King’s 1st XI Cricket win against Auckland Grammar in dramatic fashion

King’s eclipse AGS in a titanic battle

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Auckland Grammar 205/8 in 50 overs

King’s College 208/6 in 49.2 overs

Lusty strikes from Patrick Maher in the dying overs ensured victory to King’s in a tension packed encounter. He replaced Muhammad Abbas whose patient and beautifully constructed innings came to an end on 72 runs with King’s still 22 runs adrift and just 21 balls remaining. Maher joined the skipper Cory Dickson at 184/6 in the 47thover and made sure to avoid the mistakes of the previous week and waited until he was well set before unleashing in the 49th, allowing King’s to cruise home with 4 balls to spare.

After a poor start when the King’s top order faltered in perfect batting conditions, Dimithri Gallage and Abbas came together at 42/3 as early as the 15thover and crafted a patient and resolute 111 run partnership before they were parted in the 41stover when the former was caught on the boundary. These two brought King’s back into the game but at 153/4 it seemed that Gallage left too much for the less experienced batsmen that followed. Gallage had departed for a superb 70 runs in his comeback match, after being sorely missed in the last two matches, as a result of a broken knuckle. Abbas, who had just reached 40 at that juncture, sensing the need to take responsibility for the rest of the chase, displayed remarkable maturity for a Year 11 student as he took his score beyond 70, in the company of Seb MacDonald initially and thereafter with Dickson.

When Grammar won the toss they had no hesitation in batting and were off to a rollicking start. Aided by poor fielding, the visitors were set for a 250+ score but the experienced spin duo of Hugo Hill and Cory Dickson applied the brakes in the middle overs to haul them back. Abbas and Louis Anderson bowled their full quota with the latter picking up bonus wickets in the twilight overs as AGS tried in vain to break free. King’s improved their fielding after receiving a telling off from the coach at the 2nddrinks break when AGS were on 134/2. The visitors lost 6 wickets for 70 runs in the last 16 overs as King’s improved their ground fielding and the bowlers maintained decent control. Instead of chasing a mammoth total, King’s was let off the hook and the target of 206 helped to make lunch a lot more palatable, especially with key batsman Nathan Robinson being indisposed due to injury.

As the boarders walked out of the dining hall the scoreboard displayed the drama that was unfolding and they witnessed the cameo from Maher that was accompanied by mighty applause from the supporters in the pavilion. No team deserved to lose this match and King’s will be buoyed by this result on the back of two consecutive losses. Next week the team heads north to take on St Peter’s College.

K Minhas 3
O Madaan 20
M Abbas 72
D Gallage 70
J Bhatia 6
S MacDonald 3
C Dickson Not out
P Maher 19 Not out


DNB:  H Hill, C Cleal, T Paranthoiene, L Anderson


Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
M Abbas   10 0 48 1
P Maher 5 0 25 0
C Dickson 10 0 37 0
J Bhatia 1 0 6 0
L Anderson 10 0 35 3
H Hill 10 1 22 2
C Cleal 2 0 15 0
K Minhas 2 0 13 0