1st XI vs Mt Albert
King’s bowled first on the G1 at King’s and were instantly rewarded with a wicket in the first over.
From there AGS built solid partnerships to frustrate King’s bowlers.
At 99-5 King’s had a chance to keep AGS to under 150 but some late hitting gave them a very competitive total of 192/9 off 45 overs.
This was not going to be an easy total to get so King’s knew a solid partnership at the top was critical and the two Harrys’ (Sinclair and Holdsworth) came to the party with an opening stand of 87.
From there we were able to build steady partnerships and keep the run rate in check.
Some late hitting from Shaneel and Monty meant King’s were able to chase down the total with 2 overs to spare.
Bowling Stats: L.Smith 3-23, S. Patel 2-26
Batting Stats: H. Sinclair 54, H. Holdsworth 42
King’s Maroon vs Auckland Grammar 3rd XI
This Team was one of two that we have to play to our best to be able to compete and it proved to be a real nail-biter.
We started off batting first and our openers withstood a barrage of tight and volatile bowling and on a pitch like this it was tough as the balls kept trying its best to decapitate our two openers….BUT they stood steadfast and took it on the body for the team.
They slowly accumulated the runs and Karl was so unlucky to hit one a 1000kmh and a very sharp catch was taken at short mid-wicket to be dismissed for 16 against the run of play.
First break 30+ for 1 just behind our preferred score.
Priddy arrived to lift the run-rate and when departed for 17 again against the run of play at the time – state of affairs equally poised
Corban came in to stabilise the innings – it was short-lived due to an excellent ball.
Then came the man of the hour – Misha “The Terminator’ who started to run his partner in crime into the dirt with quick singles or 2s and they started to lift the run-rate to above 3 & 4.
The Terminator continued to blast the ball to every corner of the field ably supported by James O’Connor.
This in turn changed James demeanour from a supporting role to a Hunter and Gatherer as he kept up with the pace. By now both have adapted very well to the bounce and pace of wicket
James was cruelly caught from a ball that climbed on him and balloon into mid-wicket for an easy catch for a well-played 54.
There was no stopping the Terminator though as he got support from Ben & Josh to get us to 188 – almost the same score as against Rosmini – on this wicket it a very formidable task – Misha NOT OUT with a well compiled 67.
This wicket as I eluded to before we played that it’s a 120-150 run wicket and anything above that will be bonus runs.
The lower fields at AG has very slow outfield – this wicket is okay with very fast outfield so defending this total will be a huge task.
Opened with Jonty and Harrison and issues arose from this encounter and I will address later on.
An opposition player top-scored for 52, in our opinion he was caught off Harrison's bowling when he was under 10 but…
Anyway we slowly chipped away at their wicket bearing in mind that they were scoring around the asking rate so the game was equally poised for a very tight finish with AG 3 wickets down (25-30) over.
Then entered Corban and Priddy. Corban first over cost 7 then started to settle in to his rhythm as Priddy who dried up the runs in during his 6 overs and this turned the game towards us as the asking rate was too much for them to recover.
The two spinners who were bowled produced the figures we wanted.
Corban – 1/27 off 9 James O’Connor 1/27 off 9 Woody the usual haul of 3/30 off 9 –
Fantastic bowling and fielding gents. A great team effort.
POD – Misha great Captains performance, Priddy – Turned the result our way when AG were threatening to take control with a spell of tight uncompromising aggressive and accurate bowling with figures of 3/5 off 6 overs with 3 maidens. Special mention to James O’Connor who has been improving since the start of the season who has taken this responsibility onto himself and we are seeing the rewards of that commitment – Saturday he delivered – well done James.
Senior A vs Auckland Grammar
Senior A won the toss and elected to bat, posting 196-4.
AGS Red persisted with three slips all match, which made life easier for King’s batsmen.
Stefann Markram 54* (retired) Spencer Church 35* Max Woodhams 33, Jonny Cole 27* profited plus a number of wides.
Despite a low par fielding performance, Grammar failed to make the total, scoring 169-8. Taniora Henwood took 2 wickets in a good bowling performance
196-4 beats 169-8; Win to Senior A by 27 runs.
Colts 1 vs Sacred Heart
King’s won the toss and decided to bat.
However it was Sacred Heart who were the ones that came out firing.
An opening spell from both fast bowlers saw King’s reduced to 55-6 at drinks with Liam Denny providing the only resistance with 17.
After drinks James Bamford and Ben Tapper looked to steady the ship with a 35 run partnership but once James went out the next 3 wickets fell for no runs and King’s were out for 102.
Knowing early wickets were needed quickly King’s went on the attack but Sacred Heart’s opening batsmen stood tall putting on 57 for the first wicket, however it seemed that wicket spurred on the boys and great bowling from the spin trio of James Nelson (5 wickets), Justin Nori and William Smith 2 a piece ripped through Sacred Heart with 4 runs needed and 1 wicket left James Fulton took a good catch off Will Smith for a great victory!!.
Batting B. Tapper 28, L.Denny 17
Bowling: J. Nelson 5-25, W. Smith 2-8
Colts 2 vs Rosmini
Rosmini College won the toss and elected to bat first on the grass wicket at King’s College.
Bowling at pace Robbie Noble managed to grab two wickets in the second over of the match.
The run rate was limited by good bowling especially by Matt Chitty who took 4 wickets for 18 runs.
However, K. Premadasa batted out to 72 meant that Rosmini College finished their innings at 178 all out.
King’s College progressed slowly when batting towards the target however they lost 2 wickets within the first 6 overs.
Samar batted to a brilliant 70 and was able to build good partnerships with Krishna Peddanti and Max Jacobson which seemed to put King’s College on top at 146 for 6.
Rosmini College captain and spin bowler, J. Walsh found his form and took 4 wickets.
King’s College ended their innings at 157 all out.
Rosmini College won by 21 runs.
Bowling Stat: Matthew Chitty 4-18
Batting Stat: Samar Singh 70.
Year 9 Colts vs St Kent’s
King’s batted first and got off to slow start with 79 runs coming from 27 overs.
However with only 3 wickets down, the base was set for the next batsmen in to be aggressive and we duly scored 90 off the last 13 overs to set a respectable 164/7 off 40 overs.
In reply King’s bowlers toiled but couldn’t make the necessary break through, however made sure they kept it tight and St Kent’s eventually got the runs in the 2nd to last over.
Batting Stats: M. Tapper 65, S. Illerburn 35
Bowling Stats: Z. Nathan 1-24.
Junior B (Year 10) vs De La Salle
A tough morning in the field. I can't stress enough how taking catches can change the course of a match. Dropping the openers several times enabled them to score over 100 runs before the first wicket.
De La Salle 187 for 2 after 20 overs.
In reply, solid knocks from Aaryn and Alex of 34 and 25 respectively gave King's some respectability for a final total of 122 for 9.
Junior B (Year 9) vs Macleans
King’s batted first and although lost a few early wickets, a great partnership between Finn and Oli meant the team was able to gain some momentum in the middle orders and kept going to post a very competitive 160/8 in our 20 overs.
In reply Macleans started off slowly but kept wickets in hand and continued to keep up with the run rate. King’s tried to the end but Macleans were able to sneak past us in the last over.
Batting Stats: F. Priddy 50 retired, O. Bates 25
Bowling Stats: S. Burton 1-12.