HIBS continued their great run of form on Saturday with a complete demolition of Scots College on their home turf. With overcast conditions and a cool northerly blowing down the pitch Scots decided to back themselves with the bat after winning the toss and looked good in the first 5 overs getting to a score 10 without loss.
It was at this point that Matty McComb (10.0, 6, 5, 2) and captain Tyler Simpson (5.0, 1, 9, 1) started tightening up the thumb screws with consecutive maidens from each end followed by a 1 run over from McComb. The pressure became too much to bear for the Scots openers resulting in H Birch being dismissed by Simpson (caught Ben Sears) with the first ball of the 9th over for 5 runs.
Sensing that Scots were not particularly enjoying McCombs left arm spinners, Simpson brought Rachin Ravindra (10.0, 4, 19, 3) into the attack in the 11th over to give them a double helping. They didn’t like that at all and proceeded to lose 5 of their wickets in the subsequent 10 overs for a total of only 5 runs.
Ben Sears (5.2, 0, 19, 3) entered into the attack to support Ravindra in the 22nd over and struggled with his line for a few balls before trapping R Nathu LBW with the second to last ball of the over. Scots began a bit of a fight back with B Soper and D Beattie adding 29 runs to their total for no wicket until Ravindra struck again with the second ball of the 29th over bowling Soper while on 18 runs.
Further tight bowling from Ravindra and Sears resulted in Sears taking his 2nd wicket the following over. Scots 9th. Nathan Watt joined Sears in the 31st over for a little cameo before Sears finally put Scots out of their misery in the 32nd over.
Chasing only 61 to win, HIBS were helped with some wayward bowling from Scots gifting them 6 extras in the first over. This was followed by a tight maiden over from S Bishop building pressure on the HIBS openers before J Bowden struck in the 3rd with the wickets of both Sears (caught behind) and Patel (caught behind) off consecutive balls.
Joining opener Akansh Kanuparthi at the crease Ravindra handled the pressure of facing Bowden’s possible hat-trick ball perfectly, before going on to build an important 20 run partnership with Kanuparthi, until Scots executed the run out of Kanuparthi while on 12 runs.
At 33 for 3 there was still a lot of work to do when Jesse Tashkoff strolled to the crease. He & Ravindra batted very sensibly to put on the winning partnership of the day getting HIBS across the line in the 16th over without any further loss of wicket. Ravindra ended up on 13 runs off 37 balls and Tashkoff scored 17 off 19 balls including a sweetly hit 6 over long on.
You can view the first 30 overs of HIBS bowling effort from the following YouTube clip. Scots lasted until 31.2 overs before being dismissed, so you don’t quite get to see the entire innings. You also miss out on seeing Ben’s 3rd wicket as well.