It was a good morning in Tawa as we started off with our captain Campbell Webster winning yet another toss and deciding to bat first. This week it was Kahu Gray and Cole Kennedy’s turn to have a shot at the opening job. It was a solid start by both players, but some good tight bowling and fielding limited our chances for runs. By the 5th over, Cole was unfortunately caught with the score at 15 with Harrison Watt in next.
As the morning turned to afternoon, our score was slowly creeping along and 6 overs later, another catch was taken, having Kahu finish his innings and leaving us with 27 for 2 after 12 overs. The quiet start for the lads came to an end when Gerry Green took to the crease and pummeled the ball left, right and centre, agitating the supposedly confident Tawa College side. With the very short boundaries, Gerry took full advantage of it and pushed the score total to 65 runs, until supporting partner, Harrison was dismissed by another catch by the Tawa side.
In came Campbell Webster who with Gerry looked good out there, but that partnership was short lived when Gerry’s strong innings came to an end, bowled for 44. Jacob Yee came in and started off a bit sketchy, and then a lack of communication led to Campbell being run out early in his innings. In came last week’s star Cameron Duffy. From the exciting big boundaries came cheeky quick singles until Cameron was bowled by a ripper of a ball, which sent the bails flying through the air. Tawa looked a bit more confident as we teetered at 99 for 6 after 27 overs.
With the team in a bit of trouble Nikunj Patel strode to the wicket and immediately took the game by the scruff of the neck, hitting an entertaining 81 runs off 38 balls that included an amazing 9 sixes and 4 fours and many lost balls. Nikunj smashed sixes with the wind, into the wind, over the fence onto the motorway!! If anyone got hit by a white cricket ball on Saturday afternoon driving on the Motorway past Tawa College, please send your repair bill to Girish Patel (Nikunj’s Dad) to pay up.
When Nikunj was finally caught for 81 with a SR of 213.16, Tawa were also relieved not to lose more balls and he had put on a great 100 run partnership off only 60 balls with Jacob to take back control of the game. With two overs to go, and an injured Jacob unable to run between wickets, the game plan was for Liam to hit boundaries, but it ended up with Jacob hobbling around for quick singles and tight 2’s. HIBS’ finally finish their 40 overs with a respectable 221.
After our unusual roller-coaster batting innings, we opened the bowling with Kobe Fleming and Liam Ferrier, Kobe bowled superbly conceding just 5 runs from 5 overs and Liam bowled with great pace rewarding himself with a 3 wicket bag. As per usual, we put a lot of pressure on early getting crucial wickets and keeping Tawa quiet throughout their innings, with regular wickets continuing to fall, showing why we deserve to be at the top of the table. It was a good overall performance on the field by our team, with great catches on the boundaries by Jonty and Kahu taking out Tawa’s two main batsmen and tight fielding from everyone really put pressure on the Tawa side.
At the end of the day, HIBS continue on their winning streak.
Score: HIBS win by 103 runs.
Match Report by Jacob Yee.