Two teams make the finals of the T20s
4th Grade made it 3 out of 3 for the T20s as they took on Hilton/Bicton at home. We lost the toss and were sent into bat, losing captain Vijay and Kanwar early to be 2/13. Syed, however, was in fine form and added 55 runs with Haroon before getting runout for 32 off 24 balls to be 3/68. Haroon and Saeed continued piling on the runs, with Haroon making 67 from 49 deliveries and Saeed 22 from 21 balls in a partnership of 77, then Daljeet made 17 from 9 balls, and with the tail we ended on 8/167. Hilton lost 2 wickets in the 30s before a big partnership put them in the game at 3/101, but Vijay Kumar struck with the ball taking 4/12 off 3 overs to stem the flow of runs and Hilton finished on 8/121 and we cruised to a 46 run victory. Guri Singh took 2/17 from his 4 overs, with Steve Hall taking 1/25 and Saeed Ahmad 1/8. We finished top of the ladder and will now take on Cockburn in the semi final on Sunday the 31st January, with the winner advancing to the final on the same day.
5th Grade took on Phoenix at Tempest Park, lost the toss and bowled first. Phoenix started strong at 2/47, but four wickets fell from Harsh Jansali 3/31 and Wynan Gouws 2/24 to leave them at 6/66, but some big hitting from their number 7 and 8 got them to 8/145. Jared, Angad and Keegan with 1 wicket each. The run chase saw Keegan depart early but Della and son, Jared, added 37 runs before losing Della for 23. Wickets continued to fall around Jared as he made 18, but the runs were just not coming and we finished on 7/82. Vinnie adding 9no to take him past 1500 runs for the Tigers, a highlight for the game.
6th Grade travelled to Mundijong Oval to take on undefeated SJ Blues and a spot in the finals on the line. We lost the toss for the first time this season and were asked to bowl. Gihan and Irosh opened the bowling, with Gihan striking in the 4th over to have them 1/12. Connor and Asim were introduced but a few boundaries off Connor got them to 48 in the 10th over, but Asim with 2/11, is in fine form with the ball as he struck twice and Callum picked up 1 wicket to have them teetering at 5/69 in the 16th over. Connor 2/31 came back on to pick up 2 wickets at 7/79 but the tail added 22 more runs leaving them on 7/101 off their 20 overs. Nineteen wides contributing to their elevated score. The run chase started well with Richo and Callum adding 41 runs in 8 overs before losing Richo for 15. Umar, who is hitting the ball superbly, joined Callum and they added 48 in 8 overs, losing Callum on 2/89 for a well made 32, with only 13 runs to win. Sanjeev joined Umar to finish the job, adding a quick fire 13no, with Umar finishing on 34no we passed the target in the 18th over with 17 balls to spare. The win and a run rate just above Armadale by 0.04 gets us into the semi final to take on Cockburn 1 on the 31st Jan.
Milestones for the Tigers
Vinnie Ciancio from 5th Grade passed 1500 runs for the Tigers on Saturday. He becomes the 64th Tiger to pass 1500 runs. Vinnie has played in 208 games for the Tigers in his 17th season, he has scored his runs at an average of 10.25 with 3 x fifties and a highest score of 67 last season. Vinnie was made a life member last year, well done Vinnie!
Callum Richards from 6th Grade took 1 wicket, to take his wicket tally to 50 wickets for the Tigers. He becomes the 118th Tiger to pass 50 wickets. Callum has played in 79 games for the Tigers in his 7th season. He has taken his wickets at an average of 21.72 with a best of 4/35 in 2016/17.