King’s 1st XI Cricket dominate Westlake to win the Auckland Title


King’s claimed a rare away victory over Westlake Boys’ High to retain the Marryatt Cup. King’s played perfect cricket for the first half after winning the toss and asking the hosts to bat. The bowling was of a high standard and the coach’s plans were carried out to perfection. Every bowler delivered and this was undoubtedly their best performance as a unit this season. Apart from the usual wides and an unusual amount of no-balls the King’s bowlers gave Westlake no respite. Every run required a measure of skill and risk and Westlake had to shelve the drive and eke out runs by mainly pushing for singles and occasionally chipping over the in-field. Westlake staggered to 92/6 in the 34 over and sheer determination by the lower middle order took them to a respectable 181/8 in 50 overs.

In reply King’s lost both openers Kavi Minhas and Ojas Madaan by the 6th over for 10 runs but both Nathan Robinson at first-drop and Dimithri Gallage calmed the nerves taking the score to 55/2 at drinks. They were given a torrid time by the close-in fielders but managed to not get ruffled. Once they got settled, Westlake tried various combinations to break this blossoming partnership but they were constantly foiled. Robinson, batting with a broken finger, was severe on anything slightly wayward whilst Gallage was happy to nurdle the ball around and rotate the strike. Robinson was nearing his hundred with a boundary laden innings but was unfortunately caught near the ropes for 89 and the team score 156/3. Muhammad Abbas was careful initially but soon got into his groove and together with Gallage took King’s to victory in the 41st over. Apart from a few minor batting hiccoughs, this was an almost perfect performance by the men in maroon, especially considering they handed Westlake their first loss this season.   



M Abbas 1/30; C Cleal 1/41; P Maher 2/46; H Hill 1/17; K Minhas 1/20


N Robinson 89 (111); D Gallage 54 not out (85); M Abbas 20 not out (18)

King’s win by 7 wickets