College Sport Media:
For the first time since 2015, King’s College will feature at the National First XI cricket finals in December. King’s have won the Nationals on four previous occasions and in Mitchell Murray (2015) and Simon Hickey (2011) feature two of the three batsmen to have made two centuries at the same tournament. Murray has the record for the highest score ever – clubbing 171 against HIBS.
Thorn Parkes is the captain of the 2018 First XI. He has guided the team through an unbeaten term, but they had to wait patiently for their victory in the Auckland final against Auckland Grammar School.
“The first Saturday was rained off. We played 40 overs and had Grammar 108 for 6. That was a good position for us so we weren’t too pleased when we didn’t finish,” Parkes explains.
Parkes had little reason for concern. King’s bowled Grammar out for a mediocre 131 in the 45th over a week later. Spinners Cory Dickson and Hugo Hill claimed five wickets between them.