Tea Tree Gully’s batting depth and a failure to apply bowling pressure consistently for long enough in defence of a sub-par total proved too much for Kensington to manage a much-needed away win over the ladder leaders at Pertaringa Oval.
The Browns resumed at 8/202 but with David Grant (15 not out) unable to continue his innings and neither he nor innings principal salvager Elliot Opie (83) on hand to bowl, due to approaching Toyota Futures League state commitments in Fremantle, Nick Palmer and Cameron Fatchen their respective incoming replacements.
Just eight runs were added, Lucas Froude six of them to reach 64 not out, as the innings lasted only a further 3.4 overs, moments short of any being witnessed by the team’s late-arriving and duly fined scorer Anthony ‘Buck’ Rogers who was evidently victim to a village alarm-programming error (AM ≠ PM) combined with the half-hour earlier start, distant away venue and some very sleep-accommodating air conditioning on another scorcher as the mercury rose from a ‘low’ of 23.7 to reach 38.5 at West Terrace/ngayirdapira.
Defending just 210, our bowlers were up and about in the session to lunch – Fatchen, skipper Jake Brown (2/27, one each with fast medium and slow orthodox) and Palmer each grabbing an early wicket before Scott Aufderheide (2/57) removed both set batsmen immediately before the interval to see the Gullies 5/100 and the Browns still in the game.
The home side would lose just one wicket in the second session, however, and another just three runs shy of victory, as the pitch flattened and skipper Matthew Weaver (49) all but saw his side home before a Brad Evans six clinched the result half an hour after the tea break.