The star-studded contest, played under lights at Karen Rolton Oval, saw 561 runs scored including a century, four half-centuries and the fall of 15 wickets before Kensington claimed the title with just eight balls to spare.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Adelaide University got off to a solid start, with Redbacks pair Will Bosisto and Jake Weatherald scoring 27 and 24 respectively before Daniel Worrall broke the partnership amidst a sparkling spell of fast bowling.
Adelaide University’s line-up all contributed runs, but it was Ben Wakim and Daniel Kerber who inflicted the most damage with the blade. Wakim muscled his way to 80 from just 81 deliveries before Worrall sent one down with his name on it, while Kerber smashed 64 from 50 to help his side set a strong total of 280.
Worrall finished with the brilliant figures of 2/28 from his 10 overs, including two maidens; a performance that kept Kensington in the hunt at the midway point. David Grant, another Redbacks listed quick, picked up three wickets in his spell, striking the stumps each time to clean up the lower order.
A difficult run-chase looked even tricker for Kensington early when they lost both openers with just 17 runs on the board as a result of some excellent bowling from Nick Winter and Liam Greber. Johnathon Dalton and Alex Ross then steadied the ship however, putting on 126 in quick time to have Adelaide University desperately seeking a wicket.
When Dalton fell to Samuel Kerber for 59, the door looked to have been prised open, but Joshua Doyle then strode confidently to the crease for Kensington and took control of the situation. He and Ross combined for 87 before the latter had his stumps rattled by Wes Agar, heading to the sheds with 114 from 112 to his name, an innings of class when it mattered most.
Doyle and Darcy McRostie then guided Kensington to the win, hitting the winning runs in the 49th over to begin the celebrations. Doyle finished with 63* from 58 balls, an innings that will not soon be forgotten in the Kensington rooms.
It was an action-packed weekend of Premier Cricket in South Australia, with the opening day of Round 11 West End Men’s First Grade taking place on Saturday. Jake Lehmann kicked things off on a strong note, raising his bat on the way to 144 of East Torrens’ 271 run total. Tea Tree Gully have plenty of work to do next weekend after ending the day 1/12 in reply.
West Torrens are in a strong position against Adelaide thanks to a wonderful knock of 145 from new recruit Ryan Gibson, ably supported by Bailey Capel with 93, that saw them put on 317. 1/20 at stumps, Adelaide will need everything to go right in their response.
Adelaide University won the toss in their clash with Southern District and their bowlers made the most of the decision to field first, bowling the opposition out for just 92 in 35.1 overs. Nick Winter and Wes Agar were the pick of the bowlers, pocketing 5/21 and 3/24 respectively. Adelaide University then doubled down on the advantage, amassing 2/266 by stumps thanks to 69 from Jake Weatherald, 65* from Samuel Kerber and a magnificent 120* from Will Bosisto.
Port Adelaide batted all day in their fixture against Northern Districts, with 7/279 reflected on the scoreboard when the umpires flicked off the bails. Zac Worden remains 77* with the bat, looking to build towards three figures next weekend.
Alex Carey was the star for Glenelg on day one of their battle with Sturt, bashing 92 from 93 deliveries to get his side into a commanding position with 318 on the board. Sebastian Young was the pick of the bowlers for Sturt, toiling away for 31.3 overs to finish with figures of 7/176, including the prized wicket of Carey.
A day before their spectacular One Day Cup win, Kensington were on song against Woodville, scoring 288 on the back of centuries from Joshua Doyle and Elliot Opie. In response, Woodville are 0/45 from 18 overs faced.