HIBS Year 9A team have a great start to the season with two excellent wins against Wellington College teams on consecutive weekends. Both games played on HiBs 2A, in front of good supporters.
In game 1, opening bowler Lachlan Bailey kicked off the season with a great day with both bat and ball – finishing with bowling figures of 3 for 14 runs off 5 overs, then blasting 46 runs off 44 balls. The players on the neighbouring pitch were under threat as he peppered the boundary. Lachlan was well supported in the bowling attack by Will Spice who snared 2 wickets with Siva Subramanian, Nathan Edmonds and Archie Wilson all chiming in with one wicket each. Wellington College limped to their allocated 40 overs, finishing 162/9. The run chase was built on a solid third wicket partnership between Lachlan Bailey and Harry Wall (84 runs), then closed with a superb partnership of 30 not out from Lucas Jelley and Henry Beare. A great win with ten overs to spare.
The second game had the team looking over their shoulder at the threatening weather looming. With this in mind, captain Archie Wilson won his 2nd consecutive toss and sent Wellington College into bat. Siva was lethal with the ball, grabbing 3 for 25 off 6 overs, Henry Beare had a tremendously miserly spell – 6 overs for 9 runs, taking 1 wicket in his second maiden over. MJ Lazenby is a welcomed addition to the HiBs community, taking three catches in the field (two of them as keeper). Wellington College saw out the 40 overs, ending on 134/7. With dark clouds looming, HIBS went into bat with positive intent. The second wicket partnership of 69 chewed through the runs set. It was a joy to watch MJ knock 37 runs off 50 balls and Lucas score 42 off 51 balls, both retiring. Dan Makowem kept the momentum going with a a tidy 22 runs and was supported by Harry Watt who hung around for 20 minutes to ensure the job was done without any further fall of wicket. Again, several overs and wickets were up our sleeve finishing at 135/1. The boys are gelling well, supporting each other and its clear they are having a great time playing the game they love. A fantastic start.