Kensington defeated Glenelg
Day 1, The Bs headed down to Gliderol Stadium to take on a strong Glenelg outfit who have taken an early lead on the 2nd grade table with two convincing wins in their first two games of 2017.
Glenelg won the toss and after some discussion between the opposing captain and his team mates they collectively decided to bat on a surprisingly green Gliderol wicket.
The day didn’t start exactly how the Bs would have liked with Opener Michael Sullivan suffering a blow to his finger in the warm up which sent him off to get X-rays and left the Bs starting with 9 men to take the field as we waited for super sub Dan Submaranian and Simon Schwerdt who was sitting an exam that morning.
The opposing captains indecision proved fair as the B-grade got off to a cracking start with Michael Cappelluti continuing from where he left off last week taking early polls and rattling rib cages answering questions of whether he could perform without his fan club in attendance.
Nick Palmer joined in and the B-grade were on top at 5/40 until a gutsy innings by the Glenelg skipper and a couple of partnerships ensued getting Glenelg through to just before tea all out for 153, leaving us with 34 overs to bat in the best part of the day.
With Michael Sullivan out at the top of the order with a fractured finger Sean McCullen joined Michael Davies and looked immediately at home with the new ball as they worked well together to chase down the 153. Sean took particular liking to one of the pace bowlers flicking him over mid wicket and showing great intent for 55 before coming undone just before the close of play.
Cranendonk (10) and Davies (34) are unbeaten going into next week in a strong position at 1/105 needing 49 runs to take the points.
The B grade returned to Gliderol with a few new faces including James Cleggett for his first appearance, and Panners for his first B grade game for years. Granty and Opes also came in the side to strengthen our middle order.
Only needing 49 runs to win, Michael Hulk Davies and Hugh Snoof ‘Cranedk’ walked out on day 2 to see a hard Gliderol pitch that had a bit in it. We lost Davies after a few overs for a well played 34 who put us in a good position on day 1. Cranners continued along nicely with 32 and we lost him just before reaching the target. Middle order contributions got us past the target comfortably, and some lower order hitting including a David Grant bomb got us to 8/208d at Lunch (65 run lead). Davies 34, Cranedk 32, Granty 23*, Opes 22, Holmes 15.After lunch we had another crack at rolling Glenelg, but unfortunately we were unsuccessful in doing so. Cleggs came out and bowled good wheels, and was unlucky not to be rewarded with a pole. Sticks had the ball talking from his end, and was rewarded with 2 scalps. Glenelg batted well with their No. 3 looking comfortable and put on a few for the third wicket. After some overs from the spinners, we introduced our third seemer. Burner bought on Michael Davies to bowl which had sent a message to the Glenelg boys that we were almost done for the day. Davo’s first over provided nothing in the batsman’s half and got hit for a couple of boundaries. Signs were looking ominous for this man’s start to his bowling career. His second however improved and only conceded 5 off the over. Cranenbridge at cover watched a few balls fly past him as Davo’s figures compiled to 0/17 off 2. Not a bad effort. We called it at tea with Glenelg 2/132, and overall a good win for the B grade moving us to the top of the ladder with Woodville next and the bye.
Michael Cappelluti set the game up for us on day one taking 3 for nothing in the first 15 minutes, and Glenelg were out of the game after that spell. Palms taking 4 also assured that they would not post a big first innings total.