25 September 2018
Rampant Tigers impress against Wests in Round 1
After a tough preseason, the Tigers have impressed in the first Men's Premier Cricket round of the 2018/19 season. A one day fixture allowed the Rampants to accumulate three wins out of five to begin the new campaign.
Round 1 was highlighted by a bonus point victory for a dominant First Grade side, lead by Ryan Felsch who scored a quick fire 85 at the top of the order. Throughout the innings, Ryan was well supported by AJ Mosca (57), allowing the Tigers to reach 8/259 at the conclusion of the 50 overs. Wests were bundled out for 132 in reply, largely due to left-arm opening bowler Alex Glendenning's 4/33, handing the Tigers a strong win to start the season.
Second Grade also claimed a strong victory, narrowly missing out on the the bonus point. Young pace bowler Hugh Sherriff lead the way claiming 4/18, with Nick Govers and Ryan Corns supporting Hugh well picking up two wickets each. After restricting Wests to 135, the Tigers chased the total 5 wickets down thanks to left-handers Justin Mosca (41) and Tristen McDonald (40).
In Third Grade, the Tigers managed to scrape their way to 135 on a tough Blick Oval pitch thanks to Lawrence Prittipaul's unbeaten 53. Lawrence showed he was a class above with wickets falling all around him in an innings mixed with style and aggression. Wests made a very strong start reaching 2/92, before captain Craig Di Blasio led a Rampant fight back, claiming 5/22 with his raging left-arm off-spin. Craig's efforts were well supported by young spinner Ollie Little (3/9), resulting in Wests losing 8/14 and handy the Tigers a 29 victory.
Fourth Grade were unlucky in a tight contest, going down by 14 runs at Ryde Oval. Abhayjit Randhawa led the bowling attack with 3/41, leaving the Tigers needing to chase 191 for victory. Starts from Lachlan Shaw (44), Justin Felsch (34) and Ali Hasan Hussain (34) were not enough as the Tigers were bowled out for 176.
Fifth Grade also went down in a tight tussle, as their 169 was chased down in the second last over. The Tigers got off to a great start with Kshitij Cyril (45) Rohith Pulla (32) launching the Rampants to 1/96, allowing the middle order to accumulate some starts and reach 169 at the end of their innings. Three wickets to opening bowler Declan Armstrong and an economical spell from young leg-spinner Seb Hodge kept the Tigers in the hunt, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be for the young side.
Overall a strong first outing for the Sydney Cricket Club, with plenty of positives to take into Round 2 against Bankstown.