Another two day title in the bank for Kings
Monday, 7 November 2011
29th October 2011 & 5th November 2011
Premier A: Two-Day Championship - Round Four
Kings College v Westlake Boys High School- Kings 1
The first day saw Kings finish with a lead of 54 with one wicket in hand. Jordan Sussex took this wicket in the first over of play on the second day to finish with the fine figures of 4/38. He bowled very quickly and put all the Kings batters under pressure. With a deficit of 55 runs Westlake would have to bat well to score enough runs to allow a declaration to be made if they were to achieve the vital outright win required. The Kings bowlers did not allow that to happen in the early stages and although Robbie O'Donnell batted well for his 57 runs it took a late flourish from Wesley Jarman, Jordan Sussex and Manaia Harris to allow Westlake to declare at 194/7 and give Kings a total to chase. Mark Chapman bowled superbly for Kings and was well rewarded with 5/70 off his 27 overs. Westlake started well with an early wicket but Ben Horne with 75 and Simon Hickey with 40 took the game away from Westlake and although Max O'Dowd took four late wickets Kings achieved the win by 5 wickets. This result means Kings have sealed the Two Day championship for another year and can now focus on next weekends Gillette Cup final.
Westlake BHS 117 (Simon Middleton 51, Ben Horne 3/43 ) and 194/7 dec ( Robbie O'Donnell 57, Mark Chapman 5/70) lost to Kings College 172 (Simon Hickey 52, Luke Williamson 33, Jordan Sussex 4/38) and 143/5 (Ben Horne 75, Max O'Dowd 4/26) outright by five wickets.
Auckland Grammar v St Kentigern College- Auckland Grammar 1
St Kentigern knew they had to throw caution to the wind and an overnight declaration put the ball firmly in Auckland Grammar's court. James Parslow was the star man again scoring an unbeaten 68 in the Grammar total of 132/5 declared. That left St Kentigern needing 238 for victory and they gave it their all before falling 6 runs short. Opener Devon Jones led the way with 69 and Nick Kelly's 43 got them off to a great start as Grammer opener Ganesh Ratnasabapathy picked up 3/34 to keep both results possible. Harry Lyford's late half century kept St Kentigern hopes alive but Grammar threw the ball to player of the game James Parslow who picked up the final three wickets including two in his first over to finish with figures of 3/19. That result sent Grammar rocketing up the table and put an end to any St Kentigern hopes to claim the two day title.
Auckland Grammar 169 (James Parslow 51, Shikar Chaturvedi 37, Nick Kelly 5/53 ) and 132/5 dec (James Parslow 68*) defeated St Kentigern College 64/3 dec and 232 (Devon Jones 69, Harry Lyford 51, Nick Kelly 43; James Parslow 3/19, Ganesh Ratnasabapathy 3/34) outright by five runs.
Sacred Heart v Mt Albert Grammar School - Sacred Heart 1
Sacred Heart pulled off their own version of the great escape on Saturday as they hung on by 2 wickets to prevent an outright win for Mt Albert. Chris Beck had earlier wrapped up the Sacred Heart first innings finishing with figures of 5/41 and MAG's had no hesitation in sending Sacred Heart back out there to bat again. Good early seam bowling from Brett Randell was supported by the spin of Teja Nidamanuru but unfortunately the Sacred Heart line-up remained defiant and they made it to stumps only 8 wickets down.
Mt Albert Grammar 229/8 dec (Vaidak Raj 103, Matthew Verecoe Curits 49 ) defeated Sacred Heart 105 (Chris Beck 5/41) and 106/8 (Teja Nidamanuru 3/17, Brett Randell 3/29) on first innings.
Points after Round Three: Kings 14 pts; Westlake Boys 9 pts, Auckland Grammar, St Kentigern, Mount Albert Grammar 5 pts; Sacred Heart 2 pts
Premier A: Two-Day Plate - Round Four
Rangitoto College v Macleans College - Macleans 1
Macleans College are on the board for the season after securing first innings points with a dominant batting display on day two against Rangitoto. Hunter and Morrison contributed 31 and 33 respectively but the stars of the show were Varun Narula with 76 and Liam Winn who outshone his elder brother with an unbeaten 46. Connor Hamilton's 3/34 was the only bowling of note from Rangitoto as Macleans made it to 232/6 and the vital 2 points.
Rangitoto College 229 (Matthew Trent 76, Michael Jeram 37, Blair Smith 31, Chris Dunn 5/27) lost to MacLeans College 232/6 (Varun Narula 76, Liam Winn 46*, Andrew Morrison 33, R Hunter 31; Connor Hamilton 3/34) on first innings.
Rosmini College v Avondale College - Avondale 1
On a day of outrights you would have put the safe money on this result after day one. Rosmini added a further 80 runs to their overnight total with the loss of only two more wickets before declaring. Alex Du Rand took his score onto 60 with Callum Simmonds chipping in with 35. Avondale faired only slightly better in their second turn at bat being dismissed for 77 as Sam Pierce collected 4/13 and Alex Du Rand displayed safe hands behind the stumps finishing the match with 6 keeping dismissals.
Avondale College 62 (Ryan Thompson 3/24 ) and 77 (Sam Pierce 4/13) lost to Rosmini College 227/7 dec (Alex Du Rand 60, Connor Ridge 44, Callum Simmonds 35; Harshall Vyas 3/46) outright by an innings and 88 runs.
St Peters College v Kelston Boys High School- Kelston 1
The seam bowling of Travis Ngatai was too much for the St Peters batting lineup who collapsed to 98 all out in their first innings and set up an afternoon of quickfire batting. Skipper Sean Chick continued his good form from the first innings and aided by Shaneil Sharma's 38 got Kelston quickly to 89/1, allowing them a second crack at St Peters. Tem Hodson stood firm though for St Peters and they saw out the rest of the day only two wickets down.
Kelston BHS 196 (Sean Chick 68, Taylor Adams 57, Conner Kelly 4/27, Robbie Compston 3/36) and 89/1 dec (Sean Chick 37*, Shaneil Sharma 38) defeated St Peters College 98 (Travis Ngatai 4/27) and 58/2 (Tem Hodson 30*) on first innings.
Points after Round Three: Rosmini, Kelston 7pts, Avondale 5pts, Rangitoto, 3 pts, St Peters 2 pts, Mcleans 2pts