Fourth and Sixth Grade start their 2 day games, ODC and ODH record their first wins for the season.
4th Grade travelled to Roleystone won the toss and sent them in on an overcast day. Our bowlers were on top from the start with Guri Singh removing the first four batsmen and finishing with 4/13 from 10 overs. Roleystone crawled their way to 97 all out after 50 overs with Vijay Kumar picking up 2/46 and Saeed Ahmad 2/5. A wicket each to Jodat Malik 1/16 and Farooq Ali 1/8 capped off a great day with the ball.
With 22 overs still to go in the day our openers got off to a great start adding 52 before losing Umar Qureshi for a well made 34 with 5 fours. Guri was sent in as night watchmen but was bowled first ball, but MT Saleem 29no and Haroon Ahmed saw us through to stumps on 2/66 and in a very strong position in the game.
Umar Qureshi, with his 34 runs passed 1000 runs for the Tigers. Umar is playing in his 83rd game in his 6th season and becomes the 103rd Tiger to pass 1000 runs. His runs have come at an average of 13.69 with 3 fifties and a highest score of 61no last season. Congratulations Umar!
6th Grade were at home to Kenwick, won the toss and decided to bowl first. Things did not start well for the Tigers as a dropped chance went begging and the Kenwick openers piled on the runs getting to 103 before Russell Tilbrook 2/12 made the breakthrough getting 2 wickets before tea with Kenwick on 2/131 looking very strong. After tea the Tigers looked switched on and a runout from Matty Pedulla started a quick succession of wickets. Asim started to dominate and Kenwick were now 6/155. A bit of a partnership was broken by Asim and Harsh returned to finish off the tail and Kenwick were bowled out for 201 in 52.1 overs. Asim with 4/51 and Harsh with 3/55 were the best of our bowlers. A great comeback after tea has given us a target we can reach with some focused batting and partnerships next week.
ODC were away to Perth Tamil won the toss and batted first. A great innings from opener Irshad Ali with 58 held the innings together and with help from Santhosh Sunny 29 we posted a good score of 154. But losing our last 4 wickets for 3 runs and leaving 2 overs left it could have been better. Our bowlers started well taking 2 quick wickets from Alwin Varghese leaving them 2/7 but Perth Tamil fought back getting to 43 before Jouhar Khan took another 2 wickets. A big innings of 51no from their number 8 kept them in the game and at 7/133 it was in the balance, but Santhosh Sunny with 2/21 and P Venugopal 1/31 finished off the tail and bowled them out for 136 with 6 overs left. A good tight win after last weeks narrow loss.
ODE were at home to Kelmscott lost the toss and were sent in to bat. A quick wicket was followed by a good partnership before losing Safil Sharif for 34 and another 2 wickets leaving us 4/69. Another partnership blossomed with Yesudas Kuriakose making 21 getting us to 5/107 but a steady fall of wickets had us all out for 140 with 4 overs left to bat. Our bowlers came out firing taking 2 quick wickets at 2/4 but some resistance got them to 41 before 3 more quick wickets fell and at 5/48 Kelmscott were in trouble. The 6th wicket fell at 107 and hope was still there but a powerful innings of 89 from their number 7 put the game out of reach with Kelmscott ending on 9/230. Amal Babu 2/29, Rahul Nair 2/55 and Syed Ali 2/24 were the best of the bowlers. Let’s bounce back next week!
ODH were away to Kardinya won the toss and batted first. We got away to a good start adding 36 for the first wicket and then adding another 54 runs before losing Aforaj Zarook for 37. 2/90 became 4/110 when Mohammad Zainudeen was dismissed for 28. Captain Rusiru Pitiyage with 29no and a hard hitting Irosh Ranathunga with 63 including 2 sixes and 7 fours piled on 77 runs before losing Irosh at 5/187 and then closing the innings on 5/210, a formidable total.
Our bowlers began well taking 2 wickets with just 18 on the board but then Kardinya dug in adding 102 runs till the next wicket fell but they were not scoring fast enough to trouble our total. Irosh Ranathunga had an all round great game taking 3/9 in a firey spell, with Kardinya ending their 35 overs on 6/155 and giving our new Tigers their first taste of victory. Well done boys!