Skipper Jake Brown’s rarely achieved feat of a second century in a single weekend wasn’t enough to save Kensington’s one-day qualifying final, away to Woodville, and his team’s last realistic prospect of silverware this season.
Having won the toss and elected to bat at Woodville Oval, Brown was at the non-striker’s end for the horror start of being two wickets down after two balls – already two more than had fallen in the previous day’s play against Southern District in the two-day competition.
Alex Ross (80 off 85, 10x4s and 1×6) looked in control – save only for a near run out, after some calling confusion, when 54 – as he set about innings repair with Brown before being trapped leg before, the side then a better-placed 3/142 after 29 overs.
Brown went on to score 110 off 142 balls (10x4s) – eighth man out, just 2.2 overs shy of carrying his bat for the weekend – as he steered his side to an at least competitive 248, all out on the last ball of the full 50 available overs even as 7/76 were lost over the closing 13. Brown is here pictured being congratulated by Daniel Worrall, who contributed a late 17 off 18 balls in the Southern Redbacks and Melbourne Stars player’s first on-park appearance for us since February 2017.
Unfortunately for him and his side, Brown was part of a further rarely seen double – both opposing captains opening the batting and scoring centuries. After John Dalton at midwicket claimed a catch off Daniel Burns (1/42 off 8) that the umpires had initially appeared reluctant to reward for the first wicket (Woodville 1/38 after 6.2), Harry Nielsen (108 off 117 balls) together with Jacob Dickman (90 off 108) put on a second-wicket partnership of 171 through 31.5 overs.
Nielsen’s was the first of three late wickets, briefly giving the visitors faint cause for optimism, as the home side reached the target and a semi-final berth in a relatively unconvincing closing but still by then comfortable fashion by six wickets with fully three overs to spare.
David Grant (2/52 off 9) was our only multiple wicket-taker, while Brown’s 5 left-arm orthodox overs for 12 runs were comfortably the most economical, Worrall (1/47 off 10) our only other bowler conceding less than five an over.