Is there any better rivalry in junior premier cricket than Kensington V Sturt? I’m not sure there is. With more changes again this week to the team due to school & senior cricket selections, Jack Konnis took over the captaincy and lead from the front. His efforts in the field were inspiring. His leadership lifted the team.
Winning the toss on a magic looking Ford Oval we were always going to bat first. The emphasis at training this week from Greg, was ” intent” . We must show more intent with the bat and wow what a turn around. A new look opening partnership of Jack Konnis and Arham Hashmi got us off to a flyer before Jack copped an awful LBW decision. That brought the in form Harry Edmonds to the crease. Between Harry and Arham developed one of the better U16 partnerships you will ever see. Their 95 run second wicket partnership was magic to watch. Arham eventually fell on 79 at a run a ball, while Harry batted through injury and cramp to see out the innings with a majestic 56*. Both Harry and Arham played incredibly mature innings. Both boys were sheer class at the crease.
With the batting start we had the team talked of setting a target of 200 . It is always difficult to come in late and start hitting out but Liam Nichol showed how it is done. His 25*off 16 balls was majestic to watch and his efforts helped ensure we reached 3/205.
With 200 on the board you have to always expect to win. With a cameo appearance from Kensington big quick Hamish Gitsham , Hamish had Sturt’s top order in tatters at 2/2 from his first over of the innings. Cricket is a funny game at times and yet again we were left to struggle through the middle overs. Sturt’s third wicket partnership of 100+ rattled our field and we searched for answers. The talk in the field stopped and some questions were asked of our Attack .As always the ever reliable Will McGowan broke through taking both the big wickets in quick time to ensure Sturt would never seriously challenge our 205. Sturt’s lower order continued to swing the bat in hope and some very tight overs from Darcy Hunkin (1/26) and Arham Hashmi (1/5) who both put the ball on the spot ensured victory was ours. This was a well deserved victory for the Browns. This win came on the back of a really strong training session last Wednesday, let’s keep the intensity up at training.
Kensington 3/205 DF Sturt 7/180
Man of the match : Arham Hashmi 79, 1/5