08 Mar 2018

Thursday 08 March 2018

It was a great result for our First XI Cricket team over the weekend, securing their first win in five years against Saint Kentigern College on Saturday 3 March.

Cricker First Xi

Tom Simmonds with his team after being awarded his baggy by Mitch Murray (captain 2013-2014)


The team displayed total commitment and enthusiasm throughout the 50 overs, showcasing top fitness and tactical awareness.

The final score ended with Saint Kentigern College on 162/7 in 50 overs and King’s on 163/7 in 47.4 overs.  

On a winning streak lasting the past four games, the team are now top of the table in the Boys’ First XI Cup. With a spot guaranteed in the semi-finals, focus is now on their last round-robin game against Rosmini College this weekend.

“The First XI continue to develop in all aspects of their game,” says the Boys’ First XI Coach, Dipak Patel. “They've worked very hard and the result against St Kent’s was their most polished one this term.”

“The batting is also a feature, led by the Captain Thorn Parkes, who has taken on the responsibility and leading from the front.”

Full match report –Mahendra Naidoo, Boys’ First XI Manager

On winning the toss and choosing to bat, St Kentigern College got off to a rollicking start on a slow pitch and a very sluggish outfield. They reached the first drinks break at a handy 58/1 but King's turned off the tap in the second stanza, in which the hosts scored a meagre 28 runs in 17 overs.

Spinners Hugo Hill (Year 12, Major) and Cory Dickson (Year 12 Averill) were instrumental in this dominant session and George Cory-Wright (Year 13, School) bowled some tidy medium pace. Saint Kentigern was restricted to just 162 for 7 in their 50 overs.

In reply, King's were always within the required run-rate but the St Kentigern bowlers provided the sternest of tests. Nevertheless, the in-form skipper Thorn Parkes (Year 13, School) displayed extreme patience, maturity and grit to provide another batting master class in taking his team to within 22 runs of victory before he was run out in the 46th over.

The capable lower order ensured there was no further drama as they unhurriedly closed the game, earning King's their 4th victory in a row, in the 48th over, with 14 balls to spare.

Nathan Robinson 28; Thorn Parkes 61; William Paranthoiene 23

Hugo Hill 10-3-15-2; Cory Dickson 10-2-36-1; Hari Kukreja 5-0-26-2