First XI v St Peter's College

Saturday, 18 March, at MAGS

MAGS wins by 2 wickets

MAGS: 161/8 (Caleb Cherrie 40, Katene Clarke33)
St Peter's: 159/9 (Katene Clarke 4/25, Daniel Watson 3/19)

In a must win game, MAGS and St Peter's were greeted with a sunny, rain free day. St Peter's won the toss and elected to bat first with Thomas Drumm (the son of MAGS' Headmaster Mr Patrick Drumm) and Liam Wheeler opening the batting for the opposition. They were only 10 balls in when Daniel Watson struck, taking Wheeler who tried to guide a ball but instead sent it straight to Maximus Soares at 2nd slip. Daniel’s 2nd wicket came soon after, thanks to a stunning diving catch in the covers by Katene Clake, leaving St Peter's 15/2 after 6 overs.

At the first drinks break MAGS were on top at 37/3 but St Peter's got back into the match in the second session and didn’t lose a wicket, moving through to 96/3. However, during the session St Peter's no.5 batsman Rohan Bhatt retired hurt after a ball to the jaw, which was later diagnosed as fractured. In the 36th over Katene took 2 wickets and from there St Peter's lost regular wickets and finished on 159/9. Katene finished with 4/25, also taking 2 catches, a good day in the field. However, in another unfortunate accident, Aue Parima, fielding at square leg, had a catch slip through his hands and was struck in the mouth, chipping a tooth.

After lunch Alec Shackleton and Maximus opened the batting for MAGS. Alec started positively with a quick fire 18 off 20 balls before he was caught at short cover. The run rate was pegged back after that and at drinks MAGS was 46/3. In the next session there were two good partnerships between Katene and Jesse Gage, (38), then between Jesse and Caleb Cherrie (27) before Jesse was caught in the 40th over, leaving MAGS requiring 36 off the last 10 overs.

Lead by an outstanding batting performance from Caleb, the remaining MAGS batsmen kept their heads and instead of hitting out, they played with discipline. In the 49th over they required 6 off the final 6 balls with 2 wickets remaining. Fittingly, with 4 balls left and the team requiring 3 runs, Caleb was bowled a short ball which he powerfully dispatched over mid wicket to win the match with a boundary. A much needed win for MAGS.