For round two of the CSW Premier 1 competition, the boys hosted St Pat’s town at home on the HIBS No.1. A good looking deck played as good as its merits, proving a road to bat on for most. Winning the toss and electing to bat the boys got off to a good start despite a few minor bumps. Adam and Niwa opened the batting but Niwa lost his wicket in the 3rd over for 0, the team 9-1, Logan replacing him at the crease. These two looked to reset the innings and build again. Putting on a 46 run partnership before Logan was caught behind for 14 (43) leaving the team 55-2 after 17 overs.
Jesse came to the crease and made an early drop pay, him and Adam scoring conservatively and with little risk to each bring up half centuries, both playing patiently with some beautiful shots in-between, Including a great passage between the 36th and 40th overs where 47 runs were scored at a run rate of 9.4. Jesse was eventually dismissed, caught for 59 (99), the team 169-3. A fantastic 114 run partnership from these two, batting deep into the 43rd over for the loss of just 3 wickets, set up for a very good and defendable total.
Harry came in and ticked the strike over to an inform Adam Webster taking the boys to a total of 195-4. Harry was run out trying to steal some runs and was returning with 8 (15). Captain Fantastic, Caleb came out and would take the boys to the end. Unfortunately, with just 2.1 overs remaining Adam was dismissed for a brilliant knock of 88 (121) although most were questioning why he was unable to push on for his century, the conclusion was drawn that ‘poor match fitness’ was the issue. Daniel Blair came to the crease and looked to accelerate, a 3-run contribution before being run out. DJ Watt came to the crease with little balls left, him and chew looked to score as much as possible both ending with n/o 5 (6) and 7 (7) respectively.
The bowling effort was excellent in the heat, however St Pats town found the HIBS No.1 just as easy to bat on. An early wicket from Nathan (caught by Adam Webster) gave the boys a lift, putting Town 19-1. Brett raced the ball through giving every batsman problems. His bumper from time to time proved too good for most. Nathan finishing with 7 overs, 2 maidens, 1 for 17 and Brett finished with 8 overs for 31 runs. McArthur picked up the next wicket with one of the best catches ever seen at the HIBS no.1. Nathan Watt at square leg pulling off a one-handed blinder to slow the Towns growing confidence. MacArthur ending with 7 overs 2 maidens, 1 wicket for 23. 55ish at the first drinks put the boys in high spirits and well on top. However, some resistance came in the middle overs however Jesse came on and bowled extremely well with 10 on the trot. He bowled 2 maidens in his 10 taking 3 wickets for 24.
However, Town had matched our score of 104-3 at second drinks break. The next 5 overs proving critical to the outcome of the match. After the second drinks, Jesse picked up the first of his 3, getting a key wicket of the set batsman caught by McArthur at long on. 110-4 after 36. The next wicket came off skip’s tight bowling again coming at a crucial time to keep Town behind what was required, Brett McBride taking the catch to leave town at 140-5 with just 8 overs to chase 75 runs. Another quick wicket came the next over, Jesse picking up his second, with another brilliant catch out in the deep for Nathan, casing the boundary rope he was able to collect a ball destined for 6, this keeping town at bay further at 146-6. The next wicket was a few balls later, the set batsman was run out with some great work from Harry in tandem with Logan, Town 149-7. The next over, no runs scored since the last wicket saw some unreal glove work from Logan stumping another batsman off Caleb to give him his 2nd of what would become the pick of the bowlers with 8.4 overs, 4 for 41. Town lost 3 wickets at the 149 run mark, the last being off Caleb again with Brett amongst the action again taking a regulation catch. Another good piece of bowling, Hewy picked up the last wicket, Town all out for 162-10.
All in all a great all round performance, but the day, the boys would agree, went to the batting display and good to get a win for the home fans that came out on a beautiful day to support the boys.
Match Report: Niwa Rickard