For this game, our regular soccer match for warm up was taken to a new level with the addition of former Adelaide United premiership star Bruce Djite who addressed the boys at the start of the day and then had a ” kick” with the boys as well. Needless to say Glenelg were in awe of our star attraction.
Back to cricket and Glenelg won the toss and sent us in. All reports gave the impression it was a high scoring track and Glenelg’s success has been on the back of strong early batting. I asked the boys to consider a winning target and again we set ourselves reaching 200. Peter Unerkov and Tom Van der Juegd put on a very healthy 46 for the first wicket and laid the platform for our strong middle order to keep the scoring going.
At times our run rate ebbed between around 3 to 4.5 runs an over. With the loss of a couple of quick wickets, Angus Marshall joined Peter at the crease and the pair got the scoring going again. Angus made a solid 23 before being dismissed. Our middle order stumbled and we lost 4/17 at a crucial time of the game. Peter Unerkov played the perfect opening batsmen role making 67 (103 balls) before getting out. His development in recent matches has been a joy to watch and he continues to grow in confidence each week. Hamish Gitsham was elevated up the order and joined Luke Pedlar at the crease. This combination took the game away from Glenelg. Their running between wickets was professional like and anything loose was punished. The pair put on 65 for the seventh wicket and helped ensure we would make 200. Hamish finished an outstanding 42* (37 balls) and Luke a masterful 32 (28 balls) Luke’s last two innings have been real ” team” scores and now looks at home controlling our middle order. Glenelgs fielding struggled with missed fields and over throws as Hamish and Luke applied more and more pressure. This was quality cricket.
I’ve never personally seen a game with Hamish Gitsham in it where he doesn’t take at least two weeks so the expectation was high that he would provide the early break through. When Will Warrick took a great catch at second slip to dismiss the dangerous Isaac Higgins for a duck , it started a rout that Glenelg couldn’t halt. Hamish finished with the ever impressive figures of 4/13 and was well backed up by the ever reliable Darcy Hunkin (1/12). When Liam Greber dismissed the strong Harry Chandler, Glenelg had lost the last of their recognised top order. Lachie Parker (2/2) and Will McGowan (2/9) were way to strong for the Glenelg lower order finishing the match out in only 22 overs. No one could have predicted this outcome and not in 22 overs. I have to applaud this outfit on a number of key attributes. Firstly our running between wickets was at the highest standard I’ve seen in junior cricket. Secondly catching… Will Warrick, Darcy Hunkin and of course Tom VDJ all took outstanding catches behind the stumps. Thirdly, our bowling. We simply bowled straight. This was a clinical display and some of these boys are now taking their game to a higher level. It’s not only impressive to watch, but a privilege as well.
Kensington 8/202 DF
Man of Match : Hamish Gitsham 42*, 4/13. Special mention: Peter Unerkov (67).