The game started with Rosmini College winning the toss and batting first. After the fall of three early wickets by the 9th over, a dangerous partnership got underway.
“By the 17th over the partnership blossomed, and the total exceeded 50 runs,” reports Cricket Manager Mahendra Naidoo.
King’s skipper Thorn Parkes (Year 13, School) joined the attack and the wickets began to tumble as the three-pronged spin attack of Thorn, Cory Dickson (Year 11, Averill) and Hugo Hill (Year 12, Major) took control.
King’s bowling and fielding reached a new level and Rosmini College was bowled out for a 102 in the 48th over.
“Dimithri Gallage (Year 11, Peart), who was awarded his baggy by Jim Potts, Head of Sports, on the day, had a stellar game,” says Mahendra.
“Prowling at mid-off, he brilliantly ran out the dangerous opposition skipper with a direct hit, just when the batsman was taking full charge of the game.”
In later half of the game, King’s lost Nathan Robinson (Year 12, Marsden) at the stroke of lunch but Thomas Simmonds (Year 13, Major) and Dimithri settled into a decent partnership after the meal break.
“Tom was unlucky to be given out LBW which brought Thorn out into the middle. Just when the skipper was beginning to dominate he was bowled, handing the mantle over to Dimithri and he duly obliged,” says Mahendra.
“He batted with flair and maturity and was the lynch-pin in ensuring that King’s claimed a well-deserved victory over the 2017 champions, in the 34th over.”
This win means the team have now secured a home semi-final against Westlake Boys High School on Saturday 17 March.
T Parkes 3/12; C Dickson 2/17; H Dickson 1/12; C Cleal 1/3; Simmonds 1/19; Hill 1/12
N Robinson 10; T Simmonds 16; D Gallage 43; T Parkes 13; C Dickson 17 not out