Sturt were dominant in the face of a determined East Torrens, thanks to a tenacious Brad Davis. Leading the way, smacking 144 (from 126), Davis was a driving force for the Blues, collecting his second century this season. Fellow West End Redbacks rookie, Corey Kelly was the other crucial cog in Sturt’s win, hitting 103 from 82 deliveries, finding the boundary six times and clearing it on five occasions.
The Blues made light work of East Torrens top order, with Kelly (2/36) picking up both openers. Captain Michael Cranmer (83 from 102) did his best to steady his side after losing 4/47, however it was the work of Sebastian Young who claimed 4/53 finishing East Torrens day, as Sturt jump into second position on the ladder.
Northern Districts claimed back-to-back wins after opening their account last week, surprising West Torrens at home. A second century in as many weeks for Kabir Luthra (101 from 144), in partnership with Mark Cosgrove was the key to the Jets success. Luthra patiently batted out his innings, while Cosgrove hunted down his 132 from just 85 deliveries, opting to save his legs, notching 17 boundaries.
A startled West Torrens, with an imposing 293 total to chase, struggled to replicate their oppositions innings. District’s Mitch Thomas claimed best bowling figures for the visitors, picking up 2/33 from his 7.3 overs. A half century for Lachlan Pointon (51 from 57) wasn’t enough to help the home side across the line, falling 85 runs short.
Adelaide picked up their first win of the season, defeating Woodville at Glandore Oval. Josh Pengelley and Bradley Fallon stunned the visitors, collecting 5/13 and 3/26 respectively. The pair all but cleared the Woodville team sheet, dismissing the opposition for 128.
In addition to his five scalps, Pengelley held the Woodville batsmen scoreless for three overs, picking up three maidens from his 8 over spell. It was then the work of Will Patton (34 not out) and James Takon (37 not out), to chase down the total, knocking off early for the afternoon, doing so in 24.4 overs.
Will Bosisto ensured that his side remained in top four contention, securing his second triple figure score in five rounds. Bosisto’s 130 not out in Adelaide University’s match up with Port Adelaide was the difference for Uni who, at 4/34, appeared in danger before the Perth local stepped to the crease.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first played well for Port, who posted 9/220 from their designated overs. Isaac Conway (99) fell heartbreakingly short of a century, but helped his side to a defendable total. Tyler Grainger-Balding sent the bails flying as Conway sat on cusp of 100 - the first of a trio of wickets for the Magpie. Port stayed in touch throughout, falling just short as the home side locked away the victory with 15 balls to spare.
Kensington continued on its winning way, yet to drop a match, defeating Prospect at home. Elliot Opie was the dominant force in the first innings, helping to dismiss Prospect for 161, picking up 5/22 from his 10 overs. In a relatively low-scoring match, Max Hatzoglou (34) was the top scorer for the visitors, as Kensington strode down the total in under 40 overs.
Glenelg made it two in a row following their bye round, in part thanks to a pair of half-centuries from Ben Bullimore (53) and Chadd Sayers (53 not out). Southern District struggled with bat in hand, as Huw Stone claimed 3/15 from his 8.5 overs, alongside Sayers (2/30) and William Bowering (2/22) who picked up two wickets apiece. Chasing 219 for victory, the Stingrays stumbled collecting 131 from their 38.5 overs.
Tea Tree Gully had the bye.
Best with bat:
144: Brad Davis (Sturt)
132: Mark Cosgrove (Northern Districts)
130 not out: Will Bosisto (Adelaide University)
103: Corey Kelly (Sturt)
101: Kabir Luthra (Northern Districts)
Best with ball:
5/13: Josh Pengelley (Adelaide)
5/22: Elliot Opie (Kensington)
4/22: Ashish Pokhrel (Southern District)
4/31: Kyle Scrimegour (Prospect)
4/53: Sebastian Young (Sturt)