Premier Cricket returned to grounds around Adelaide over the weekend following the brief hiatus of community sport in recent weeks. Two-day points remained on the line for teams, despite matches being reduced to the one-day format ahead of the Christmas break.
Despite losing Alex Ross and Lloyd Pope to KFC BBL duties ahead of the fourth round of Premier Cricket action, Kensington claimed victory over West Torrens in a rain affected affair. A maiden century for West Torrens’ Tom Sibley (115 not out), paired with a 95-run third-wicket partnership alongside reliable opener Bailey Capel (44) helped to guide the Eagles to 8/235 at the close of their innings.
As the elements took over, Kensington focused in on their revised total. Henry Hunt in his first appearance with bat in hand for Kensington this season, produced an unbeaten 100 knock. Supported by John Dalton (54 from 83), the pair saw the Browns to victory in 38.3 overs.
Adelaide University were back on the winners list in a similarly wet and wild match, defeating Sturt at Price Memorial Oval. The Blues struggled to settle early losing 4/25 as Uni were set a revised total when rain set in on Saturday afternoon. Seven boundaries helped Max Parker (54) to a half-century, providing some support for Sturt who managed 124 in the drizzly conditions.
Sam Kerber was a crucial cog in Uni’s triumph, claiming 3/13 from his 8 overs with the ball before backing up with the willow (53 not out) to see his side over the line.
Glenelg also profited from the DLS, taking the points over Tea Tree Gully. Jack Pudney played his part for the home side, picking up 5/49 from his allotted overs, while Bull’s Fletcher Pannell (70 from 111) top-scored for the match.
Kabir Luthra’s 112 (from 145 deliveries) steered Northern Districts to their first win of the season, knocking over Southern District by 46 runs. Cooper Thompson starred with the ball for the Jets claiming career-best figures of 6/46 and helping to dismiss the visitors for 201. Shaun Tanner posted 86 for the Stingrays in an effort to push his side forward, while Lewis Hatchett picked up 4/61 including the breakthrough wicket of Luthra.
A 98-run first-wicket stand from Woodville’s Conor McInerney and Louis Green guided the home side to their second win of the season. Winning the toss and electing to bowl worked in favour of Woodville who claimed opener Paul Wasiewicz for a first-ball duck before Harry Thoman and Ben Turley rattled through Prospect’s order, picking up 4/41 and 3/29 respectively.
Port Adelaide ensured that Adelaide remained winless thus far this season as they pushed into the top four, claiming the points at Port Reserve. Chris Quinsey (26) was Adelaide’s best performer with the bat as the visitors struggled early, losing 3/28. Port’s Mackenzie Best (3/19) and Joe Medew-Ewen (3/40) did their best to hold the visitors to a precarious 127.
Adelaide fought back early with the ball, picking up 2/10 and momentarily regaining the momentum. Captain Austin Umpherston (37) and Scott Dalgeish (30 not out) were the difference for Port, guiding the home team to victory in just 37 overs.
East Torrens had the bye, before facing Sturt next weekend at home.
Best with bat:
115no: Thomas Sibley (West Torrens)
112: Kabir Luthra (Northern Districts)
100no: Henry Hunt (Kensington)
86: Shaun Tanner (Southern District)
Best with ball:
6/46: Cooper Thompson (Southern District)
5/49: Jack Pudney (Glenelg)
4/61: Lewis Hatchett (Northern Districts)
4/41: Harry Thoman (Woodville)