Another decisive win for HIBS First XI on Saturday against our neighbours St Pats Silverstream. After being asked to field first on the Liardet St artificial, Tyler Simpson and Troy Johnson both had wickets early to have Silverstream in trouble at 21 for 2. The introduction of Ben Sears and Rachin Ravindra kept the pressure on the middle order and after 42 overs Silverstream were dismissed for 105.
Impressive figures from our experienced pace bowlers with Tyler 3 for 18 and Ben 3 for 21 . Also pleasing to see was the performances of both year 10 bowlers, Jesse Tashkoff (1 for 27 off 10) and Nathan Watt (2 for 16 off 6). Special mention also of Matt McComb coming on as a substitute fielder and grabbing a screamer at first slip!
A slight setback in the run chase saw us lose Sunny Kanuparthi early but a 2nd wicket partnership of 76 between Ben Sears (37) and Akshar Patel set the side up for a comfortable 7 wicket win. Akshar finished on 48 no, a welcome return to form for him, looking very strong especially square of the wicket.
This win maintains the side in 2nd position with 3 games to go before the final, the final pool match against Onslow looking likely to decide the finalists.