Day 1, With heavily overcast conditions offering some assistance to bowlers, the skipper got us off the right start by winning the toss and electing to bowl. The match would ordinarily have started on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, so the teams and match officials lined up on the boundary to first observe a minute’s silence marking 99 years since the end of First World War hostilities.
All bowlers contributed and were supported in the field, as Glenelg were tied down and kept losing wickets. At 9/124 and with tea looking particularly early, Glenelg 16-year-old number 5 batsman Josh Hoffman decided to unleash, causing late damage to some of the bowling figures (Grant’s very tidy 4/47 became 4/80) and also a club window pane, struck hard on the full as he moved swiftly from 40 to 94. It fell to Euan Fletcher, again barely silent since the pre-match observance, to run out the Bays’ number 11 who’d contributed 2 to an 11th wicket stand of 56. Even so, 180 was a more than gettable target.
Skipper Jake Brown led an aggressive response, striking 44 off just 33 balls (6x4s and 1×6), and Alex Ross continues an outstanding run of Brown form reaching 62 not out off 51 balls (8x4s and 3x6s), opener Henry Dall a more circumspect 38 not out. When the umpires decided conditions had become too gloomy around 6.30pm, we were just 13 runs shy at 2/167 off just 33 of the 41 scheduled overs. To make up lost overs, play resumes 30 minutes earlier this Saturday at 10.30am.
Day 2, The 10.30am scheduled start to make up for lost time the previous Saturday meant an even longer anxious wait to see if the centre square would dry enough from the week’s wet weather for us to get on the park for the 14 runs we still needed. Players variously took to the gaming console for some Call of Duty, had a stroll through a local par 3 golf course and in at least one instance possibly even ‘chilled’ with a close acquaintance before players were summonsed to be back at the ground for 3 o’clock. While there might have been no luck had it been left for Glenelg to be convinced, the umpires more importantly did decide that conditions were fit for play for ultimately a 4.30pm resumption. An Alex Ross boundary took him to 66 for a total of 383 runs in his last four two-day Kensington knocks @ 191.5. Euan Fletcher scored 3 off the only ball he faced and Henry Dall remained not out on 40, bringing up some boundary leg byes off the last ball of the day’s third over to secure the points with 7 wickets in hand. Job done, some points at last on the board in the main comp with another home game next round against Woodville next Saturday/Sunday.