19 Dec 2019

Thursday 19 December 2019

Last week, a group of year 10 cricketers took part in an invitational Colts tournament against seven other schools from around New Zealand hosted by St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.

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Heading into the tournament this year, we were looking to replicate our previous wins in 2017 & 2018 and the boys hit their straps early with a good win against Hutt International (who were Junior National championships this year) on Monday, however the energy and effort used in that performance could not be replicated on Day 2 and we lost against Christ College.

The boys knew a win the next day would give them a chance for the final today and they chased down a big score to win against hosts St Paul’s Collegiate. However Christ College ended up unbeaten in our pool and meant they went into the final with us playing Mt Albert Grammar in the 3rd/4th. The boys again bowled well but couldn’t get up with the bat and finished the tournament in 4th place - a great effort from the boys.

Matt Cowie, Head of Cricket   

Team List
  1. Karl Wallace
  2. Misha Craig
  3. Nick Tapper
  4. Tom Stephenson
  5. Josh Olliver
  6. Ben Heron
  7. Jonty Willis
  8. Tom Lindberg
  9. James O’Connor
  10. Jack Priddy
  11. Harrison Waymouth
  12. James Wilson
  13. Corban Drake

Day 1 vs Hutt International (Wellington)

King’s won the toss and bowled first on a greenish wicket and went about ripping through a good batting lineup. With good areas and discipline we were able to bowl them out for 107 in reply, we got off to a bad start losing 3 wickets very quickly, at 67-8 it was not looking good, however Tom Lindberg and Jack Priddy came to the rescue and put on a great partnership to get us over the line winning by 2 wickets.

Day 2 vs Christ College

King’s won the toss decided to replicate what they did on Day 1, again our bowlers toiled well in quite hot conditions and were able to bowl out Christ for 157 on a good wicket. However our batsmen failed to make an impact and their spinners tied us down and we ended up all out for 90 losing by 67 runs.

Day 3 vs St Paul’s Collegiate

King’s lost the toss and were sent into bowl, knowing a big win might give us a chance to make the final. St Paul’s came out firing and finished their 50 overs with a good total of 206. One of the biggest chases in the tournament didn’t faze our boys with good contributions from all our batsmen we were able to chase it down with 5 overs to spare and 3 wickets to spare.

Day 4 vs Mt Albert 3rd/4th playoff

King’s lost the toss and were asked to bowl for the 2nd time in 2 days. Again the boys showed up and really put MAGS under pressure for large parts, keeping them to a gettable 164 from their 50 overs. In reply we were comfortable at 110-5 but a flurry of wickets meant we fell 30 runs short and lost.