31 Mar 2021

Wednesday 31 March 2021

King’s College 205/8 in 50 overs

St Peter’s 106 all out in 34.1 overs

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After the shock loss to Grammar in the previous match, King’s were in a hurry to restore their supremacy in this competition. St Peter’s won the toss and had no hesitation in asking King’s to bat on a green top. James Nelson was brought in as cover for the injured Karl Wallace. Nelson opened with Achindra Molamure and the debutant was dismissed in the 4th over. Molamure got off to a flyer with eleven runs coming off the first five balls that he faced but the big innings eluded him once again when he was dismissed for 19 runs (18 balls) with the score on 30/2 in the 7th over. This brought Nick Tapper in to join Muhammad Abbas and the stage was set for these two to construct a big partnership. Abbas had another disappointing innings which was cut short in the 12th over when he was bowled for 17 runs. Just like the previous two dismissals, Josh Olliver who joined Tapper, looked comfortable and did all the hard work to get into double figures before he was dismissed for 12 runs. At 79/4 in the 22nd over, St Peter’s were rejuvenated and launched a full-on attack as they felt that they had King’s on the ropes. Louis Anderson joined Tapper and these two decided to use up the overs and not throw away their wickets. The run rate dropped alarmingly but they did not panic as they felt that if they could survive to the second drinks break, they would then accelerate. Anderson lost his wicket in the 39th over after constructing a 43-run partnership with Tapper, which went a long way to resurrect the innings. Seb Macdonald walked in with steely determination and launched himself into every ball that he could hit. After an early period of belligerence, he soon settled to play with a bit of calmness and although he saw two wickets fall in quick succession, he found an able ally in Toby Irvine who after initially being circumspect went into overdrive as he creamed 18 runs off 6 successive balls. The 41-run partnership between Macdonald and Irvine took King’s beyond 200 runs, which looked quite unlikely during the middle stages.

The main pace trio of Abbas, Anderson and Tapper picked up 5 wickets amongst themselves and inflicted major damage on the St Peter’s run chase. It took a bit of brilliant work from the ever-alert Paddy Maher, standing at slip, to run out a wandering batsman who was reacting to a big appeal for LBW by straying out of his crease. This one act was a key turning point in this match as the batsman in question had hit three boundaries off good balls and looked like he could be a real problem for King’s. Once he fell, King’s took full control of the match and romped home to a 99-run victory with almost 16 overs to spare. The spin duo of Irvine and Max Chaplin accounted for three wickets whilst a good throw from Maher secured another run-out when he fired the ball to a waiting Monty Matthews to take off the bails. Matthews was the second debutant in the match as he was covering for the injured Tom Paranthoiene.

Debut:  James Nelson, Monty Matthews

J Nelson


A Molamure


M Abbas


N Tapper


J Olliver


L Anderson


S Macdonald

46 not out

L Denny


P Maher


T Irvine

21 not out






M Chaplin, M Matthews



M Abbas


L Anderson


N Tapper


M Chaplin


T Irvine


P Maher



King’s win by 99 runs.

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