14 January 2019

Mosca, Scott tons round out a Rampant weekend

Victories to First and Second Grade, as well as bonus point wins for Third Grade and PGs saw the Tigers come out of the Christmas break firing.

At Drummoyne Oval, First Grade restricted Penrith to 6/304 at the conclusion of their 50 overs thanks to a strong, all round effort by all the bowlers. In reply, Ryan Felsch got the Tigers off to a flying start belting 40 off 20 balls before being dismissed. This brought AJ Mosca (119) to the crease who scored his second consecutive hundred, to follow up his match winning knock against Gordon prior to Christmas. AJ and Steve Eskinazi (50) put together a handy middle order partnership, before both were dismissed. Some power hitting from Nick Govers (31no off 11 balls) and Nathan Sowter (23 off 11 balls) saw the Tigers home in an outstanding run chase, leaving First Grade 1st on the Limited-Overs Cup ladder.

Second Grade were asked to bowl first at a hot Howell Oval, with Alex Bloomfield (3/45) doing the damage early with 3 quick wickets. Liam Gibson (2/32) restricted the run rate through the middle overs, before Cameron Holmes (3/26) took 3 late wickets to dismiss Penrith for 196. Liam Gibson (50) and Justin Mosca (29) got the Tigers off to a great start in reply, with Liam Scott (71no) and skipper Daniel Jacob (33) getting Second Grade over the line for a well earned victory.

At Birchgrove Oval, Third Grade claimed a much-needed bonus point victory to stay in touch with a finals spot. Bowling first, the Tigers dismissed Penrith for 78 thanks to a Mark Frei hat trick! The experienced off-spinner led from the from the front with plenty of passion, with Alex Rashleigh and Lachlan Beattie each picking up 2 wickets at the top of the order. The Tigers made the run chase hard, losing wickets in clumps, however a composed 35no from youngster Lachie Shaw saw Third Grade home 8 wickets down for a much-needed victory.

Fourth Grade were unable to claim their first win of the season at Bill Ball Oval after posting 143 on the board in the first innings, with Skipper Nathan Breen leading from the front top scoring with 36. Penrith chased the target 4 wickets down, with leg-spinner Michael Ho returning figures of 2/23.

At Ryde Oval, Fifth Grade were unable to chase Penrith's 181 for victory. Bowling first, the Tigers restricted Penrith to 8/181 at the conclusion of their 50 overs, as quicks Damian Rapisarda (4/31) and Ethan Richards (2/23) did most of the damage with the ball. In reply, the Tigers' batting innings never got going, with youngster Josh Yeoh (47) top scoring as Fifth Grade were dismissed for 113.

On Sunday at Drummoyne Oval, PGs claimed a dominant bonus point victory against Sydney University. After winning the toss and batting first, the Tigers posted 9/223 from their 50 overs. Opening batsman Liam Scott backed up his 71no from the day before with a classy 108! A 95 run partnership between Scott and skipper Tom Mullen (31) set up the innings, with lower order cameos enough to help the young side reach the strong total. The Tigers were on with the ball from the outset, with opening bowlers Hugh Sherriff (1/7 off 6 overs) and Seb Buchanan (2/23) claiming wickets early. Never taking the foot off the throat, the Tigers dismissed Sydney University for 103 thanks to Mullen (3/21), Scott (2/6 off 6 overs) and Kain Anderson (2/25). Unfortunately the bonus point victory was not enough for the Tigers to make the finals, with the young side finishing 10th.

After a good weekend of cricket of cricket, the Tigers now sit 7th on the Club Championship ladder.

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