Kensington remain top of the table, sealing a sixth straight victory, comfortably defeating Adelaide at home. Adelaide managed a solid start thanks to Ben Pengelley (53) leading the charge, however he struggled to find support. Brown’s captain Elliot Opie (2/35) secured his 300th A-Grade wicket, while Henry Hunt (76 not out) and Josh Doyle (52 not out) made light work of the 178-run total.
East Torrens bounced back following their first loss last round, picking up the points over Port Adelaide at Port Reserve. The visitors appeared in trouble at 2/36 before Lewis Evans (82) and captain Michael Cranmer (55) stepped to the crease. Their 97-run fourth wicket stand, backed up by Joel Size's 5-wicket haul (5/45), was crucial for the Darley Road locals. Port’s Zac Warden (84) and Isaac Conway (53) did their best to scale back the total, however fell 18 runs short.
West Torrens locked away a third victory from six rounds, holding off Glenelg at the Bay. Chadd Sayers led from the front, notching 60 from 64 deliveries, helping Glenelg to 8/206. It was a team bowling effort from the Eagles with six names collecting a wicket each - Sean Hunt was the best of the bunch with 3/31 from his allocated overs. Glenelg looked in the box seat with the Eagles on the ropes at 5/38 as Patrick Fisher walked to the middle. Piling on 112 from 111 balls, the number seven batsman wasted no time getting to work, carrying his side to victory with an over to spare.
Kyle Scrimegour (3/51) was the star for Prospect in their win over Northern Districts, starting his day collecting the in-form Kabir Luthra for a fourth-ball duck. Amrao Singh (97) stuck in for the Jets before being Scrimegour had him trapped LBW, before rounding out his trio of wickets picking up Districts skipper Mark Cosgrove. Izaac Boylen was key in clearing the middle order, picking up 4/30 from his ten overs. Chasing 225 for victory and fresh off his spell with the ball, Scrimegour (102 from 118) got to work with the bat, notching a tonne as the Jets bowling attack struggled with the Pirates successfully running down to total.
Adelaide Uni were clinical in their matchup with Woodville, thanks to standout performances from a number of its stars. Will Bosisto (4/52) was in fine form with ball in hand, collecting both Woodville openers and leaving the home side rattled at 2/3. Daniel Kerber (90), Kyle Brazell (77) and Cooper Luke (66) all made contributions with the sword, helping Uni to build a convincing 313-run total. Woodville's Harvey Brennan (67) and Mitchell Fuss (71) fought back however the damage had been done, with Uni claiming victory by 78 runs.
Elsewhere, Tea Tree Gully collected their second win defeating Southern District, while Sturt had the bye.
The West End Twenty20 Cup also kicked off in recent weeks, with last season’s finalists Adelaide University and East Torrens both remaining unbeaten.
Uni were ferocious against Port Adelaide, knocking over the visitors 8/100 before chasing down the total in 11.5 overs. Uni’s Will Bosisto and Sam Kerber were the main culprits, finishing 38 not out and 41 not out respectively. East Torrens defeated Prospect in similar circumstances, rolling the Pirates for 8/127 before Jake Lehmann (66) and Ryan King (52 not out) made light work of the chase, closing the match in 11 overs.
Sturt defeated Northern Districts, with Kelly twins (Thomas 86 and Corey 42) key for the Blues while West Torrens collected their first win, thanks to work of Daniel Drew (72) and Bailey Capel (49 not out). Southern District’s Josh Barrett was the rounds top-scorer, falling just short of a century (97), while Kensington’s Ashley Eckermann collected 4/20 in the Brown’s victory over Glenelg.
Best with bat:
112 not out: Patrick Fisher (West Torrens)
102: Kyle Scrimegour (Prospect)
97: Amrao Singh (Northern District)
90: Daniel Kerber (Adelaide Uni)
84: Zac Worden (Port Adelaide)
Best with ball:
5/45: Joel Size (East Torrens)
4/30: Izaac Boylen (Northern Districts)
4/52: Will Bosisto (Adelaide Uni)
4/64: T Pinson (Woodville)
3/31: S Hunt (West Torrens)