17 Nov 2019

Sunday 17 November 2019

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

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1st XI Vs Rosmini 

Rosmini College 200/9 in 50 overs

King’s College 182 all out in 47.1 overs

King’s squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to go into next week’s key encounter against Westlake, unbeaten. In pursuit of 201 for victory, King’s was in a strong position at 83/2 in the 24thover when Dimithri Gallage, who was looking in imperious form, threw away the opportunity to grind his way to what could have been a long-awaited and well-deserved century. At this stage his partnership with Muhammad Abbas had reached the half-century mark and had all the features of being a stellar one. Earlier, the new opening combination of Nathan Robinson and Ojas Madaan was jolted when the in-form opener was trapped in front in the 3rdover. Madaan then showed glimpses of his class as he quickly picked up runs in the 3rdman region but his rare opportunity to bat this season was cut short by a miraculous direct hit to be run out in the 8thover which put an end to a slowly blossoming partnership with Gallage. After Gallage’s dismissal in the 24thover, Rosmini felt that they were back in charge and they strangled the King’s batsmen with tight bowling and alert fielding. Cory Dickson and Achindra Molamure were packed off easily and the normally resolute Abbas was stumped after going for a mighty, but unnecessary heave to have King’s in a spot of bother at 97/6 in the 31stover. Fortunately Seb Macdonald and Jeet Bhatia managed to remain at the crease when the 2nddrinks break was taken, and sage advice was on hand. 

The opportunity was there for the lower-middle order and the capable tail to ‘nail their colours to the mast’ but just when they began showing promise to deliver they would invariably throw it away and put more pressure on the following batsmen. Macdonald, Bhatia, Tom Paranthoiene and Patrick Maher were all dismissed through poor shot-selection after consolidating the innings and giving the impression that they could take King’s across the line. 

When Rosmini won the toss and chose to bat, this was the third time in three successive weeks that King’s got to bowl first. The visitors raced off to a blistering start as they took to the opening bowlers and played high risk strokes which worked in their favour, causing the usually clinical Louis Anderson, who was awarded his maroon baggy at the start of the match, and Muhammad Abbas to register one of their least economical opening spells this season. Anderson was withdrawn from the attack after conceding 25 runs in his first three overs. Macdonald, who replaced Anderson, was later joined by Maher who replaced Abbas and this pair managed to stem the flow a bit but the wily combination of Hugo Hill and Cory Dickson then strangled the Rosmini middle-order and brought proceedings under control. Macdonald and Maher managed to remove both openers before the spinners weaved their web dropping the run rate to a tad under four after it had reached a dizzying 6.43 during the opening spell. Hill was once again in great form and at one stage bowled 20 dot balls in a row to finish with brilliant figures of 10-2-18-1, thus conceding a mere 39 runs in 29 overs bowled this season.  Anderson and Abbas came back to finish off the damage started by the change bowlers and were rewarded with wickets late in the Rosmini innings. At one stage the hosts were on course to breach 300 runs but forced bowling changes and relaxed fielding restrictions helped reduce the damage before Hugo Hill came to the fore with another brilliant spell of spin bowling. Macdonald bowled his first full spell of ten overs for the 1stXI and showed his potential all-round ability and together with Maher are proving to be a dependable first-change pace duo.

2nd XI vs St Kentigern 2nd XI

King’s bowled first on our no.2 grass wicket, which had a bit of life for the pace bowlers early and some good bowling saw us restrict St Kents to 50-2 off 12 overs. However St Kent’s got control in the later overs and powered to an impressive 219 all out in 44 overs. In reply the chase got off to a pretty poor start losing our first 3 wickets with 44 on the board. From there constant wickets fell and King’s couldn’t wrestle the momentum back and lost our last wicket with 141 on the board.

Bowling: Ben Dunlop 4-43 off 7 overs & Toby Irvine 4-20 off 9 overs

Batting : Louie Bennett 30 & Monty 26.

King’s lost by 78 runs.

Colts 1 vs  St Kentigern Colts 2

King’s won the toss and put St Kent’s in on a good wicket. We were rewarded straight away with Harrison Waymouth taking 3 early wickets to restrict St Kent’s to 9-3. Apart from the odd partnership, King’s were able to continuously take wickets throughout the innings and finally bowled them out in the 42 over for 123. 

In reply Karl Wallace and Misha Craig started off conservatively but started to  build a partnership based on good running, smart shot selection and show big hitting to knock off the total in the 21st over winning by 10 wickets

Bowling: Nick Tapper 3-22 off 9 overs & Harrison Waymouth 3-29 off 9 overs

Batting: Karl Wallace 49 & Misha Craig 44

Colts 2 vs Takapuna Colts

Batted 1st: 

King's 226 - 

Justin 16, Liam 15,James Wilson 24 & Jack Priddy – Brilliant V/Captains knock of 96 (following up on his 61 last week


Our Bowlers did complement our batting effort this time. The openers used up nearly 20 overs for the spinners on tandem to come on and put the breaks on Takapuna's progress as they were starting to threaten: 

Bowling Stats:

Woody 2/22 off 9, Bamford 1/21 off 5, Justin 5/42 off 9 and Will 2/25 off 6 and with an asking rate of over 10 runs an over Takapuna were all out for 162 a win by 64 runs.

3 x Exciting games to come – vs Mt Roskill, AG & Rangitoto and 3 Teams vying to win this Div – King's, Maclean & AG

Colts 3 vs Rosmini Colts 2

Home game played against Rosehill College at Kings College Pitch 4A

Having had a bye the previous week, the team was keen to have a game this weekend. 

King's was put into bat by Rosehill College and there were several notable scores. Stefan Markham made 76 opening the innings and Matthew Chitty and Will Smith managed a century unbroken partnership.. The team made a great score of 274/7 with Matthew and Will making 41 and 47 not out respectively.

The bowling performance was wonderful as Josh Hargrave captured 3 wickets for 11 runs and the rest of the bowlers managed to snare at least 1 wicket.

It was an excellent all round performance and we look forward to the next game.

Colts 3 Manager

Jacob Samuel

Junior B1 vs St Peters

Some real positives from Saturday’s game. Will Phillips was impressive with the bat scoring 30 runs. He was well supported by Krishna Peddinti 23 runs. Matthew Chitty and Joshua Bamfield blazed away for a quick fire 18 and 17 runs respectively in the last few overs to post an impressive total of 144 for 5.

Sam Anderson picked up 2 wickets in his opening spell. The spinners of Matthew Chitty, Krishna Peddinti and Joshua Bamfield kept the pressure on with 3 wickets and one a piece respectively. However, poor ground fielding enabled St Peter’s to take the victory while under some pressure being 7 wickets down.

St Peters won by 3 wickets 

Junior B2 vs One Tree Hill

The Junior B cricket side travelled to One Tree Hill College with 10 players, including Thomas Li who was making his cricketing debut. After being put in to bat a steady start was made with Max Jacobson and Milan Ranchod putting on a fine second wicket partnership.  With a useful contribution from Himnish Patel we eventually reached 130-8. One Tree Hill had only 9 players and benefited from substitute fielders provided by King’s. Once two big hitters were dismissed their other batsmen failed to overhaul the King’s total so some batted a second time till they reached 131. The wickets were shared between Harry Melhuish, Max Jacobson, Milan Ranchod and Myka Newman. 

A default win was claimed to give the team their first victory of the year. Smiles all round!!!