20 January 2019
Finals race heats up after three weekend victories
Second, Third and Fifth Grade victories against St George over the weekend have the Tigers heading into the back end of the season with plenty of momentum.
At Hurstville Oval, First Grade won the toss and elected to bat first, getting off to a flying start thanks to opening batsmen Liam Scott (51) and Matt Rodgers (37). Unfortunately a middle order collapse had the Tigers in a bit of trouble, however Zak Crawley (89no) ensured a respectable total of 258 was set. In reply, St George chased down the total just 2 wickets down in a disappointing loss for our First Grade side.
Second Grade scrapped out a satisfying victory at Olds Park thanks to an outstanding all round team effort. Bowling first, the Tigers restricted St George to 9/172 at the end of their 50 overs, with quick Nick Govers (4/20) doing the damage at the top of the order, before Cameron Holmes (3/23) helped restrict the total at the end of the innings. Opening batsman Matt Kent (27) and skipper Daniel Jacob (30) helped steady the ship throughout the innings, however the Tigers fell to 7/82. Ryan Corns (53no) and Tom Mullen (34no) came together for an unbeaten 91 run partnership to get the Tigers home in the second last over!
At Birchgrove Oval, Third Grade claimed their second consecutive win to put them well and truly in the hunt for a finals birth. Winning the toss and bowling first, the Tigers dismissed St George for 141 thanks to Stephen King (3/32) and 2 wickets apiece to Alex Rashleigh, Mark Frei and Lachy Beattie. In reply, the Tigers chased the total with opening batsman Josh Bass (41) and Ollie Meroni (40no) getting Third Grade over the line for a much needed victory.
At Cahill Park, Fourth Grade were unable to chase down St George's target of 174. Skipper Nathan Breen and young left-arm quicks Jack O'Brien and Ellis Sherriff all claimed 2 wickets each in the bowling innings. In reply, the Tigers were dismissed for 107, with Dan Hall top scoring with 25. A disappointing result despite some impressive individual bowling performances.
Fifth Grade claimed a well-earned victory at Ryde Oval after batting first and posting 8/165. Rohith Pulla top scored with 29, while youngsters Joe Lister (22) and Josh Yeoh (21) chipped in with valuable knocks. Ethan Richards was the chief destroyer with the ball claiming 4/30. Young spinners Rashad Rizme (2/6) and Anay Baruah (2/14) helped finish off the tail and ensure a much needed win for the young Fifth Grade side.
After three victories, the Tigers maintain there 7th position on the Club Championship ladder, with an exciting fixture against Manly to come this weekend.