Our 3 top sides all bowl and have run chases next week and our ODD team lose another tight one.
4th Grade were away to Hilton/Bicton, won the toss and sent them in to bat. A great start by opening bowlers FS Ali 5/41 and Guri Gingh 1/18 had the opposition reeling at 4/22. A bit of a rally saw them get to 5/49 then 6/78 then 7/89 with wickets from Saeed Ahmad 1/12 and Mohammad Saleen 2/30. They reached 123 but a runout from Paul Abbott and the reintroduction of Farooq Ali with another 5for, finished off the tail and had them all out 123 from 55.4 overs. That gave us 11 overs to bat and not a great start for next week, with the boys in a little trouble at 4/19, but plenty of batting still to come.
5th Grade were at home to Kardinya, won the toss and sent them in to bat. A quick wicket from Harsh Jansali 1/38 was a good start but a solid partnership got them past 50. Steve Hall 3/29 was bought on with immediate impact as he removed the opener and number 4 and they were 3/55. Another wicket to Steve and Wynan Gouws 1/25 saw them reach 5/92. Anghad Bhullar 3/19 bowled tight stuff and he then struck 3 times and they were in trouble at 8/125 but a strong partnership from the lower order saw them bat out the day, finishing on 9/199, Jared Delamere 1/38 picking up 1 wicket. Will need to bat well next week boys!
6th Grade were at home to Cockburn 2, also won the toss and sent them in to bat. Cockburn started aggressively but the breakthrough came in the 7th over at 1/27 and then again in the 12th over 2/37. At drinks they had consolidated and at 2/63 they looked on top, but Stuey struck twice in the first over after drinks having them 4/67. They started to bat conservatively but 3 more wickets from Azza and Asim added to their woes and at 7/88 we were well on top. Connor was bought on after a bit of a fightback and struck in his first over having them 8/113 but great batting from their 9th wicket got them to 149 before Ambo struck twice to finish them off in the 61st over. Stuart Riseley with 3/25 from 16 overs was brilliant, Steve Ambo 3/47, Azza with 2/15 from 9 overs, Asim 1/31 and Connor 1/7 all bowled brilliantly. Next week we will chase down 149 for victory,
ODD were away to East Fremantle and were the only team to lose the toss and were sent in to bat. Things did not go well with our batting and a steady stream of wickets and a top score of only 15 saw us reduced to all out for 106 off just 27 overs. It needed a big effort with the ball, but East Freo started well and at 1/44 looked well set, but 3 quick wickets from Iffam Samidon 2/13 and Irosh Ranathunga 1/25 got us back in the game at 4/48. Another partnership ensued to get them to 4/77 but again another 3 wicket burst, this time from Gihan Abeygunasekara 3/19 and Anushka Wirasekera 1/19 had us in a winning position at 7/82. But that would be the last wicket as their 8th wicket added the winning runs and ended unbeaten on 7/125. We will need to bounce back next week to get back on that winning track.
Milestones for the Tigers
Manu Pathinaike from ODD scored 7 runs on Saturday to take him past 2000 runs for the Tigers. He is the 34th Tiger to pass 2000 runs. Manu is in his 9th season at the Tigers and has played in 110 games. His runs have come at an average of 20.85 with 10 x 50s and a top score of 99 (we remember that one Manu!). He has also taken 134 wickets at Tigerland. Congrats Manu.