15 Feb 2020

Saturday 15 February 2020

A wrap-up of the results for our most recent King's cricket fixtures.

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1st XI vs St Peter's College: Robinson’s gritty knock puts King’s in control

King’s College 222 all out in 49.2 overs
St Peter’s College 160 all out in 47 overs
King’s win by 62 runs

At 16/2 in the 8th over and 40/3 in the 14th, King’s had to dig themselves out of a quandary and it took a brave innings from the youngest player in the team, Nick Tapper (Year 11) to support Nathan Robinson in building a respectable partnership.

Robinson spurned the opportunity of a century when he was dismissed for a magnificent 80 runs whilst Tapper’s valuable 34 and Cory Dickson’s mature 47 saw King’s reach 222 in the 50th over. The 84 run partnership for the 4th wicket allowed King’s to take control of the game after the St Peter’s pace bowlers made early inroads.

At drinks, King’s reached 54/3 and another wicket would have given the visitors a massive stranglehold on proceedings but Nick Tapper displayed magnificent composure for someone relatively inexperienced at this level to frustrate the St Peter's attack. His dismissal to the visitors’ best bowler allowed the skipper Dickson to enter the fray in the 33rdover. He constructed a 41 run partnership with Robinson before the latter gave his wicket away after a brilliant innings of composure mixed with belligerence.

At 164/5 in the 41st over, King’s knew they had dodged a bullet and were now focussed on constructing a match winning total. Dickson’s breezy innings came to an end in the final over, with 4 balls to spare and no batsmen remaining.

The King’s opening attack of Muhammad Abbas and Louis Anderson had St Peter’s on the back foot from the beginning of their innings with five maiden overs in their first spell of ten. Seb Macdonald and Nick Tapper replaced the opening pair and it was the latter that picked up two wickets in his first spell of six overs. Obviously his skipper was satisfied with his disciplined approach and nagging length to give him the maximum spell with the ball.

Toby Irvine continued the impressive start to his first season at this level and he got rid of the opposition skipper with a brilliant caught and bowled effort which ended his 64 ball vigil that spanned twenty overs. Patrick Maher who bowled in tandem with Irvine was a bit expensive but still managed to snaffle two wickets in his only spell of five overs.

Anderson came back for this second spell and continued his good form from earlier in the innings as he added to his tally of wickets. Tom Paranthoiene, the keeper and Dickson combined to produce two runouts as the visitors found that the fielding was also of a superior standard. When St Peter’s was dismissed for 160 in the 47th over, King’s registered their 3rd successive victory this season to move into 2nd place in the competition, just two wins behind Westlake Boys’ High.

Next week we travel to Rosmini who King’s lost to in their two most recent encounters. 


M Abbas


N Robinson


A Molamure


D Gallage


N Tapper


C Dickson


S Macdonald


T Paranthoiene


J Bhatia


P Maher


L Anderson

1 not out

T Irvine



M Abbas


L Anderson


N Tapper


S Macdonald


P Maher


T Irvine


J Bhatia





King’s Gold vs St Kent’s 3rd XI

King’s win by 5 wickets

We won the toss and elected to field. St Kent’s got off to a reasonable start being 40-3, however good bowling from Shaneel restricted St Kent’s to 79 all out.
In reply King’s struggled their way to the total, however a defiant 20 from Harry Holdsworth saw the team scrap through to a 5 wicket win.

Bowling stats: S. Patel 4-5 off 5 overs, M. Chaplin 2-13 off 5 overs.
Batting stats: Harry Holdsworth 21, C. Murray 20.


King’s Maroon vs Rosmini 2nd XI


King’s win by 6 runs

Our batting was expected to be bombarded with short-pitched, accurate bowling that will need a lot of patience, shot selection, good application and solid technique and Rosmini did just that.

James O'Connor did a fantastic job opening with Karl. Unfortunately, Karl got out in an untimely manner to a ball that popped up sharply when he was getting into his stride. The team managed to get to 186 all out; about 20 runs short on a 180 track.

The only blight on our batting performance were the 5 wickets that fell due to playing the ball pitching outside off on to the onside, cross-batting and caught at short mid-on! We'll need to work on that ASAP as this could become our nemesis. In the mean-time, we'll just take one game at a time and see what happens!

Our bowling effort in the 1st 15 overs were good, complemented by the fantastic fielding performance. Our fielding started to wane between the 15th and 30th overs however. Focus and concentration were nowhere to be seen. Mis-fields, no backing up; the list was endless as we continued to leak many runs. 2 wickets fell and there was a long lull in between drinks.

After the 30th over break, the team was possessed! Extra pace and accuracy in the bowling, everyone fielded like demons and it was a complete gigantic metamorphosis resulting in 7 wickets - 1 bowled, 2 caught and 4 run-outs! Amazing turn-around to win by 6 runs! Well done team!

Batting Stats:
O'Connor 27, Oliver 24, Priddy (top-score 33, Craig 19, Heron 16

Bowling Stats:
Oliver - 2/22 off 5, Wilson 2/33 off 9, Willis 1/13 off 7 Waymouth 11/28 off 9, Priddy 0/16 off 5 (Bowling at the death) plus 4 Run-outs - Wallace, Wilson, Heron x 2


Colts 1 vs Macleans 


Macleans win by 7 wickets

On a very windy afternoon, King’s elected to bat first hoping to put up a big first innings total. Our openers James Nelson & Justin Nori got us off to a steady start, with both Macleans opening bowlers giving away no extras and bowling good areas.

When Nelson went, we were 36-1 off 9. From there, we lost Nori shortly after- but a nice rear guard partnership of 40 between Ben Tapper & James Bamford took us to 83-2, however from there some poor shot selection and good spin bowling put the breaks on us and apart from Freddie Brewis (33) we regularly lost wickets, finishing 138 all out with 12 overs to spare.

In reply, Macleans were able to take their time knowing run rate was not going to be an issue, Their left hander opener batted smartly with a few dicey moments but scored 75 and Macleans chased it down with 7 wickets left.

Batting stats: F. Brewis 33, B. Tapper 23
Bowling stats: J. Nelson 1-7 off 4 overs


Colts 2 vs Mt Roskill


Mount Roskill Grammar win by 104 runs

King’s College lost the toss on the overcast and windy afternoon and were bowling and fielding first. King’s took an early wicket in the second over thanks to Zak Brown. Followed by 2 wickets from 3 balls, Mount Roskill Grammar was limited to just 65-3. After the drinks break, Mount Roskill Grammar steadied the ship and ended up batting through their over to a score of 274/8.

King’s College openers; Scott Illerburn and Finn Priddy survived the initial pace of Mount Roskill Grammar’s bowlers making it until the first drinks break with no loss of wicket. After the drinks break wickets fell and the runs per over slowed down. However, King’s kept grinding to the end ending up 170 all out.


Year 9 Colts vs Auckland Grammar


King’s batted first and got off to a tough start being 32-3 inside 9 overs. From there, the rest of the batsmen were able to get mini starts but no one could kick on. Thanks to 36 extras we were able to get to 122.

In reply, Auckland Grammar were able to score freely and reach the total inside 20 overs. A spirited effort from the boys who fought to the end. We're sure they will continue to improve moving into the next game.

Batting Stats: C. French- 21. K Cotterill 15
Bowling Stats: K. Cotterill 1-33.

Junior B Year 10 vs Auckland Grammar


AGS lost the toss and were put into bat by our captain of the day, Harry Melhuish. AGS opened strongly and scored 74 before the first wicket. Both of our year 9 students were impressive with the ball and, while not always rewarded for their bowling, bowled a demanding line and length which troubled the AGS batsmen.

Himnish bowled superbly for his three overs and claimed three wickets during his spell and will be a bowler to watch in the future if he continues to develop his consistency. AGS made 151/6 in their 20 overs.

In reply King's started tentatively and were soon on the back foot when Bailey Harris was run out for 4 runs. However, in stepped Oliver Wright who strode to the crease and delivered a man of the match performance scoring an unbeaten 50 runs.

His 50 was achieved with his final shot of the day when he delivered the ball to the boundary for a four while surpassing the AGS total. Oliver was well supported by Owen Toms and Harry Melhuish who both scored 12 valuable runs while in the middle.