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Auckland Grammar School have successfully defended their Student Horizons Auckland Twenty20 championship. Captain Flynn McGregor-Sumpter is delighted with the result.
“This is a great start to the season. Although we didn’t play many of the sides in the Auckland competition, it’s a massive confidence boost for us. Additionally it shows how we want to play our cricket this year. Our spinners will be key, along with our deep batting order.”
Grammar weren’t seriously challenged in any of their five matches and McGregor-Sumpter attributes this to suitable conditions and the right personnel.
“I think we had an incredibly talented and well-balanced side. We batted very deep and all of our bowlers delivered. Our spinners were key throughout. The pitches were dry and turned a lot. We were able to use our four spinners regularly over the three days.”
Thomas Leggat was the leading wicket taker with 11 wickets in five games. Hamish Kidd was also a valuable contributor. McGregor-Sumpter says there were several fine batting performances too.
“There were many standout batting performances. Isaac Crooks got 60-odd in our first game against Kings. Callum Coutts got 50-odd against St. John’s. Will Ormiston made 60 against Westlake and I got 70 against St. Peter’s in the final.”
Coutts was the leading run-maker and made 40 in the final against St. Peter’s, a side that McGregor-Sumpter rated highly.
“Our toughest opponent was St. Peter’s. Although we won quite comprehensively in the final, our pool play game wasn’t nearly as easy. Their bowlers bowled good lines, and they were very athletic in the field.”
Auckland Grammar Pool Play Results
Beat King’s College (174/5) to (82/8)
Beat St. John’s College, Hamilton (142/2) to (139/10)
Beat Westlake BHS (155/4) to 106/10)
Beat St. Peter’s College (133/8) to (66/10)