A Hot weekend for this round of cricket with the A Grade playing a double header 20/20 at Pk25#2 and the B Grade into round 2 of the 40 Over comp. Unfortunately with so many unavailable (14) we were unable to field the B Browns. Disappointing to say the least as it is the first time in many years that we had to forfeit a game. A tough time of the year with holidays and National Carnivals.
The A Grade took on Sturt in the first 20/20 and sadly came away with a very disappointing loss. Sturt were also very weakened by missing players but we were confident. A strong bowling performance led by Popey restricted Sturt to 69. Popey 2/9, Sarah Lowe 1/13, Amy Wiseman 1/7 and Georgia Iannella 1/3 from 2 led the bowlers. 3 Run outs helping. We lost an early wicket but got to 31 quite easily before the rot set in. An amazing spell from Sarah Carver of 4 Overs 5 for 6 set us right back. 4 wickets in her first 2 overs. A position we didn't recover from and we were bowled out for 63.Jordan 19 and Popey 19* the best with the bat. STURT 8/69 DEFEATED KENSINGTON 8/63.
Thankfully Sarah was able to rally the troops and she lead brilliantly from the front against Port Adelaide who had beaten Southern in the first game. We lost the toss but had a bat and Sarah and Hannah Armstrong got away to a flyer, putting on 69 for the opening stand in 40 minutes. Sarah falling for 47 from 45 and setting up a great platform. The following batters all chipping in at better than a run a ball with Hannah batting through undefeated no 48 from 50 balls, continuing her fine form from her week away with the OUTBACK'S in Mount Gambier. A highly competitive total of 125, on a day that was getting increasingly hot and causing grief to a number of players. Emma Sampson and in particular Tamara Clapton came out swinging but not always too sensibly. Tamara testing Jordy and losing as she was stumped from Monique's bowling. A steady flow of wickets kept our noses in front but Sampson was always a concern. Popey came back to clean her up and from there we looked safe. Port being bowled out for 96 from 17.2 overs to give us a much needed win. Monique 3/12, the best of the bowlers, with Popey, Slowe and Wise getting 1 wicket each. KENSINGTON 5/125 DEFEATED PORT ADELAIDE 96.
Disappointing to split the day, but results from other games meant we have been able to maintain top spot. Sturt were the only team able to snatch 2 wins and now sit second, 1 win behind us. West Torrens and Port also sit on 4 wins, 1 behind us, so it is tight for the Grand Final spot with 3 games to go. 2 Next Sunday and then the last one on Wednesday 27th at Henley from 5:20. Start times for next Sunday's games are not set at the moment, depending on the Strikers result form this Thursday.
As i said earlier there were a number of girls from the weekend who had trouble in the heat. IT IS VITAL that if it is going to be hot, everyone prepares properly. That means hydration the day before (water!) and also during the morning before the game. ALSO make sure that you eat properly. B Grade is all 40 Over games and A Grade is full days from now on. We don't want anyone suffering from heat related illness if we can help it.
B BROWNS sadly LOST to SOUTHERN DISTRICTS on forfeit.
Prospect 5/136 (40) def Kensington Gold 9/65 (16.5)
A tough day for Kensington Gold on a very hot afternoon at Broadview Oval. Due to the heat, the umpires elected for two drinks breaks each innings rather than the traditional one. Emily Armstrong unfortunately called incorrectly and Prospect chose to bat on what looked like a pretty good batting wicket. With Emily electing to keep the bowling spells short, Jess Murray and Amy Kaesler were unable to get the breakthrough in their initial two-over spells. By this stage, the Kensington supporters were running drinks around to fine leg for the bowlers as the afternoon heat started to bite.
Bella Smith on at first change bowled a tight three over spell, asking good questions of the batters but was unable to make the first breakthrough. Sarah Ferris bowling off-spin at second change at the other end beat the bat a few times in her short spell but likewise could not get the first crucial incision. Matilda Ronin provided a bit of magic in the third over of her spell from the City End, getting one to keep a bit low and successfully appealing for the LBW for the first wicket, finishing with 1/22 from 6.
The 37 run opening stand in 14 overs showed the tight lines Kensington were keeping but unfortunately, the heat was affecting fielders, bowlers and Lauren Semmens behind the sticks, who toiled away on what was becoming a tough afternoon.
Emily cleverly rotated the bowlers, also ensuring the young girls in the team got a bowl. Congratulations to Amelie Green for her 1/10 from 3 – her first wicket for the club! Maeve Edwards 3 overs for 9, Olivia Mulvany 3 overs for 13 and Sophie Johnson 1 over for 4 helped to keep the run rate down.
Jess Murray was brought back on from the Regency Road end but unfortunately succumbed to the heat, going down after the second ball of 6th over and having to leave the field, finishing 0/21 from 5.2. Jess seemed okay after a brief revival on the sidelines but was unable to bat and was taken home to rest up. Sarah Ferris finished with 2/27 from 6.4, with an outstanding over of 2/1 from one over, thanks in no small part to a smart catch off the top edge by Lauren standing up. Amy Kaesler 0/11 from 4 over two spells bowled with good heat on a slow pitch, hurrying the batters up. The skipper only bowled the three overs in the innings, finishing with a miserly 0/6 from 3, including a final over of crafty finger spin.
A couple of dropped catches and a few misfields helped Prospect to a slightly larger total than they probably should have got.
After the inning break, where the Kensington players smashed bottle after bottle of water, the chase was on. With Jess unable to bat, Kensington only had the 9 wickets to play with. Prospect showed the value of attacking the stumps on a slow, low pitch and routed the Kensington line up to record what was a huge win. The total of 35 would have been far worse were it not for the final wicket partnership of 22 between Sarah Ferris 18 (the last wicket to fall) Amelie Green 2*. In all, there were five ducks in the innings and the FOW read 0, 4, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14 and 16 before the final partnership. The 10 wides conceded by Prospect also helped pump up the disappointing score.
While the loss was large in terms of magnitude, the Kensington girls played with great spirit and were up and about all through the bowling innings in what were very tough conditions. A bit to work on a training this week, with 6 of the 9 dismissals bowled or LBW.
(Thanks to Andy Mulvany)
Training as per normal this week and through to the end of the season.