Nov 012017

University 3/69 (13 overs) def Kensington 8/68 (16 overs)
First home game of the season, chasing our first win and up against top-of-the-table University. Hopes were high for Kensington as we fielded the strongest 2nd grade unit of the season, with Bella Smith playing her first game for the year and vice-captain Jess Murray back from Bali. With Amelie Green unfit after the City/Country match the day before, young Lexie, who was named in the side as a fielding sub, came into the playing group.
Chloe Frick won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Having lost a low-scoring game at the death against Southerns last week, we were looking for heaps of runs to put the pressure on a good Uni side coached by the lovely Alex Gajewska, who has recently completed her Level 2 coaching certification.
The two youngsters opened up and got us off to a good start at 0/27 off six, a reasonable early run rate of 4.5 an over. Olivia Mulvany (10) was bowled, followed by Maeve Edwards also bowled (10) leaving us 2/33 off 7. Amy Kaesler bating at 3 made a nice 16, including a lofted shot over the covers for a brace; good to see Amy putting the hard work in the nets into practice in a game. Unfortunately, the rest of the scores read like a phone number, with no-one really troubling the scorers. Unfortunately, we were bowled out in 16 overs. This is the second week we’ve been bowled out inside 20 overs and something we need to work on at training. A couple of good starts in games 1 and 3 haven’t translated into competitive scores.
Kensi then took the field trying to defend a fairly meagre score. At 0/32 off 3, it looked like the game was going to finish in record time. A good fightback from the girls had Uni 1/33, then 2/36 and the supporters on the boundary started to hope. The game tightened up again at 3/51…. but with wickets and overs in hand Uni cruised to the win 3 down in 13.1 overs.
Wickets were shared with Amy 1/20 from 3, Maeve 1/16 from 3 and Bella 1/17 from 3.
With our 2nd grade side now none from 3, finals in the T20 competition look out of reach. Next week sees us travelling out west to play Port Adelaide at Port Adelaide Reserve. Despite not winning a game this season, Kensington still sit just above Port Adelaide on the table, so a great chance for our first win for the season.

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