It was a sunny morning out on the desert and the boys were fizzing for the encounter with the traditional rivals. At the 9.45 arrival time the sun was already beating down, Foote and Mccomb applied multiple layers of sunscreen and all the lads had a good sweat going in warm up. After his pitch analysis, the raging bull that is Paul Brennan confidently told the boys that it was a road. Being colorblind, Footey couldn’t see the green tinge that the pitch had, thus, along with Jesse bro, got an aggressive fizz going for when it was his turn to bat. Tyler strode out to the middle for the toss looking sharp in his blazer. TY had a good swagger about him and the boys were confident. Stream skipper Callum Mclachlan chose wrong, and HIBS were to bat first on PB’s road.
PBs road had a few potholes in it early doors to say the least. There are rumours that the ball crossed time zones as it moved left and right, up and down. St Pats opened up with two trundlers, but they put the ball on the right spot and took early wickets. Slee fell early, and his opening partner Caleb fell soon after. Gun batsman Jesse Bro got a good nut and got poled, while number 5 batsman Daniel Blair didn’t really got going. Through all this, Joe Foote managed to battle his way to 39 before his trusty forward defence failed him against the spin of Navros Singh. Adam Webster (aka Spidey) played valiantly for his 25 and Nathan Watt had a solid contribution of 14 at the end of the innings. “All-rounder” Matty Mccomb didn’t add to his career best average of 4.5 this week. His 19 ball, 0 not out featured some clean ball striking, hitting some big balls. A couple even made it off the block! HIBS finished 113 all out after 41.5 overs, unfortunately the batsmen didn’t do their job once again.
HIBS knew that with their bowling attack anything was defendable. Removing Joe from the slip cordon must also have given the bowling attack a confidence boost. But, unfortunately, the pitch had flattened out and Stream had little movement to deal with. Callum Mclachlan anchored the stream inning scoring 54, and they got over the line in 17 overs. Nathan Watt and Finn bamber were the pick of the bowlers taking 2 wickets each.
While it was a rough day for the boys, the mood in the camp is still good moving towards the games ahead. There is too much talent in the group for the team not to get back to winning ways soon.
Match Report: Joseph Foote.