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.
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!