Kensington has won the 2016-17 Under 12 Statewide Cup after an 85 run win over Country Black in the grand final yesterday.
The team had recorded strong wins over Southern District, Sturt, Port Adelaide, East Torrens and Tea Tree Gully during the minor round and finished top of the table. We faced Country Black in the grand final who had also won their five minor round matches. The grand final (40 over game) was played at SACA’s Railways Oval.
We lost the toss and were sent into bat. Sam Vartuli got us away to a great start, hitting the first ball of the match for four. Sam struck a couple more boundaries before being dismissed for 13. The Country Black bowlers kept things tight early and we had to fight hard for our runs. Jack Matchett battled valiantly for his 11 runs but when he was dismissed in the 15th over we were 5/35 and in some trouble.
Seb McVann was joined by skipper Archie Walters and the pair put together an important partnership of 34 runs to get us back on track. Seb was unfortunately run out via a direct hit and we lost a couple more wickets straight away to find ourselves 8/79. There were still 13 overs to bat but we were in danger of being bowled out. Archie was still there on 30 not out but needed a partner.
Youngest team member Jim Kelly came to the crease and hit some nice shots as he and Archie put on 15 for the 9th wicket. Another run out broke the partnership and brought No 11 Morgan Young to the crease. We were 9/94 with 8 overs to bat. Archie and Morgan batted superbly for the last wicket, running aggressively between the wickets and putting away the loose balls. Archie brought up his fifty in the 39th over while Morgan finished with 10 not out. They put on 38 runs for the last wicket which meant we finished with 132. A good recovery from 5/35!
Our bowlers had done the job all week and vice captain Ishaan Oak got us away to the perfect start with a wicket in the first over. Ishaan and Henry Nitschke kept things tight and Ishaan was rewarded with another couple of wickets in his fourth over. Country Black were 3/16 after 8 overs.
Seb McVann came on first change and was soon into the action with a caught and bowled. Theo Harper followed that up by hitting the stumps twice in two balls. Seb grabbed a second in the next over and Country Black were 7/24 with the game effectively over.
The batters tried to scramble a bye soon after but Archie Walters ran around from first slip, picked up the ball and threw down the stumps for a run out. Liam Overall speared a quick yorker into the stumps to make it 9/44. The last wicket featured a dropped catch and a running mix up with Jack Matchett hitting the stumps with a pin point throw to end the game. Country Black were all out for 47.
Well done to all the players and thank you to all the mums and dads who helped with scoring.
Cormac Dwyer finished 3rd in the Player of the Championship voting – a fair effort given that he only played two of the four days after going on holidays for Days 3 and 4!
Skipper Archie Walters played a great innings in the grand final. He came to the crease at 5/35 and batted through the rest of the innings, eventually the last one out (run out) for 52 in the final over.
The Under 12 Statewide Cup has been running for seven seasons and Kensington has won the premiership on three occasions (2010/11, 2014/15 and 2016/17). It’s interesting to note that three players from our 2010/11 Under 12 Statewide Cup winning team have already played A Grade cricket – Lucas Froude, Cameron Fatchen, Henry Dall.