Grand Final Weekend is upon us and the Browns have three senior men’s teams still standing. The A’s, C’s and LOA’s will all do battle this weekend in what shapes as an exciting couple of days of cricket.
The A’s take on West Torrens who are seeking to win the T20, one day and two day treble. The teams had a tense clash earlier in the season with the Browns getting knocked over for 168 batting first and the Eagles scraping over the line 8 wickets down.
A Grade vs West Torrens at Woodville Oval, Sat Mar 25 and Sun Mar 26, 11:00am start
Team – Liam Scanlon, James Seward (wk), Jake Brown (c), Alex Ross, Simon Schwerdt, Hugh Cranendonk, Eddie Steele, Elliot Opie, Cameron Fatchen, Scott Aufderheide and Lloyd Pope
The Bradman Medal function was held during the week and Jake Brown finished 5th in the voting while John Dalton came in 7th. John was also selected in the Grade Team of the Year.
The C’s take on Adelaide Uni at the beautiful University Oval. The two teams fought out a see-sawing encounter a few weeks ago. Kensington was skittled for 98 batting first but followed up by rolling the Blacks for 63 to pull off a remarkable win and seal a finals berth. More drama was to follow in the 2nd dig with the Browns dismissed cheaply again and Uni finishing outright winners.
C Grade vs Adelaide Uni at University Oval, Sat Mar 25 and Sun Mar 26, 1:00pm start
Team – Dylan Mosey, David Brown, Michael Cotsios, Harrison Rahaley, Charlie Holmes, Jed Spence, Jamie Panelli, Brayden Frost (wk), Ash Eckermann, Eddy Greeves (c) and Steven Tanti
LOA vs Unley at Kingswood Oval, Sat Mar 25, 12:30pm start
Team – TBA
Congratulations to Sarah Lowe for winning the Karen Rolton Medal on Wednesday night, as the best player in the Women’s A Grade competition this season. Sarah is the second Kensington player to win the award however is our first ‘home grown’ winner. Sarah will captain the A Grade team in the grand final against Port on Saturday.
Daniel Worrall and John Dalton travel up to Alice Springs tomorrow morning to prepare for Sunday’s Sheffield Shield final versus Victoria. There will be a live stream at www.cricket.com.au.
Good luck to Luke Pedlar, Sam Rahaley and William Warrick who head off this week to play for South Australia in the National Under 15 Championships. You can follow the scores at www.nationalchamps.com.au
That wasn’t the end of the good news as 3 of our girls were selected in the Team Of the Year.
Sarah Lowe, who was also named Captain, Eliza Doddridge and Sarah J Jameson. Fantastic achievements for the 3 girls and thoroughly well deserved. What will top it all off is a 1 Day Flag and to get the double done this year.
This weeks team to play against Port Adelaide at Port Adelaide Reserve. 11:50 Start. Be there early and get organised. Be ready to go by 11:00 at the latest. No afternoon tea required as SACA will provide, except maybe for Kathryn Doddridge as that food last week was awesome. And maybe Jane, as the Hummus was going down very well late in the day.
Congratulations to the 12 Girls going out this week, Commiserations to those who have missed out.
Sarah Lowe (C), Bridget Patterson, Katelyn Pope, Jordan Doecke, Eliza Doddridge, Shae Daly, Sarah Ferris, Sarah J Jameson, Amy Wiseman, Kelly Armstrong, Hannah Armstrong, Rachel Church
Good Luck Girls. Lets have a great game,
Kevin, Ditts and Andy
Four senior teams headed out for semi final matches this weekend and three have progressed to the grand final.
At Parkinson Oval the A Grade were trying to put five consecutive semi final losses behind them and progress to their first Grand Final since our premiership win in 2010-11.
Elliot Opie was on fire in the opening overs, cart-wheeling Jake Winter’s off stump with the 4th ball of the game and trapping Tom Plant lbw in his 2nd over. Our bowlers kept things very tight as we sought to make inroads with the new ball. Just after drinks Cameron Fatchen delivered a peach to knock Ben Bullimore’s off stump out of the ground. At lunch we had restricted Glenelg to 3/39 from 29 overs.
The middle session belonged to Glenelg as left handers Josh Roach and Danny Irvine carefully built a partnership. They wicket had flattened out and the ball wasn’t swinging. They batted through until tea and the score was 3/140. After the break Cameron Fatchen removed both the set batters, the second wicket courtesy of a sharp catch to Eddie Steele in the gully. Glenelg started to up the run rate before declaring at 6/257, leaving us 5 overs to negotiate before stumps.
Day 2 started poorly with Scans gone in the first over. James Seward and Jake Brown took the score to 51 before Browny was caught at cover. He had looked in ominous touch for his 21. We lost Seward for 17 with the score at 81 then Alex Ross and Simon Schwerdt took us safely to lunch – 3/100 at the break.
The next session belonged to Kensington as Ross and Schwerdt showed their experience, putting away the loose ball, defending resolutely when required and ticking the score along without taking any risks. At tea we were 3/196 and in sight of victory.
We lost Schwerdty after tea for an excellent 47 (followed by a Phil Simmons walk off) but soon after Alex Ross brought up his century. It was a brilliant innings from Rosco who has battled injury issues this season but found form and delivered at the right time. He’d been joined at the crease by Hugh Cranendonk who struck some beautiful boundaries in his knock of 28*. The pair put on an unbroken stand of 57 runs for the 5th wicket and we reached the target with 20 overs to spare.
The A’s progress to the grand final this weekend and will play West Torrens at Woodville Oval.
At Park 25 #2 the B Grade were taking on East Torrens. We had Ty Wundenberg and Euan Fletcher on debut and new skipper Daniel Burns won the toss and elected to bat first.
We lost Michael Sullivan for 7 but Alex Chapman and Michael Davies took the score slowly but safely to 50 befre the next wicket fell, Chappy lbw for 20. The wheels fell off a bit in the middle order and we slumped from 2/67 to 7/96, including Davies for a hard-fought 31.
Some late resistance from Burnsy (30) was handy as we tried to post a defendable score but we were all out for 127 which felt 50 or more short. We had 23 overs to bowl that night so were hoping to make some inroads but the East Torrens openers batted solidly and were 0/55 at stumps.
On Day 2 we needed wickets in a hurry and the first one fell with the score at 78, Sean McCullum picking up a sharp stumping off Daniel Burns. Our bowlers were right on the money in the first session. We dried up the runs and the wickets started to fall. Nick Palmer and Michael Cappelluti struck to make the score 3/90. Approaching lunch there was another double break through to Daniel Burns and Hiran Lecamwasam. 5/107… still 21 runs to get. We couldn’t, could we?
Sadly no and East Torrens reached the target five down. Our bowlers and fielders had had a genuine crack on Day 2, just a shame we didn’t have a few more runs to play with. So season over for the B’s but a very solid campaign and kept fighting to the end.
At Colonel Waite Oval the C Grade were playing East Torrens. Skipper Eddy Greeves won the toss and we batted first. Unfotuntely we lost Dylan Mosey in the first over and fellow opener David Brown soon after. Luke Pedlar struck a couple of nice boundaries in his 12 but when he flicked one to square leg we were 3/36 and in some trouble. Charlie Holmes also hit a couple of nice fours and No 3 Michael Cotsios was looking in excellent touch. We lost Holmesy with the score at 59 but then Michael and Jed Spence put on a key partnership of 81 for the 5th wicket.
Michael went on to make an excellent 78 before he was caught in the gully. Jed was coming off a horror run of three ducks but batted beautifully for his 37. Brayden Frost chipped in with 13 and Ash Eckermann finished 13 not out as we were dismissed just on stumps for 187.
We fronted up the next day knowing that if we bowled well we had the attack to defend the target. Ash Eckermann got us away to the perfect start with a wicket in the first over, Eddy Greeves holding on to a great catch at 2nd slip.
The next 20 overs yielded no reward until Steve Tanti found an edge through to Frosty – 2/39. A juggled catch to Jed Spence at 1st slip off Jamie Panelli made it 3/49 and Panelli was at it again soon after, hitting the pegs twice to make it 5/65. An lbw to Eddy Greeves had the score 6/67 and we were well on top.
The Reds fought back after that and pushed the score to 6/91 before Panelli broke the partnership – the batter making the cardinal sin of shouldering arms and having his middle stump knocked out of the ground. At tea East Torrens were 7/103.
After the break Ash Eckermann found the edge again for his 2nd then got a wicket with a ‘knuckle ball’ to make it 9/113. The last wicket came soon after – caught Panelli bowled Brown. East Torrens all out 122. The C’s go into the grand final and will play Adelaide Uni at University Oval.
Down at Grange Oval #2 the LOA’s took on the Adelaide Rockets. We posted a healthy 205 from our 40 overs thanks to 70 from Nathan Woods and 30’s from Nathan and Scott Bassett. We bowled well in reply with Nick Holmes taking 4 wicket and we knocked the Rockets over for 134, so a 71 run win. We head into the grand final where we will take on Unley at Kingswood Oval.
Well done also to Luke Pedlar who will head off next weekend with the South Australian team to Brisbane for the U/15 National Championships. Fellow Kensington cricketers Sam Rahaley and William Warrick are also in the SA team. Luke played in our C Grade semi final win this weekend and celebrated after the game with Barry Nugget Rees. Good luck to all three players and follow the scores at www.nationalchamps.com.au
Kensington has four senior teams running around in semi finals this weekend. It is a great position to be in – now to make it count!
A Grade vs Glenelg at Parkinson Oval, Sat Mar 18 and Sun Mar 19, 11:00am start
Team – Henry Dall, James Seward (wk), Jake Brown (c), Alex Ross, Simon Schwerdt, Hugh Cranendonk, Eddie Steele, Elliot Opie, Cameron Fatchen, Scott Aufderheide and Lloyd Pope
Well done to Eddie Steele who will make his A Grade debut.
Fourth time lucky with the B Grade venue. The roulette wheel finished on Park 25 #2.
B Grade vs East Torrens at Park 25 #2, Sat Mar 18 and Sun Mar 19, 11:30am start
Team – Michael Sullivan, Alex Chapman, Liam Scanlon (c), Sam Williams, Michael Davies, Ty Wundenberg, Nick Palmer, Daniel Burns, Sean McCullum (wk), Hiran Lecamwasam and Michael Cappelluti
Well done to Ty Wundenberg who will make his B Grade debut.
C Grade vs East Torrens at Col Waite Oval, Sat Mar 18 and Sun Mar 19, 1:00pm start
Team – Luke Pedlar, David Brown, Michael Cotsios, Euan Fletcher, Charlie Holmes, Jed Spence, Jamie Panelli, Brayden Frost (wk), Eddy Greeves (c), Steve Tanti and Ashley Eckermann.
LOA vs Adelaide Rockets at Grange Oval #2, Sat Mar 18, 1:00pm start
Team – Nathan Woods, Ryan Sparrow, John Palmer, Nathan Bassett, Scott Bassett, Andrew Rumbelow, Charlie Avent, Abraham Tomich, Corey White, Andrew Faulkner (c/wk) and Nick Holmes
The minor round is now complete and the wash up is as follows:
A Grade finished 2nd and will play Glenelg at Parkinson Oval
B Grade finished 2nd and will play East Torrens at ????? TBA – possibly Park 25
C Grade finished 2nd and will play East Torrens, probably at Colonel Waite Oval
D Grade finished 5th by 2.5 points and have missed out, despite winning 8 games for the season 🙁
LOA’s finished 3rd and will play Adelaide Rockets at a ground to be determined
So we went within a whisker of having all five senior teams in finals. The D’s desperately unlucky, two seasons in a row they’ve missed out despite 8 wins. Rain affecting matches against the 11th, 12th and 13th teams killed us… though the collapse of 8/13 against Uni didn’t help either!
On Saturday the A Grade hosted East Torrens in a one dayer. We won the toss and batted first and were away to a good start again thanks to Henry Dall (20) and John Dalton (32) who put on a half century stand. We lost both however and the rest of the innings was frustrating, with every batter getting to double figures but no one able to go on with it. A steady stream of wickets meant we finished with an under-par 168.
East Torrens burst out of the blocks with Michael Cranmer striking the ball well. A couple of wickets to Lloyd Pope gave us some hope but it wasn’t to be, East Torrens cruising home 2 down with 12 overs to spare. A disappointing loss but one that didn’t impact our position on the ladder.
The B Grade had a game to forget, getting dobbed on a green pitch at Campbelltown Oval and being skittled for just 37. The game was over before afternoon tea was even placed into the pie warmer. It was a performance very unlike our B Grade team this season who have shown good spirit and resolve throughout. Next week we get a chance to make amends against the same opposition.
It was a tense tussle at Colonel Waite Oval in the C Grade with a home final going to the victor. We lost the toss and fielded first and the flat, white strip continued its slaughter of C/D Grade batting line ups this season. Oliver Harms was the destroyer early, claiming 4 wickets in his opening spell. At 4/15 we were well on top and Steve Tanti (3/14) and Jamie Panelli (3/23) continued the destruction as East Torrens were dismissed for just 61. Jamie did have one meltdown moment though to the amusement of all – bowling three no balls in a row and getting stroppy with the umpire after one of the free hits was hit for six.
The chase of 61 seemed a simple task. Wrong. 2/9 created a few nerves among the camp, as did 3/21. However Ty Wundenberg and Michael Cotsios took us safely to 3/37 with just 25 required for victory. Phew! Home and hosed. Wrong again.
4/37, 5/39. Surely we couldn’t lose chasing 61? We got to 5/48 needing just 14 for victory when we lost two wickets in two balls. Another soon after left us at 8/54, still needing 8 runs. Sean McCullum was keeping us in it with a series of cleverly placed leading edges and finally the experience of Jamie Panelli come to the fore, slicing a no ball over gully for three runs for us to limp over the line. Sean finished with 13 not out. So a bullet dodged, a home final banked and all set for a re-match next week.
At Windsor Gardens the D Grade had to win to give themselves a chance of making the finals and also hope that 1st ranked Prospect beat 4th ranked Tea Tree Gully. To complicate matters, East Torrens need to win to make the finals as well. We got sent in to bat on a slightly dubious wicket and very slow, uneven outfield. At 3/20 we were wobbling a bit but an important partnership of 40 between James Cleggett (32) and Dylan Mosey (20) started moving things in the right direction. The middle order chipped in with Brayden Frost (17), Jordan Leiman (10) and Tom MacKenzie (13) contributing before Adam Clements hit a huge six to bring us to 126 all out. Not the worst effort on that pitch/outfield.
Our bowling performance was superb. Adam Clements and James du Preez picked up two wickets each early to have East Torrens 4/34. Adam continued on and bowled his 10 overs straight, gaining appreciable swing and leaving the East Torrens batters with little idea which way it was going. Brayden Frost caught one behind for Adam’s 3rd wicket and in the same over the next batter flicked one to James Cleggett at mid-wicket. Next ball their No 8 batter made the cardinal sin of shouldering arms, the ball shaping back in and hitting the dead centre of his front pad before rolling back down the pitch towards the umpire. Out lbw, Adam a 5 wicket haul and on a hat-trick. The next ball was the perfect inswinger and hit the batsman on the foot… not out was the decision! Perilously close to a hat-trick.
The East Torrens innings was in tatters though. John Bliss picked up the next wicket and then Tom MacKenzie snared the last couple. All out 71 so a 55 run win. Unfortunately despite our win, news started to filter back that Prospect had capitulated pathetically to TTG and we were out of the finals, missing out by 2.5 points. So a disappointing finish to the season but a good win. The loss to Uni meant that our destiny wasn’t solely in our own hands.
At Nazareth College the LOA’s were playing ICCSA. We sent them into bat and Nathan Bassett (3), James Duncan (2) and Daniel Subramaniam (3) were the main wicket takers as we dismissed them for 122. Freddy followed up his bowling with 53 not out as we fought our way doggedly to the target 5 wickets down with 7 overs to spare.
Along the way the club has won SACA’s Club Championship which is a measure of points across all four senior grades. It’s the first time in about 20 years that Kensington has won this award after getting a hat-trick of them back in the mid 90’s. A terrific effort from all involved though it will mean more if we can collect a few premierships alongside it!
Congratulations to John Dalton who has been selected in the Redbacks team for their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval this week.
John has had an incredible season, breaking a 92 year old club record for the most runs in an A Grade season as well as peeling off two tons and a 90 in two recent Futures League games.
Kensington’s Daniel Worrall is also in the team that will play Thursday-Sunday this week in the final round of the Shield competition. The Redbacks need to win and hope other results go their way to make the final.
John is the 3rd Kensington player to make his Shield debut in the last 12 months after Elliot Opie late last season and David Grant prior to Christmas this season.
David Grant in his Shield debut celebrates dismissing Nic Maddinson
Congratulations to the following players that have been selected to represent
Kensington in the Under 16 semi-finals starting tomorrow. Both sides finished
Minor Premiers and both are playing at home over the next two Saturdays.
Peter Unerkov, Tom Van der Jeugd (w/k) , Christian Leddicoat, Jack Konnis ( C ),
Henry Rice, Liam Nichol, Jack Read, Samuel Warrick , Darcy Hunkin, William Warrick,
Liam Greber and Ben Belperio.
Played at Ford Oval vs Woodville please be there at 12.30 – Manager Scott Greber
Max Floreani ( C ), Liam Winskill ( w/k ), Sam Burgess, Charlie McKay, Sam Lucas, Caleb Hoberg,
Josh Sims, Harrison Chow( w/k ), Max Monfries, Mitchell George, Finn March and Jake Bilsborow.
Played at Marryatville High School vs Adelaide please be there at 12.30 – Manager Richard Sims
Good Luck J
Very tough selections this week and unfortunately several players are missing out on a match.
We take on East Torrens in the ‘eastern derby’ with a one day match in all grades. The Reds are around the mark in all grades so a good test as we lead into the finals. For the D’s it is a must-win game if we are to make the four.
A Grade vs East Torrens at Parkinson Oval, Sat Mar 11, 11:00am start
Team – John Dalton, Henry Dall, Jake Brown (c), Alex Ross, James Seward (wk), Simon Schwerdt, Hugh Cranendonk, Elliot Opie, Cameron Fatchen, Hiran Lecamwasam and Lloyd Pope
B Grade vs East Torrens at Campbelltown Oval, Sat Mar 11, 11:00am start
Team – Liam Scanlon (c), Will Montgomery, Sam Williams, Eddie Steele, Lucas Froude (wk), Michael Davies, Nick Palmer, Daniel Burns, Scott Aufderheide, Ashley Eckermann and Michael Cappelluti
C Grade vs East Torrens at Colonel Waite Oval, Sat Mar 11, 11:00am start
Team – Alex Chapman, Michael Sullivan, Euan Fletcher, Ty Wundenberg, Michael Cotsios, Sean McCullum (wk), Steve Tanti, Oliver Harms, David Brown, Jamie Panelli and Eddy Greeves (c)
D Grade vs East Torrens at Windsor Gardens Vocational College, Sat Mar 11, 11:00am start
Team – Jed Spence, Arham Hashmi, James Cleggett, Luke Pedlar, Dylan Mosey, Brayden Frost (wk), Jordan Leiman (c), Tom MacKenzie, James du Preez, John Bliss and Adam Clements
LOA Grade vs ICCSA at Nazareth College, Sat Mar 11, 1:00pm start
Team – Nathan Woods, James Duncan, Ryan Sparrow, Nathan Bassett, Scott Bassett, Charlie Avent, Andrew Faulkner (wk), Lochlan Roberts, Daniel Subramaniam, Nick Holmes and James Risby
Kensington U16 Reds left arm pace bowler Darcy Hunkin has taken out the SACA 16 Reds bowling award for 2016/17 with 26 wickets @ 9.6 ave
His efforts included two 9x wicket matches which resulted in outright victories against Port Adelaide and Tea Tree Gully. His best bowling of 6/14 is his Kensington career best. He was well supported by Liam Greber ( 18 wkts @ 10.8) and Will McGowan ( 14 wkts @ 11.6 ) All three bowlers finished in the top 9 of the competition. Well done to Darcy on very consistent season.
Woodville came out aggressively with the bat turning lots of ones into twos. Our bowlers stayed strong and the fielders worked over time. An early wicket to Darcy Hunkin then another to Ben Belperio had the game even. Woodville were strong through the middle order and a great caught and bowled to Liam Greber tilted the game our way. Very tight bowling from U14 debutant Sam Warrick saw him take his first wicket in the 16s and this was followed by a lucky run out. The Woodville tail started to hit out and where we hoped to keep them to 180, 200 quickly approached. Their scoring was halted by Liam Greber taking the final three wickets to finish with 4/34 off 11 overs. A wicket also to Jack Read through an absolute classic outfield catch to Jack Konnis saw Woodville all out 213. Kensington blocked out 2 overs late on day 1.
Day 2 started carefully with the bat and the team were given clear targets through out the innings. Getting to 100 by tea was one and we achieved that 3/103 at tea. An 82 run partnership between Henry Rice & Jack Konnis was broken when Henry was tragically run out for 37. Henry had worked overtime for his runs and found some form at the right time of the season . From there Kensington had small partnerships and at 6/162 the game was in the balance.
Both 2nd Grade teams are up again this week and both are in with realistic chances of playing finals. Both teams need to win their last 2 games, GOLDS take on Sturt this week and then finish up with Prospect. BROWNS take on University and then Northern Orange. or is that Northern Districts United???
GOLDS take on Sturt at Price Memorial Oval. Game time is 1:00pm (Plenty of time to get from Adelaide Oval). Warm ups from 12:00, Leeway if you are at the GF
Lauren Semmens (C), Jess Murray (VC), Amy Kaesler, Georgia Iannella, Margaret Hay, Ayisha Salah, Olivia Mulvany, Jacquie Manning, Tya Gonsalves, Cassidy Perkins, Maeve Edwards
BROWNS take on Adelaide University at University #1 Oval. A nice short walk from Adelaide Oval. Game time is 1:00pm. Warm ups from 12:00,
Chloe Frick (C), Emily Jones, Bridee Tonkin, Nikki Moyle, Amelie Green, Hannah Armstrong, Sam Tammitta, Jill Latimer, Ursula Gully, Francesca Queale, Melow Lin
REMEMBER THAT THE 1ST GRADE ARE ON AT ADELAIDE OVAL FROM 9:00 AM IN THE 20/20 GRAND FINAL V sturt. PLEASE TRY TO GET ALONG TO SUPPORT THE GIRLS AND THE CLUB
Another reminder that the following Sunday, the 12th of March is the final Minor Round game for the season. We have all 3 teams at Kensington and we are going to have a BBQ after the game, with bread and simple green salads.. We would expect everyone to stay behind after the game to have a chat and enjoy everyone's company, hopefully to celebrate 3 wins and 3 teams in finals. The BBQ will be served from about 6, but we can get it going earlier if needed. We are asking for $5 per person to cover costs. The bar will also be open. We will have some presentations for significant performances this year and also a quick wrap up for each team. I WILL have Andy on a timer! Can you please let Jane know how many will be attending so we can cater accordingly. Everyone is invited, Parents, friends etc, but we do need to have a guide for numbers. Also if there are any dietary issues so we are able to provide something for everyone.
Here's to a fantastic weekend of Kensi Cricket.
Kevin, Andy and soon to be premiership coach Ditts