A big weekend saw 3 of our 4 teams in the Semi-Finals, the same as last season but this time a better result with 2 of our teams progressing to the Grand Final. It is the first time since the 1970/71 season that the Tigers have had 2 teams in a Grand Final. The other times were in 1965/66 and 1966/67. In 1968/69 we had all 4 teams in the Grand Final, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade, winning 1st and 3rd and losing 2nd and 4th.
ODA travelled to Phoenix, lost the toss and bowled first. Our bowlers kept it tight and helped keep the score to 9/154 with Rajsatinder Singh 3/37 and Asim Mehmood 3/19 the best of our bowlers. The chase was steady with our opener Muhammad Ehsan 26 and then a solid stand between Vijay Kumar 62 and a hard hitting Asim Mehmood 25 off just 9 balls with 4 sixes, got us to the target in just 31 overs. We now take on Willetton in the Grand Final. Best of luck to our ODA Tigers.
ODC played Leeming at home, lost the toss and bowled first. The visitors started very well adding 83 for the first wicket, but then our bowlers and fielders hit back, keeping them to 8/171 with 3 run outs. Five bowlers took a wicket each. The run chase never really got going with a steady fall of wicket and no batsman going on with their innings, eventually all out for 123, Naveen Tirupari 20 was our top scorer. Bad luck boys but we had a great season and as they say, there’s always next year.
ODE played Hilton/Palmyra at home in a match for the ages. Winning the toss we batted first and after a slow but steady start, wickets began to fall going from 1/23 to 4/36. Some late but crucial partnerships got our score to 9/90. Richo 13 and Asim 14no were the only batsmen to make double figures. We knew if we could get a roll on we could defend this score, but even though our opening bowlers kept it very tight we didn’t get the breakthrough till the 17th over at 1/39. At 3/65 a huge wicket by Stewie started the collapse taking the last four wickets for just 9 runs, the last wicket a great catch by Steve Ambler with the scores tied, allowing us to go through to the Grand Final. Asim Qureshi 5/11 Manu Pathinaike 3/27 and Stuart Riseley 2/20 were our best bowlers. This was Stewie’s 250th game and it was great to celebrate it with a victory. Bring on Kenwick at Mills Park this Saturday.