2 wins and 2 losses for the Tigers this weekend and a third century from a Tiger this season.
6th Grade were chasing 127 for victory vs Piara Waters after a great bowling performance from Tariq Saleem taking 5/12 from 12 overs last week. We lost 2 early wickets in the chase before Farooq Ali 21 teamed up with Tariq Saleem to put on 72 together and then Tariq taking on the opposition, making our 3rd century for the Tigers this season, finally making 102 from 119 balls and getting us to 9/166 before a declaration. Piara Waters batted a second time making 7/45 from 19 overs with Raj Singh 2/5, Jodat Malik 2/9 and Saeed Ahmad 3/0 from 1 over, the wicket takers. A top of the table clash vs Thornlie next game will decide who finishes first. Good luck boys!
7th Grade were defending their score of 168 last week vs Perth Tamil. We started very well having them at 4/44 with Paul Mclean 3/31 and Jared Delamere 2/45 striking early, but a big partnership of 102 put the game out of reach. Some late wickets from Mark Della 2/29 kept the visitors to 8/233. We look secure in 3rd spot, but a good win next game is vital for momentum going into the finals.
ODD broke their losing streak with a gritty win vs Hilton at Coker Park. Batting first we started very well with opener Joseph Wijayamuni 69 and Chaminda Mendis 35, getting us to 3/142 before a mini collapse. Manu Pathinaike 33 kept the innings together and got us to 9/199 from our 35 overs. Our bowlers kept it tight and with Naleen Fernando 4/34 and Arjuna Hettiarachchi 2/34 bowling fantastic we were able to keep Hilton to 8/178 and get a much needed win. We play the 2 bottom sides next and can finish as high as second if results go our way, but we must secure the wins first. Go Tigers!
ODG traveled to Thornlie and had a day to forget. We lost the toss and were sent into bat with wickets falling in rapid succession, and were looking very grim at 5/36. But our boys hung in there, etching out a defendable score of 90 off 32 overs. Salman Farsi 14, Callum Richards 12 and Nick Davey 12 the only bats to get to double figures. We needed to strike early with the ball but some vital catches were grassed and Thornlie were able to get away from us, despite some excellent bowling form our boys. Asim Qureshi 3/19 bowled with skill and Connor McGinty 2/19 struck a few late blows. The loss still sees us at the top of the table and we will need to win our last 2 games to stay there and guarantee a home final.
Milestones for the Tigers
Haroon Ahmed will play his 50th game for the Tigers this weekend vs Thornlie. He is playing in his 3rd season for the Tigers, he has made 674 runs at an average of 16.85 with 2 fifties and a top score of 62 vs Hilton in 2018/19. Good luck Haroon!
Farooq Ali passed 500 runs on the weekend with his 21, taking him to 515 runs at an average of 13.55 with 1 fifty and a highest score of 58 vs Cockburn this season. Farooq has also taken 62 wickets at an average of 17.97 with 2 five wicket hauls and a best of 5/12 vs Roleystone this season. He has played 47 games and is playing in his 3rd season for the Tigers. Congrats Farooq!
Upcoming Milestones for the Tigers
Steve Ambler needs 1 more wicket to pass 400 wickets at Tigerland
Asim Qureshi needs 1 more wicket to reach 100 wickets for the Tigers
Manu Pathinaike needs 61 more runs to pass 2000 runs for the Tigers