07 October 2018

First Grade lead the charge for Round 2

Coming off a dominant Round 1 victory against Wests, First Grade produced a hard fought win against Bankstown in a rain affected round of two-day cricket. At Bankstown Oval, the Tigers peeled off 292 runs thanks largely to 128 run partnership between Ryan Felsch (69) and Alex Glendenning (60) on day one. Additional top order contributions from AJ Mosca (41) and Suffan Hassan (46) allowed the Tigers to reach this defendable total of 292. In reply, Bankstown's innings saw reliable off-spinner Ben Manenti claim figures of 3/87 off a mammoth 31.2 overs. Ben was well supported by spearhead Nic Bills (2 wickets), which saw Bankstown bowled out for 250 in a tight tussle. A strong start to the 2018/19 season for our First Grade side!

Unfortunately for Second Grade, day two was washed out after a very dominant display on day one. The Tigers posted 407, with a stylish century to youngster Liam Scott (115) and a hard hitting century to Nick Govers (104 off 77 balls, featuring 8 sixes). Liam and Nick were well supported by skipper Daniel Jacob (45) and wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Kent (46). Unfortunately, no result was possible on day two at Birchgrove Oval, with Bankstown finishing day one 0/23.

Third Grade went down in a tight contest, restricting Bankstown to 8/262(dec), with left-arm swing bowler Stephen King and young quick Jack Nisbet each picking up 3 wickets. In reply the Tigers got off to a tough start as they fell to 3/17, however Dom Tonkin (69) showed his experience in clawing the Rampants back into the contest. Youngster Justin Felsch (68) and Stephen King (40) showed some middle-to-lower order fight, allowing the Tigers get within reach of the 263 runs required for victory, though unfortunately it wasn't to be as the Rampants were dismissed 32 runs short of victory.

No play was seen on day two for Fourth Grade, with day one seeing Bankstown dismissed for 179. A dominant display of leg-spin bowling from Abhayjit Randhawa saw him claim 7/74. Abhayjit was well supported by off-spinner Avery Weilandt (1/30) who bowled 10 maidens in a great display of partnership bowling.

Fifth Grade also saw no play on day two. On day one, the Tigers scored 187 thanks to opener Sandeep Joshi (31) and some hard hitting in the middle-to-lower order from Joe Lister (40no), Lachie Ball (26) and Josh Yeoh (24). Bankstown concluded day one 1/18 thanks to a great run out from Kshitij Cyril and wicketkeeper Lachie Ball.

The Poidevin-Gray u21s team also had their first T20 fixture scheduled against UNSW, however was also washed out.

At the conclusion of Round 2, the Tigers sit 4th on the Club Championship ladder, with a much anticipated Round 3 clash against Sydney University just around the corner!

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