After 4x venue changes mid week, the 16 Reds finally got to play on Ford Oval on a hot & humid day. With the team unsure whether to bat or bowl, captain Jack Konnis was left with the ultimate task and decided to bat. The loss of early wickets hurt and we struggled to build partnerships. With good batting depth some fine performances were displayed. Peter Unerkov (30) looked to have all the luck with some near chances until he was incredibly run out. Jack Konnis dug in at the other end and I begged him to be there at the end. From a target of 230+ we suddenly hoped to limp past 150. Enter Jack Read. His first game in the Reds saw the debutant refuse to be bogged down and he played all his shots. Suddenly the scoring opened up and 150 was reached. Jack went on to make a remarkable 46 in tough conditions just when we needed someone to step up. At the other end one of the finest innings you will ever see was taking place. A young man with an outstanding attitude and relaxed demeanour played an inspirational innings that brought a tear to the eye. His 117* was pure class. There wasn’t a chance given all day and the captain played his heart out. He was well supported by Darcy Hunkin late in the day who ensured Jack reached his milestone. Now our bowlers must deliver on day 2.
Kensington : 7/220 dec : Konnis 117*, Read 46, Unerkov 30, Hunkin 13*
Prospect : 0/4