06 January 2019
Mosca and Bills heroics get Tigers over the line
First and Second Grade have claimed thrilling victories against Gordon in the final round before the Christmas break, whilst Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade were unfortunately washed out.
At Chatswood Oval, First Grade restricted Gordon to 9/324 in a great fight back. Gordon were 3/227 before off-spinner and recent Sydney Sixers debutant Ben Manenti spun a web claiming 4/72 off 30 overs. Fast bowler Nic Bills also chipped in with 3 handy wickets to finish with figures of 3/95. In reply, the Tigers got off to a flying start with opening batsman Matt Rodgers (61) continuing his ever-reliable form with bat to post his fifth consecutive score of 50 plus. However it was AJ Mosca who piled on the runs at the top of the order, reaching a dominant 104 off 122 balls to put the Tigers in a strong position. Losing a few wickets through the middle order put Gordon in the box seat to claim victory, before Nic Bills (batting at number 10) and inspirational skipper Daniel Smith (batting at number 11 with a broken finger) came together to do the near-impossible. The skipper survived 6 balls and guided a ball through the slips for a boundary, though the bulk of the runs came from Nic Bills who dominated the bowlers to smash 46no off just 17 balls to get the team over the line. A truly inspirational knock from both the skipper and Billsy saw one of the greatest victories in recent years go the Tigers way!
Second Grade also pulled off a gutsy victory at Drummoyne Oval against Gordon. The Tigers posted 9/302 in the first innings thanks the a 182 opening stand, with Liam Gibson (122) hitting his second ton for the season, whilst Justin Mosca (72) provided good support from the other end. Some late hitting to Ben Mitchell (32 off 30 balls) and Nick Govers (35 off 13 balls) saw the Tigers pass the 300 mark. A rampant bowling attack tore through Gordon in reply to leave them 4/63, before a middle order fight back saw the Tigers have a tough contest on their hands to claim victory. Gordon reached 5/261 before Hugh Sherriff (3/31) helped the Tigers get home and dismiss the opposition for 285 in a brave win.
At Killara Oval, Third Grade played the majority of day one and had Gordon 4/148 before the weather struck and play was abandoned, with rain also claiming day two.
Fourth and Fifth Grade were unfortunately unable to get a single ball in on both days at Goddard Park and Castle Cove Oval due to the weather.
After wins to First and Second Grade, the Tigers now sit 10th on the Club Championship