King’s College Cricket First XI were impressive over the weekend, as they defeated Sacred Heart College, batting a notable 255/6, their highest 50-over score of the season and the highest score in the competition this year. This win secures them a semi-final spot in the competition next week, where they will face off against Saint Kentigern College.
Two match-winning partnerships set the platform for King’s to reach their high score, with Tom Simmonds (Year 12, Major) and skipper Callum Douglas (Year 13, Selwyn) battling against Sacred Heart’s solid opening attack.
The reshuffled batting order meant that Thorn Parkes (Year 12, School) joined the batting in the 18th over, settling quickly and partnering with Douglas to help steer King’s towards a respectable total.
Douglas departed for a sparkling 73 runs (82 balls) and was replaced by Tyler Jerram (Year 13, Major) who began to dismantle the opposition bowling and departed with 44 runs (38 balls). This set the run rate at an impressive five per over. Parkes was later dismissed after batting an inspiring 64 runs (77 balls).
Jason de Heer (Year 13, Averill) performed well in the bowling, as well as Campbell Mabin (Year 13, Peart) who built immense pressure on the visiting batsmen with a return of 1/18.
Hugo Hill (Year 11, Major) a left-arm orthodox spinner, made a memorable debut by picking up two wickets in eight overs, conceding only one boundary. Thorn Parkes also picked up two wickets from his eight overs.
Head of Cricket Matt Cowie says it is exciting to see what our team is capable of and it was enjoyable to watch the debut performances of Hugo Hill and Nathan Robinson (Year 10, Greenbank).
“Our King’s team saved their best batting for this crucial match and should gain a large amount of self-belief from this clinical victory,” he says.