It was a spectacular day of cricket at Col Waite for the D Grade. Year 12 student Hamish Porter won the toss in his first game as D Grade captain, and we had a bat first. Wickets fell early, but Konnis was solid with 28. His wicket saw the Mosey boys come to the crease together. With Nick pulled out of retirement by a lack of available players. The brothers batted together for the first time, and were working beautifully as a pair when D Mosey fell for 16, a partnership of 68. Nick Mosey continued on, smacking the ball to all parts of the ground in a spectacular knock from a man who hadn’t picked up a cricket bat in 2 years. Nick had strong support from Vivian (16) and N. Holmes (15), but there was no mistaking that he was in control. Nick hit 7 sixes and 20 fours on his way to a spectacular score of 145. Certainly a handy innings from the late call-up.
After N Mosey fell, the team found itself in a bit of trouble, but a mature knock from the young skipper H. Porter (33) was vital to draining the momentum from the Port Adelaide bowlers. The tail put on 46 runs for the last 4 wickets, and batted out a good number of overs to tire out the opposition. Ingram was the last wicket to fall, he referred to his terrible swipe as a “tactical declaration” in hindsight. The D’s finished with 272, Port had 15 overs to bat.
N Mosey 145
H Porter 33
J Konnis 28
A pair of peaches from Nick Holmes and Darcy Hunkin saw the openers removed quickly. Their number 3 was looking to play shots, but Darcy had other ideas. The 16 year-old in his second senior game unleashed a devastating spell of left arm bowling that decimated the Port line-up. Darce knocked the number 3’s leg stump out of the ground, before hitting middle with his very next ball. Facing a hat-trick ball, the Port batsman decided to attack, and charged down the wicket. Darcy struck him on the pad, and got his hatrick. A fantastic effort, but it didn’t stop there. Darce stuck again in his next over to claim 5-for. The opposition clearly rattled by his in-swingers, 4 of his wickets were LBW, rare for a left-armer. Not to be outdone Holmesy got another two wickets and Darce finished off his age-mandated spell of 6 overs by knocking over another one.
Port finished the day on 9/29 after 14 overs, an incredible effort by the boys, especially Darcy. 6-for, including a hat-trick in his second senior game, all at age 16. A beautiful spell of bowing.
Hunkin: 6 overs, 6-4.
Holmes: 7 overs, 3-24
An amazing day of cricket. The team will be hoping that they can skittle them again next week to claim a strong outright win. Kensington 10/272. Port Adelaide 9/29
The D Grade came in to day 2 in a fantastic position. Despite being a bowler down due to uni exams, they were confident they could get the job done. It was an odd start to the day. With one of Port Adelaide’s not out batsmen getting lost on his way to the ground, on the second week of the match. The umpires instructed Kensi to take the field, and after 3 minutes, the batsman was timed out and the innings was over.
Hamish put them back in to bat again, still 243 in front with a whole day to bowl. Any doubts that Darcy Hunkin was just a one-week wonder were quickly destroyed as the left-armer took 3 early wickets, aided by 1 from Nick Holmes. A couple of their batsmen looked to settle, but 2 wickets to Ingram and H. Porter, as well as an excellent run-out from the boundary by Sam Vivian knocked down any chance of an unlikely comeback.
Darcy picked up another wicket late to finish with 10 for the match. An extraordinary effort. Port were all out for 61 in the second innings, giving the D Grade the win by an innings and 182 runs before tea on Day 2, a comprehensive result. Well done to skipper Hamish Porter, who made 33, took 2 wickets, and captained well despite being a fielder short all day. Nick Mosey for his blistering knock of 145. An of course to Darcy who put in a special bowling performance to finish with 10 for the match.
A great win, the D’s will look to continue to build for the rest of the season.