6th Grade make the Grand Final while the other 3 teams miss out, but not without a fight.
6th Grade took on Kardinya at Coker Park for a replay of the One Day Grand Final with the same result but by a bigger margin. Sent in to bat on an overcast and dreary day, we lost an early one at 11 but Shamez 9 and Saleem 27 knuckled down with Kardinya bowling tight, to get us to 43 before losing 4 wickets for 21, we were looking a bit shaky at 5/64. Saeed 37 and Satvinder 17 put on 61 to get things back on track and then the tail, once again pitched in with some valuable runs from Jodat 21 and Raj 25 to get our score to 185, which looked mighty hard to get. Sunday bought out a bit of sunshine amongst the cloudy skies but Raj and Guri were at their firey best, reducing Kardinya to 5/33 and the game looked over. Saeed Ahmad got a wicket with them now on 6/68, they fought back with some aggressive hitting, but Vijay and Raj had other ideas as they put their fightback to a quick end bowling them out for 135. Raj bowled like a demon taking 4/15 from 11 overs, Vijay bowled with guile and flight to nab 3/30 from 15.2 overs and Guri fought all day taking 2/26 from his 14 overs. We now take on Thornlie at Coker next weekend and we urge all Tigers to get down and support the boys from 6th Grade, and bring us home another flag.
7th Grade traveled to Cockburn and were asked to field first. The boys bowled very tight lines and gave nothing away, with breakthroughs coming from Jackson and Wynand having them 2/18 after 18 overs. 2 more wickets in the 40s and then 3 wickets in the 70s had Cockburn vulnerable for a low score at 7/74, but number 8 and 9 bats put on 80 more runs to get them to 8/155. Jackson 3/13 from 10 overs, Steve 2/29 from 16 overs were our top wicket takers. The chase was on, but a disastrous start saw us crumble to 5/36 before Keegan, with a fine 50 lead the come back. We scrapped our way to 116 before a runout ended it, but not without a fight. Well done boys on a fantastic season!
ODD played top side Perth Tamil and were asked to bat first. It was a day of missed opportunity with only one batsman making double figures, we were bowled out for just 78 in 23 overs. Defending a low score you need early wickets, but they just didn’t come as Perth Tamil passed the score with just 3 wickets down after 15 overs. It was a fantastic season from the Sri Lankan boys and it all looks bright for next season.
ODG were at home to Maddington, lost the toss and were sent in. We lost wickets early and were looking very shaky at 3/17, but Callum with 19, hung in there with Stuey to try and get things back our way, knowing we can bowl them out for under 100. But the runs just weren’t coming and with a couple of dubious decisions, we were bowled out for 70, our lowest score for the year. We knew we needed to strike early and with Brian and Stuey bowling with fire, we reduced them to 4/13 after 9 overs and were looking dangerous. Ambo and Asim were introduced to the attack with Ambo getting one and Maddington at 5/35 then Asim striking with them on 6/56. But we just didn’t have enough runs (oh for another 30 runs) and with 3 missed chances, it took them till the 31st over to pass our score. It was a season that looked so good for us this year and we all felt it was our time, but it wasn’t to be. Here’s to next year!!
Milestones for the Tigers
Farooq Ali will play his 50th game for the Tigers in the Grand Final next week. Farooq joined the Tigers in 2017/18 season and is playing in his 3rd season at Tigerland. He has scored 538 runs at an average of 13.79 with a highest score of 58 this season vs Cockburn. With the ball Farooq has taken 63 wickets at an average of 18.27 with 2 five wicket hauls and a best of 5/12 this season vs Roleystone. Good Luck Farroq and Congratulations!
Association Trophy Winners.
Five Tigers were amongst the best of the Association this season in batting and bowling. This is our best ever return for Association winners.
Vijay Kumar with 39 wickets in 6th Grade took the bowling aggregate
Joseph Wijayamuni with 539 runs and an average of 44.92 took both batting awards for ODD
Stuart Riseley with 433 runs took the batting aggregate for ODG
Darren Third with an average of 47.13 took the batting average for ODG
Aaron Dyer with 33 wickets took the bowling aggregate for ODG