Nov 132016

Three games into the season and the Reds welcomed seven new players on Reds debut. The challenge sometimes in games you expect to win is that your work rate isn’t as high and there is an expectation that victory will just happen. That couldn’t be further from the truth in this game.

We talked of the potential for outright victory if we worked hard enough and achieved it in convincing style. Winning the toss Jack Konnis sent Port into bat and Caleb Hoberg got us off to a great start. He took two early wickets bowling great line and length and Port were 2/13. His second wicket saw a screaming catch taken overhead by Luke Pedlar at second slip. This lifted the team and set a really great tone. Every team needs a leader with the bat and also with ball. Darcy Hunkin has assumed the leadership role of the bowling attack and not to be outdone took two quick wickets. Max Floreani was very tight and was rewarded with a wicket and wild thing Sam Burgess when he wasn’t scaring the batsmen chipped in also. The last three wickets fell in 9 deliveries. Darcy got his third finishing with great figures of 3/11 of 9.5 overs. Will Quigley Smith took the last two to finish with 2/8. The team work and talk was impressive and seven of the nine wickets were bowled or LBW highlighting our bowling accuracy.

Chasing 63 runs with 41 overs left in the day we lost an early wicket and were 1/10. Luke Pedlar joined Peter Unerkov at the crease and the pair made batting look easy. When Luke fell to a full toss a mini collapse followed . Losing 4/13 and sitting at a team score of 5/48, suddenly runs were hard to find. Henry Rice joined Sam Burgess at the crease and the pair put on a very impressive  51* for the sixth wicket. As we limped past 63, suddenly the runs opened up and Henry Rice took full advantage. He finished on an impressive 32* off 25 deliveries and was well supported by Sam Burgess 17*(30) who did very well to bat through some trying overs when wickets were falling around him.

The declaration came with 5/99 on the board and that left us with 6 overs for the day. We wanted one wicket, two would be nice. Caleb Hoberg strolled in and first ball a wicket. With ball in hand for the last over of the day Darcy got our second wicket. Port 2/19 at stumps day one. It’s a nice feeling going home day one with the points already in the bag but we still had a job to do day two.
With rain hanging around and a shower just before play, getting the outright wasn’t going to be easy. Darcy took a wicket in the first over of the day. From there it was the Darcy Hunkin show. He finished with 6/14 off 8 magic overs. His match figures were 9/25. He was a finger tip away from having 10 wickets. Great support from Will Quigley Smith who took a great diving catch and got the vital last wicket as rain began to fall again. I was really impressed with our fielding. We caught literally everything that came at us and the game was over before the first drinks break. 
KENSINGTON 5/99 dec DF Port Adelaide 63, 31
Man of the Match : Darcy Hunkin – 3/11, 6/14. Brilliant 

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