Kensington are well-placed to claim first-innings points and potentially push for more, after dominating day one with ball and bat away to West Torrens.
Jake Brown elected to bowl in humidly warm and overcast conditions that saw the start of play at Henley & Grange slightly delayed by passing precipitation, some early time passed with debate over the point at which heavy spitting had become a shower had become rain.
Even with Dan Worrall on Redbacks duties, along with batsmen John Dalton and Alex Ross – Ross at last also rewarded for some consistently strong form – we fielded the strong fast-medium attack of Elliot Opie (2/39), David Grant (2/43), Scott Aufderheide (2/42) and Brown (1/11), supported by legspinner Lloyd Pope (3/16) playing his first game for us this calendar year and since his Under 19 World Cup exploits earned him enough global notice for the coveted social-media verification of a blue tick on his Instagram account.
All Browns bowlers looked sharp as the home side crawled to 2/61 off 26 overs to lunch. Slip and keeper catches off Opie and Aufderheide in the second, third and fourth overs after the break had the Western Eagles battling at 5/76. Grant then took wickets on ball one of his second spell’s both first and second overs, while Pope (pictured) brought a swift end to the innings and a slightly early tea by dismissing Nick Crouch (a run-a-ball 47) and two tail-enders in his sixth, seventh and eighth overs – that the last was an lbw decision was only slightly disappointing following a rare innings run of nine ‘caught’ dismissals, even with a couple of sharp chances not taken, West Torrens all out for 153.
With fully 46 overs to be faced, a long final session loomed and was to last just more than three hours. Openers Hugh Cranendonk and Henry Dall fell, in consecutive overs, with the score at 27. Adam Hose (62no) and Jake Brown (29) then had us looking at the possibility of first-day points, before wickets either side of the second drinks break had us ultimately settling just 27 shy at the close of play at 4/127.