After showing up at the much acclaimed HIBS Desert to find a slightly browner deck than the previous week, HIBS won the toss and strategically decided to bowl first. Things did not get off to a good start however with a couple of dropped chances and the Scots openers playing very aggressively. It was not until Scots were 33 off 6 overs did the first wicket fall, with Nathan Watt removing Angus Liddell for 7. The runs kept flowing for Scots as the boys struggled in the field and with some loose bowling. Despite this the boys turned it around, taking 3 wickets in 5 overs through some tight bowling to head into drinks with Scots at around 80-4. After a stern chat from coach Mark Borthwick, the team stemmed the flow of runs after drinks including a period of 40 consecutive dot balls. A magnificent catch by Nikunj Patel off his own bowling managed to remove the Scots skipper and the lads rode the momentum to bowl Scots out for 126 off only 38 overs – a great turnaround after a poor start. The wickets were shared around with Brett McBride, Mac Kennerley, Nikunj Patel and Jesse Tashkoff all taking 2 a piece.
The chase got off to a good start as openers Adam Webster and Niwa Rickard saw the team through to 34 off 12 overs until Adam was caught at square leg trying to play a trademark ‘step across and flick it over fine leg’ shot to the spinner. The hulking Logan Slee then came to the crease and put on a solid partnership with Niwa, who was dismissed for 11 in the 22nd over. The boys took their time as the Scots spinners found a lot of purchase on the subcontinent-like pitch. Logan continued on and eventually joined up with Daniel Blair, the duo scoring crucial scores of 37 off 79 balls and 36 off 52, respectively but failed to finish the game as both they fell with less than 25 runs to score. Despite the trying batting conditions, Campbell Webster then finished the game with a boundary down to fine leg to give HIBS the win after 44 overs to keep the lads at the top of the table. The team faces Stream in a local derby next as we look to continue our unbeaten run of form.
Match Report: Caleb Hewson (10, 4, 15, 1)