1st XI Cricket post disappointing loss against Rosmini

Rosmini manage to rise from the ashes in truncated slugfest

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Rosmini 90 all out in 30 overs

King’s 81 all out in 25.5 overs

After a delayed start due to a wet pitch King’s were licking their lips as the Rosmini batsmen were left floundering in gloomy conditions and on a spiteful wicket. The opening attack of Muhammad Abbas and Louis Anderson nicked out the first two wickets with the assistance of Tom Paranthoiene behind the stumps. Charles Cleal rattled the timber to have Rosmini reeling at 39/3 in the 11thover. Due to the inconsistent control of the pace quartet, the spinners were deployed in the most pace-friendly conditions. In ten overs, both Hugo Hill and Kavi Minhas conceded a mere 11 runs in claiming two wickets between themselves. Patrick Maher was introduced into the attack in the 25thover with Rosmini struggling to dig themselves out of another hole with the score on 71/5. Maher conceded only one run in his first two overs whilst showing superb control – the best pacer on the day and missed out on a hat-trick in his third over where he claimed 3 wickets in 4 balls. Anderson claimed the last wicket in his second spell of just one over to have Rosmini all out for 90 runs in 30 overs. King’s would have expected to cruise to victory in pursuit of 91 runs in 42 rain-reduced overs.  

Astonishingly, the King’s batsmen failed to take heed of the coach’s advice on how to bat on a difficult wicket and allowed Rosmini to bully them into making mistake upon mistake to be teetering on the brink at 19/5 in the 11thover. A small partnership of just 19 runs between Cory Dickson and Jeet Bhatia promised to haul King’s out of the mire but they flattered to deceive. Both were removed from the action by the 17thover and Charles Cleal departed in the 19th. This brought Maher in to partner the doughty Seb MacDonald and a seemingly match-winning partnership blossomed. MacDonald showing a huge amount of tenacity and discretion tried hard to cajole Maher into hanging around for as long as possible. Maher who was struggling to hit the ball cleanly found hanging around and defending much to his discomfort. Nevertheless, he too showed grit whilst MacDonald picked up ones and twos in the most cautious fashion, as the situation demanded. At 70/8 at the end of the 24thover the 24 run partnership was the best of the day and was looking likely to be headline material. Maher pummelled 2 boundaries in the 25thover and victory was now a mere 13 runs away when he tried for an unnecessary third boundary and slogged the ball airily towards mid-wicket to be superbly caught in the outfield. Hill joined MacDonald and victory was still an expectation but the latter found the pressure too hard to deal with and was bowled in the 26thover for King’s to lose two matches in successive weeks. The injured Dimithri Gallage was sorely missed for his experience and batting prowess.

King’s Innings

K Mihas                                    3                                  M Abbas                       0

N Robinson                               1                                  O Madaan                     2

T Paranthoiene                        0                                 C Dickson                     7

J Bhatia                                    9                                  S MacDonald                21

C Cleal                                      6                                  P Maher                       11

H Hill                                        1 not out                      Extras                           20       


DNB: L Anderson

Bowling Figures:

M Abbas                       4-0-10-1                                   L Anderson                   5-1-22-2          

C Cleal                          3-0-25-1                                   S MacDonald                2-0-11-0          

K Minhas                      6-2-8-1                                     H Hill                            4-3-3-1

C Dickson                     3-0-9-0                                     P Maher                       3-2-1-3