13 Mar 2016

Sunday 13 March 2016

On Tuesday, 8 March King's played Mount Albert Grammar School in a play-off to decide which team was going to face Auckland Grammar School in the semi-final of the Gillette Cup.

  • Mount Albert Grammar School 178 all out (50 overs)
  • King's 129 all out (36 overs)

Debut: Jason de Heer

Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS) won the toss and chose to bat at the neutral venue (Shore Road). King’s opening attack of William St John and George Cory-Wright ripped the top of their opponents, including the dangerous Katene Clarke, to have MAGS in a spot of bother at 10-3 in the 4th over. Gage and Campbell combined magnificently with a 90-run partnership to restore a large amount of dignity to the scoreboard. The lower-middle order thwarted the King’s attack to take MAGS to 178 in 50 overs. King’s entertained hopes of an easy chase on a good batting track, but they were in for a shock.

After Russell removed the openers, Katene Clarke came into the attack in the 5th over and blitzed through the strong King’s middle order to have them 5 down for 48 runs in the 14th over with his blistering pace and magnificent control. King’s never really recovered from here, although they had the batting depth to do so, one decent partnership eluded them. Gray Hardy and George Cory-Wright created a blossoming partnership of 42 runs when the former was trapped in front to sap the life out of the King’s innings, leaving them hopelessly short of the target when the last wicket fell in the 36th over.

This was a disappointing climax to the one-day season as King’s was the form team going into this encounter, but when a bowler like Clarke is on song, even the best batting line-ups in this competition will struggle.


S Wilson 0 N De Silva 1
T Parkes   18 C Douglas  8
T Jerram 12 W St John 8
G Hardy 26 G Cory-Wright 21 not out
H Kukreja 0 C Mabin  2
W Boyden 10    
Extras 23  




W St John       10-2-35-3 G Cory-Wright 7-1-17-2
H Kukreja 10-2-33-1 W Boyden 6-1-21-0
J de Heer 7-0-42-1   C Mabin 10-2-29-2