30 March 2019

Rampant season comes to a close with dramatic semi

Last weekend saw both Men's First and Second Grade go down in their respective Semi-Finals in dramatic circumstances, whilst our Women's U15s side lost their final game of the season.

At University Oval, First Grade were asked to field first by a Sydney University side that finished top of the table at the end of the regular season. In a replay of the Limited-Overs Cup Final, the game moved at a very different pace to the fixture which saw the Tigers crowned 50-over champions just a few weeks ago. Sydney University attempted to bat long, with no intention of moving the scoreboard forward, which meant regular wickets would see the Tigers always in the hunt. A Rampant bowling unit did just that, with Ryan Felsch (3/51) claiming three of the first four scalps. Some resolute middle-to-lower order partnerships saw Uni dismissed for 267 mid-way through day two, with Nic Bills and Alex Glendenning claiming 2 wickets apiece in the 123 over innings. The Tigers innings got off to a strong start, with Ryan Felsch (35) and AJ Mosca (63) placing the Rampants in a good position at 2/105. A few quick wickets meant a middle order recovery was on the cards, with Beau McClintock (52) and Ben Manenti (54) giving the Tigers every hope of claiming victory, before Manenti was unfortunately run out with just a few overs to go. With one wicket in hand and needing 20 off 9 balls, hope was not lost, however play was called off due to bad light, meaning the game finished in an unfortunate draw. A dramatic finish to an outstanding season for First Grade, falling just short of a Grand Final berth in 2018/19.

At Old Kings Oval, Second Grade were also asked to field first against Parramatta, who got off to a strong start at 3/143, with Alex Bloomfield (2/20) claiming two early wickets in consecutive deliveries. Enter spin kings Ben Mitchell and Ash Squire. In an almost identical situation to the two sides clash only weeks before, Mitchell (4/61) and Squire (3/57) spun a web to have Parramatta dismissed for 215 inside 67 overs. The Tigers run chase got off to a cracking start with Justin Mosca (57) leading the Tigers to 1/103. Day two saw a collapse unfold as a result of some rash shots from the Tigers batsman. The Tigers lost 9/98 to unfortunately be dismissed for 201, 15 runs short of a first innings lead. With time still left in the day, the Rampants had another crack with the ball, but a resolute Parramatta top order ensured the game was called at 1/82, sending them through to the big dance. An unfortunate batting collapse saw the Tigers season end in a disappointing fashion, however 2018/19 as a whole was a positive one.

At Birchgrove Oval, the U15s took on Northern District Blue in their final game of the season. The Tigers were dismissed for a lowly 64 in the contest, with NDs chasing the target just 3 wickets down. Urooj Alam was a shining light in a losing side claiming 2/18 with the ball. Despite a disappointing loss to end 2018/19, the season for the young Tigers was a positive one, with plenty of exciting young talent on display in the Black and Gold in the newly formed competition.

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