan Fletcher, Mitchell Crisp, Ned Looker, Rhys Davies (wk), Alex Buckby (c), Sam Harms, Cameron Fatchen, Toby Leiman, James Risby, Lloyd Pope, Nehal Dhami, James Duncan

A Grade Women’s Team This Week

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Feb 132015
Hi All,

It has been a surprisingly tough week for selection. Only the A Grade play this week as the B Grade Comp has a week off. Despite the heat tomorrow Senior teams are still playing.

The A Grade take on West Torrens at Park 25 #3. on SATURDAY from 11:50. Warm Up needs to be ready to go at 11:00. Make sure that everyone is well hydrated before the game and we will ensure that fluids are kept up to all players during the day. A couple of players out this week. Monique has a fracture in her finger and will be out for a few weeks but hopefully will be ready to go before finals as long as we win a few more games! Jak is away with work and unfortunately Jamo seems to have injured her knee quite badly at men's training last night. We hope for the best.

B. Patterson (VC), K. Pope, S. Lowe (C), W. Duraisingam, E. Doddridge, J. Doecke, A. Wiseman, S. Daly, M. Hay, E. Jones, C. Frick, S. Fraser

Good Luck to the girls as we are sitting 1 game outside the 4, Torrens currently sit on top of the table 2 games ahead of us.

If you cut and paste the link below into your browser it will take you to an album on the SACA website of photo's from the Girls winning 20/20 Grand Final day at Adelaide Oval


Kevin F

In The News – Kensington President, David Lovell

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Feb 122015

Former District Court Judge and President of Kensington District Cricket Club, David Lovell, has been appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court Of SA.

Congratulations David!

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Feb 102015
Hi All,

FEBLUARY round saw 2 wins from 3 games last weekend with a frustrating loss to the A Grade. 

The A Grade took on Northern Districts in a game between 2 teams at near full strength. Monique unfortunately was a late withdrawal for us after being injured at training. She still came down from Pirie to be a part of the team which was fantastic. Northern won the toss and batted. Some good bowling was countered by their batting and wickets were hard to come by. First wicket falling at 53. The girls picked up wickets at regular intervals but were unable to get a clump of wickets to put them on the back foot. Some late runs by Northern getting them to 173. The teams ground fielding was excellent, but one of our bugbears this year has been dropped catches and once again it came back to bite us late in the innings. 5 dropped catches and a wicket from a no-ball! Again, as I have said repeatedly to the girls, if you are not batting or bowling at training, spend some time practising catching. It has cost us a game and we sit 5th, a game out of the 4 with 5 games remaining. ANYWAY, Jamo 1/34, Slowe 2/32, Jak 1/8, Wisey 1/21 and Shae 1/29 the wicket takers. Shae and Katelyn (0/26) both bowling superbly from their 10 overs. 
The run chase started poorly with the early wicket of Bridget, but Popey and Slowe dug in against the strongest and most consistent attack that we play against. It was tough going, but wickets in hand always gave us a chance to get the total. Ultimately it proved just too many as we fell 7 runs short of victory with the girls fighting to the end. The innings highlight was Slowe's 67, with a number of solid contributions from other batters. The good thing being that we kept constructing partnerships after losing a wicket and not losing 2,3 or 4 in a big hurry. Popey 16, Eliza 16, Winnie 18, Jordan 14 and Jamo 12* all getting to double figures. A tough loss, but fought to the end. It puts pressure on the team for the last half of the 50 over season, but the talent and will is there to get back up the ladder. West Torrens this SATURDAY. Unfortunately, to top off the day, someone got into the change rooms at some point during the day and stole money out of the bags of the girls. Another reminder to keep things as guarded as possible. It may be an idea to hand valuables to the scorer or parents at the beginning of the game. NORTHERN 7/173 DEFEATED KENSI 8/167.

The GOLDS took on Prospect at Prospect looking for a win to get into the 4. We won the toss and put Prospect in, eventually dismissing them for 113. Another early wicket to Jess Murray was the start the girls wanted and this was followed by consistent bowling from all the girls and culminated in a cluster of wickets at the end as they lost 4 wickets in a hurry at the end. Despite a 52 run partnership in the middle the Golds were faced with a gettable total. They were missing wicket taker Taylah Lewis due to a school basketball injury but again Jess Murray stood up, finishing with 4/15, her second 4 wicket haul in 2 weeks. Hannah Armstrong 2/9 from 5 bowled well and took the prized wicket of Robyn LeCornu to her great delight. Emily Armstrong 2/11 from 6 and Vic Neale 1/12 from 6 were also excellent. Hannah fell early then Vic and Teena put on 30 before Teena fell. Jess Judge and Georgia fell before Peta Hopley and Vic steadied the ship putting on 46 before both fell to add some spice to the game. Emily Armstrong made sure it was safe and guided the girls home. Vic 30, Teena 21, Peta18 and Emily 9* the best with the bat. PROSPECT 113 LOST TO KENSI 8/119

The BROWNS also had to travel. The trek to Bice for the second time this year. We won the toss and batted against an inexperienced team but we were in early trouble as 2 of our mainstays in Emily Jones and Rachel Church were back in the change-rooms with the score on 10. From there the Brown girls dominated the game. Tiff Thackeray and Sarah Fraser put on 76 in 67 mins before both Tiff and Sarah fell quite quickly. Tiff doing enough to earn a new bat from her Dad who promised to get her one if she could bat for more than 10 overs! Sarah showed some new found aggression and played a lot of high quality shots. Marg Hay and Chloe Frick put on 47 before Sophie Roberts joined Marg to put together an unbeaten 86. Sophie batting beautifully and without doubt it was her finest innings so far. A lot of commonsense. Marg 62*, Tiff 40, Sarah 29, Sophie 28* and Chloe 16 getting into double figures. 227 was always going to be tough and after 3 overs Southern were 3/3 with Emily Jones creating havoc. Things didn't improve much for Southern and they were all out after 16 overs for 17 with only 4 batters getting off the mark and 11 of those runs sundries. Needless to say the bowling figures were pretty good. Emily Jones 4/4 from 6, Tiff 0/2 from 4, Chloe 5/5 from 4 and Sophie 1/1 from 2. We sent them back in and despite 24 overs not bowled we were told we could only bowl until 6pm (41mins). After 10 overs Southern made 5/37. Chloe 2/1 from 2, Sophie 1/9 Shaina Altman 1/5 and Amy Kaesler 1/2 taking the wickets. SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 17 and 5/37 LOST TO KENSI 5/227


As i said at the start, this was FEBLUARY round. A time to think and look at our friends and family to keep an eye on them and make sure they are okay. If you think you or a friend is suffering depression or anxiety, SEEK HELP. One organisation is BEYOND BLUE. http://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or 1300224636. Lets look after each other
As part of FEBLUARY round a medal was awarded by the umpire to the player of the match.I'm happy to say that in all 3 games Kensington players were awarded the Medal. CONGRATULATIONS to SARAH LOWE in the A Grade, CHLOE FRICK for the Browns and JESS MURRAY for the Golds

Kevin F

Senior cricket vs Sturt – Day 1

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Feb 042015

All four games are delicately poised after the first day’s play against local rivals Sturt.

The A Grade faced a testing first hour batting first on a hard, bouncy pitch. At 4/34 we were deep in the mire but as he has done all season, skipper Jake Brown rallied the troops. He put on a vital 93 with Freddie van den Bergh (23) which lifted us to the relative safety of 4/127. However after the partnership was broken the rest of the wickets tumbled. Browny finished with 74 and we were all out for 161.

There was still some life in the pitch but we needed to strike early. Jason Borgas was playing his final game for Sturt and he received a guard of honour from the Kensington players on his way out to bat. This season he overtook Victor Richardson as the club’s leading A Grade run scorer, making over 7400 runs in a stellar 15 year career. He was the first to go, caught at point from Elliot Opie’s first ball. Daniel Worrall then picked up brother Cameron and at 2/10 the Browns were up and about

The spirit was typified by David Grant who desperately chased one down to the rope. He managed to flick it back into play but then crashed into the fence at pace. It looked quite serious and the game was delayed for quite some time. Many thanks to Hank Middleton from Sturt for looking after David and administering the first aid/concussion test after what initially looked to be quite a serious injury. Fortunately David has escaped with just a nasty lump on his head but he took no further part in the day’s play.

With the three other Kensington teams in the field we were without a substitute fielder. Luckily bowling coach Anthony McDonald was on hand to sub field with sons Sid and Leo cheering him on (from the playground). It is the same ground that Cheesey had previously shredded his hamstring at whilst fielding, after earlier taking the team through a brand new series of dynamic stretches during the warm up.

A couple of dropped catches were costly but Frankie grabbed another one at the end of a marathon opening spell to make it 3/51. He bowled with serious pace and hopefully will get a call up to Shield ranks soon. Jamie Panelli was bowling a miserly spell into the wind with countless plays and misses but little luck (14 overs, 0/24). It served to help keep the pressure on the Sturt batters though. Elliot Opie replaced Frankie and struck with a double break through – Brad Davis lbw and then the experienced Simon Roberts caught behind next ball. At 5/69 our score of 161 started looking a little further away. Unfortunately Opes had to be taken off due to hamstring tightness but hopefully will be right to go this week.

Frankie grabbed a 3rd just before stumps and Sturt finished the day at 6/111. They need 51 more runs, the Browns need 4 more wickets.

The B Grade found the going tough early on at Parkinson Oval, struggling to penetrate on a flat Parkinson Oval strip. Jordan Leiman and Kogo Fujiki were the only wicket takers in the first session with Sturt 2/84. The batters continued to grind out a score on the sandy outfield. At 4/172 at tea it looked as though Sturt would mount a formidable first innings score but we fought back well in the last session. Some tight bowling from David Brown and Leiman plus spinners Kogo and Sam McNeil toiling away with good control (collectively having the figures of 5/84 from 39 overs) meant that Sturt were restricted to 9/223 at stumps.

The C Grade were right on top at tea at the newly named Peter Motley Oval. Three wickets to Nick Palmer had seen Sturt limp to tea at 7/75. After tea was very frustrating though with a 90 run stand for the 8th wicket. One batter may have made it into the Guinness Book of Records for plays and misses but the bottom line is that we couldn’t get him out. Bowl at the stumps lads! Sturt were finally dismissed for 172.

In the D Grade the Browns were bowling first on another flat, white, belter of a pitch. There was a familiar face parked behind the stumps for the Browns – John Palmer Jr keeping with no pads as a tribute to former Sturt gloveman Bubba Ferguson. Skipper James Risby got the ball rolling with a wicket clean bowled in the first over and another soon after the same way. He picked up a 3rd when Harvey Box held onto a good catch in the slips.

There was a bit of a partnership after that and it was broken in unlikely fashion when an innocuous delivery from leggie Lloyd Pope skidded into the pads. No one thought to appeal and as Lloyd was walking back to his mark was surprised to see the umpire with his finger raised. You beauty! Lloyd put on a leg spinning clinic after that – turning them around corners and with a full bag of tricks on display. At one stage he found himself on a hat-trick. The incoming batter had earlier claimed that he could pick Lloyd’s wrong ‘un easily and set about proving it, hoicking away wildly with 9 fielders crowded around the bat. Clean bowled! Hat-trick for Lloyd. Our first since…? Cappa in the Adelaide trial game? Did Link Phillips take one? Otherwise Panners probably (John Booth 3 x LBW’s). Lloyd finished with 5 wickets – a brilliant effort. Matt Scheepers was back after a five year absence and soon got into his rhythm, capturing 2 wickets as Sturt were rolled for 121.

We set about our reply in cautious fashion. There was a familiar face steaming in for the Blues – big quick Ali Bahzad made a return to Browns Park. Famous at Kensington for wearing blue pads, downing Red Bulls, using a heavy cricket ball, wearing a weighted vest to run sprints, breaking OB’s arm in the indoor centre with a bouncer and also for hurling the ball into the bushes at Park 23 after getting banned for bowling two beamers. He made quite an impact in his short time at the club! A 13 over opening spell yielded 3 wickets. John Palmer sauntered out at No 6 in his trusty Browns cap to face a fired up Ali. At one stage Ali asked JP if he wanted to borrow his helmet so that he could bowl bouncers at him. “No thanks champ,” JP replied.

James Duncan batted well for 30 before falling to what JP described as one of the worst lbw decisions in grade cricket history. Perhaps the Cricket Gods squaring up for Lloyd’s bonus first wicket? Unlucky Duncs. After that we collapsed in huge fashion and at stumps are 9/102. JP is unbeaten on 46 and Nehal Dhami on 0. Twenty to win!

Under 14 Red Day 1 Report vs Sturt

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New Skipper Will Montgomery tossed the coin on a beautiful day at Marryatville High. The pitch looked like it always does and maybe losing the toss was best! Sturt called correctly and batted and so we set off to bowl to the form batting line up of the competition – knowing the top of off stump was the attack spot and nothing short, the order of the day!

Hamish Gitsham and Will Warrick opened and bowled superbly – 1/13 off the first ten set the standard for others to follow. Will McGowan bowled as well as the writer has seen him bowl, Max Floreani (first game in the Reds) also superb with 1/9 off his first 5. Will Montgomery, Sam Bruce and Luke Pedlar also bowled tightly giving nothing away! 3/57 off 32 at tea was brilliant BUT Sturt had wickets in the shed and the session after tea is notorious for bowling and fielding standards dropping away.

So, the message at the tea break was “focus, concentrate, work hard, talk, encourage”! 28 overs to go!

The skill level of our players is not questioned, but our ability to execute sets our performance! Today was probably the best execution of our skills I have seen – our ability to maintain our focus in the field and to keep our line and more particularly our length with our bowling simply stifled the opposition’s ability to score. We gave them nothing! You could count on one hand the number of short balls for the whole innings and probably the same for leg side balls too.

Arguably the strongest batting line up in the competition was held to 9/124 off 60 overs! An outstanding bowling performance on a good wicket and fast outfield. Excellent Captaincy and great support in the field capped the day and made it ours. Well done boys! Now with half the job done we can look forward to next week knowing if we bat well the points are ours!

Gitsham 1 for 20 off 11, Warrick 2/21 off 12, McGowan 3/13 off 12, Bruce 0/15 off 4, Floreani2/35 off 12, Montgomery 1/8 off 5 and Pedlar 0/7 off 4.

U16 Red day 1 report, Rnd 9 vs Sturt

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Feb 012015
As far as beautiful days for cricket go, this was high on the scale. Some sunshine, a rock-hard pitch, an outfield that was shaved closer than I could remember, two experienced blue-shirt umpires and the promise of a very competitive battle between traditional eastern suburbs rivals. What’s more, many of the players on both sides either go to school together or play in other competitions with and against each other, so there was the added spice of some little personal battles within the battle.

James Cleggett’s thumb flicked the coin, it didn’t land Sturt’s way and we got to bat first. It was settling time into the comfort of my well worn deckchair. 70 overs boys, take your time, the runs will come. A sunny summer’s day, a cool breeze. Easy to just drift off.

Interestingly this was the first time I had seen the legend of Reece Patterson in action. I had heard much from a variety of sources over the last few years. Big lad. Fearsome competitor. The ball he bowled to Wessel van Wyke confirmed he had some talent. Left arm fast, over the wicket, bowled him behind his legs. 1-0. Not the start we wanted, but we have been there before and recovered, so nothing to panic about. Yet.

Sean’s top edge to fine leg was only a few metres short of a six, but cricket is a game of centimetres, and unfortunately it wasn’t going to be his day. 2-1. My mind drifted to something I had read recently about the biggest holes found around the world. A 300 foot deep sinkhole swallowed a dozen homes in Guatemala in 2007 – killing 2 and causing thousands to be evacuated. The sinkhole was caused by rains and an underground sewage flow. I know that Ford Oval slopes a bit, but surely, we’ve been here before too and recovered. Plenty of batting to come.

The impact that a person’s name can have on their career can be significant. Dr Mollar – the dentist, Andrew Sewer – the plumber. Well W. Ferrari was very fast becoming a problem for us with a catch and then 2 more wickets to take out the rest of our top order. Firstly, James Cleggett bowled for 8 by a car no less. 3-19. And then Adam Clements, normally a run-a-ball strokemaker, was unusually subdued until he too was bowled. 4-35. I hate Italian cars. Loud and way too much testosterone.

The Kimberley Diamond Mine (also known as the Big Hole) holds the (disputed) title of being the largest hand-dug hole in the world. From 1866 to 1914 close to 50,000 miners dug the hole with picks and shovels, yielding 2,722 kg of diamonds. My mind was playing tricks. It was just a slope.

Sam Barnett had been furiously filling in the deepening hole that our top order had been digging, but his lone shovel was no match for them. He too succumbed after a 70-ball stay for 18. 5-48. Kennecott Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine is the world’s largest open pit mine and is the largest man-made excavation on earth, stretching 4 kilometres wide and 1,320 metres deep.

The personal battle between John Bliss and his hill’s cricket nemesis Reece was one of survival first. Profit later. 39 balls of patience was a delight to watch. 1 ball of instinctive slash outside off stump wasn’t. Tea. 6-64. This hole was deeper than we had ever dug ourselves. It was breath-taking. And getting deeper by the minute. Against Sturt. In Soviet Russia, the ground moves you. Berezniki’s sinkhole began in 1986 and just grows worse with each passing year. It’s unstoppable. Currently it’s over 200m deep, 80m long and 40m wide. It felt like we were in Russia.

It’s surprising the health benefits that a home-made scone with jam and cream can have on the human body. Imagine what a whole container full could have on the few remaining batsmen we had left, let alone sushi, sausage rolls and watermelon. Whatever it was, it was profound!

Paparazzi Peter unpacked his camera in search of some good news after tea and without a word of a lie, the lensfinder captured a tripod in the middle of Ford Oval with rope hanging from its pulley. And winding the handle was a young diamond miner seeking redemption for a season of unfulfilled promise. James du Preez wound and wound for 102 balls of pure genius that saw him raise his bat for a half century and then some. His team of tail-enders included the industrious Tom van der Jeugd who swashbuckled his way to 32. His 62 run parternship with ‘Diamond’ James was instrumental in getting us to sea level and past embarrassment.

In a rare vein of form, Ollie Harms’ mix of classic stokes and bludgeon for 26 off 26 was a sight to behold before the car caught him off the legend’s bowling. It meant the momentum shift from disaster to respectability was firmly in our favour. Our climb out of oblivion had reached base-camp with overs to come. 8-171 had never been possible. And ‘Diamond’ Jim kept winding.

Every mountain climber needs a porter, and Hamish was as good as Tenzing could have wished for. Another 37 run partnership brought us to the summit and beyond. If Hamish doesn’t score another run this season he can dine out on the straight drive for almost six off the legend’s bowling. Attack is the best form of defence. Not out 19 off 23 and I’d say Hamish defended very well indeed.

By the time ‘Diamond’ James de Preez had finished winding that rope, the bucket held a glittering 208 runs. He had planted 62 of the biggest ones in there himself. Beyond Peter’s wildest dreams. The coach’s smile said it all.

Graeme Klemm

U 16 White report day 1 Vs Sturt

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Feb 012015

We ventured off to AA Bailey reserve and were greeted to a large open ground with a flat and largely slow wicket and fast outfield. Win the toss and bat was definitely the plan. Unfortunately Skipper Luke Valente didn’t win the toss and Sturt quickly said they would have a bat. With 6 new players in or returning from the previous game we set about our bowling with a whole new looking team .We bowled tight and straight and did very well on a pitch offering little assistance. An early run out due to some good fielding from the skipper saw us grab our first wicket. We then proceeded to get 2 more wickets with good bowling and generally good fielding. At 3/81 at tea Sturt would have been eyeing a 200 target on this pitch. We spoke about having a good session after tea and with Greg Tanti back in the attack we saw great bowling and excellent out cricket to snaffle 7 for 52 to have Sturt all out for 132. Excellent bowling all round with Jonno Connelly getting 4/19 Greg Tanti 2/27 and singles to Luke Valente, Fred McClure, and Finn Hilberry. Lewys Evans again bowled well and unlucky not to get a couple with 0/14 and Riley Slack 0/10. Other noteworthy performance was from Jed Spence ( part time Keeper) who had great stumping and conceded only 1 bye for the innings. We had that nasty little 11 overs at the end and unfortunately lost 2 wickets with Jonno Connelly and Arham Hasmi who looked in real good touch out as we finished day 1 at 2/28. Skipper Luke Valente not out with Vice captain Sam Carruthers . We need to restart next week and with good batsman still around ensure we secure the win . Great effort but job only half done. Grahame Spence. Sent from my iPa ______________________________________________________________________ This email has been scanned by the Symantec Email Security.cloud service. For more information please visit http://www.symanteccloud.com ______________________________________________________________________