The minor round is now complete and the wash up is as follows:
A Grade finished 2nd and will play Glenelg at Parkinson Oval
B Grade finished 2nd and will play East Torrens at ????? TBA – possibly Park 25
C Grade finished 2nd and will play East Torrens, probably at Colonel Waite Oval
D Grade finished 5th by 2.5 points and have missed out, despite winning 8 games for the season 🙁
LOA’s finished 3rd and will play Adelaide Rockets at a ground to be determined
So we went within a whisker of having all five senior teams in finals. The D’s desperately unlucky, two seasons in a row they’ve missed out despite 8 wins. Rain affecting matches against the 11th, 12th and 13th teams killed us… though the collapse of 8/13 against Uni didn’t help either!
On Saturday the A Grade hosted East Torrens in a one dayer. We won the toss and batted first and were away to a good start again thanks to Henry Dall (20) and John Dalton (32) who put on a half century stand. We lost both however and the rest of the innings was frustrating, with every batter getting to double figures but no one able to go on with it. A steady stream of wickets meant we finished with an under-par 168.
East Torrens burst out of the blocks with Michael Cranmer striking the ball well. A couple of wickets to Lloyd Pope gave us some hope but it wasn’t to be, East Torrens cruising home 2 down with 12 overs to spare. A disappointing loss but one that didn’t impact our position on the ladder.
The B Grade had a game to forget, getting dobbed on a green pitch at Campbelltown Oval and being skittled for just 37. The game was over before afternoon tea was even placed into the pie warmer. It was a performance very unlike our B Grade team this season who have shown good spirit and resolve throughout. Next week we get a chance to make amends against the same opposition.
It was a tense tussle at Colonel Waite Oval in the C Grade with a home final going to the victor. We lost the toss and fielded first and the flat, white strip continued its slaughter of C/D Grade batting line ups this season. Oliver Harms was the destroyer early, claiming 4 wickets in his opening spell. At 4/15 we were well on top and Steve Tanti (3/14) and Jamie Panelli (3/23) continued the destruction as East Torrens were dismissed for just 61. Jamie did have one meltdown moment though to the amusement of all – bowling three no balls in a row and getting stroppy with the umpire after one of the free hits was hit for six.
The chase of 61 seemed a simple task. Wrong. 2/9 created a few nerves among the camp, as did 3/21. However Ty Wundenberg and Michael Cotsios took us safely to 3/37 with just 25 required for victory. Phew! Home and hosed. Wrong again.
4/37, 5/39. Surely we couldn’t lose chasing 61? We got to 5/48 needing just 14 for victory when we lost two wickets in two balls. Another soon after left us at 8/54, still needing 8 runs. Sean McCullum was keeping us in it with a series of cleverly placed leading edges and finally the experience of Jamie Panelli come to the fore, slicing a no ball over gully for three runs for us to limp over the line. Sean finished with 13 not out. So a bullet dodged, a home final banked and all set for a re-match next week.
At Windsor Gardens the D Grade had to win to give themselves a chance of making the finals and also hope that 1st ranked Prospect beat 4th ranked Tea Tree Gully. To complicate matters, East Torrens need to win to make the finals as well. We got sent in to bat on a slightly dubious wicket and very slow, uneven outfield. At 3/20 we were wobbling a bit but an important partnership of 40 between James Cleggett (32) and Dylan Mosey (20) started moving things in the right direction. The middle order chipped in with Brayden Frost (17), Jordan Leiman (10) and Tom MacKenzie (13) contributing before Adam Clements hit a huge six to bring us to 126 all out. Not the worst effort on that pitch/outfield.
Our bowling performance was superb. Adam Clements and James du Preez picked up two wickets each early to have East Torrens 4/34. Adam continued on and bowled his 10 overs straight, gaining appreciable swing and leaving the East Torrens batters with little idea which way it was going. Brayden Frost caught one behind for Adam’s 3rd wicket and in the same over the next batter flicked one to James Cleggett at mid-wicket. Next ball their No 8 batter made the cardinal sin of shouldering arms, the ball shaping back in and hitting the dead centre of his front pad before rolling back down the pitch towards the umpire. Out lbw, Adam a 5 wicket haul and on a hat-trick. The next ball was the perfect inswinger and hit the batsman on the foot… not out was the decision! Perilously close to a hat-trick.
The East Torrens innings was in tatters though. John Bliss picked up the next wicket and then Tom MacKenzie snared the last couple. All out 71 so a 55 run win. Unfortunately despite our win, news started to filter back that Prospect had capitulated pathetically to TTG and we were out of the finals, missing out by 2.5 points. So a disappointing finish to the season but a good win. The loss to Uni meant that our destiny wasn’t solely in our own hands.
At Nazareth College the LOA’s were playing ICCSA. We sent them into bat and Nathan Bassett (3), James Duncan (2) and Daniel Subramaniam (3) were the main wicket takers as we dismissed them for 122. Freddy followed up his bowling with 53 not out as we fought our way doggedly to the target 5 wickets down with 7 overs to spare.
Along the way the club has won SACA’s Club Championship which is a measure of points across all four senior grades. It’s the first time in about 20 years that Kensington has won this award after getting a hat-trick of them back in the mid 90’s. A terrific effort from all involved though it will mean more if we can collect a few premierships alongside it!