HIBS 1st XI played the rookies of Premier One on a sweltering day at the desert. A questionable interpretation of the deck from the boys led to us winning the toss and
nominating ourselves to tackle the green seamer with the bat first. This unorthodox tactic unsurprisingly did not pay dividends early on, with some tidy bowling from the
underdogs leaving us at 11-3 after the first 10 overs. However, a slow but steady partnership from Slee & Blair put the figurative ball back in our park. HIBS made it to 73
before Daniel fell (somewhat dubiously) in the 28th over for a tidy 33 off 57. Slee fell shortly after for a well-compiled 26 off 65 to leave HIBS in a challenging position yet
again at 79-5.
However, the pitch that once looked more akin to a cold, wet winter in Birmingham was now flattening out and the middle order took full advantage of this,
Caleb scoring 29 off 50, Campbell scoring 23 off 53 and Nathan with an explosive knock of 26* off 16 to push HIBS on to a competitive 170/7 on a tough wicket. The hard grafting
of the boys was duly rewarded with yet another fantastic lunch and we set out confident of defending in the second innings.
Our fast bowlers came out fired up early on, and some DJ Watty specials removed both opening batsmen cheaply. Logan then took a sharp catch from Brett McWide’s 130kph slower ball to leave Well Coll struggling at 16-3 off 11. The bowlers bowled beautiful line & length through the middle periods to reduce Coll to 92-9 after 39 overs, with the wickets shared equally (McBride – 3, Watt – 2, Kennerley – 2, Tashkoff – 1 and Patel – 1).
However HIBS relaxed and Coll’s tail ground out the rest of the innings to finish 129-9 off their 50 much to the disappointment of our bowlers. Therefore a good bonus-point win, against a tidy opposition, keeping us top of the table but leaving us plenty of things to work on in practice.
Logan Slee – 26 and 2 catches
Nathan Watt – 26* and 2-12
Brett McBride – 3-22
Adam Webster – 0 off 18 deliveries
Match Report: Daniel Blair