Fourth Grade get a win in Vijay’s 200th, Sixth Grade almost causes an upset while our ODC and ODE have shock losses as we welcome Finals next week.
Fourth Grade were at home to Riv/Rostrata, won the toss and bowled first. Honours were even after 16 overs at 3/47 with a wicket each to Guri Singh 1/23 and FS Ali 1/20 and a run out, but it was the introduction of the 200 gamer Vijay Kumar who would go through the middle order in a masterclass of spin bowling to take 5 wickets for 38 runs and bowl Riverton out for 115, Haroon Ahmed taking 4 catches and Harsh Jansali taking 1/4 plus a run out. The run chase started aggressively with debutant Jagraj Dhaliwal making a quick 22 but when he fell at 2/30, Vijay Kumar came to the crease making it his day knocking up 57 runs while wickets fell around him, until he was run out with the game secure at 6/115. Shamez was in good form making 29 as we posted a final score of 151 and finished the season with a win. Congrats to Vijay Kumar on his 200th game, taking 5 wickets and 50 runs and chalking up his 300th wicket for the Tigers, being the 13th Tiger to pass the milestone.
Sixth Grade were away to Cockburn, won the toss and bowled first. Cockburn got away to a good start but at 1/63, Vinnie got a couple and Bryce picked up one they were now 4/85. A run out was followed by a wicket to Jared and now Cockburn were looking rocky at 6/127. Russell was brought on and took 3 quick ones with another run out and Cockburn were all out for 141. The run chase started very well with ODH star Dilshan Asanka opening the batting with Vinnie. Asanka peppered the boundaries as we raced to 0/58 off 12 overs, but when Asanka fell for 37 and then Vinnie for 23 we were now 2/61 after 16 overs. Jared and Della dug in as the run rate started to rise but Della began hitting boundaries and at 3/112 with 5 overs to go we were looking good, needing 30 runs at 6 an over. Unfortunately we lost Della and Jared to consecutive balls and then Asim for a golden and the pressure was building at 6/112. Three more wickets would fall at 118 but the last pair added 10 runs. Needing 17 off the last over it wasn’t to be, all out for 128 in a thriller. Della making 31 and Jared 18.
ODC were at home to CBC won the toss and bowled first. Jouhar Khan struck early blows with 3/13 reducing CBC to 3/23. They recovered to 4/80 but Abin Roy would take 4 wickets in a great spell of 4/14 to bowl them out for 106, Santhosh Sunny 1/14 and Vipin Varghese 1/16 the other wicket takers. The run chase should have been a breeze but we lost early wickets to have us 6/63 when we lost Santhosh for 18. The next 4 wickets could only add 23 as we were bundled out for just 86, losing to the bottom side. A kick in the pants before our semi final next week vs Thornlie at Coker Park.
ODE were away to Leeming won the toss and batted first. A bad start losing 2 wickets for 1 run was recovered by Akhil Mathew 27 and Safil Sharif 20 but once we lost them we fell into a slump losing the last 7 wickets for 8 runs and bowled out for just 65. We got an early wicket but Leeming took no chances and passed our score with ease just 3 down. They ended on 7/137, Benny Benson taking 2/27 with 5 other bowlers taking a wicket each. A bad finish to the end of a great season saw us fall from 2nd to 5th and we will miss out on finals. Chins up boys for next season.
ODH won on a forfiet vs Roleystone. We finished 2nd on the ladder and will play in the semi final next week vs Willetton at Coker Park, their first game at home in the one day format.
Vijay Kumar with his 5/38 on Saturday reached 300 wickets in his 200th game. Vijay becomes the 13th Tiger to reach this bowling milestone. His wickets came at an average of 15.40 with 8 five fors and a best of 6/25. Congrats Vijay!