The Tigers win 2 and lose 1, with 1 forfeit as the temperature soars.
6th Grade added another win vs East Fremantle at Coker Park and stay in 2nd spot. Batting first the Tigers never really got anything going on their way to 171 with Keegan Bennett top scoring with 26 and Vijay Kumar 21. It was going to take some tight bowling and good catching, and that’s what the Tigers dished up, bowling out the visitors for 154 in a very close game. Vijay Kumar delivered his second 5 fa for the season returning figures of 5/25 which equals his best. Great support from Gursewak Singh 3/27 sees him edging closer to 250 wickets. A good team building win!
7th Grade were low in numbers as they traveled to Forrestdale for their clash with the ladder leaders. Batting first the Tigers were in quick trouble with a little help from some dodgy LBWs and were soon 8/55, but some late resistance from Gouws 17 and Jansali 14 along with Asim Qureshi 11no we got to 101. It was never going to be enough but some spirited Tiger resolve kept them to just 8/116 off 26 overs when they declared. Great bowling from ODG players Asim 4/28 and Callum Richards 2/5 along with Wynand Gouws 1/16 off 7 overs showed we are up for a fight this year.
ODD were away to Hilton, and after some discussion over the coin toss, Tigers were made to bowl first in the high temperatures. After a quick wicket, Hilton put together solid partnerships all day and ended up on a very respectable 4/219, Sansala Dissanayake with 2/25 was our best bowler. Chasing down a big score needs some big innings and that’s what the Tigers did with our opener Arjuna Hettiarachchi top scoring with 63, Charith Rajapakse 48, Hasi Kodagoda retiring on 24 and Manu Pathinaike, celebrating his 100th game with a win, blasting 38 with 2 fours and 3 sixes, getting our Tigers to 7/240 and an emphatic win over the opposition. The win keeps our boys in 2nd spot.
ODG had a few players unavailable and were reluctantly forced to forfeit vs Forrestdale. The loss doesn’t effect our standing, 2 games clear on top of the ladder. Thanks to Asim and Callum for stepping up to 7th grade to help out as all Tigers do!
Milestones for the Tigers
Steve Ambler will now play his 250th game for the Tigers on the 11th January 2020. Ambo joined the Tigers in 2003/04 and is playing in his 18th season. With the bat Steve has scored 1329 runs at an average of 9.43 with 2 fifties and a highest score of 64no vs SJ Blues in 2004/05 which was part of our highest ever last wicket partnership of 99 with Steve O’Neil. With the ball is where Steve shines having taken 390 wickets (5th best) at an average of 17.18 with 7 five fors and a best of 7/23 vs Kwinana in 2009. Steve won the Paul Keep Cricketer of the Year in 2006/07 season. Congrats Ambo and all the best for next year.