Nov 062017

Adelaide defeated Kensington

Kensington     All out   133    lost first innings,  Adelaide   4 /267

Wow, that was some fantastic batting. Beautifully clean and fast. Unfortunately not by us  though !

Kensington batted first on a seaming swinging wicket and we never really found any batting rhythm, falling for a mediocre 133 helped by a free hitting Max Michalanney (23) and Extras  (22) . Resistance late by Milo Bennet (21) and Archie Walters (22) gave us some hope and we saw the opportunity to have 4 overs at them at the end of the day as a positive although they escaped away to 22 without loss. Despite that, we knew our bowling depth would give us a chance but on the second day the pitch proved otherwise with no assistance to our top end bowlers.

The rest as they say is history with an opening stand of 164 off 29 overs before their opener was caught on the boundary for 95 and the other succumbing for 61 shortly after due to some inspired leg spin by Archie who finished the day with  3 for 34 (11). Contrary to the result our bowlers again bowled well without luck and we were unlucky not to get a few decisions our way with Jack Matchett again proving slippery 0 /23 (8) and a great second spell by Milo   0/32 (7) deserving wickets on the flat pitch. Ishaan again proved frugal  0/22 (8) with both their openers hitting freely at the time.

A tough day for the captain ( Max Kelly ) with days like that, but he led from the front with some great wicketkeeping, and kept the over rate going and the team together as a solid unit.

We now know the calibre we have to play at to be competitive and hopefully next week our skills will shine.

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