King’s 1st XI win a thriller against St Kent’s

King’s desperately defend meagre total

Saturday, 16 March 2019

King’s College 128/10 in 37.3 overs

St Kentigern College 108/10 in 43.1 overs

Under dense cloud cover King’s College chose to bat. After a 30 minute delay because of a dewy outfield King’s got off to a promising start with Kavi Minhas profiting from a wayward spell from the opposition pace bowler. The opposition skipper and handy off-spinner Nikith Perrera shared the new ball and commenced with two maiden overs. A forced bowling change proved lucrative for the visitors as King’s were rocked by Beck Robson’s tidy opening spell where he accounted for the prized scalp of Nathan Robinson in his second over and was on a hat-trick in his fourth over dismissing Dimithri Gallage  and Minhas in successive balls. Muhammad Abbas joined Ojas Madaan and these two steadied the ship from 37/3 to 85/4 before the latter gifted his wicket, driving airily to long-off – thereby throwing away a good start as he was looking solid and coping well under immense pressure from his former team mates who were determined to show their contempt for his choice of schools.

The last of the recognised batsmen in the form of the skipper Cory Dickson joined Abbas and a reasonable partnership was vital at this stage if King’s was to post a challenging total. From 85/4 King’s lost their composure and wickets fell in quick succession as the capable tail showed very little fight. The next 5 wickets fell for an embarrassing 25 runs in just 8 overs but Tom Paranthoiene and Patrick Maher took the score past 120 which looked quite unlikely at one stage.

The King’s post-lunch warm up and preparation to defend a tiny total looked quite upbeat and this continued into the St Kentigern innings as the hosts clawed their way back into the game through spells of tight bowling and very tidy fielding. Abbas rocked the hosts with a wicket off the first ball – a perfect start for King’s and the elation they showed was of an unusual calibre. They sensed that this was their day and the senior spin duo of Dickson and Hugo Hill bowled 20 overs between themselves and picked up 6 wickets for just 36 runs. This went a long way into manoeuvring the game on to a knife-edge allowing Patrick Maher to combine with the keeper Paranthoine to wrap up the visitors tail and secure King’s a tense 20 run victory and provide a bit of a confidence boost for next weekend’s clash against the impressive, unbeaten Westlake Boys.

King’s Batting

K Mihas


N Robinson


O Madaan


D Gallage


M Abbas


C Dickson


T Paranthoiene

14 not out

S MacDonald


C Cleal


H Hill


P Maher


DNB: L Anderson


King’s Bowling

M Abbas


L Anderson


K Minhas


P Maher


C Dickson


H Hill