1st XI Cricket – St Kentigern overwhelmed as King’s complete unbeaten season in fine style!

Saturday 1 December 2018

King’s College 210 all out (50 overs)

St Kent’s 169 all out (40.2 overs)

King’s win by 41 runs

Without 4 seasoned players (H and C Dickson, T Simmonds and G C-Wright) King’s still managed to brush off a determined St Kentigern team in the final game of this competition to remain unbeaten in 2018. The replacements that were called up last night (Louis Anderson and Achindra Molamure) and this morning (Louis Bennett) made worthy contributions with Anderson making significant breakthroughs with his nagging medium pace to claim 2 wickets for 17 in 7 overs.

On a gloomy morning with rain threatening to play a starring role St Kent’s won the toss and did the obvious by choosing to bowl. Fraser Hardy opened with Nathan Robinson and the pair made a reasonable start. Muhammad Abbas, the bowling sensation of this season, batted for the first time in this competition this year and showed his class with 17 runs at first drop. At 66 for 3 it was left to the seasoned Thorn Parkes and Dimithri Gallage to perform a rescue act with a 64 run partnership dominated by the latter. Gallage secured a well-deserved half-century before he lost his wicket in search of quick runs in the 47th over. King’s was finally dismissed off the last ball of the innings for 210 runs, perhaps 20 runs less than what they were on course to achieve.

In reply St Kent’s got off to a brisk start and threatened to gate crash King’s party, but Abbas evened things up with 2 wickets off successive balls in the 5th over. Anderson then chipped in with an early wicket when he came on and at 45 for 3 King’s was starting to take control. A 73 run partnership brought St Kent’s back into the game and they looked like they were comfortably on course for victory at 118/3 in the 30th over when a clump of wickets fell to have them almost down and out at 124/9 in the 34th over. Kavi Minhas claimed 4 of these 6 wickets in what turned out to be a purple patch for King’s. The last wicket pair put on a gutsy show but ran out of luck in the 41st over earning King’s a convincing 41 run victory over a team sporting four Auckland U19 reps. William Paranthoiene was brilliant behind the stumps being instrumental in 4 dismissals.

The team leaves for Lincoln tomorrow afternoon to pursue the elusive Gillette Cup which Mitch Murray’s team tried to secure in 2014 but found Christchurch Boys’ too huge a hurdle to overcome.

King’s Innings:

N Robinson 21

F Hardy 17

M Abbas 13

T Parkes 30

D Gallage 62

K Minhas 17

W Paranthoiene 1

A Molamure 8

H Kukreja 13

L Bennett 7

L Anderson 0 not out

DNB: H Hill

Bowling figures (over, maidens, runs, wickets):

M Abbas 8-1-30-3

H Kukreja 6.2-1-25-1

L Anderson 7-0-18-2

H Hill 9-1-24-0

K Minhas 6-2-45-4

T Parkes 2-0-9-0

A Molamure 2-0-16-0

Debutants: Achindra Molamure; Louis Bennett