West Torrens triumphs in historic triple treat
Bradman Medallist, Daniel Drew, claimed the final wicket as his team became the first to win all three grand finals in one season, a year after the club finished bottom of the two-day competition.
Kensington won the toss and chose to bowl first in the two-day decider but West Torrens was able to post a formidable total of 334 on the back of Leigh Drennan’s 104.
Young Redback, Kelvin Smith (45), and 16-year-old, Bailey Capel (55), had given the Eagles a bright start and Drennan then held the innings together with his 206-ball innings which secured for the wicketkeeper the DW Hookes Trophy as the Player of the Match.
Kensington’s chase started badly, with Braedon Renshaw removing both openers cheaply. Veteran Trent Kelly then took 4/45 and Ben Williams 3/33 as the Browns were bowled out for 176, despite an unbeaten 97 by Alex Ross.
West Torrens secured the first of the three titles by claiming the West End One Day Cup in late February.
Opening bowlers Renshaw (2/10) and Spencer Johnson (5/40) had Glenelg on the back foot early before Tom Plant (70) guided the Seahorses to 9/154 from their 50 overs.
West Torrens captain Smith (68) and Drew (45no) set the tone for the run chase and the Eagles reached the target in 40 overs, with seven wickets in hand.
The same two clubs competed the next weekend for the West End Twenty20 Cup at Adelaide Oval and West Torrens made it two from two.
Glenelg posted 6/152 from 20 overs but the Eagles batsmen again led the team to victory. Smith smashed 38 from 18 balls and then Drew (61*) and Drennan (42*) added an unbeaten 94-run third wicket partnership to clinch the trophy.
West Torrens celebrates their winning wicket in the West End First Grade (two-day) grand final against Kensington
Three in a row: Elated West Torrens players realise their victory in the West End First Grade (two-day) grand final against Kensington
SACA West End One-Day Grand Final: West Torrens v Glenelg
SACA West End Twenty20 Cup: West Torrens v Glenelg