07 Nov 2019

Thursday 07 November 2019

A wrap-up of last Saturday's King's College Cricket 

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1st XI vs St Peters

St Peter’s College 148/9 in 50 overs

King’s College 152/0 in 23.5 overs

Sterner tests lie ahead but this team can only deal with what’s in front of them and on an unusually brilliant Saturday morning King’s bowled after St Peter’s chose to bat. King’s began with 17 dot balls whilst also claiming a wicket and this start served as an omen of what was to come. The young opening attack of Muhammad Abbas and Louis Anderson, playing together in their first season rattled the host’s top order with testing pace and accuracy. Abbas was at his sublime best and none of the batsmen could deal with his guile. The veteran Hugo Hill and Patrick Maher resumed the attack at 23/1 at the end of the 9thover and the former conceded a paltry 5 runs in 7 overs with 3 of them being maidens, in his first spell. Maher claimed the 2ndwicket to fall and his introduction provided no respite for the batsmen. 

St Peter’s, to their credit tried hard to preserve wickets for an onslaught later on and this resulted in their best partnership of 45 runs for the 3rdwicket which fell in the 31stover. In spite of going wicket-less for almost 20 overs King’s did not lose any confidence and knew that pressure would eventually result in a steady stream. Achindra Molamure, playing in his 3rdmatch showed that he can foot it with the best and Seb Macdonald (9thmatch) repaid the skipper’s faith in him after taking a hammering in his first spell. He returned to snaffle two batsmen in his second stint. Apart from a few blemishes, Tom Paranthoiene showed his growing confidence and ability behind the stumps. Playing in only his 10thmatch, he is one of the major improvers this season and can only get better from here onwards. 

Wickets in hand worked well for St Peter’s as it looked like they might struggle to breach 120 but eventually, with some errors by King’s in the outfield, the hosts got to a defendable 148 runs. Hill and Abbas, were probably at their very best but both remained wickless. Their combined figures of 0/29 in 20 overs including 9 maidens show their dominance over the batsmen.

In pursuit of 149 for victory, King’s opening pair of Nathan Robinson, the interim skipper and Abbas strode out together for just the second time this season and in two successive matches they managed to remain unbeaten. Showing their class, they dealt with the varied attack, without drama and were quick to pounce on any opportunity to bring maximum return as more than half the target came in boundaries thereby denying the other top order batsmen any opportunity at the crease once again. Victory was reached in the 24thover and after two previous matches against the same opposition being washed out, King’s cherished this encounter and although the manner of the victory was so unexpectedly one-sided, full points in this competition warms the hearts of all individuals involved. Hopefully, next week when Gillette bound Rosmini come calling, the likes of Dimithri Gallage, Ojas Madaan and Cory Dickson, amongst others, get the opportunity to showcase their batting skills.   


N Robinson

67 not out

M Abbas

64 not out


D Gallage, O Madaan, C, Dickson, S Macdonald, P Maher


T Paranthoiene, L Anderson, H Hill, A Molamure, J Bhatia


M Abbas


L Anderson


P Maher


H Hill


S Macdonald


A Molamure


King’s win by 10 wickets

2nd XI vs Rosmini 

We lost the toss and field first. 

Was a 40 over game.

Bowlers started well controlling the run rate. With the spinners Max and Toby going at less than 3 an over.

But with wickets in hand the last 10 overs Rosmini got 80 and with 7 catches dropped. 

Rosmini posted a par score of 164. 

With the chase beginning the Rosmini’s opening bowlers put King’s under pressure from ball one and King’s were 16 for 6 after 10 overs. 

At drinks the kind were 54 for 7. 

Toby and Shaneel at the crease put on a partnership of 50 and got in a position were the team believed a win was possible. 

But the with a loss of another wicket the game was quickly over. 

Kings were bowled out of 144. 

Toby scoring 42 And taking 3 for 21 of his 8 overs

Colts 1 vs Mt Albert Grammar 

We won the toss and put MAGS into bat on a nice new grass wicket here at King’s. The boys were pumped to bowl first, however that excitement was short lived as the MAGS batsmen dominated the first 10 over( 1-22) got the breakthrough. 

From that point, our captain Tom made the decision to bring on spinners and we started to get on top and restrict MAGS scoring while taking wicket. From 53/1 they ended up 109-7 with Corban Drake (4-28) & James O’Connor ( 2-25). 

However, some late order resistance meant MAGS were able to get up to a competitive score of 177. In reply we got off to a tough start with some tight bowling from their pace bowlers. 

We were 20-2 before a mini partnership between Nick Tapper (28) and Misha Craig (18) got us to 53/2. However their spinners proved just as tough as regularly wickets meant we didn’t have the opportunity to cash in for the latter overs. 

Our last wicket fell at 140 and we lost by 37 runs. 

Bowling performances 

Corban Drake 4-28 off 9 overs

James O’Connor 2-25 off 9 overs

Batting performances

Nick Tapper 28 & Misha Craig 18

Colts 2 vs Macleans

Batted 1st

Kings 192/6

Stefann – a another well compiled 24                                                                                                                     

James B – 22              

Jack Priddy – Brilliant V/Captains knock of 61As

James W – Captains quick fire 20


Unfortunately our Bowlers didn’t complement the batting effort as the strong cross wind played havoc with our line and length. We conceded 18 wides – We bowled too short and wide and got punished. The main contributors for Macleans – 72NO, 30 and 28.

Bowling Stats:

Justin - 2/17 off 9 (same as last week), Priddy 2/30 off 4  

This was a top of the Table match and well played everyone despite the loss we gave our all and 2 things we needed to work on – Run the singles & bowl line and length – Accuracy – key word. Focus now on batting 1stand getting lots of runs and getting opposition out cheaply – to improve on our net run rate. Macleans and us are now on 13 points with AG – Exciting games to come!

Junior B1

Junior B1 were sent into bat against One Tree Hill college and made a flying start with James Fulton scoring 35 runs off 23 balls which included one 6 and five 4. Matthew Chitty was retired after a well compiled 34. Freddie Brewis and Joshua Bamfield accelerated the scoring at the end to set an impressive 168 run total.

The King’s bowling attack maintained a tight line and length restricting One Tree Hill to 29/2 off the first 10 overs. One Tree Hill never recovered and finished their innings on 103.

King’s comfortably won by 65 runs.

Junior B2

We won the toss and decided to bat first against a decent bowling attack. A disastrous start saw us lose 5 early wickets before Anaru Nesbit and Himnish Patel dug in to stave off further problems. 

Thanks to a number of wides we eventually reached 80 for 8 wickets, a total which was overtaken by Botany for the loss of 3 wickets. Harry Melhuish took two wickets with Harrison Mancer , our acting captain, grabbing 2 catches. 

We can and will improve on this and will welcome back our two injured players soon!

Botany won by 3 wickets