Top-placed Kensington won a thrilling final by just seven runs against Adelaide University at Parkinson Oval.

The home side was in trouble early, falling to 8/144 before some big lower-order hitting from Tom Mackenzie, who smashed 51 off 36 balls, helped the Browns post a competitive total of 208 off 63 overs. University’s best bowlers were Josiah Grzyb (3/58) and Tom Robertson (3/30).

In reply, University’s batters had no early answers to Kensington’s experienced bowling attack, crashing to 6/47. But international student Payas Bidwai toiled hard for his side and built a series of partnerships that took Uni to the edge of victory. Uni’s ninth wicket fell on 201 and then Bidwai was the last man dismissed for 79, from 327 balls in 444 minutes. Nick Palmer was the pick of the bowlers for Kensington taking 4/35 off his 28 overs, including 13 maidens, while Tom Price picked up 3/45 off his 22 overs.

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Southern District won a tight battle against Adelaide University at Park 25 (No 2) by 28 runs.

Southern District posted 7/131 after its 40 overs thanks to Narelle Maiolo, who starred with 52 off 101 balls, and Callie Wilson (28) and wicketkeeper Sheriden Howell (25).

Adelaide University struggled against the Stringrays’ bowling attack but recovered from 6/28 to be dismissed for 103 after 39 overs. Alex Gajewska (33) and Rachel Banham (11) added 46 runs for the eighth wicket and Kaitlyn Heath claimed match-winning figures of 5/15 from her six overs.

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Kensington secured a comfortable 133-run win over minor premiers Glenelg at Port Adelaide Reserve.

Liam Scanlon’s unbeaten 99 steered the Browns to 5/221 after their 80 overs, while Lachlan Combes was the standout bowler for Glenelg, taking 3/59 off his 18 overs.

Glenelg made slow progress on Sunday and after Riki Boschma was bowled for 42 the Seahorses lost 5/5 to be dismissed for 88 after 57 overs. Michael Cappelluti and Adam Clements both snared three wickets for the Browns, and there were three run outs.

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East Torrens clinched the first premiership of the weekend, defeating Kensington by 36 runs at Campbelltown Memorial Oval.

Sam Taylor (47) and Craig Eichler (33) top scored the home side as East Torrens finished on 8/160 after their 40 overs. Browns captain Jordan Leiman claimed 3/24 off his eight overs.

Despite Fred McClure’s 53 for Kensington, East Torrens maintained the pressure and the last four wickets fell for 13 runs as the Browns were bowled out for 124 after 34 overs. Eichler backed up his good performance with the bat to take 3/15 off eight overs, while Ben Ianniello also took three wickets for the Reds.

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Sturt 4/141 (S Raphael 64, J Potter 38*, Z Altamura 2/16) d Adelaide 8/139 (N Roberts-Thomson 35, LA Beckham 3/21, C Morbey 2/22).


Adelaide 5/208 (T Bywater 53*, K Mittal 50, J Reichelt 46) d Northern Districts 93 (T Tattoli 26, O Burkin 3/12, W Patton 3/14, C Pasculli 2/14).


Glenelg 146 (O Grant 63, S Harnas 3/25, M Vanderwoude 2/23) d Northern Districts 90 (T Latham 27, H Otto 3/5, P Wilson 3/7, B McPherson 2/11).


Adelaide 158 (C Heesemans 47) d Sturt 59 (C Pearson 2/3, C Heesemans 2/11, JW O’Sullivan 2/12).