Overall another successful weekend for the club although still not yet perfect.
3 Wins out of the 4 games with the 1ST Grade splitting the weekends double header 20 / 20's and the 2 2ND Grade teams both coming away with victories from their 20 / 20 games.
1ST Grade (Websters Lawyers are now sponsors of Women's cricket) took on Sturt on a VERY blustery and a times wet Sunday at Park 25#1. Unfortunately Sturt had failed to collect the key for the changerooms so the day started with a bit of frustration. Game 1 continued that way with the Kensi girls getting Sturt to 6/62 but letting things slip somewhat as they found their way to 115. Shae Daly 2/10 from her 4 overs continued her great form and shows her continual development, Kelly Armstrong 2/12 and Rebecca Cummings with her debut 1ST Grade wickets taking 2/27. Our batting never got going unfortunately and we fell comfortably short on 6/78. Apologies for not a lot of detail as My Cricket is having some issues at the moment.
KENSINGTON 6/78 LOST TO Sturt 6/115
Game 2 was better for us as we took on and defeated the perennially tough West Torrens. Batting first we made our way to 5/128 to set up a competitive target. In difficult, cold, wet and VERY windy conditions we kept West Torrens to 6/120 to run out winners by 8 runs. Again details are not available so i do apologise for that, but i will rectify that when they are available.
KENSINGTON 5/128 DEFEATED West Torrens 6/120
Again we had extra's difficulties with 22 in game 1 and 23 in Game 2. Giving the opposition 1 run (plus) every over to begin with is fraught with danger and something we need to improve on.
2ND Grade Browns took on Glenelg at Col Waite Oval. Cold wet and windy when we arrived and many phone calls were coming my way from the hills dwellers to see if the game was on. Which it was! We won the toss and had a bat, losing an early wicket despite this weeks umpire deciding that the front foot no-ball was going to get a good run. A 41 run 2ND wicket partnership steadied the ship for the team with Bridee Tonkin falling for 15 after some solid strikes. Emily Jones and Sophi-Rose Green added 22 more but a couple of quick wickets set us back. Emily (36) got out to possibly the worst ball she has ever faced in in cricket as she went to strike a 2nd bouncing ball that was about to miss the pitch on the leg side and somehow managed to flick her back leg and deflect the ball onto the stumps. The end of an otherwise excellent innings. Struggling at 6/73 Sam Tammitta and Cassidy Perkins put together a valuable 19. Ursula Gully and Cassidy made another 4 to have us 7/96 from our 20. Under Par but very competitive. Chloe Frick took a wicket in the 1st over to get off to a good start, but Glenelg dug in. Bridee also took an early one but from there we struggled for wickets despite bowling well and fielding solidly. Amelie Green bowled 2 very good overs in the middle of the innings, almost running as far as S.J. Jameson in her run up. For those of you who don't know, that is a LONG way! Frankie Queale was doing an excellent job as our stand in wicketkeeper and impressing all with her efforts. Jill Latimer in her 1st game for Kensi also bowled an excellent spell of off spin in the middle of Glenelgs Innings to lift the run rate. Emily Jones started the last over with Glenelg still 2 down and needing 12 for victory. a wide 1st ball that was beautifully fielded by Ursula on the boundary made it interesting, but Emily followed up with consecutive wickets to set us up for a win.
KENSINGTON BROWN 7/96 DEFEATED Glenelg 4/88
After a first round wash out and one from two last weekend in the double-header, the Golds headed out west to do battle against Port Adelaide at the “picturesque” E P Nazer Reserve in Semaphore South.
We were not sure what to expect, as Port Adelaide had not made it onto the park so far this season. Happily they were able to field a side and despite the Crowded House weather, we managed to get through the scheduled forty overs without interruption.
We had a few announcements to make at the start of play; one sad and two happy, which is probably okay for balance. Unfortunately, Sarah Fraser has elected to leave Kensington and chase her cricket dreams with Sturt. We also announced Jess Murray’s appointment as the Vice-Captain, a well-deserved and very popular move. We also advised (for those that didn’t already know) that Sarah Ferris has been successful in being selected for the State U18 team and will be off to Hobart in a few weeks for the carnival.
We also welcomed Tya Gonsalves for her first game for the Golds!
So onto cricket….
Port Adelaide won the toss and elected to bowl, which puzzled pretty much everyone involved in the game, with the possible exception of the Port Adelaide captain. This turned out to be the highlight of the day for Port, as Kensi took early control of the game and never looked like losing from that point.
The week before we’d posted a good start but lost momentum. The instructions to the opening bats, Georgia Iannella and Sarah Ferris, was to work for each other and rotate the strike. We were looking to go at 4+ an over early on and to accelerate later in the innings. It went perfectly to plan, with the Gold’s starting a 4 an over and accelerating to finish at better than 6 an over. Aggressive running created quick singles and turned normal singles into twos. The audible frustration of the Port fielders was testament to the effectiveness of both batters. This was all done on a ground which was tough to score on, with only five boundaries in the innings. When Sarah hits a full blooded pull stroke and it pulls up 3 metres short of the boundary, you know you have to work for your runs.
Congratulations to Georgia Ianella, with her first 50 for the club finishing 52* from 56 balls and to Sarah Ferris, 52 from 53 balls, also her first 50 for the club; absolutely super batting by both girls. A special mention to Emily (Cookie) Armstrong, who returned to Gold’s after the shortest retirement in cricket history. Cookie finished unbeaten on 5 from 11 balls.
With 122 on the board on a slow ground, the Gold’s were pretty confident heading out for the bowling innings. As a group we spoke about the unacceptably high number of bowling extras in last week’s loss to West Torrens. Make them beat us off the bat was the call. Skipper Lauren Semmens also reminded the Gold’s to keep the energy up and to work hard for the full session – something all the girls did.
Great opening spell from Jess Murray, revelling in the extra responsibility, delivering 4 overs, 1/12, with no bowling extras! Sarah Ferris at the other end her normal miserly self, bowling 4 overs, 1/9, again with no bowling extras. The skipper brought herself on first change and despite bowling a couple of wides, finished with the super figures of 3 overs, 3/11. Matilda Ronin, bowling her twirling off spin contributed a great spell of 3 overs, 1/4.
With Port at 6/26 after 9 overs and the game won, Lauren took the opportunity to give the young girls a bowl, with Maeve Edwards (2 overs 0/10), Olivia Mulvany (1 over, 0/7), Ayisha Saleh (1 over, 0/4) and Tya Gonsalves (2 overs 0/9) all getting in the game.
Port finished well short at 6/72. A great win to the Golds. Playing this sort of cricket, we should see this group win more games than they lose this season.
Finally, a massive thanks to the two scorers who shared the game between them. Mary White for the first innings and the team manager of the year, Nat Edwards, for the second half.
KENSINGTON GOLD 1/122 DEFEATED Port Adelaide 6/72
Kevin and Andy