The final round of the premiership season saw the Reds take on arguably the most consistent team in the comp, Woodville who were fourth on the table. Up for grabs was the minor premiership and a win would ensure a home final. With some last minute illness and injury in the 16s squad the Reds were forced to play day 1 with 10 players. This is always a challenge and knowing we had an extra batsmen for day 2 Jack Konnis won the toss and sent Woodville in taking a large gamble.
Woodville came out aggressively with the bat turning lots of ones into twos. Our bowlers stayed strong and the fielders worked over time. An early wicket to Darcy Hunkin then another to Ben Belperio had the game even. Woodville were strong through the middle order and a great caught and bowled to Liam Greber tilted the game our way. Very tight bowling from U14 debutant Sam Warrick saw him take his first wicket in the 16s and this was followed by a lucky run out. The Woodville tail started to hit out and where we hoped to keep them to 180, 200 quickly approached. Their scoring was halted by Liam Greber taking the final three wickets to finish with 4/34 off 11 overs. A wicket also to Jack Read through an absolute classic outfield catch to Jack Konnis saw Woodville all out 213. Kensington blocked out 2 overs late on day 1.
Day 2 started carefully with the bat and the team were given clear targets through out the innings. Getting to 100 by tea was one and we achieved that 3/103 at tea. An 82 run partnership between Henry Rice & Jack Konnis was broken when Henry was tragically run out for 37. Henry had worked overtime for his runs and found some form at the right time of the season . From there Kensington had small partnerships and at 6/162 the game was in the balance.
With Jack Konnis unstoppable at one end Jack Read came to the crease and after a very shaky start, Woodville could smell victory. 170, 180 came and still needing 4-5 runs an over Jack Read hit out. His 7x fours and 2x sixes changed the game in a heart beat. Woodville had blinked and the game was gone. Jack hung on long enough to get to 51 off 31 entertaining deliveries. Jack Konnis kept pushing towards 100 and was caught and bowled on 79. Jacks last month has seen him score 50, 63, 117* and 69.
This was an incredible victory. From 3/37, to finish 9/250 was sensational. Great contributions from Peter Unerkov (14) and Tom Van der Juegd (21) helped support the run chase. Now it’s semi finals. And we face Woodville again. The semi final will be a great one. CONGRATULATIONS MINOR PREMIERS
Kensington 9/250 DF
Man of the match:
3- Jack Konnis 79
2- Jack Read 51 (31)
2- Liam Greber 4/34