Club History

 

The Kensington District Cricket Club, located in the Kensington Gardens Reserve, South Australia, and is a member of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), South Australia’s peak cricket body under the auspices of Cricket Australia.

Founded in 1871  Kensington has a world wide cricket reputation with an extraordinary cricket record, producing many First Class cricketers and several Australian Test players. Most famously the Club’s history is dominated by the presence of several cricketing greats, including Sir Donald Bradman* and Clarrie Grimmett* who played for our club in the 1930′s.

Other famous South Australian “Browns” include Sam Parkinson, Peter Brinsley, John Inverarity, Kevin Wright, Brian Hurn, Ian Glover, Neil Dansie, Terry Jenner*, Jeff Hammond, Howard Mutton, James Brayshaw, Tim May, Jamie Siddons, Mark Cleary, Greg Blewett, Michael Klinger and Jake Brown.

Kensington is a name that has featured in every South Australian cricket season since the late 1800s with a proud and competitive history of numerous premierships, representative selections, awards and achievements spanning mens, women’s and junior grade cricket.

Kensington has fantastic facilities featuring three beautiful tree fringed Cricket Ovals -Parkinson, Colonel Waite and Ford Ovals .

Today, Kensington is a vibrant and unified District Cricket Club with an integrated cricket development program incorporating juniors, women and mens senior cricket, fielding teams across all competitions.

Kensington’s juniors are tomorrows senior and representative players and Kensington invests heavily in its junior program through its Kensington Junior Cricket Academy initiative.

Club History

The Kensington District Cricket Club is a member of the South Australian Cricket Association, South Australia’s ruling cricket body. Kensington boasts an extremely rich past player history, dominated by the presence of Sir Donald Bradman and Clarrie Grimmett who played for our club in the 1930’s.

In 1963, the Burnside City Council relocated the Club from Kensington Oval to the Kensington Gardens Reserve. The Club has leases over the three cricket oval in perpetuity as compensation for this relocation. The Reserve is arguably the most unique and idyllic environment for cricket. Surrounded by tall gums in a lush setting, our grounds lack the characteristic harshness of the normal suburban sporting oval.

The Kensington District Cricket Club is one of the world’s most famous cricket clubs. By virtue of the grounds to manage, the Marleybone Cricket Club (Lords) and the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCG) are the most recognised cricket clubs in the world. However, amongst the world cricket fraternity, the Browns are well renowned.

Since our inception, our Club has not only produced many First Class cricketers but several Test players. Some famous names who are well known in South Australian sport are Sam Parkinson, Peter Brinsley, John Inverarity, Kevin Wright, Brian Hurn, Ian Glover, Neil Dansie, Terry Jenner, Jeff Hammond, Howard Mutton, James Brayshaw, Tim May, Jamie Siddons, Mark Cleary and Greg Blewett. Kensington has won 14 A Grade Premierships and has been runner up on 7 other occasions.

Links to website articles
2010-11 Senior Trophy Winners
2010-11 Junior Trophy Winners
2010-11 Grade Cricket Award Winners
2010-11 A Grade Grand Final
2010-11 NEJCA U/13 Grand Finals (Day 1 / Day 2)
2010-11 A Grade Semi Final (Day 1 / Day 2)
2010-11 A Grade Women’s Twenty20 Grand Final
2010-11 XXXX Gold Cup One Day Semi Final
2010-11 U/12 Statewide Cup Premiership
2010-11 BankSA Shield (semi final / grand final)

More recent history is available from the Club archives, accessible from the home page.

Kensington Lookalikes
Pat Connelly’s Catch of the Century
2011-12 Ray Sutton Shield Grand Final
2011-12 West End Twenty20 Grand Final
2011-12 BankSA Shield Semi Final
2011-12 BankSA Shield Grand Final

 

Below: Club legend and life member, Barry “Nugget” Rees