Fourth Grade will chase a big score, Sixth Grade keep winning in the one dayers, ODC have a rare loss and ODE and ODH keep piling on the runs.
4th Grade were at home to Cockburn, won the toss and decided to bowl first on the hottest day of the season so far. With a few players unable to play because of injury we saw 3 players come up from 6th grade to bolster the team. The decision to bowl first didn’t look so good as the Cockburn openers batted for 90 minutes till the first wicket fell for 76 from Vijay Kumar. The wickets then began to fall and Cockburn were reduced to 6/116 thanks mostly to Vijay and Guri Singh. A bit of a comeback from the middle and tail order saw Cockburn register 191 off 66 overs and sets up a big run chase next week for our batsmen. Vijay took another 5 wicket haul with 5/60 off 21 overs, his 3rd for the season so far from 5 games. Guri taking 3/43 off 17 overs has also been in fine form with the ball. A wicket each to Steve Hall and Salman Farsi capped off a great effort, bowling in tough conditions.
6th Grade travelled to Orelia Park for their one day clash with Kwinana again, hoping to emulate their last game in a nail biting win a few weeks ago. Kwinana won the toss and batted first, things were looking good for the home team at 1/99 but a wicket from Jared Delamere and two run outs from Bryce/Asim and Bryce/Vinnie would trigger another monumental batting collapse from Kwinana as Asim with 2/24 and the return of Paul McLean with 3/19 saw them all out for 124 with 7 overs still to bowl. The collapse of 9/25 taking just 8 overs.
The run chase started badly losing Vinnie for a duck and then Matty for 14 and the score 2/19. Connor 3 and Jared 13 had a small partnership but we lost them both to be reduced to 4/41. A solid partnership was really needed and it came from Della and Asim as they added a valuable 51 runs before an unfortunate run out of Asim for 22 left us with 32 runs still to get at 5/92. Paul McLean departed next for 3 adding another 13 runs with Della, but still vulnerable at 6/105. Bryce joined Della and together they added 18 runs with Bryce making 9 and falling with just 2 runs for victory. Captain Wynand Gouws strode to the wicket to join Della, and in a nervous couple of overs, hit the winning runs, with the Tigers ending on 7/132 with Mark Delamere unbeaten on 28no from 71 balls, a match winning performance from the veteran. The top score however came from good old sundries with 39. A fantastic win from the boys with a few players missing from sickness, unavalability and promotion. Top of the ladder in the one day format, we take on Phoenix next week.
ODC were at home to Armadale, lost the toss and were sent into bat. Things were tough for the Tigers as Armadale piled on the pressure and dismissed us for just 87 from 23 overs and only 2 players getting to double figures. Our bowlers toiled hard to defend such a low score and took the first 5 wickets for 83 before Armadale put the foot down and ended with 154 all out, The best of the bowlers were Sarath Mohan 3/24 and Paulose Sabu with 2/22. Let’s bounce back to winning ways next week lads!
ODE were away to Leeming, lost the toss and bowled first. Leeming got away to a solid start adding 47 for the first wicket before our bowlers got on top. The wickets were shared around as we bowled Leeming out for 111 off 31 overs, Rahul Nair 2/18, Benson Benny 2/11 and Yesudas Kuriakose 3/29 were the best of the bowlers. If not for 32 sundries Leeming would not have made 3 figures, let’s reduce those wides next week bowlers.
The run chase was on but we lost Ashai TG early for a duck before Cristo Clement got things going our way smashing 35 with 7 fours and 1 six. We passed the opponents score with 5 wickets down and then launched an attack on the bowling ending at 8/212. Eldhose Baby 28, Riju Matthew retiring hurt on 36 with 4 fours and 1 six and Jininlal KG 42 with 4 fours and 3 sixes our top scorers. The Tigers now on top of the ladder.
ODH were away to Phoenix and were sent into bat. A solid start had us at 3/46 before a fantastic partnership of 96 between opener M Zainudeen 40 and Dilshan Asanka 57 from 50 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes got us to 4/142. A couple of quick wickets followed but some lusty hitting from the tail of Heshan 19 and Lakmal 32 off 23 balls with 1 four and 2 sixes saw the Tigers ending on 9/209 after 35 overs.
Phoenix put up a good fight with the bat adding 55 for the first wicket before our bowlers struck back with a steady flow of wickets. Vihanga Silva with 3/37 and Lakmal Madushanka with 2/16 the pick of the bowlers, reduced Phoenix to 9/140 before some lusty hitting from the last pair got them to 9/178. 33 extras not helping the Tigers figures so let’s cut down on those wides next week fellas.