Fourth Grade are chasing plenty, Sixth Grade in a good position, ODC just keep on winning and two nailbiters with thrilling last over finishes from ODE and ODH. Also, two Tigers take their 150th wicket in the same game at Coker!
Fourth Grade were away to top side Willetton, lost the toss and bowled first. Things did not go well for the Tigers as the Crows piled on the runs all day long to post 8/357 with Guri Singh 3/77 and Vijay Kumar 3/110 the best of the wicket takers, and a wicket each to Salman 1/29 and Jodat 1/28. Will need to bat all day next week.
Sixth Grade were at home to Kwinana, won the toss and bowled first. It was a big occasion for Russell Tilbrook playing in his 200th game for the Tigers and the team didn’t let him down. Steve Hall struck early as we piled on the pressure to have them 4/32 after 20 overs, Russell taking his 150th wicket in celebration. Kwinana then made a bit of a comeback but the introduction of Asim Qureshi, who also celebrated his 150th wicket, bought instant results as they fell to 7/88, but a good stand by the tail got them to 126 as the two Steve’s, Hall and Ambler, finished them off. Steve Hall was brilliant with 4/27, Steve Ambler 2/15 on his comeback game, Asim 2/21 and a wicket each to Jared Delamere 1/37 and Russell 1/5. We had 45 minutes to bat, with Vinnie and Russell doing a good job, unfortunately Vinnie 9 was bowled with just 5 minutes to go, leaving us in a good position on 1/26 with Russell on 13no.
ODC were at home to Perth Tamil, lost the toss and were sent in to bat. Early wickets saw us slump to 3/23 but opener Sujit Pankajakshan played a solid knock of 33 to hold things together. When he fell we lost another 3 wickets to be in a precarious position of 6/105, but an attacking knock from Vipin Varghese of 46 from 29 balls with 4 sixes and 2 fours and then Nithin Radhakrishna 43 from 30 balls with 3 sixes and 4 fours, boosted the total to 186. Our bowlers started well with Cyril Jose 2/26 taking a wicket first ball and then reducing them to 3/25 but a big partnership got them back in the game. Santhosh Sunny 2/15 with 2 big wickets ended the fight back as Vipin Varghese 2/12 and Paulose Sabu 3/2 finished them off. Riju Mathew taking 1/25 with Perth Tamil all out for 125, the last 6 wickets falling for just 13 runs.
ODE were away to Forrestdale, lost the toss and were sent in to bat. A bad start saw 2 wickets fall early 2/8 but Safil Sharif with 44 held the innings together as wickets fell around him. Amal Babu with 20no got our total to 9/147 with the help of 40 extras. Our bowlers did well to keep them to 3/46 until a partnership got them to 4/92. Benson Benny 3/30 and Safil Sharif 2/32 struck to reduce them to 7/116 then Rahul Nair 3/32 got 2 more as they were in trouble now at 9/130. Their last wicket hung in there as it came to the last over, but they managed to get the runs finishing on 9/151 as we just missed out.
ODH were away to Phoenix, lost the toss and bowled first. Phoenix got off to a flying start and were 2/116 off 20 overs but the intro of Dilshan Asanka 3/5 reduced them to 5/117, another partnership developed but a run out halted that at 6/161 with them finishing on 9/188, a tough total to chase. Our run chase started well with our top 5 batsmen all getting starts but not going on with it, Rusiru 32, Nuwan 28, Asanka 21 and Afroaj 23, but at 4/148 with 6 overs to go we were looking good. Two quick wickets left us at 6/149 but Irosh Ranathunga was playing well. At the end of 32 overs we were 6/162 needing 27 from 3 overs. We quickly lost 3 wickets for 6 runs in the 33rd over now at 9/168, the equation 21 from 12 balls. Rafeek Ahamed and Irosh needed a miracle as we got 8 from the 34th over with Irosh on strike for the last over. Needing 13 off the last over Irosh milked 4 from the first 3 balls, then sent the 4th delivery over the boundary for six. A single from the next ball tied the scores with number 11 Rafeek on strike for the last ball. A nudge and run saw a thrilling end to the game, the Tigers winning with 9/189, Irosh on 38no and Rafeek 7no off 4 balls. A great win!
Russell Tilbrook took his 150th wicket in his 200th game on Saturday. His wickets have come at an average of 21.76 with one 5fa and a best of 6/32.
Asim Qureshi took his 150th wicket for the Tigers in his 88th game at an average of 15.36 with two 5fas and a best of 5/11 in a semi final.