What a weekend for the Tigers with 2 centuries and a hatrick, in the heat.
Fourth Grade were away to Kenwick, lost the toss and bowled first. A good tight start by our bowlers kept the score down for the first 35 overs but as the day went on, Kenwick batters got on top and amassed a big score, reaching 5/316. Vijay Kumar 2/96 and Sunil Dogra 2/20 from 14 overs were the best of the bowlers. A tough chase for us next week.
Sixth Grade were at home to Phoenix, won the toss and batted first. A bad start had us 2/9 early but a good partnership from Matty 18 and Callum 20 got us going. Della 29 and Wynand 16 added 36 but we consistently kept losing wickets. Steve Hall added 18 and then Asim 29 along with debutant Damon Rossi 2no put on a vital 26 runs for the last wicket to get us to a competitive 158. Some good tight bowling could see us snatch a victory next week.
ODC were at home to Hilton/Bicton, won the toss and batted first. Two quick wickets had us 2/12 when Irshad Ali and Eldose Paul got together and blasted 61 runs before Eldose fell for 42 with 2 sixes and 4 fours. Two more wickets fell but Irshad kept up the high scoring, he lost his wicket at 6/148 making 64 with 5 sixes and 3 fours. Vipin Varghese with Nithin Radhakrishna smashed another 65 with Vipin falling for 44 with 4 sixes and 2 fours and Nithin ending on 35no with 2 sixes and 3 fours. A huge score of 7/227. Hilton were never in the chase and batted very defensively as we struck early in their innings, they ended up on just 91 all out but not before a stunning bowling performance by Vipin Varghese taking 5/8 off 5.3 overs including a hat trick. Sunny Santhosh took 3/29 and a wicket each to Vysakh 1/4 and Anto 1/19. Five wins in a row with 4 scores over 200 has us on top of the ladder.
ODE were away to Willetton, won the toss and batted first. After losing captain Stefan at 1/25, Jijinlal KG and Cristo Clement blasted a season high 167 run partnership off 116 balls before Jijinlal fell for 88 off 63 balls with 12 fours and 3 sixes the score now 2/192. Cristo would go on to post his century before retiring not out on 102 off 91 balls with 8 fours and 8 sixes, a massive 80 runs just in boundaries. But the damage wasn’t over yet with Syed Ali smashing 40no off just 15 balls with 1 four and 5 sixes, leaving our total on 5/288 off 35 overs, the highest score so far this season for the Tigers. Willetton were soon in trouble with our opening bowlers Amal Babu 3/35 and Ciril Jose 2/23 reeking havoc reducing them to 5/34 before a bit of a fightback by Willetton. Benny Benson came on to grab 3/21 and Jijinlal KG 1/8 with Willetton finishing on 9/148, a massive victory for the Tigers.
ODH were away to Roleystone, lost the toss and were sent in to bat. The decision to bowl first seemed like a good one as we were struggling at 5/31 before Dilshan Asanka and Mohamed Ikram added 63 at a run a ball before Ikram fell for 14, the score now 6/94. Two more wickets fell quickly and at 8/103 we just needed someone to stay with Dilshan, who was on about 50 at this stage, with 12 overs still to go. The next 8 overs was the Asanka show as he added 70 runs, farming the strike, before falling for a brilliant 120 with 19 fours and 2 sixes, his 3rd century in the last 4 games, Ishan Handagama down the other end on zero from 6 balls playing his part brilliantly. Ishan and Hiranya Janitha, on debut, adding 20 more runs from the last 4 overs to finish on 9/191. Roleystone were never in the hunt as our bowlers shared the wickets around, bowling them out for just 72, Nuwan 2/3, Rafeek 2/7 and a wicket each to Prashan, Rusiru, Zainudeen and Ikram. A massive win by 119 runs keeps us near the top of the ladder.