Kings College continued their remarkable run in the Gillette Cup by claiming their third consecutive title yesterday as they downed Auckland Grammar by four wickets.
A slightly tacky wicket saw a delay to the start of the Auckland Gillette Cup Qualifying Final but the game was still 45 overs and Auckland put on a beautiful day.
AGS recovered from the early loss of Tom Miller but Kyle Jamieson (79) and Shawn Hicks (57) put Auckland Grammar in a strong position that allowed captain James Parslow to free the arms with 52 not out off 29 balls. Grammar made their way to 208 at the end of their 45 overs, a total that would push Kings hard if they wanted to make their third trip to the National finals.
Ben Turner and Cam Gibbons got Kings off to a good start but Luke Williamson was the first hero of the Kings innings surviving an early chance to compile an excellent 72. His dissmissal, bowled by Kieran Earwaker gave AGS a glimmer of hope but it was firmly extinguished by young Mitchell Murray who struck 12 off an over in his total off 22 and a couple of boundaries from Kim Kingstone to see Kings home with 5 balls to spare.
Best of luck to Kings on their third consecutive trip to the National finals and hopefully they can repeat their two previous victories.
Auckland Grammar 208/3 (Kyle Jamieson 79, Shawn Hicks 57, James Parslow 52*) lost to Kings College 212/6 ( Luke Williamson 72, Ben Turner 38) by 4 wickets.