18 February 2019

First and Fourth Grade dominate against UNSW

A mixed round of results for the Tigers has seen First Grade score a big first innings win against UNSW, whilst Fourth Grade managed an outstanding outright victory.

At Village Green, First Grade won the toss and elected to bat first on day one, setting a mammoth 5/410 for UNSW to chase on day two. AJ Mosca continued his form with the bat striking a well-complied 84, however the highlight of the game came from a record-breaking 6th wicket partnership of 213 between Steve Eskinazki (179no) and Beau McClintock (109no). The 213 run stand is the highest 6th wicket partnership in Tigers history, with Beau's run-a-ball knock also his first ton for the club. With a large total on the board, the Tigers dismantled the UNSW batting line up, dismissing them for just 109 inside 34 overs. Nic Bills led from the front as usual claiming 4/41, with Ben Manenti taking 3/31 in his return from Sydney Sixers duty. Enforcing the follow-on, the Tigers had UNSW 1/106 in the second innings when the game was called.

Second Grade fought out a draw at Birchgrove Oval late on day two to claim a valuable point and move into outright 3rd on the ladder. After a slow moving day one, UNSW were dismissed in the first innings for 305 early on day two, with leg spinner Ash Squire claiming 3/80 in a long, toiling spell of bowling. Quicks Nick Govers and Alex Bloomfield each took 2 wickets at the top of the innings. In reply, the Tiger's innings lacked momentum as a result of the loss of regular wickets. Skipper Daniel Jacob (42) and Alex Glendenning (33) played lone hands in attempting to get the innings going. In the end, Nick Govers (78no) and Tom Mullen (24no) put together a valuble 92 run partnership to ensure the Tigers claimed 1 point and sit outright 3rd on the ladder.

At Alan Davidson Oval Third Grade saw their finals hopes slip away in a disappointing loss. Losing the toss and bowling first, the Tigers were set a chasable total of 226. Stephen King (3/33) and Jake Robertson (3/31) were the chief destroyers in the innings, restricting UNSW to a decent total when they were looking at a score of 300 plus. In reply, opening batsman Josh Bass (64) played a lone hand in chasing the target before unfortunately being dismissed. The Tigers were all out for 129 in a lacklustre batting performance, which now sees 3rd Grade unable to make finals.

Fourth Grade claimed a fantastic outright victory at Ryde Oval thanks to some outstanding bowling performances. Bowling first, the Tigers dismissed UNSW for 95, with leg spinner Michael Ho claiming 6/21 off 14 overs and left arm quick Jack O'Brien also claiming 2/32 in the process. In reply, the Tigers compiled 144 thanks to the experience of Lawrence Prittipaul (64). With a healthy lead of 49, the Tigers went in for the kill dismissing UNSW for just 49! Jack O'Brien was the chief destroyer claiming his first ever 5fa (5/12 off 10 overs)! O'Brien finished with match figures of 7/44, whilst Ho finished with match figures of 7/31! Needing one run for victory, Lachie Ball hit a single to claim a well deserved 10 points for an ever-improving Fourth Grade side.

Fifth Grade were unfortunately defeated outright at David Phillips North. UNSW batted first settig 244 for victory. Rashad Rizme (3/55) and Louis Mosmann (3/29) claimed important scalps throughout the innings. The Tigers were then dismissed for 114 before being enforced to follow on, where there were against dismissed for just 94.

A mixed round of results now sees the Tigers sit 6th on the Club Championship ladder heading into the second last round against Parramatta.

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