Rnd 1 – In the first game we had Prospect 7/45 after our pace bowlers tore through them. They steadied after that and posted 124. It was a slow outfield so took some time to chase down. We got there 4 down in 37 overs. Euan Fletcher made 51.
Rnd 2 – We relished the chance to bat first, making 9/268 from our 50 overs against Port Adelaide. Half centuries to Henry Dall, Will Montgomery and Jed Spence. Five wickets to Adam Clements saw Port dismissed for 59.
Rnd 3 – We batted first again and posted 7/296 vs Northern Districts. Henry Dall made a ton while Will Montgomery made 70. Three wickets each for Ash Eckermann and Jed Spence, all out 120.
Rnd 4 – Batted first at Tea Tree Gully and 1/48 became 5/63. In trouble for the only time in the competition. The batters rallied – Henry Dall (58) and Sean McCullum (31) stopped the rot then Cameron Fatchen (81 off 54) and Ash Eckermann (35 off 29) cashed in. Final score 271. Three wickets to Euan Fletcher – all out 101.
Fielding vs Tea Tree Gully
Rnd 5 – Dead rubber for us but East Torrens needed a win to make the semi finals. Cameron Fatchen made a mess of their top order with 4 wickets. All out 109. Gave some of the younger players a hit and Christian Leddicoat finished 43 not out. Got there 4 wickets down after 19 overs.
Semi Final – cancelled due to heat
Grand Final vs Adelaide at Railways Oval
We qualified top of our group as did Adelaide who were undefeated in their pool. These two teams had met last season in the grand final at the same venue, with Kensington victorious in a tight, low-scoring tussle. Adelaide have a strong team with several state junior squad members.
We lost the toss and fielded first. Cameron Fatchen got us away to the perfect start with a wicket in the first over, Euan Fletcher holding onto a nice catch at slip. After that Adelaide started to look good. Opener Alex Roe was solid and Cameron Bullard began finding the boundary. The score was 1/55 when the game changed.
Greg Tanti removed the dangerous Bullard caught down the leg side at which point drinks were taken. Greg had up a full head of steam and was charging in, bowling very quick. After drinks he rapped the next batsman on the pads – out lbw. Due to the drinks break Greg didn’t realise he was on a hat-trick – probably a good thing. Next ball was seriously fast and crashed into the base of middle stump. Their skipper and State U/19 player Josh Pengelley was out and Greg was told by team mate Ash Eckermann that he’d taken a hat-trick.
Ash Eckermann hit the stumps again next over and Greg followed that up with his 4th. Suddenly Adelaide were 6/59 and we were in complete control.
Adelaide dug in after that, Roe (26) and James Patton (33) batting well to get the score to 85 before Ash struck again. The tail continued to fight and they had reached 7/109 when Greg was in the game once more, this time with a run out. Greg returned for a second spell and grabbed his 5th before Fatch finished things off. All out 137.
Josh Pengelley bowled a quick opening spell but openers Arham Hashmi and Henry Dall managed to find the boundary at times as we scooted to 0/20 after three overs. Their pair put on 41 runs for the 1st wicket before Arham was out, lbw for 15 after not picking a wrong ‘un from Jimmy Kain.
Lucas Froude joined Henry Dall in the middle and the pair put on a calm and measured partnership of 98 runs as we cruised to the target without further loss. It was quality batting from the pair of them and they ensured Adelaide never had a sniff of victory. Henry finished with 58 not out while Lucas was on 44 when the winning runs were scored – via a wide…
So an emphatic victory and a terrific fortnight of cricket from the Kensington team. Back-to-back premierships in this competition.
Special mention to a few players who unfortunately missed out on the grand final. Lloyd Pope missed the whole tournament due to Cricket Australia commitments. Will Montgomery and Hamish Gitsham missed week two due to a school cricket tour. Leading wicket taker Adam Clements unfortunately injured his back playing for Langhorne Creek on Sunday.
Well done to captain Henry Dall and vice captains Lucas Froude and Cameron Fatchen for leading the team well. Great job to coaches Jordan Leiman and Michael Sullivan for steering the ship. Also thanks to all the parents who helped out with scoring during the two weeks and to Athina Tanti for taking some photos of the grand final.
It’s the third junior premiership for the season so far with the Ray Sutton Shield and Under 12 Statewide Cup flags already locked away.
About to head out into the field
Greg Tanti bowling rockets
Adelaide all out 137
Arham Hashmi opening the batting
Henry Dall finished 58 not out
Henry put on 98 runs for the 2nd wicket with Lucas Froude (44*)
Cameron Fatchen, Adam Clements and Henry Dall all made the Team of the Year