HIBS 1st X1 had a comfortable win over Wellington College on Saturday to avenge their first round loss back in February. Batting first on the HIBS artificial, Ben Sears(41) and Rachin Ravindra (29) gave HIBS a solid start and at 70 without loss a score over 200 looked on until the loss of both openers, along with skipper Troy Johnson and Akshar Patel, saw the home side looking shaky at 84 for 4.
However an excellent 5th wicket partnership of 67 between Jesse Tashkoff and Brad Johns turned the game back in HIBS favour, Jesse batting sensibly for a patient 32 and Brad out for an excellent 49, just short of a well deserved half century. At the end of 50 overs HIBS had reached 192 for 9, certainly a defendable total if they bowled well.
Wellington College had a very slow start, pinned down by the accuracy of both Matthew McComb and Tyler Simpson and the pressure saw them collapse to 14 for 3 after 12 overs. With rain a real possibility HIBS needed to get through to 20 overs to constitute a game, by then they had Wellington College at 41 for 6 and the contest was over. Wellington College were finally all out for 109 in the 45th over.
Matthew McComb had excellent figures of 3 for 13 off 10 and Tyler Simpson bowled 6 overs for a meagre 9 runs. Encouraging for coach Mark Borthwick was the fielding effort and the tidy 10 over spell from Caleb Hewson, the experienced spin duo of Rachin and Troy also made scoring very difficult for the Wellington College side.
HIBS have now moved into 2nd place on run rate and look forward to St Pats Silverstream, at Stream this coming Saturday.