Workers Stags first grade had no hesitation in batting in extremely hot dry conditions after winning the toss on Saturday at Seiffert Oval.
Josh Ryrie and Jack Murdoch strode to the crease as openers and proceeded to attack the Hibo bowling with Ryrie, in his typically belligerent manner hitting a quick fire 24 off 11 deliveries before he was well caught on the long off boundary by Josh Tull off Nathan Stewart. Stags 1/48 in quick time as Murdoch was also scoring at a brisk pace.
When Stewart had Andrew Tivey caught by Jimmy Armstrong, Stags were two down for 57 with the run rate subsiding. They slipped to three down for 83 when Murdoch holed out to Josh Tull again, off James Kent for 32. Dan Cooper and Craig Fahey progressed the score to 4/119, but Brad Smith trapped Fahey lbw for 18 and this triggered a mid order slump with Smith bowling opposing the skipper for 24 plus removing James Will, Connor Murrel and Jake Crawford to have Stags all out for 172 with James Wilson providing stiff late order resistance with 17 not out.
Smith claimed five wickets for the cost of 16 runs in eight overs. Will Croker supported with two for 23 and Kent with two for 55 after taking some early stick from Ryrie and Murdoch.
The Hibo Gold run chase got off to a crisp start as with Jimmy Armstrong and Tommy Pender both looking for runs and getting the benefit Stags did from the fast outfield posting 44 before Armstrong was bowled by James Wilson for 11. Craig Murrell removed Will Croker and Mik Webber and Hibo had dropped to 3/49 but Pender was batting strongly and kept Hibo in the game as wickets fell around him. He was eventually dismissed for 54 runs after playing shots all around the wicket till stopped by Murrell. Hibo was 6/127. Dale Cummins took over from Pender and boosted the Hibo score quickly before being caught by Cooper off Kel Sansom for 27. Hibo was 8/143. James Will finished off the Hibo innings for 145, 27 runs in deficit.
Murrell topped Stags bowlers with four wickets for 49 off nine overs. Will claimed three for 20 in seven and Sansom had one for 19 in four.