08 Feb 2020

Saturday 08 February 2020

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

KCT20270319 013 For Website
1st XI vs Takapuna: Abbas and Maher prosper as King's brushes aside Takapuna Grammar

King’s College 268/9 in 50 overs

Takapuna Grammar School 119 all out in 44.3 overs

King’s win by 149 runs

The King’s attack as a unit was too strong for Takapuna when, for the 2nd consecutive week, they claimed all ten wickets inside the 50 over limit. This time Muhammad Abbas and Patrick Maher reaped the rewards with four wickets each but the rest of the attack should also be commended for their clinical effort.

Set a very challenging target of 269 for victory, Takapuna needed a few big partnerships but the best they could show was a 38 run partnership for the 3rd wicket whilst King’s constructed a partnership of 82 (126) for the 1st wicket when Muhammad Abbas and Nathan Robinson started the innings. This was a far from perfect display by the King’s batsmen as the top five all got decent starts but it was only Ojas Madaan who put a high price tag on his wicket, finishing on 50 not out (53 balls), in his final match for King’s as he has been accepted into university. This was a fitting farewell for a hardworking cricketer who deserved his place in the team, in spite of a run of poor scores last season.

King’s looked likely to threaten the 300-run mark at one stage in their innings but poor judgement by in-form batsmen allowed Takapuna to stay in the game. When Cory Dickson departed for a disappointing score of 6 runs in the 37thover the team total showed 173/5 with Madaan having the task of shepherding the tail. He received good support from Jeet Bhatia who helped take the score to 212/6 in the 43rdand the rest of the tail chipped in as the host’s opening bowlers kept a tight rein on proceedings with only 3 boundaries being conceded in the final ten overs.

As outlined earlier, King’s was superior in the field and kept the hosts to 72% dot balls whilst conceding only 3 boundaries in 45 overs. This statistic clearly showed the difference in performance which resulted in a convincing 149 run victory. Keeper, Tom Paranthoiene was classy behind the stumps and ensured that free runs were kept to a minimum. 

M Abbas


N Robinson


D Gallage


A Molamure


O Madaan

50 not out

C Dickson


J Bhatia


S Macdonald


P Maher


T Paranthoiene


T Irvine

7 not out

L Anderson



M Abbas


L Anderson


S Macdonald


A Molamure


P Maher


T Irvine


J Bhatia





King’s Gold vs St Kent’s 2nd XI:

King’s won the toss and decided to bat first and initially it seemed to be the wrong decision with St Kent’s reducing King’s to 5/23. However, valuable partnerships of 46 between Max Chaplin (24) and Shaneel Patel (57), then the big partnership Shaneel and  Callum Murray (77) worth 98 runs, put King’s in a great position to reach 210 all out in the 44th over. In reply St Kent’s were 80-4 before they lost their last 6 wickets for 57 runs to be all out for 137, great start to Term 1 for the team.

Batting: C. Murray 77, S. Patel 57

Bowling: W. Lusk 3-5, B. McCutcheon 2-19.

Win by 73 runs.


King’s Maroon vs St Kent’s 3rd XI:

A green track, but a very good batting track as well. St Kent's won the toss and decided to bat 1st. Our bowlers, from the start, were very aggressive wicket to wicket bowling with the 4 fast bowlers netting 9 wickets between them. Josh Oliver and Josh Hargrave the main destroyers with 3 wickets a piece, Jonty Willis 2 and 1 from Harrison. We took 5 catches including 2 very difficult chances, 4 bowled and 1 very sharp run-out. King's Maroon were very sharp, agile and looking fit in the field. A great team effort.

St Kent's were all out for 58 in 17 overs.

We reached 60 off 10 overs - Misha Craig (21no) and Karl Wallace (34no) getting us home without losing any wickets. A great result for a first up game against a similar level opponent but there are tougher matches ahead of us so we need to continue working hard on our batting and bowling skill set, especially the basic fundamentals.

King’s won by 10 wickets.


Colts 1 vs St Peters:

On a tough grass wicket, King’s won the toss and decided to bowl first and were rewarded straight away with a wicket on the 1st ball. From there, our bowlers tore through St Peters with Liam Denny picking up 5 wickets and reducing them to 53 all out. In the chase, Ben Tapper made a well constructed  25  to see us through for a comfortable 6 wicket win.

Bowling: L. Denny 5-7, J. Nori 2-10

Batting: B. Tapper 28

Won by 6 wickets.


Colts 2 vs Takapuna:

King’s won the toss on a very dry and hot artificial pitch at Beaumont Intermediate against Takapuna Grammar and elected to bowl first. Some good bowling took wickets; however, one Takapuna batsmen was resolute in his batting, ending up with 124 runs not out and saw Takapuna Grammar finish their innings on 273/6. The innings did see some good bowling and catches, with Jeremy Ooi and Krishna Peddanti taking two wickets each. 

King’s batting struggled against the bowling of the Takapuna team and managed to score 67. Scott Illerburn managed a defiant 21 with all players chipping in runs.

Bowling stat: Krishna Peddanti 2-13

Batting stat: Scott Illerburn 21

Lost by 206 runs.


Year 9 Colts vs St Kent’s: Home game played against St Kentigerns

This was the first game played for the 2020 season. The Colts Year 9 team had a very difficult game against a strong St Kentigerns side. Kings College won the toss and elected to field. St Kentigerns got off to a cautious start without losing any wickets until after the drinks break. The Kings bowling was erratic and we gave away quite a few wides. However, when the spinners came on later in the innings, the wickets finally arrived with Ed Irvine starting with 2 wickets. From then on, the wickets tumbled at regular intervals and St Kentigerns were finally all out for a very competitive 220 runs.

The King's reply didn’t start well as we lost our openers quite cheaply. However a mid-innings recovery by Zac Nathan and Leo Bamfield (who made a 50) stabilised the innings. However, when these 2 established batsmen got out, the rest of the wickets fell and Kings managed only 122 runs in the end.

The boys will hopefully learn the lessons of playing cricket at this level and hopefully will do much better in the next match.

Bowling: E. Irvine 2-25, Z. Nathan 2-19

Batting: L. Bamfield 57 not out

Lost by 98 runs.


Colts 3 Manager

Jacob Samuel