Fourth grade come up short, Sixth grade lose their first one dayer and our One Day T20 teams all go unbeaten and will all play in the T20 Final on December 4th.
Fourth grade were chasing 191 for victory vs Cockburn at home and the chase didn’t start to plan, as we lost the inform Umar Qureshi for a duck. Vijay Kumar joined captain Shamez to rebuild the innings and got to 37 before Shamez fell for a patient 6 runs. Haroon and Vijay added another 33 runs but the loss of Haroon for 13 and then Vijay for a well made 48 had us reeling at 4/70. Dempsey Badorek dug in for a 90 minute 16 and Salman Farsi a 60 minute 13, but we were unable to capitalize on our resistance eventually falling for 150 from 66 overs. Guri Singh making it interesting with a quickfire 22 at the end. Back to the one day format next week to bounce back to winning ways.
Sixth grade travelled to Beeliar Oval to take on Phoenix, lost the toss and bowled first. The match would be a celebration as Richo filled in to make up the numbers, it would be the 200th time the two Mark’s (Richards and Delamere) would play together. Phoenix got off to a flying start especially their inform opener who would end up with 83 in a total of 183. A great catch from Callum off Wynand got the first wicket and then the introduction of Asim would get 2 more and have them 3/70. Another 67 runs were added until a great catch from Matty off Russell got rid of the opener and we started making inroads to their batting order, now 5/139. A 30 run partnership was again halted by Asim who took 2 more wickets and the return of Paul McLean finished off the tail bowling them out for 183 with 2.3 overs still to bowl. Asim taking 4/37, Russell 2/25, Macca 2/35 and Wynand 2/31.
The run chase started well with a 54 run opening stand between Russ 25 and Vinnie 22 and then Jared chimed in with a well made 20. At 4/89 off 27 overs the run rate was starting to climb but Della 27 and Bryce 13 added 37 runs in 6 overs to keep us in the hunt. But the boundaries just wouldn’t come and we ended on 9/155, 28 runs short in a great effort against a strong bowling attack. The first loss in the one dayers keeps us in 2nd place as we take on Kenwick next week where we hope to bounce back with a win.
ODC T20 travelled to Thornlie to take on our ex Tigers, looking to secure a final T20 spot with a win. We won the toss and batted first and our openers started well with Jijinlal KG making 22 and Sarath Mohan 13. Wickets started to tumble but Vipin Varghese with 22 and Nithin Radhakrishna 42 with 1 four and 3 sixes raised our score to a very competitive 9/145.
What happened next was complete carnage by our bowlers as we destroyed Thornlie’s batting, bowling them out in just 13.2 overs for 42 runs with no batsman scoring more than 7. If not for 18 wides it would have been even worse for Thornlie. Vysakh Menon 2/9, Jouhar Khan 2/15, Praveen Venugopal 3/10 and a wicket each to Santhosh Sunny 1/8 and Abin Roy 1/0 dominated with the ball. Unbeaten in the T20s will see us in the final in 2 weeks time.
ODE T20 were at home to Maddington in a bid to finish unbeaten and head to the T20 final. They won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bat first. We started very quickly scoring at a brisk pace to be 3/62 after 7 overs. Yesudas Kuriakose and Syed Ali then upped the tempo adding 95 runs in quick time before Syed fell making 38 off 20 balls, with 6 fours and 1 six. Yesudas continued his hard hitting, finishing on 75no off 56 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes and the team ending on 6/192.
Our bowlers shared the wickets around and kept the scoring in check as Maddington never really challenged the Tigers, finishing their 20 overs at 7/100 with Anto Baby 2/15, Amal Babu 2/20 and a wicket each to Benson Benny 1/15 and Rahul Nair 1/4 the best of our attack. The T20 final awaits on the 4th December.
ODH T20 were away to Willetton in a winner take all game, for a spot in the T20 final. Winning the toss, we chose to bat first and came out of the gates on fire, with a red hot Dilshan Asanka smashing the ball to all parts of the ground with Afroaj Zarook in support. With the loss of Zarook for 16 and the Tigers 2/80, Asanka kept attacking, making 69 off just 42 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes, but his departure at 5/102 set off a collapse of 5 for 17 with 3 overs still to bowl and a total of 119 was under par from where we were.
Defending a low score needs a good start and we got one first ball with Nuwan Liyanaarachchi 2/12 removing the opener, but Willetton fought back and at 2/57 were on top in the game. Lakmal Madushanka 2/18 took 2 quick wickets which triggered a steady fall of wickets that Willetton could not recover from, being bowled out for 93. Vihanga Silva with 3/16 finishing off the tail and a wicket each to Heshan Kothalawala 1/11 and Sandeepa Vedage 1/18. A place in the T20 final awaits.