Kensington’s Academy teams had their first hit outs against other clubs on Monday night with five games played at various venues around Adelaide.
At Colonel Waite Oval the Black team had a tough start, finishing their 25 overs at 8/64. A few too many dot balls during our innings but there were bright spots from Jim Kelly and Henry Smart who both retired on 12. Sturt were very good in their reply, pacing their innings well and not losing a wicket – running out victors with 0/83.
At Ford Oval the Red team was in early trouble losing a heap of wickets at the start of our innings. Things were rescued by Edward Dolling who made a brilliant 50* from 50 balls. His innings helped us reach 85 from our 25 overs. We struggled to take wickets in our bowling innings but managed to keep the runs down. Sturt finished at 3/76.
There was a cliffhanger at Langman Reserve with the Yellow team hanging on for a tight win. We finished with 7/102 from our 25 overs batting first. Riley Smith (12*) and Tyson Matthews (15) had a good partnership at the top of the order before some late hitting from Harry Woods (12*) and Harry Hooworth-Moule (20) got us up to a defendable score. Wickets to Edward Nitschke and Alex Pertl plus a couple to Riley Smith kept us in the game. Leg spinner Harry Hooworth-Moule bowled the last over with Sturt requiring 4 runs to tie and 5 runs to win. The over went; one, dot, wicket, dot, one, wicket which was enough to deliver a two run win.
At Leroy Oval the Green team batted first against Prospect. We had contributions right down the order and finished our 25 overs at 5/90. Noah Latimer made 16* opening the batting while George Wicks (9*) and Thomas Riggall (10) kept things moving. An excellent partnership at the end between Archer Schwarz (23* off 17 balls) and Lucas Donlan (7*) saw us reach 90. We will bowl next week.
At Marryatville the Blue team finished with 6/79 batting first. Top scorers were Riley McDonald and Jesse Laing with 10 and Jude Thomas and Tharan Balachander with 9 each. Sturt scored quickly in the reply and finished with 2/110. Freddie Whitford and Oliver Ellis were the wicket takers.
A really fun night with some challenging cricket played. A huge thank you to Mick Weatherald and the Sturt District Cricket Club and also Charlie Newman & Peter Forbes from Prospect for organising the games. There will be more matches played next Monday.