Four wins secure finals berths for all 4 Tigers teams and a 4th century was scored for another Tiger this season, the first time since 1965/66 that 4 centuries were scored in a season.
6th Grade needed just 68 runs for victory vs Thornlie at Coker Park which they did after losing another 4 wickets on the way to the target. It was Vijay Kumar, with a well compiled 75, that kept the innings together, and a brisk 22 from Raj Singh got our total to 148 from 41 overs. Thornlie batted a second time making 4/92, with Raj Singh taking 3/12. We finish the season on top and play Kardinya at home in the Semi Final.
7th Grade needed just 25 runs with 6 wickets in hand for victory vs Jandakot, and needed every wicket to get there, scraping over the line with 9/57 before declaring. Jackson Curthoys with 12 was our top scorer. Jandakot batted a second time making 6/176 with Wynand Gouws taking 2/42. We finished 3rd on the table and will play Cockburn away next week in the Semi Final.
ODD was away to Roleystone in a must win game to secure a finals berth. We lost the toss and bowled first with our bowlers in fine form, bowling them all out for just 61 in 30 overs. Naleen Fernando 3/23, Arjuna Hettiarachchi 3/6 and Gihan Aheygunasekera 2/7 were the best of our bowlers. Our openers got us off to another flying start, putting on 70 for the first wicket with Joseph Wijayamuni 45 and Maka Dias 52 smashing the ball to all parts of the field. It was then over to Captain, Chaminda Mendis who posted his maiden century for the Tigers with 100no with 8 sixes and 4 fours, ably supported by Charith Rajapakse 36 and Naleen Fernando 20, we posted a massive score of 5/285. We finish 4th on the table with less than 1 point between 2nd and 4th, and play against Perth Tamil next week in the Semi Final.
ODG had a winner take all game vs Thornlie at Coker Park with top spot up for grabs. We won the toss and sent them in on an overcast day. We bowled very well at the start with many chances going down as they flayed the bat in hope. The breakthrough finally came with Stuey bowling great taking 3/14 and then joined by Ambo 3/18, Aaron Dyer 2/37 and Asim Qureshi 1/19, we bowled them out for 118 off 29 overs. We made a cautious start with the bat, keeping them out and ensuring no collapse at the top this week, which paid off. Callum was run out with a direct hit with the score on 19, then Stuey joining Richo in what would be a match winning 100 run partnership. Richo 34 departed when the game was won then Stuey 68, a little later with a fantastic batting display with 2 sixes and 8 fours. Darren Third 26no, Tyler 14 and Aaron Dyer 16no finished them off with us ending on 4/185. We finish on top and will play Maddington next week at Coker Park in the Semi Final.
Good luck to all teams for next week and here’s hoping that we can have 4 teams in the Grand Final. Go Tigers!!
Milestones for the Tigers
Asim Qureshi, with his 1/19 on Saturday reached 100 wickets for the Tigers. Asim has played in 62 games in his 4th season. His wickets have come at an average of 14.93 with one 5 wicket haul vs Hilton in the semi final last season, taking 5/11. Congratulations Asim!
Stuart Riseley, with his 68 on Saturday passed 5000 runs for the Tigers, taking him to 5033 runs and only the 5th Tiger to pass 5000 runs. His runs have come at an average of 19.68 from 266 games in his 21st season, with 1 century and 22 fifties and a highest score of 121 vs Hilton in 2008/09 season. Congratulations Stuey!