A six-wicket haul by young leg-spinner Lloyd Pope helped Kensington take control of its clash with Adelaide University at Parkinson Oval while Adelaide allrounder Cam Valente took 5/38 to give his side the edge against last season’s premiers Tea Tree Gully before it survived an exciting finish.
Top side Kensington appeared in trouble on the second day when Uni openers Jake Weatherald (57) and Peter Wilson (33) gave their side a flying start in reply to the Browns’ 251.
They added 105 before Pope removed Weatherald, Wilson followed on the same total and then Uni captain Ben Wakim fell to Elliot Opie for a second-ball duck.
Sam Kerber and Kyle Brazell were dismissed either side of the tea break as the Blacks slipped to 5/139 and despite some resistance from wicketkeeper Daniel Kerber (38 not out), Pope (6/67) kept taking wickets as Uni was dismissed for 210.
Kensington started well through Jake Brown (28), Henry Dall (20) and John Dalton (55) but was struggling at 7/159 before wicketkeeper Tom van der Jeugd (21) and bowlers David Grant (34) and Cameron Fatchen (30) frustrated Uni.
Bailey Wightman was Uni’s most successful bowler, taking 4/43 from 30 overs.
Tea Tree Gully was rolled for only 142 on Saturday at Pertaringa Oval but made Adelaide work hard for its win.
After collapsing to 6/43, Matt Weaver (27), Adam Somerfield (30) and Ben Atkinson (27) gave the Bulls something to defend.
Adelaide openers Sam Raphael (52) and Matthew Nobes (29) made a positive start but four late wickets on Saturday created some doubts at stumps and the pressure increased on Sunday when three more wickets fell.
The score was 7/132 when Josh Pengelley joined Trevor Keen at the crease but they guided Adelaide past Tea Tree Gully’s total, Pengelley finishing with 42 and Keen unbeaten on 23.
Tim Evans took 3/40 from 13 overs and worked hard with Somerfield (2/56) and Brad Evans (2/6) to restrict Adelaide.
The grand final will be played at Glenelg Oval on Saturday and Sunday.