Kensi vs Tea Tree Gully:
After being scheduled to play at Park 25, we were moved to Victoria Park hardwickets due to the rain. We batted first, with Jesse McMahon (15*) and Tom Hodgkinson (13*) having an opening stand of 28 off 7 overs. Everyone chipped in to get us to 3/84 off 20 overs with Jesse McMahon and Ryan Percival both making 15 not out. TTG started well with their openers putting on 20 before retiring. We restricted their scoring very well with wickets to Luke Szabo, Luke Watson and Adam Freeman. We took our chances and there were catches to Tom Turnbull and Ryan Percival. Tea Tree Gully fell 17 runs shorts, 3/67 chasing 85.
Kensington vs Sturt:
After lunch on day two we took on Sturt. We fielded first and early wickets to Ryan Percival with the new ball and four run outs, three to Jim Kelly (including two direct hits) put us in a commanding position. Jimmy’s fielding was very impressive throughout the week was a highlight. Leg spinner Seb Lowe also took a wicket to back up the great start we had made with the new ball. We kept Sturt to 7/53 off their 20 overs. Captain Kyle Adams made a valuable 10 at the top of the order, with Jim Kelly and Luke Szabo contributing to the chase between them. Once again, Jesse McMahon top scored with 15 not out, and we scraped over the line 7 wickets down with a handy 9 not out from Ryan Percival at the end. We continued batting and batted out our 20 overs. Kensi 7/69 chasing 54.
Northern Districts vs Kensington:
Our 40 over games started with a trip to Northern Districts at the Paddocks. We batted first and Tom Hodgkison (21), Kyle Adams (20), Luke Watson (25) and Henry Nitschke starred with the bat, with Henry top scoring with 27 not out. We ended our 40 overs at 7/150. We started very well with the ball, Henry Goold and Adam Freeman both making the batsmen play and having them 20 off the first 10 overs. We always looked in control, and some great captaining from Kyle Adams and 2 wickets from Jesse McMahon’s leggies and Tom Turnbull’s seamers restricted Northerns to 111 all out off 37 overs. With Kensi now recording three wins from three games and going into the next days 1 v 2 playoff against Woodville.
Day 4: Final:
Kensington vs Woodville:
We were to play Woodville in the final at Park 25 #2. Once again, we batted first and started very well, being 0/40 off the first 10 overs and looking at a score of 160+. Things didn’t go to plan with some tight bowling and good fielding from Woodville. Henry Nitchschke top scored again with 23, opening the batting. Valuable contributions from Jesse McMahon, Tom Turnbull and Luke Watson got us to 7/119 off our 40 overs.
We knew that with our attack and our ability in the field we could defend 120. We got off to a fantastic start again with another run out, this time from Ryan Percival. This set the tone for the rest of the innings and underlined that we were the outstanding fielding team of the carnival and just goes to show that fielding can change and win games of cricket. Stars with the ball were Jesse McMahon and Luke Watson, taking three apiece. While Adam Freeman did not take a wicket, he did end with figures of 4 overs, 0-2 which set the bowling innings up for Kensi. We bowled Woodville out for 84 and capped off a fantastic week with a grand final win.
Lastly, thank you to all the parents for supporting us coaches throughout the week, the week could not have gone as smoothly without you. Also, thank you to the players for a hugely successful week and congratulations on being undefeated. All players contributed to the teams win, this was a stand out from a coaching perspective as we never relied on certain players to win us games and over the three days everyone took their chances.
Back row: Hamish Gitsham (coach), Henry Dall (coach), Henry Goold, Luke Watson, Kyle Adams (captain), Luke Szabo, Thomas Hodgkison, Adam Freeman, Cameron Fatchen (coach)
Front row: Thomas Turnbull, Seb Lowe, Ryan Percival, Jesse McMahon, Jim Kelly, Henry Nitschke
It is Kensington’s fourth premiership in this competition after flags in 2010/11, 2014/15 and 2016/17.