This weeks “Blast from the Past” takes us back to February 2005 in a 3rd Grade game vs SJ Blues where a 99 run last wicket partnership would win the match.
The Tigers lost the toss and were sent in. They got away to a good start losing their first wicket Carl Ambler with the score on 43 and another 2 wickets followed, Richo 25 and Wisser for 7 with the score on 3/51. Graham Holt made a quick fire 24 before he fell on 4/76 followed by 2 ducks from Della and Jason Beet now the score was 6/77 with Steve O’Neil batting at number 5 still there. Darren Embrey smashed 2 boundaries but was out for 11 and real trouble for the Tigers at 7/91. Paul Mclean was next to go for 1 and then Aaron Dyer for a duck and now the team was in free fall at 9/92. Enter number 11 Steve Ambler, his highest score to date of 23 things were looking grim. But today was Steve’s day as he and Steve O’Neil started to get the scoreboard ticking over. They put on 99 runs together before O’Neil was caught for a very patient 40 and Steve Ambler unbeaten on 64no which included 8 fours and remains the highest ever score from a number 11 Tiger. This left the Tigers all out for 191 off 67.4 overs.
The next week it was SJ Blues turn to bat and the two Steve’s would continue their outstanding game with the ball, bowling them out for 114 from 57.4 overs. Steve O’Neil taking 6/37 from 19.4 overs, Steve Ambler 2/9 from 4 overs and Richo picking up the other 2 wickets for 18. This left the Tigers 14 overs to bat and in the quest for quick runs were reduced to 6/32 with 4 overs still left. Darren Embrey then teed off and showed his hitting power by making 72no off 20 balls with 6 sixes and 7 fours, the Tigers ending on 6/106. The 99 run last wicket partnership is still the highest in Tiger history and for those who were lucky to see it, a game for the ages.
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