Four games into the season and to date a total of 22 players have taken the field in the U16 reds. For this game we welcomed back some cricket firepower in Arham Hashmi, James Du Preez, and Christian Leddicoat from the seniors. West Torrens are a really good team that haven’t been able to win to date. We weren’t planning to be their first season scalp.
The team decision was to bowl first and although we lost the toss, West Torrens decision to bat gave us our choice on a classic warm afternoon just made for cricket. First over and James Du Preez struck with a magic first up delivery. From the other end Caleb Hoberg found rhythm and took a wicket thanks to a very sharp catch to Henry Rice at square leg.
All the bowlers did there job. In fact the ten wickets were shared amongst 6 bowlers. Darcy Hunkin continued his good form from the previous game taking 2/10 and taking his season tally to 12 wickets. Will Quigley Smith (2/19) took valuable middle order wickets and Caleb Hoberg finished with impressive figures of 2/4. James Du Preez was intimidating at times and finished with 2/16.
The talk in the field was impressive and team work equally impressive. Special mention to Liam Nicol who was superb behind the stumps after being given a working over by our pace bowlers. His stumping to Will Quigley Smith was effortless.
West Torrens all out 70.
With a batting line up that went all the way down to 11, there weren’t to many worries from the sidelines chasing 70 to win. A very solid opening partnership between Arham and Peter Unerkov laid the batting foundation before Peter was out on the team score of 34. Christian Leddicoat joined Arham at the crease and the two power hitters got us to 70 in the 15th over. Looking to push on we faltered losing some quick wickets and were suddenly 4/96. Arham Hashmi fell for 45 when he looked like a 100 was his for the day. We again lost some cheap middle order wickets and were 6/120 when the in form Henry Rice joined James Du Preez at the crease. The pair put on a brilliant 79 for the 7th wicket. Both players combined classic stroke play with the occasional power shot. James eventually fell on 59 off 63 deliveries and showed what a quality cricketer he is. Henry Rice finished on an outstanding 40* off 40 balls. With only 3x boundaries in his innings he has proven how easy it is to build a score without always having to find the boundary. This was a classy effort. Our aim was for 200, and we made 206! Great effort. A big thank you to everyone on great team spirit and a positive attitude.
Overall Kensington reds remain in the top 4 – well done to everyone on a really good team effort. Enjoy the test match and the week off.
Kensington 8/206 DF West Torrens 70
Man of the match : James Du Preez 59, 2/16