On a bowler-friendly pitch, King's College faced a stern challenge coping with both the conditions and the accurate Hamilton Boys High School bowling attack.
James Bamford emerged as the standout performer, showcasing patience and excellent shot selection on his way to an unbeaten 44. Despite his efforts, King's managed to post a modest total of 144 runs in 47.1 overs.
Hamilton Boys High School chased down the target comfortably, reaching it in the 30th over with the loss of only 3 wickets. While our opening bowlers made effective use of the pitch conditions, they were unfortunate not to pick up more wickets. Unfortunately, the rest of the bowling unit struggled with inconsistency in line and length. Our spinners, too, failed to find their rhythm against the aggressive opposition batsmen. To compound matters, poor fielding, including three dropped catches, further hindered our cause, resulting in a 7-wicket loss for King's.
Match Report - Thursday 5 October 2023
In the second match, Hamilton Boys High School batted first and managed to score 193/9 in their allotted 50 overs, which included 44 extras. The King's team displayed a significant improvement in their bowling, fielding, and overall intensity. Despite a high number of wides and no-balls, our bowlers put up a commendable performance. Tim Hamilton with figures of 2/24 in 10 overs, Liam Denny with 2/35 in 10, and Justin Nori with 1/19 in 10 were the standout performers with the ball.
Liam Denny, who opened the batting once again, showcased his ability at the top of the order. On his 18th birthday, he looked set for a century but was unlucky to be run out at the non-striker's end while backing up. He had contributed a remarkable 79 runs off 68 balls and had formed a promising partnership of 90 runs with Morgan Tapper. King's College successfully chased down the target in the 39th over, losing 6 wickets in the process. (Denny 79; M Tapper 61; O Kittle 14; T Hernon 15 not out).
Despite the challenging weather conditions, the matches provided valuable opportunities for our players to refine their batting, bowling, and fielding skills. It also allowed our coaches and selectors to assess the fitness levels and early-season form of the players.