The old adage of catches win matches was nearly our undoing on Sunday at Col Waite, as West Torrens’ fielders managed 4 of the best catches seen in some time to dismiss Kensington batters.
Fortunately Eliza Doddridge provided one of the best innings seen to lift Kensington to victory – a chanceless 104 from only 86 balls, including 13 @ 4’s and 1 @ 6. Eliza’s form this season has been outstanding and it was a joy to see her score her maiden century with such clean hitting and composure.
Shae Daly (16) provided middle order support, with Sarah Lowe (13) the only other batter to reach double figures. With Eliza the 8th wicket to fall with the score on 168 in the 37th over, the tail, aided by some wayward bowling, saw us post a total of 187. Unfortunately we didn’t bat out our 40 overs, so West Torrens’ target was a very attainable 3.74 runs per over.
West Torrens made a cautious start to the run chase, and losing only 1 early wicket, they were on target at 1/57 after 14. However the loss of 6 wickets for only 40 runs in the next 14 overs swung the game back our way, with tandem spin from Shae Daly (1/31) and Monique Draycott (3/30) and 2 run outs putting us on top.
West Torrens managed to bat out their remaining overs, but could only add 50 runs, handing Kensington their first victory in the 50 over format this season.