No Grand Finals for the Tigers this season as ODC and ODH lose their semi finals.

ODC were at home to Thornlie (our old ODD team from last year) , lost the toss and bowled first. Opening bowlers Praveen Venugopal and Jouhar Khan kept it tight at the start and the rewards came as Praveen struck with 4 wickets for 15 runs and Thornlie reeling at 4/35. A bit of a recovery was halted when Anto Baby 3/33 came on and took another 3 wickets reducing Thornlie to 7/84. Vipin Varghese 2/37 took a wicket with Thornlie now 8/102 but Naleen Fernando from Thornlie was smashing the ball to all parts of the ground, making 62 and getting them to 162. Extras were costly at 37 and a big chase was on the cards. A bad start to the innings when we lost both openers at 2/3 and then another 2 wickets followed with us now in trouble at 4/20. Eldhose Paul was in good touch as he and Vipin took us to 4/67 after 18 overs and still in with a chance. But we lost Eldhose for a well made 38 and then another 3 wickets fell quickly and the recovery was dented with us now 8/69. Abin Roy 21 and Anto Baby 13 put on 32, but it was all in vain as we were bowled out for 103. A fantastic season, didn’t quite have the dream finish, but we did win a T20 flag so hold your heads up fellas on a great first season at the Tigers.

ODC semi final vs Thornlie

ODH were at home to Willetton, lost the toss and batted first. A good brisk start saw us reach 24 before losing Zarook for 14 and then other opener Rusiru for 6, now 2/31. Asanka 17 came in and belted 2 fours and a six but his wicket at 3/58 triggered a collapse that we could not recover from, being bowled out for 98, Silva making 12. A disappointing score after the good start. Our bowlers started well with Asanka 2/28 striking first and Rusiru 2/27 picking up one and Willetton were 2/18 and game on. Lakmal 2/22 came on and picked up one at 3/34 and another at 4/57 but Willetton were scoring too easy and we were giving away runs with wides. Rusiru came back on and picked up another at 5/76 but we need a bunch of wickets to stay in it and it just didn’t come, Willetton ending the game on 6/99. A brilliant season from our debutants at Tigerland, making the finals at your first time together, you should all be proud of your achievement. Better times ahead next season!

ODH semi final vs Willetton