09 December 2018

Second and Third Grade claim victory against Bears

A mixed round of results for the Tigers sees Second and Third Grade claim wins against UTS North Sydney, whilst Fourth Grade come within one wicket of their first victory of the season.

At Drummoyne Oval, First Grade went down in a high scoring affair, with the Tigers posting 4/380 on day one. Opening batsman Matt Rodgers continued his strong form top scoring with 126 in a stylish innings for the Tigers. Matt was well supported by AJ Mosca (67), Zak Crawley (76no) and Steve Eskinazi (89), as all three batsman continued to pile on the runs through the middle order. After declaring at the start of day two, Nic Bills broke through with a wicket in the first over, whilst Nathan Sowter claimed two important scalps before lunch to have the Bears 3 wickets down. Unfortunately the Tigers were unable to claim another breakthrough, with two opposition batsmen scoring unbeaten centuries in chasing the target.

Second Grade continued their strong form heading into Christmas with a dominant victory at Bon Andrews Park. Day one saw the Tigers bat first and put up a strong total of 8/340 before declaring at the start of day two. Top order batsman Suffan Hassan fell 5 runs short of a century in top scoring with 95 for the Tigers. Skipper Daniel Jacob supported Suffan well through the middle order with 71, whilst Marlon Rodrigo hit a run a ball 46 on his debut in Second Grade. The Tigers bowled the Bears out late on day two to claim 6 points, with quicks Cameron Holmes and Nick Govers each taking 3 wickets in the 96 run victory.

At Birchgrove Oval, Third Grade dominated with the ball on day one with skipper Craig Di Blasio taking 4/20 off 18.1 overs in an incredible spell of finger spin bowling. The Bears were dismissed for 129, with the Tigers finishing day one 0/45. Day two saw Craig continue his outstanding all-round run of form scoring 64no, with Ollie Meroni also scoring his third consecutive half-century (54). The Tigers reached 3/183 before declaring to try and claim an outright victory, however the game was ceased with the Bears 3/117, with Third Grade claiming a much needed win heading into the final round before Christmas.

Fourth Grade were extremely unlucky not to claim victory at Tunks Park falling one wicket short of their first win of the season. The Tigers posted a strong target of 245 in the first innings, with young wicketkeeper Lachie Ball top scoring with 60. All rounder Michael Ho also chipped in with a gritty 54 through the middle order. In reply, the Bears got to stumps 9 wickets down to ensure a draw between the two sides. The Tigers were unfortunately unable to claim the 10 wickets required for victory despite the efforts of young quick Jack O'Brien (3/8 off 15 overs, 10 maidens) and off-spinner Lawrence Prittipaul (3/42).

Fifth Grade were unfortunately defeated outright at Ryde Oval. The Tigers were dismissed for 55 in the first innings, before the Bears declared 7/94 in their first innings. The Tigers were then bowled out for 89, as UTS North Sydney chased the required target 4 wickets down to claim an outright victory.

A mixed round of results now sees the Tigers sit 15th on the Club Championship ladder. The final round before the Christmas break sees the Tigers take on Gordon in a much anticipated round of cricket.

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