01 February 2019
Men dominate against Manly with strong batting
The Tigers are getting closer to a clean sweep round of cricket, claiming three wins and a tie against Manly over the weekend, with Fourth Grade getting their first win of the season!
At Manly oval, First Grade were sent in on a small ground, which saw them able to post a very strong total of 5/365 at the conclusion of the 50 overs. Zak Crawley (129 off 102 balls) and Steve Eskinazki (115 off 100 balls) dominated out in the middle, putting together a mammoth 215 run partnership! Some exceptional batting was on display with Eskinazi hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes, whilst Crawley smashed 13 fours and 5 sixes! Despite some resolute batting from the Manly top order, the scoreboard pressure proved to be too much for the home side, with the Tigers dismissing them for 308. Upon return from Sydney Sixers duty, skipper Ben Manenti claimed 4/60. Manenti was well supported with the ball by Ryan Felsch (2/45) and Nathan Sowter (2/54). The dominant victory sees the Tigers finish top of the Limited-Over Cup ladder undefeated, where they will now face St George in the Qualifying Final at Drummoyne Oval on 17 February.
Second Grade played at Ryde Oval in what turned out to be an eventful tie against Manly! Batting first the Tigers posted 265, with Liam Gibson (49), Ryan Corns (43), Daniel Jacob (42), Suffan Hassan (41) and Matt Kent (41) all getting starts with the bat. In reply, Manly were cruising towards victory before Liam Gibson (4/35), Ash Squire (2/38) and Liam Scott (2/51) all claimed crucial scalps. Manly required 2 runs to win off 2 balls, when they ran one short, leaving 1 run to get off the final delivery! A run out off the last ball saw the game end in a tie! A tense finish to a game which saw both teams have the game in their hands before sharing the 6 points.
At Graham Reserve, Third Grade couldn't continue their winning streak, going down against Manly. Bowling first, the Tigers had Manly in strife at 5/38 thanks to Stephen King claiming all 5 early wickets. A fight back from Manly saw them dismissed for 178 in the final over, with King finishing 6/41 in an exceptional bowling performance. In response the Tigers innings never got going, being dismissed for just 98 in a disappointing day of cricket for the Tigers.
At Goddard Park, Fourth Grade claimed their first win of the season! Batting first the Tigers posted 176, with Lawrence Prittipaul showing his experience in top scoring with 64. Young wicketkeeper Lachie Ball (49) fell just short of a half-century in helping the Tigers to the defendable total. The Tigers managed to restrict Manly to 8/173 at the end of the 50 overs, with young quick Kshitij Cyril (3/16) and leg spinner Michael Ho (3/21) showing nerves of steel to steer the Tigers home!
At Mike Pawley, Fifth Grade absolutely dominated the opposition in a bonus point victory! The Tigers dismissed Manly for 200, with Ethan Richards (3/24) continuing his good form, whilst spinners Samad Shaikh (3/35), Anay Baruah (2/29) and Rashad Rizme (2/46) all contributed well with the ball. In reply, the Tigers dominated from ball one, with openers Shaikh (95no off 75 balls) and Dhanuka Dissanayake (93no off 84 balls) gaining 'alpha' status in getting their side home no wickets down inside 27 overs! The partnership was one to saviour for those who witnessed it, with attacking strokes all over the ground on display from the pair!
After a good round of cricket against Manly, the Tigers remain 7th on the Club Championship ladder heading into an intriguing round against Hawkesbury this weekend.