Four losses and 3 wins as our Grade teams lose badly, some great wins in the OD games and a real nailbiter in ODE.
Fourth Grade suffered another defeat to Cockburn at home keeping them out of the four. Bowling first Cockburn was in a bit of trouble at 4/61 but some big hitting from their middle order got them to 8/235, Asim Qureshi taking 3/51 and Salman Farsi 2/33. The chase started badly losing wickets steadily and in real trouble at 6/55 but Vijay Kumar was in good touch partnering Satvinder Singh got us to 7/118 when Vijay fell for 59. Asim joined Satvinder and got us to 8/152 when Asim lost his wicket for 22 and Satvinder for 37 to be all out for 154. Not the result we needed.
Sixth Grade won the toss and sent Cockburn into bat. Two early wickets gave us some hope, but Cockburn raced away with some solid batting to finally post 4/190, Wynand Gouws taking 2/43. Our batting got away to a bad start losing wickets regularly as we never looked like getting near their total at 6/41. Steve Hall 27no and Keegan Bennett 23no batting out the rest of the overs to finish on a very disappointing 6/99.
Seventh Grade had a shock loss at home to Forrestdale. Batting first we made a disappointing 110 in 24 overs with opener Manoj Kiradi making 23 and Abdul Quareshi 29. Forrestdale came out strong adding 72 for the first wicket but we struck back hard taking 6 wickets before they passed our score with Dwarath Canakapalli taking 4/12, Raddy Madamshetti 2/19 and Vepesh Kukkula 2/8. Forrestdale ending on 8/142
ODB were away to Roleystone and had a very convincing win. Bowling first the opposition started strongly getting to 3/88 when we got on top of their attack rolling them for 127 in 30 overs. Wajahat Nazeer taking 3/26, Karnam Nagarjuna 3/18 and Phani Katta 3/14. In the chase opener Siddhanth Mokala batted fiercely making 82 off just 73 deliveries with 10 fours and 1 six taking us to 5/118 when keeper Boobalan made a valuable 38 to get the win and finish on 7/180. Well done boys!!
ODC had a big comeback win after last weeks loss. Playing away to Kardinya we batted first and got away to a good strong start with a 53 opening partnership between Eldhose 31 and Sujit 25, we then struggled along to 5/108 when Vinod Suneeth and Nithin Radhakrishna smashed their way to 6/219 putting on 111 in quick time. Vinod making 95 with 4 fours and 9 sixes. Nithin finishing not out on 58 with 5 fours and 4 sixes getting our total to 6/241. Kardinya started really strong adding 87 for the first wicket, but then our bowlers got on top and took the next 9 wickets for just 38 runs dismissing them for 125. The bowlers sharing the wickets with 2 wickets each to Santhosh, Sethuraj, Jobin and Sujit. A great bounce back win.
ODE played in a thriller at Sutherlands vs Thornlie. Sent into bat, a slow but steady start was aided by opener Akil Mathew with 24. Shanab Valappil 38 and then Syed Ali 28no would get out total to 7/159 a good score to defend. Thornlie lost an early wicket but then proceeded to add a century stand to be 2/113 and in a commanding position. Safil Sharif 3/18 took 3 vital wickets to get us back in the game and when he took his third wicket the score was 6/148 with 2 overs to go, Thornlie needing 12 off 12. The next over from Paulose Sabu 1/19 cost 3 runs with 1 wicket, the equation now 9 off the last over with 3 wickets in hand. Shanab Valappil 4/25 becomes the hero as he takes wickets with his first, fourth and fifth deliveries to win the match by 6 runs. What an amazing comeback by the Tigers!
ODG suffered a rare loss to Canning Vale. Bowling first we only had 9 fielders at the start which opened up the flood gates for Canning Vale’s batsmen as they poured on the runs. Vihanga Silva taking 3/27 and Adeesha Welgama 2/28 as Canning Vale amassed 7/259 with 38 wides. The run chase never really got going as we were bowled out for one of our lowest scores this season for 135, only Ayoob Zainudeen with 22 and Prashan Madakapiya 27no, putting up a fight. The team must learn to get to the ground on time to be ready for battle at 1pm. We still stay on top but the four is very tight now and with a few losses we could fall out of the four! Let’s lift Tigers!
Steve Hall will play his 250th game for the Tigers vs Kenwick this week. Steve first played for the Tigers in 2004/05 season as a ten year old (well he looked about ten) and is now playing in his 19th consecutive season. He has taken 331 wickets (tenth best in the club) at an average of 19.03 with 11 five wicket hauls and a best of 6/28. With the bat he has made 1872 runs at an average of 11.08 with 1 fifty and a best score of 54no in his time at Tigerland. He has been President of the club and a great clubman over the years. Good Luck Steve on Saturday!!
Vepesh Kukkala from 7th Grade took his 50th wicket for the Tigers on the weekend. He is playing his 6th season as a Tiger in his 74th game. His wickets have come at an average of 18.33 and a best of 5/23. Congratulations Vepesh!