14 November 2018
First Grade and PGs dominate over the weekend
Round 5 of the Men's Premier Cricket Competition saw First Grade record a dominant bonus point victory over Mosman, with PGs also recording a big win over Sutherland on Sunday. At Drummoyne Oval, a tight bowling performance saw First Grade restrict Mosman to 7/218 at the conclusion of their 50 overs. A tight spell of off-spin bowling from skipper Ben Manenti (2/19 off 10 overs) saw his consistent performances continue across all competitions to start the season. Ben was well supported by recently selected NSW 2nd XI fast bowler Nic Bills (2/47), with all other bowlers chipping in with wickets and economical spells of bowling. In reply, the Tigers went on the attack, with in-form opening batsman Ryan Felsch carrying on his T20 form with the bat reaching 77 off 46 balls (including 5 sixes). Ryan and fellow opening batsman Matt Rodgers (53) dominated with a 136 run opening stand, which then saw Alex Glendenning (32no off 15 balls) and overseas recruit Zak Crawley (20no off 16 balls) get the tigers home inside 29 overs, only 3 wickets down to comfortably secure the bonus point.
At Allan Border Oval, a disappointing day for Second Grade saw the Tigers go down by 100 runs. Mosman reached 8/256 at the conclusion of their 50 overs, with Ash Squire, Ryan Corns and Hugh Sherriff picking up 2 wickets each. The Tigers couldn't get the run chase going losing regular wickets throughout, with batsman Liam Scott, Suffan Hassan, Daniel Jacob and Ash Squire all being dismissed in the 20s. All out for 157, the Tigers still had 11.4 overs to spare in the run chase, ending a disappointing day for the Rampants.
After batting first, Third Grade got off to a good start at Birchgrove Oval. Opening batsmen Tom Mullen (21) and Josh Bass (33) got the Tigers going, with skipper Craig Di Blasio (38) and Marlon Rodrigo (50) helping the Tigers to 2/105, before a late surge of wickets saw the Rampants unable to capitalise on a strong start to be 9/206 at the conclusion of their 50 overs. In reply, Mosman chased the total 2 wickets down, with left-armer Steven King claiming both scalps, however the Tigers were left to ponder 'what could have been' with a few missed chances in the field.
The Tigers also went down in Fourth Grade at Rawson Oval in a low scoring contest. After bowling first, the Tigers did well to dismiss Mosman for 128 with left-arm twins Alex Rashleigh (3/33) and Ellis Sherriff (2/32) leading the charge. In reply, opening batsman Ollie Meroni played a lone-hand scoring 67, however no one could stick with him in the run chase leaving the Tigers all out for 111.
Fifth Grade were unable to back up their amazing victory against Northern District the week before, also going down to Mosman at Ryde Oval. The Tigers were set 203 for victory after some good spin bowling from youngster Rashad Rizme (3/49) and a tidy spell from Declan Armstrong (2/22). In reply, skipper Samad Shaikh led from the front with 57. Youngster Joe Lister provided some good support (31), however the Tigers were ultimately dismissed for 178 in falling short of victory.
A change in format brought about a change in fortunes for our young PGs side. The Tigers recorded a dominant bonus point win against Sutherland on Sunday in their first 50 over fixture of the season. Josh Bass (46) and Justin Felsch (35) led the charge, helping the Tigers to 188 in the first innings. Sutherland's innings began with a flurry of wickets, with NSW underage representatives Hugh Sherriff (2/28) and Harry Manenti (2/16) each picking up 2 wickets inside the first 10 overs. Skipper Tom Mullen (2/17) picked up the fifth wicket with his left-arm raging turners to leave Sutherland 5/25! An excellent spell from impressive youngster Jack Nisbet (3/9) helped the Tigers dismiss Sutherland for 71 to claim a well-earned bonus point victory.