Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Adelaide University never allowed West Torrens into the contest, instead batting for 150 overs to build a score of 7d/428, leaving their opponents no time to bat. Fresh off his inclusion in the West End Redbacks squad, Sam Kerber top-scored with 113 and he was well supported by the likes of Will Bosisto (55), Ben Wakim (63) and Kyle Brazell (87).
Daniel Drew was the pick of the bowlers for West Torrens, putting in a marathon shift of 39 overs and finishing with figures of 2/74. Joshua Slee also collected two wickets while Spencer Johnson and Murphy Short claimed one each. Veteran Callum Ferguson rolled the arm over in a rare appearance at the bowling crease, snagging 1/7 from his two overs.
It was a much tighter affair between Kensington and Glenelg at Parkinson Oval, with the former making the final game of the season by just 21 runs. Sent in by Glenelg, Kensington toiled to 240 from 71.2 overs, a total that most felt was below par on the surface. Henry Hunt scored 60 at the top of the order and Sam Rahaley putting on 82 batting at six.
The Glenelg bowling attack split the wickets on Saturday, with Chadd Sayers taking three, Josh Croom and Jack Pudney two and Liam Scott and Will Bowering finishing with one apiece. Sayers and Pudney were also on target in the field, with the two combining for a run-out that saw Darcy McRostie gone for a diamond duck.
In pursuit of the relatively low total, Glenelg were unable to form a match-winning partnership; instead losing wickets at regular intervals to fall for 219 all out in the 81st over. Jake Winter performed well to amass 61 at first drop and Harry Cunningham did what he could with 54 in the lower order, but the total proved to be just too much for the visitors, signalling an end to their season.
Elliot Opie backed up his quickfire 29 in the first innings with the brilliant figures of 4/42 from 16.3 overs, bowling his side to victory alongside leg-spinner Lloyd Pope who finished with 3/53.
The West End Men’s First Grade Final between Adelaide University and Kensington will take place at Karen Rolton Oval on Saturday and Sunday 27-28 March.
22 March 2021