Premier School Cricket – Round 7 Report

Limited Overs Report
Round Seven – 18 March 2017

King’s v Sacred Heart – King’s 1

King’s 255/7 (C Douglas 73, T Parkes 64, T Jerram 44, G Ritchie 3/36) defeated Sacred Heart 179/10

Kings scored an impressive 255/7 in good batting conditions at Kings College. The scoring was led by Callum Douglas (73), Thorn Parkes (65) and Tyler Jerram (44). George Ritchie had struck early for Sacred Heart, however, Douglas survived an early chance and took advantage hitting the ball strongly and was well supported by Parkes who accumulated throughout his innings, hitting gaps with ease to allow King’s to set an impressive 255. Ritchie (3/36) was the standout bowler for Sacred Heart but was somewhat let down by his teammates who were unable to restrict the scoring.
The chase of 256 started soundly for SHC however no one batsman was able to kick on and provide the backbone needed for a successful chase. The introduction of spin put the brakes on the chase and combined with excellent fielding forced the rate up. SHC eventually dismissed for 179 in the 46th over as King’s secured a comfortable win.

Auckland Grammar v Saint Kentigern – Auckland Grammar 1

Auckland Grammar 162/5 (B Megson 47) lost to Saint Kentigern 166/5 (S Keene 53*, M Soroka 46*)

Saint Kentigern triumphed over Auckland Grammar in a low-scoring affair that see’s SKC finish the round-robin stage of the competition unbeaten.
Grammar batted first and found runs hard to come by, the second wicket fell in the 25th over with the score at 56. The last half of the innings was more positive as Ben Megson led the way with 47* and was supported by Sam Rainger’s 29* to take the score to 162.
In reply, early wickets and tight bowling meant SKC were in trouble and Grammar had their tails up with the score 76/5 in the 28th over. The game changed when Matt Soroka joined Simon Keene at the crease, the pair combined brilliantly to take the game away from the hosts, Soroka playing a purposeful knock with 46* off 52 balls while Keene topped the games scoring with 53* to guide SKC home with 4 overs and 5 wickets remaining.

Mt Albert v St Peter’s – Mt Albert 1

St Peter’s 159/9 (L Borich 33, L Dasent 31, N West 30, K Clarke 4/25, D Watson 3/19) lost to Mt Albert 161/8 (C Cherrie 40*, K Clarke 33)

St Peter’s posted 159 thanks to solid contributions from Luca Borich (33), Lucas Dasent (31) and Noah West (30). Katene Clarke was the chief destroyer with the ball, taking 4/25 including the key wickets of Borich and Dasent. Daniel Watson provided good support taking 3/19 with an economy of 2.53.
MAGS lost consistent wickets but kept the runs flowing thanks to the hard hitting Clarke (33). Dasent got his own back on Clarke, bowling him to bring about a tightening up of the run chase as SPC put the pressure on. Dasent (2/23 off 10) and Reece Suesue (2/22 off 10) restricted the scoring superbly to keep SPC in the game. Caleb Cherrie showed his class with a cool head and 40* that proved the difference as he guided MAGS home 8 down with just 3 balls to spare.

Rosmini v Westlake Boys – Rosmini 1

Westlake 196/9 (J McKenzie 55, R Fitzgerald 36, R Schierhout 31) defeated Rosmini 120/10 (R Harrison 43, Z Finlay 32, J McKenzie 4/9)

Rosmini won the toss and chose to bowl on what looked to be a slow track, Rosmini hoping the pitch would dry out and make batting easier in the second innings. Westlake got off to a relatively conservative start, reaching 123/4 in the 38th over. Jock McKenzie really dug deep and anchored the innings, scoring 55 off a hard fought 137 balls. Reuben Fitzgerald played an important knock in the context of the innings, scoring a quick fire 36 off 26 balls, hitting 3 sixes in the process, allowing Westlake to post a very competitive 196/9 off their allotted 50 overs.
Rosmini struggled early with the bat to be 28/2 in the 12th over. However, Rosmini were able to claw their way back into the contest through Zakk Finlay (32) and Ryan Harrison (43) and at 109-4 in the 35th over, the game was very much in the balance. No one could have predicted what happened next, Rosmini capitulated to 120 all out, losing their last 6 wickets for a meagre 11 runs. The collapse was spear-headed by Jock McKenzie who took an unbelievable 4 wickets for 9 runs in just under 6 overs. He was well supported by Ryan Schierhout who finished off with a very impressive 2-16 in his 10 overs.

Upcoming Fixtures – Saturday 25 March

Saint Kentigern v King’s (SF 1)
Westlake Boys v Rosmini (SF 2)
Mt Albert v Auckland Grammar (5th/6th play-off)
Sacred Heart v St Peter’s @ St Paul’s (7th/8th play-off)

Points after Round Seven
Saint Kentigern              12
Westlake                         10
Rosmini                            9
Kings                                6
Mt Albert                         6
Auckland Grammar       6
Sacred Heart                  4
St Peter’s                        3