On a blustery Saturday out at Rongotai College, HIBS were up against rivals Wellington College 2nd XI. After winning yet another toss, Tyler sent Coll out into the field so we could have a bat. Despite winning the toss the first small victory went to Coll as they picked up the scalp of Nikunj in the first over with a chat out-swinging nurry. Joe Foote was next to the crease at 3 and (alongside Logan Slee) helped to steady the innings. These two gave the rest of the team a steady base, with the pair reaching 53 before Logan was caught off the bowling of George Leach. Next to the crease was Jesse Tashkoff, who had a day to be remembered with the bat, and alongside Joe Foote; again added some depth to the total before Joe was poled by George Leach.
Next to the crease was Harry Simpson who again battled for a trademark score in the twenties, eventually being dismissed for 21. Following up Simpson was Adam Webster who showed the team just how slippery the Friday night rain had made the artificial turf – slipping and falling in front of his stumps to be dismissed LBW for a grand total of 0 runs. The Skipper was next in to bat and supplied the team with arguably the most entertaining knock of the day – reaching 65 off just 48 deliveries and remaining not out at the end of 50 overs alongside Caleb Hewson. Special Mention to Cole Kennedy for coming in a tough time in the game, being asked to finish the HIBS innings and unfortunately falling for 10 hard fought runs. HIBS batting the full 50 overs for a total of 250.
The HIBS fielding effort started with a bang, with the first wicket falling in the first over. Jesse Tashkoff throwing down the stumps to send McDonald back to the sheds without facing a delivery – tough gig. The remaining wickets then fell at a relatively constant rate, with Leach being caught behind off the Skippers bowling, Ranaweera caught by Nikunj off Adam Webster’s Bowling, Jarden caught by Harry Simpson again off Adam Webster’s bowling, Robertson caught by Hewson off McComb’s bowling, Walpola bowled by Adam Webster, Forster caught by Jesse Tashkoff – yet again off Adam Webster’s bowling, Hunter caught & bowled by Adam Webster which bought up Websters maiden 5 wicket bag for the First XI. The remaining two batsmen were both claimed by Campbell Webster to end the Wellington College innings at a total of 161 – 89 runs short of the target set by HIBS.
All in all, it was a game to be proud of by the HIBS boys who are now looking to play Newlands in the coming week.
Match Report: Harry Simpson