Hamish Wareham (Wareham Sports Media) is a proud Hutt International Boys' School cricket fan. He watched just the second tie in National First XI cricket history unfold yesterday. Here is his account of what happened.
A lack of runs in the top of the order cost Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) from making a bigger score than they should have.
Opener Ben Sears spooned one to Jack Hyde off the bowling of Fergus Fairbairn and then Troy Johnson had his off stump smashed out of the ground off the bowling of Harrison Cox.
A fighting stand for the third wicket between Rachin Ravindra and Jesse Tashkoff got HIBS through to 66-2. Tashkoff was caught behind by Callum Hill of the bowling of Fraser Sheat for9 off 34 balls and not long after that he was joined back in the pavilion by Ravindra who was run out on 32 off 72 balls by Christchurch captain Matthew Hay to make it 74-4.
A 65-run stand for the 5th wicket between Akshar Patel and wicket keeper batsman Bradley Johns got HIBS to 141-4 before Akshar was run out by Jack Lewis on 35 off 62 balls.
Bradley was caught on a low catch by Fergus Fairbairn on 31 off 48 balls which triggered a mini-collapse.
HIBS found themselves at 157-8 when Tyler Simpson was run out after Joe Foote hit the ball back down the pitch only for it to rebound off Hay’s hand and knock the bails off the at the non-strikers end with Simpson out of his crease.
Joe Foote (17 off 35 balls) and Caleb Hewson (12 off 11 Balls) put on 21 for the last wicket to get HIBS to a defendable total off 188-9 in their 50 overs. Fraser was the best of the Christchurch bowlers taking 3-36 in his 10 overs.
HIBS knew they needed wickets fast to have any chance and the start was ideal. Callum Hill hit one straight to Caleb Hewson at point off the bowling of Tyler Simpson for just 3 off 6 balls.
Sanford Heard and Will Jordan combined to share 67 for the second wicket, before Jordon was caught behind by Bradley just short of a well-deserved half century. He made 46 off 51 balls.
HIBS rallied. Heard was trapped in front by Sears on 42 off 87 balls before the floodgates opened. CBHS quickly found themselves at 164-9 after 41.5 overs.
Fraser became a hero with the bat as he and Fairbairn put on 24 runs to get level the scores before Caleb Hewson bowled Fairbairn for 3 off 27 balls to send it into the Super Over.
The eliminator over only lasted four balls in both innings as Ben Sears knocked over Will Jordan and Ben Donkers in succession to leave HIBS only needing one run.
Captain Troy Johnson cleared over mid-wicket on the second ball of Fraser’s over to give HIBS an outright lead at the top of the table after day two of the First XI Cup.
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