The Players, Coaches & Officials pay their respects to Martin Crowe with a minutes silence before the game
At 9:40pm the boys turned up to find a rather green but expected deck on what is now formerly known as the HIBS desert. Captain Tyler Simpson won the toss and decided to bowl first as we thought there might be something in the wicket early on and that the pitch would only get better to bat on in the afternoon. However, Wellington College got off to a solid start of 22 runs after 8 overs before opener Nick Greenwood was caught behind off the bowling of Tyler. Wellington College managed to string together a few nice partnerships and accumulate steadily until Rachin Ravindra caught and bowled standout batsman Devan Vishvaka for 72 at a total of 137 after 32 overs. The team began to tighten the screws through the bowling of Rachin and Jesse Tashkoff and some tidy fielding. Suddenly we had taken 3 wickets in 5 overs to make the score 149-6 after 40 overs. We looked to finish off the job quickly but the Wellington College tail managed to struggle to 189 off 50 overs. This was a valiant fightback from the boys after a great Wellington College start, which set up a very chase-able total. The pick of the bowlers were Rachin, who had 3-20 off his 10 overs, and Nathan Watt with 2-25 off his 9 overs.
The run chase got off to an excellent start as Logan Slee and Nikunj Patel set up a solid platform for the team to build off. When Logan fell for a well made 21 HIBS were 43-1 off 12 overs. Nikunj later fell for 21 and HIBS began to struggle at 56-2 off 15 overs. Wellington College began to build dot pressure and the boys found runs hard to come by but Rachin was still there ticking the scoreboard over. We managed to push our total to 170 for 4 off 46 overs with the help of Rachin and Jesse, who had come in at the 26th over, when Rachin was caught for 68. There were a few nervous faces on the sideline but Jesse continued to bat brilliantly with Adam Webster until Adam left for 7 with the score at 188-5 off 48 overs. But it was too little too late for Wellington College as Jesse smashed a four to bring up his half century and secure the team win. The best batting performances were obviously Rachin with his classy 68 and Jesse with his well crafted 52 not out, despite being dropped twice in the late stages of the game.
Overall it was an excellent team performance and a great confidence booster for the boys to knock off a very good Wellington College side, which should hopefully provide some momentum heading into the upcoming regional Gillette Cup tournament. In Premier One, HIBS has now retained its spot in 5th place with this huge win.
Match Report: Caleb Hewson