A 146-run second wicket partnership secured victory for King’s College against Westlake Boys’ High School in the Maryatt Cup final today.
After winning the toss and sending the hosts in, King’s was able to pin the Westlake batsmen down handily. Particularly after Muhammad Abbas picked up a wicket in his first over.
Matt van Dyk held together the early part of the innings, and when he was joined by Joe Moore, Westlake began to build their score – though it was tough going.
Kavi Minhas bowled van Dyk for 48 in the 33rd over, which left Westlake at 92/6 in the 34th over. It would take five more overs for Westlake to clear the 100-run mark. Hugo Hill bowled 10 overs for just 17 runs.
Once the 40th over was in sight, Westlake turned up the scoring. Sam Reidy and Moore were suddenly able to find the boundary, and made the most of every opportunity for a run. When Reidy was run out for 21, Tyran van Ingen-Kal came in and hit 12 runs off five balls.
After the slow start, Westlake’s score of 181/8 would have left them feeling pretty confident.
That confidence would have been boosted when both King’s openers were out for 10.
Enter Dimithri Gallage and Nathan Robinson. The pair played themselves in, finding runs where most of the other batsmen had struggled, and once King’s score went past 40, they got into gear.
Robinson was belligerent, signalling his intent as he moved past 50 – coming down the wicket to smash back-to-back sixes.
Gallage played the supporting role extremely well, feeding the strike and as the Westlake total came in sight, finding the boundary himself.
Jock McKenzie was the pick of the Westlake bowlers – his 10 overs went for just 21, and three maidens suggested that both Gallage and Robinson were content to score runs off anyone else.
With just 23 runs needed, Robinson tried to take on the long-on boundary one too many times. He was caught for 89, including 4 fours and 5 sixes. His disappointment was palpable as he stood in the middle of the pitch, hands on his knees.
Abbas joined Gallage at the crease, in time for the latter to bring up his 50. It was Abbas who would have the final say, hitting a six to give King’s the victory by seven wickets.
Westlake Boys’ High School 1st XI 181/8 (M van Dyk 48, J More 44*; P Maher 2-46, H Hill 1-17) lost to King’s College 1st XI 186/3 (N Robinson 89, D Gallage 54*; J McKenzie 1-21, T van Ingen-Kal 1-33) by seven wickets.
In the 1A final, Takapuna Grammar took victory by one wicket over Rangitoto College, in a low-scoring, tense matchup.
Rangitoto College 1st XI 118 (D Thorley 26; Z Beaumont 3-26, M Browning 2-8, C McKay 2-8) lost to Takapuna Grammar 1st XI 119/9 (M Browning 26; K Kieser 3-13, I Bird 2-20) by one wicket.