C Grade vs Adelaide at Parkinson Oval, Sat Mar 19 and Sun Mar 20, 1:00pm start
Team – Charlie Holmes, Michael Sullivan (c), Ty Wundenberg, Hugh Cranendonk, Harvey Box, Nick Palmer, Brayden Frost, Eddy Greeves, Hiran Lecamwasam, Michael Cappelluti, Seb Porter and Euan Fletcher/Lochlan Roberts (12th/13th man)
The C’s will be looking to go one better than 2014-15 where we fell short in the grand final. We survived a tense finish in the semi final against East Torrens and come up against Adelaide who hung on to defeat University by 7 runs in their semi.
Our match against Adelaide in the minor round was a beauty. We posted 204 thanks largely to 99 from skipper Michael Sullivan with support from Ty Wundenberg (23). Eddy Greeves took 5/21 from his 10 overs to swing the match our way then late wickets to Seb Porter and James Risby saw us run out winners by just 18 runs.
LOA’s vs University at Ford Oval, Sat Mar 19, 12:30pm start
Team – Nathan Woods, John Palmer, Ryan Sparrow, David Palmer, Nathan Bassett, Tom Evans, Abraham Tomich, Andrew Rumbelow, Alex Buckby, Andrew Faulkner (c/wk), David Hammann and Jack McGowan (12th)
The LOA’s host Adelaide University at Ford Oval which is a re-match of the 2012-13 grand final, also held at Ford Oval. Kensington were premiers on that occasion. You can relive the memories of that game below!
From March 2013: The LOA’s are premiers again after a tense 11 run win over Adelaide University at Ford Oval. We had to bat first on a rain-affected pitch that was offering the bowlers plenty of assistance. We battled hard for our runs with a few scores in the teens and a handy last wicket partnership between Jason Murphy and Geoff Black propelling us to 116 all out.
We needed to keep things tight but former Brown David Prosser launched Rob Muir over long off for six with the second ball of the innings. Muiry hit back later in the over, snaring the other opener caught behind. Prosser belted Murph for another six next over and it was looking like Uni were targeting an early finish. Skipper Andrew Faulkner introduced spin in the 4th over and it had the desired effect, Andrew Watson luring Prosser down the pitch for Ron to pull off a sharp stumping.
Nathan Adcock strode to the crease having coming off two ducks against Kensington this year. He got a few runs but copped a brute of a ball from Muiry, with Ron taking a brilliant diving catch behind the stumps. The score was 3/30 and it was game on. Muiry hit the pegs to give himself a third wicket in his spell and another from Watson had them 5/45. The next wicket was hard to get but Nathan Bassett finally induced an edge to give Faulky his fourth dismissal of the innings – 6/70 at the 20 over drinks break.
It was all set up for a tight finish and Muiry tipped the scales our way, returning for a second spell and trapping the set left hander in front. The runs dried up as Uni crawled towards the target. Watto also returned for a second spell and a skied slog threatened to fall between three fielders. Bass took responsibility and held on to a gem, smacking his head on the ground in the process. The score was 8/98 after 34 overs.
With Bassett still groggy, Faulky played his joker – the wily medium pace of ‘finisher’ John Palmer. A huge crowd had developed over the course of the afternoon so the stage was set. JP snuck an inswinger onto the foot of the Uni No 10 and the team launched into a huge lbw appeal. The umpire had a sense of theatre and after a prolonged delay raised the finger. No 11 Nick Roberts then limped to the crease with a runner. The Kensi boys were having none of it, adamant that a runner was not allowed. A long argument ensued, with the high lawyer:player ratio playing a key role. Geoff Black went scurrying to his car to fetch the rules where he had an up to date copy of the rules ready to go with the relevant passages already highlighted. The runner was sent packing.
Roberts launched a boundary over mid on which meant they needed just 12 to win from 20 balls. Next ball he hit a low catch to cover, where Anwar Newkirk took the catch – his only contribution for the day after his golden duck. The Browns were winners by 11 runs – their third premiership in a row!