05 February 2019
Second and Third Grade dominate against Hawkesbury
In a rain affected round of cricket Second and Third Grade claimed dominant victories against Hawkesbury, whilst Fourth and Fifth Grade were unable to play due to wet conditions.
At Drummoyne Oval, First Grade were sent in on a tough wicket, where they were disappointingly dismissed for 90. Opening batsman Matt Rodgers played a lone hand top scoring with 50. In reply, the Tigers had Hawkesbury 5/54 and were in with a sniff, before a partnership evolved and allowed the opposition to reach 145 in being dismissed. Skipper Nic Bills led from the front claiming 5/55 and passed 350 First Grade wickets in the process. Still in with a chance for a reverse outright victory, the Tigers posted 7/275, with Rodgers again top scoring with a brilliant century (102), with Stephen Eskinazi also chipping in with a valuable 61. Unfortunately the Tigers couldn't claim victory as Hawkesbury finished 3/93.
Second Grade claimed a valuable bonus point victory at Owen Earle Oval on a stop-start rain-affected day. Winning the toss and bowling first, the Tigers restricted Hawkesbury to 103 in a disciplined bowling effort. Brothers Alex Bloomfield (2/29) and Tom Mullen (3/24) claimed wickets at the top of the order and through the middle, with Liam Gibson (3/11) tidying up the tail. In reply, the Tigers chased the target 4 wickets down to claim a bonus point with Justin Mosca (36no) and Nick Govers (32) the key men in the chase.
Third Grade had an interesting day at Birchgrove Oval after being met by a wet pitch on Saturday morning. Some hard work on the blower vac and blow torch saw the Tigers assist the groundsman in preparing a playable wicket in a game reduced to 25 overs a side. Bowling first the Tigers restricted Hawkesbury to 7/82, with skipper Craig Di Blasio again leading from the front with his left arm straight breaks in claiming 2/8 off 5 overs. The Tigers then chased the total 5 wickets down, with Justin Felsch hitting a run-a-ball 30. An extremely valuable 6 points keeps the side in the hunt for finals!
Unfortunately Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade were washed out at Bensons Lane and Ryde Oval without a ball being bowled due to the wet conditions.
After two victories this round, we now sit 6th on the Club Championship ladder, with a clash against UNSW awaiting this coming weekend.