Tyler Simpson won the toss for HIBS and had no hesitation in asking our visitors Tawa to bat first on a wicket that looked like it would give a bit of assistants to the bowlers early on. Tyler Simpson opened the bowling and had instant success picking up his first wicket on the final ball of his tidy first over. Matty McComb opened bowling up wind from the southern end. Like Tyler, Matty had instant success getting a wicket in his first over from a brilliant catch from Rachin Ravindra diving to his right, fielding at mid-off. Tyler had more success in his second over picking up a second wicket, clean bowling the Tawa No. 3 batter. Tawa 3 wickets for one run after three overs and the top three Tawa batters out for ducks. What a fantastic start for the HIBS team. Daniel Blair had a day to forget, dislocating his thumb when diving to stop a ball and being taken to A&E to assess the damage. We wish Daniel a speedy recovery. This left us with only 11 players for the rest of the day. Tawa started to put up a bit of a fight, but a third wicket to Tyler and then two wickets from Nathan Watt left Tawa reeling at 34 for 6.
After the 13th over we struggled to get wickets, waiting nearly 20 overs to get the 7th wicket with 86 runs on the board. The boys kept fighting but we only managed to get 9 wickets and disappointingly letting Tawa bat the whole 50 overs. Tawa got a score of 132/9, their number 8 batsman getting 50 runs that helped Tawa get to that total. Only 2 Tawa batsman got scores of over 20 runs.
Both the quick bowlers Nathan Watt and Tyler Simpson had good bowling stats, Nathan bowling 6 overs picking up 2 wickets for 15 runs, and Tyler getting 3 wickets for 16 runs from 6 overs. The rest of the wickets came from Matt McComb, Rachin Ravindra, Nick McFadyen and Jesse Tashkoff.
Tawa posted a very get-able total that we new we could chase down if we were patient and played the right shots. Our openers Nikunj Patel and Logan Slee got us off to a good start getting 35 off the first 11 overs before Logan’s dismissal, caught for 20 runs. Nikunj pushed on with the new batsman Joe Foote, their partnership lasted 10 overs putting another 35 runs on the board before Joe was bowled for 11. Jesse was next batsman in at No. 4 and another good partnership developed with Nikunj, 39 runs off 10 overs. Nikunj worked hard and got a half-century, but was out soon after for a well-compiled 52. A good knock from Nikunj. Adam Webster came to the crease and with Jesse finished the game with a 26 run partnership with Jesse who scored 37 not out. We got the runs in only 34.1 overs for the loss of only 3 wickets.
The boys were very happy with this win, as it was the 4th win a row and gave us lots of momentum and confidence going into the regional Gillete Cup competition next week.
Match report by Nick McFadyen.