Hibo Green first grade scored their first win over Hibo Gold on Saturday at Seiffert Oval.
Hibo Green skipper Jesse Cao won the toss and had no hesitation in batting.
Hibo Gold struck when Brad Smith trapped Kurt Southwell LBW for seven runs. Green were 1/13. Rory Heffernan was joined by Dane Stevenson and the two advanced the score steadily against some accurate bowling from Smith and Mik Webber, who was making a welcome appearance for Hibo Gold.
Heffernan was next to go, after making a patient nine, caught by Webber off Trevor Gibson and Green 2/50.
Webber who had been bowling well was brought back into the attack and this paid instant dividends when, he was on a hat trick after snaring Stevenson caught by Tom Pender 39 and Jordie Wilcox bowled next ball. Green was 4/78, which turned to 5/90 when Webber struck again bowling Luke Hayward for eight. Jordie Lees joined Cao to bat solidly until Cao fell 28. He was caught by Webber off Jimmy Kent’s bowling.
Green was now 6/117. Gold was applying pressure when Kyle Wilcox came in and proved an able ally for Lees, who was now blossoming and playing some great attacking shots. Greens total was building more rapidly until Matt Scott dismissed Lees, caught by Ben Staples for an entertaining knock of 40. Wilcox continued to frustrate the Gold bowlers making 29 not out and the Greens reaching 177.
Webber was the standout bowler with nine overs and 3/24, supported by Smith with 1/29 off nine. Kent bowled well for his 1/31 off nine and Matt Scott 2/45 and Gibson 1/41 completed a good bowling effort.
The Gold run chase got off to a shaky start with Jimmy Armstrong falling lbw to Hayward with the score on 12. Tom Pender was next caught by Stevenson from Lees bowling for seven runs. Gold was 2/16. This became 3/16 when Hayward got one through Webber’s guard. Ben Staples was joined at the crease by Will Croker in a partnership that started to swing the game in the Golds favour. Both players mixed solid defence with powerful attacking strokes and built a great partnership of 70 to take Gold to 4/86 when Croker was bowled by Stevenson for 31. Smith joined Staples and they were looking solid until Smith was out lbw and Gold slipping to 6/102. Staples continued to bat very solidly and last to go with a well compiled 48, bowled by Stevenson, who ripped through the tail to claim a match winning six wickets for 13 in seven overs to finish gold at 118, giving Hibo Green a solid win.
Bowling for Hibo Green was of course dominated by Stevenson's 6 /13 but he was well supported by Hayward with 2/10 and Lees 1/24.