The 2017 season saw the team missing the services of Tyler Simpson (captain), Matty McComb and Joe Foote who all moved on to club cricket. This enabled room for Niwa Rickard, Charlie Wilson and Kahu Gray to join the squad with Caleb Hewson taking on the mantle of Skipper.
Term 1 Preseason Quad Tournament
The year kicked off with HIBS hosting the annual Quad Tournament played with Marlborough Boys, Nelson Boys & Rathkeale. Unfavourable weather forced us to play this tournament on artificial pitches between HIBS and TMP. HIBS had an easy win over Marlborough College in game 1, winning by 139 runs. Game 2 against Rathkeale could not be played because of rain and in the 3rd game; HIBS went down to Nelson College by 25 runs. HIBS finished the tournament in 2nd place behind Nelson but more importantly, gained some valuable match experience for the coming Term 1 competition.
QT Game 1: HIBS 1st XI 225/9 (H Simpson 69, C Hewson 33) vs MBC 1st XI 86/10 (N Patel 2/5, C Webster 2/12, M Kennerley 2/12)
QT Game 3: Nelson 1st XI 154/10 (H Simpson 4/27) vs HIBS 1st XI 129/9 (D Blair 28)
|2017 Term 1 Quad Tournament|
|1||Won||Marlborough Boys College|
CSW Premier Youth Grade Term 1
A week after the finish of the Quad Tournament, HIBS opened the CSW PYG Term 1 competition with a 4 wicket away win against Onslow College. They carried this form through to the next round, defeating St Pats Town by 52 runs, at home on our No 1 pitch. The round 3 matchup against Wellington College’s 1st XI was cancelled because of rain. But in the following round, HIBS continued their momentum with a 41 run win, at home against the Wellington College 2nd XI. HIBS were at home again the following week, playing Scots College on our No 1, cruising to a 5 wicket win after bowling out Scots for just 126 in the 39th over. Bad weather struck again to cancel the round 6 matchup against St Pats Silverstream. And in the final round of the Term, HIBS again triumphed in an away win over Tawa College by 41 runs. This left HIBS at the top of the ladder on 26 points with Wellington College’s 1st XI close behind in 2nd place on 24. HIBS and WC were the only 2 teams to remain unbeaten during the term 1 comp and booked themselves into the final which ended up being played in Term 4.
PYG Game 1: Onslow 1st XI 150/9 (B McBride 3/14) vs HIBS 1st XI 152/6 (A Webster 33, L Slee 24)
PYG Game 2: HIBS 1st XI 214/6 (A Webster 88, J Tashkoff 59) vs St Pats Town 1st XI 162/10 (C Hewson 4/41, J Tashkoff 3/24)
PYG Game 3: HIBS 1st XI 170/7 (D Blair 33, C Hewson 29) vs Wellington College 2nd XI 129/9 (B McBride 3/22)
PYG Game 4: Scots 1st XI 126/10 (J Tashkoff 2/3. N Patel 2/11) vs HIBS 1st XI 129/5 (L Slee 37, D Blair 36)
PYG Game 5: HIBS 1st XI 202/8 (J Tashkoff 56, A Webster 43) vs Tawa 1st XI 161/7 (N Patel 2/22, J Tashkoff 2/32)
|2017 Premier 1 Term 1 Standings|
|(After Round 7)||W||L||BYE||AB||BPS||PTS|
|Hutt International Boys’ School, 1st XI||5||0||0||1||4||26|
|Wellington College, 1st XI||5||0||0||1||2||24|
|St Patrick’s College Stream, 1st XI||3||2||0||1||3||17|
|Scots College, 1st XI||3||3||0||0||2||14|
|St Patrick’s College Town, 1st XI||2||3||0||1||2||12|
|Tawa College, 1st XI||1||4||0||1||0||6|
|Onslow College, 1st XI||1||4||0||1||0||6|
|Wellington College, 2nd XI||1||5||0||0||0||4|
AB = Abandoned (2pts). Bye (4pts).
BPS = Bonus Pts. Awarded when run rate 1.25x that of opponent.
|2017 Premier 1 Term 1 Results|
|1||Won||Onslow College, 1st XI (A)|
|2||Won||St Patrick’s College Town, 1st XI (H)|
|3||AB||Wellington College, 1st XI (A)|
|4||Won||Wellington College, 2nd XI (H)|
|5||Won||Scots College, 1st XI (H)|
|6||AB||St Patrick’s College Silverstream, 1st XI (A)|
|7||Won||Tawa College, 1st XI (A)|
|Final||TBD||Wellington College, 1st XI (H)|
(A/H) = Away / Home Game
NZSS First XI Cup Qualifying
After such a good Term 1 performance the team was naturally in pretty good spirits going into the regional qualifying tournament for the NZSS First XI Cup which was played at Petone Rec. HIBS were seeded top of their pool with Hutt Valley High, St Pats Town and Scots college making up the rest.
HIBS made light work of Hutt Valley High in their first round match, bowling them out for 85 runs in the 44th over. HIBS were able to pass the HVH total in the 20th over for the loss of 2 wickets. The next day HIBS met St Pats Town on the notorious Petone No 1 pitch. Town won the toss and sent HIBS into bat sensing they might gain some assistance for their bowlers on what looked like a fairly damp pitch. Logan Slee batted solidly at the top of the innings helping get HIBS through to a total of 141 after 42 overs. Town made the mistake of some rather pointed sledging during their bowling innings which backfired on them spectacularly when Nikunj Patel came out firing with the new ball, removing Towns first 4 batsmen for a total of just 2 runs. HIBS other bowlers also got in on the act with Town eventually being bowled out for just 58 runs in the 31st. Resulting in a very satisfying win to HIBS by 83 runs. The win & other results in the round effectively turned the last game against Scots into a dead rubber, with HIBS already through to the final after just 2 games. Unfortunately, this showed in the boy’s performance against Scots and they suffered their 2nd loss of the year, going down by 28 runs.
NZSS Game 1: HVH 1st XI 85/10 (N Watt 3/12, A Webster 2/11) vs HIBS 1st XI 91/2 (L Slee 32*, J Tashkoff 28*)
NZSS Game 2: HIBS 1st XI 141/10 (L Slee 52) vs St Pats Town 1st XI 58/10 (N Patel 4/11, J Tashkoff 2/12)
NZSS Game 3: Scots 1st XI 151/10 (A Webster 4/23) vs HIBS 1st XI 123/10 (C Kennedy 30, N Watt 28*)
|2017 NZSS First XI Cup Qualifying Tournament|
|1||Won||Hutt Valley High School, 1st XI|
|2||Won||St Patrick’s College Town, 1st XI|
|3||Lost||Scots College, 1st XI|
|Wellington College, 1st XI|
Term 4 Preseason Hawkes Bay Tour
Being an odd numbered year, the First XI did not travel to Brisbane for the preseason but instead travelled to Hawke’s Bay to warm up for the Term 4 Competition. They were scheduled to play 5 games in 5 days, but the first game against Palmerston North Boys High was cancelled early due to rain, so the team ended up playing from Tues through to Friday against 4 schools in the Bay. The first game was played at the prestigious Linsdisfarne College amongst the summer fruit orchards on one of their artificials. Lindisfarne were blooding a few younger players so HIBS were not troubled too much winning by 115 runs. The next day saw us in at Napier Boys playing on their grass pitch. It looked a little green for HIBS liking so they choose to bowl first after winning the toss. They were able to bowl Napier out for 101 (twelve batsmen) in the 33rd over and managed to chase it down in the 25th over for the loss of 5 wickets. Thursday saw them over at Hastings Boys High on an artificial. Winning the toss, HIBS chose to bat first and opened with usual No 4 batsman Jesse Tashkoff. Jesse weathered the early bowlers well before cashing in on some of the lesser bowlers later on blasting 144 off 100 balls including 22 fours and 2 sixes to help HIBS post a score of 332/8. Brett McBride combined with Jesse to create a new HIBS 4th wicket partnership record of 201, posting his highest runs for HIBS of 52, in the process. HIBS were able to bowl Hastings out for 168 in the 40th over giving them a win by 164 runs. The last game of the tour against Havelock North High School took place at Windsor Park, next door to Splash Planet in Hastings. Playing on another artificial and winning the toss, HIBS decided to bat first and with a shuffled batting line-up from the usual, posted a score of 162/10 after 28.5 overs. Thinking they had not scored enough, the boys dug deep and fielded very well on tiring legs. They ended up bowling Havelock North out for 92 in the 23rd over recording a comfortable win by 70 runs and earning them a trip to McDonalds on the drive home to the Hutt Valley.
HBT Game 1: HIBS 1st XI 236/6 (A Webster 50, J Tashkoff 42) vs Lindisfarne 1st XI 121/11 (J Tashkoff 4/30)
HBT Game 2: Napier Boys HS 1st XI 101/11 (M Kennerley 3/10) vs HIBS 1st XI 102/5 (J Tashkoff 31*, L Slee 24)
HBT Game 3: HIBS 1st XI 332/8 (J Tashkoff 144, B McBride 52) vs Hastings Boys 1st XI 168/10 (B McBride 2/10, A Webster 2/20)
HBT Game 3: HIBS 1st XI 162/10 (N Patel 52) vs Havelock North HS 1st XI 92/10 (J Tashkoff 3/13, C Hewson 2/3)
|2017 Term 4 Pre-Season Tournament|
|2 Oct 17||Cancelled||Palmerston North Boys High 1st XI|
|3 Oct 17||Won||Lindisfarne College 1st XI|
|4 Oct 17||Won||Napier Boys High 1st XI|
|5 Oct 17||Won||Hastings Boys High 1st XI|
|6 Oct 17||Won||Havelock North High 1st XI|
CSW Premier Youth Grade Top 6 Term 4
In the second half of the year, the top 6 teams from Term 1 formed the PYG Top 6 competition while the bottom 2 (Onslow & Wellington College 2nds) went down to play in the PY Reserve Grade. As the final for the Term 1 PYG competition at the Basin Reserve had been rained out, it was decided that HIBS round 2 fixture against Wellington College would double as the Term 1 PYG Final. The Final for the regional NZSS 1st XI Cup was also unable to be played due to weather, so this title was also on the line in the matchup against Wellington Coll. And if that wasn’t enough, Cricket Wellington decided to resurrect the Heathcote Williams shield, which had been sitting in the NZ Cricket Museum for a number of years and they decided to award this to the winner of the same match in order to get it back into circulation. For such an important game, a neutral venue was scheduled for this match. It was originally set down to be played on grass at Rathkeale College on the 28th of October, but the weather struck again with the pitch not able to be ready in time. It was decided that the game would be played at Ngati Toa Domain on an artificial pitch. Not an ideal situation, but at this stage both teams just wanted to get the game over and done with. HIBS were lucky to have Rachin Ravindra available to play for them after a lengthy absence after surgery to his shoulder. It turned out to be very helpful as he starred with the bat, scoring 118 off 130 balls helping HIBS to amass a total of 272 off their 50 overs. Wellington College wilted under the pressure with HIBS bundling them all out for just 114 in the 37th over. HIBS followed up the win with another 2 wins in succession against Scots & Town before succumbing to a very determined Stream team on HIBS home pitch. The loss to Stream gave them the Heathcote Williams Shield and put a dent in HIBS confidence with the Term 4 Final looming the following week. The final was played at HIBS against St Pats Town who made it ahead of Stream with a superior net run rate. HIBS won the toss and elected to bat first. As is usual in final games, it wasn’t a high scoring affair, with HIBS being bowled out with 4 balls to spare for 143. Those 4 balls would prove costly as it came right down to the wire in the middle of the last over of the second innings with scores level and Town 9 wickets down. Town eventually scampering through for the winning run narrowly missing being run out in the process. So after a very consistent season throughout, the 1st XI ended up with 2 losses on the trot, although both were close affairs.
PYG T6 Game 1: HIBS 1st XI 252/10 (J Tashkoff 92) vs Tawa 1st XI 133/10 (J Tashkoff 5/19)
PYG T6 Game 2: HIBS 1st XI 272/7 (R Ravindra 118, J Tashkoff 58) vs Wellington College 1st XI 114/10 (J Tashkoff 3/24, N Patel 2/14, M Kennerley 2/15)
PYG T6 Game 3: Scots 1st XI 169/9 (N Patel 3/27, M Kennerley 2/19) vs HIBS 1st XI 174/5 (C Hewson 44*, K Gray 43*)
PYG T6 Game 4: HIBS 1st XI 140/10 (J Tashkoff 31, H Simpson 28) vs St Pats Town 1st XI 84/10 (N Watt 4/14, N Patel 3/11)
PYG T6 Game 5: St Pats Stream 1st XI 134/10 (J Tashkoff 4/30, M Kennerley 3/25) vs HIBS 1st XI 106/10 (J Tashkoff 37)
PYG T6 Final: HIBS 1st XI 143/10 (C Webster 27) vs St Pats Town 1st XI 144/9 (M Kennerley 3/30)
|2017 Premier 1 Term 4 Standings|
|After Round 5||W||L||BYE||AB||BPS||PTS|
|Hutt International Boys’ School, 1st XI||4||1||0||0||3||19|
|St Patrick’s College Town, 1st XI||3||2||0||0||2||14|
|St Patrick’s College Stream, 1st XI||3||2||0||0||2||14|
|Wellington College, 1st XI||3||2||0||0||2||14|
|Scots College, 1st XI||1||4||0||0||1||5|
|Tawa College, 1st XI||1||4||0||0||1||5|
AB = Abandoned (2pts). Bye (4pts).
BPS = Bonus Pts. Awarded when run rate 1.25x that of opponent.
|2017 Premier 1 Term 4 Results|
|1||Won||Tawa College, 1st XI (H)|
|2||Won||Wellington College, 1st XI (N)|
|3||Won||Scots College, 1st XI (A)|
|4||Won||St Patrick’s College Town, 1st XI (A)|
|5||Lost||St Patrick’s College Silverstream, 1st XI (H)|
|Final||Lost||St Patrick’s College Town, 1st XI (H)|
(A/H/N) = Away / Home / Neutral Ground
NZSS First XI Cup Finals – Palmerston North
With Rachin, Brett & Jesse not available for this tournament because of Wellington U19 Rep commitments, The First XI were without 3 of their key players for the finals of the NZSS Cup.
|2017 NZSS First XI Cup Finals|
|4 Dec 17||Lost||Rosmini College 1st XI|
|5 Dec 17||Lost||Palmerston Nth Boys’ High 1st XI|
|6 Dec 17||Lost||Christchurch Boys’ High 1st XI|
|7 Dec 17||Lost||Otago Boys’ High 1st XI|
|8 Dec 17||Lost||Tauranga Boys College 1st XI|