An outright win, a last wicket thriller and we miss out on a one day final as we win five out of seven on the weekend.
Fourth Grade resumed the chase of 161 on 1/33 vs Willetton at Coker Park with the chance to consolidate their position in the top four. Things did not go to plan as we lost opener MH Ghani on 42 for a well made 33 and the wickets kept on falling as we stumbled to 7/97. Haroon Ahmed gave us hope with 27 partnered with Salman Farsi but his wicket fell on 8/124, still 38 runs to go. Salman was joined by Saeed Ahmad who smashed a quick 22 off 16 balls but was dismissed with 16 runs to go at 9/146. First gamer Ajimon Thurai joined Salman as they fought to win the game making a brilliant last wicket stand of 35 with Salman making 39no and getting the big win, ending the innings on 181. Willetton batted again for 14 overs, making 3/45 with Asim taking 2/8 and Sunil 1/10. The win keeps us in the top four.
Sixth Grade were chasing an outright victory vs Willetton as we needed to bowl them out and then chase down the runs needed if they passed our total of 102. Willetton put up a great fight as we slowly took wickets throughout the day finally getting them out for 162, leaving us 83 runs to get in about 10 overs. Guri Singh having an outstanding game with 4/54 and Steve Hall 2/35, a wicket each to Russell and Wynand. The run chase was completed in just 8.1 overs, thanks to Deepak Saini with 38 from 36 balls and Guri Singh blasting 30 off 9 deliveries. A fantastic outright win keeps our chances alive!
Seventh Grade needed a win vs Forrestdale to guarantee a place in the one day final. We won the toss and decided to bowl first. After an early strike, it was all Forrestdale as they piled on the runs to reach 5/236, only Dwarakanth Canakapalli with 3/45 and Ravi Mungi with 2/23 were able to take wickets. The chase never took on any momentum as we lost wickets regularly to be all out for just 119. Balvinder Kumar batted well for his 43. The loss costing a place in the one day final.
ODB were at home to Willetton, lost the toss and bowled first. Willetton had a great start and reached 3/121 before our bowlers pegged back the scoring rate and started to take wickets. Willetton ending up on 9/199 thanks to Dinesh Kanagala taking 3/23 which included a hat trick and Karnam Nagarjuna with 3/21. Our run chase started well reaching 2/86 with Sindhu Govindu making 31 and Manoj Yelavarthy 28 but our batting fell into a hole as we were dismissed for 139 and a dissappointing loss.that puts us into 4th place.
ODC bounced back from last weeks loss with a punishing win vs Kardinya. Batting first the Tigers poured on the runs with opener Eldose Paul making 67 with 7 fours and 3 sixes to get us off to a quick start, then Captain Vinod Suneeth smashed 55 with 6 sixes and 3 fours and Syed Ali 23no to get our total to 8/219. Kardinya did not put up much of a fight as they were dismissed for just 64, Vysakh Menon 3/17, Rahul Nair 3/9 and Riju Mathew 2/8 were the best of our bowlers.
ODE had a resounding win in its game vs Willetton. Batting first our openers Safil 24 and Jinil 24 got away to a good start adding 62 for the first wicket, then it was the Yesudas show as he blasted his way to 68 off 62 balls with 3 sixes and 9 fours, getting the total to 5/171. Captain Stefan added 24 as Melvin Thomas belted 30no off 19 balls to get our final total to 7/229. Willetton got off to a strong start reaching 2/103 but then Syed Ali would take 4/22 ending their chances and keeping Willetton to 8/177 with the help of 36 wides.
ODG stayed on top of the ladder with a good strong win vs Maddington. Batting first we lost a couple early but Captain ,Ayoob steadied the ship with a fine 51. He was supported by Anton who made a much needed 35 with Vihanga Silva finishing on 20no to get us to 8/188. Our bowlers and fielders kept Maddington in check with 3 run outs and 2 wickets to Vihanga Silva and the other wickets shared around, keeping their score to 133 with 30 wides as their top score. Keep on winning boys!
Haroon Ahmed from 4th Grade reached 1500 runs for the Tigers. Haroon has played in 82 games and is playing in his 6th season. His runs have come at an average of 20.55 with 6 fifties and a highest score of 87. Congratulations Haroon!!