26 November 2018
Second Grade lead the way against Sutherland
In a disappointing round for the Men's teams, which saw only one win across grades 1-5, Second Grade came within a whisker of claiming an outright victory against Sutherland. At Glenn McGrath oval, First Grade were set a total of 322 for victory. After reaching 3/251, Sutherland were bowled out for 321, with firey fast bowler Ryan Felsch continuing his impressive all round start to the season claiming 5/76. In what was a solid fight back with the ball, Ryan was well supported by Nic Bills and Harry Manenti who each claimed 2 wickets apiece. In reply, the Tigers were unable to get their run chase going, losing wickets at regular intervals. Opening batsman Matt Rodgers provided some resolve, top scoring with 59, with gritting number 11 Nic Bills finishing on 48no. The Tigers were eventually dismissed for 226 in a disappointing loss for the Rampants.
At Drummoyne Oval, Second Grade provided the highlight of the round, coming within an inch of claiming an outright win against the Sharks. A Rampant bowling unit ripped through the Sharks batting line up, dismissing Sutherland for just 58 inside 30 overs! Firey young quick Hugh Sherriff continues to improve each week, claiming 4/21 in a great display of fast bowling. Wise leg-spinning mastermind Ash Squire continues to run through batsmen, this round claiming 3/3 off just 3 overs! The Tigers claimed first innings point early on day one thanks to a century from Liam Gibson. The solid right hander was dismissed for 113, with Suffan Hassan (53) and Ash Squire (43) providing good support along the way, with the Rampants declaring 5/237. Day two saw the Sharks provide some fighting resolve, eventually being dismissed for 279 with Alex Bloomfield and Hugh Sherriff each claiming 3 wickets. The Tigers then required 101 runs off 7 overs to claim 10 points, however it wasn't to be, with the Rampants finishing 4/67.
Third Grade went down in a disappointing loss at Sutherland Oval, with the Tigers being dismissed for 138 in the first innings. Ollie Meroni (70) and Stephen King (26) helped the Tigers recover from 5/23 to reach a defendable total. In the end, some inconsistent bowling saw the Tigers go down, with skipper Craig Di Blasio producing some fight with 4/39 in the disappointing loss.
At Birchgrove Oval, Fourth Grade also lost in a tight contest. After bowling first, the Tigers dismissed Sutherland for 205, with off spinner Avery Weilandt dominating with the ball to claim 6/52! In reply, the Tigers got off to a strong start reaching 2/93 thanks to Liam Robson's stylish innings of 36. Unfortunately, a middle order collapse saw the Tigers dismissed for 177.
A tough two days for Fifth Grade at Tonkin Park saw Sutherland amass 7/302 in the first innings, with youngster quick Joe Lister being the pick of the bowlers with 2/69. In reply, the Tigers got off to a great start reaching 2/154, with opening batsman Dan Hall (90) falling agonising short of his first century for the club. Dan was well supported by skipper and wicketkeeper Samad Shaikh (45), however a far-too-familiar batting collapse saw the Tigers dismissed for 182, well short of the target.
After a disappointing round of cricket, the Tigers now sit 15th on the Club Championship ladder. This weekend provides a great opportunity to build momentum heading into the Christmas break, with a tough clash against UTS North Sydney around the corner.