22 October 2018

Sydney University too strong for the Tigers

Round 3 of the Men's competition saw a one-day clash between the Tigers and Sydney University across all five grades following the wet weather the weekend before. Unfortunately it was a tough round of cricket for the Rampants, with four sides going down, along with a weather-inflicted draw in third grade.

At Drummoyne Oval, First Grade reduced Uni to 8/235 at the conclusion of their 50 overs thanks to pace spearhead Nic Bills' 3 wickets, with the remainder of the wickets shared amongst the bowlers. Left-arm finger spinner Ben Mitchell bowled an economical 10 overs, claiming 1/35 in a classy display of white-ball bowling. In reply, the Tigers couldn't get their innings going, falling to 7/49, before hard-hitting all rounder Alex Glendenning showed some lower order fight hitting 53no off 69 balls. Alex was well supported by a gritty 30 by Nic Bills in a final wicket stand of 51, leaving the Tigers with 149 in falling short of Uni's 235.

A similar tale unfolded at Sydney University with Second Grade unable to chase down 258. The Tigers started the match well having Uni 4/59 and 6/136 during the first innings. Crafty leg spinner Ash Squire showed his experience in claiming 2 valuable wickets throughout the innings, but the Tigers were unable to stop a late surge from Uni, as they finish 6/258 at the conclusion of their 50 overs. The Tigers innings never really got going despite the runs flowing at a constant rate throughout. The loss of regular wickets left the Tigers all out for 171 in just 32 overs despite the efforts of captain Daniel Jacob (45 off 32 balls).

Third Grade were unfortunately impacted by the weather, resulting in a drawn match at Birchgrove Oval. The Tigers batted first in last season's Grand Final rematch, scoring 154 thanks to handy top order contributions from Josh Bass (24) and Marlon Rodrigo (41). In reply Uni reached 3/81 before the wet weather set in, with young pace bowler Lachy Beattie claiming 2 top order wickets.

At Kensington Oval, Fourth Grade reduced Uni to 9/203 at the conclusion of their 50 overs. Left-arm spearhead Alex Rashleigh led the young Tiger's attack claiming 3/34. Alex was well supported by young fellow left-armer Ellis Sherriff (2/28), with the other bowlers all chipping in with wickets. In reply wicketkeeper Pat Mynett top scored with 34 runs and was aided by Abhayjit Randhawa (26), however the Tigers ultimately fell short of Uni's total of 203.

At Ryde Oval, Fifth Grade were sent in on a difficult wicket and bowled out for 51. Uni chased the total inside 15 overs, with opening bowler Declan Armstrong taking the lone wicket for the Tigers.

On Sunday, PGs (u21s) unfortunately went down in their double header T20 fixtures. In the first clash of the day, the Tiger's reached 5/109 at the conclusion of their 20 overs against Blacktown, with the highlight being a hard hitting 43no (41 balls) from young all rounder Harry Manenti. In reply, Blacktown reached the target 2 down, with the Tigers unable to claim the early breakthroughs needed to defend the total. A similar story unfolded in the second fixture of the day, with the Tigers posting 7/101. Harry (27 runs) again led with the bat, whilst being supported by lower order contributions from Hugh Sherriff and Justin Felsch. In a tight contest, the Tigers brought the game into the second last over largely due an excellent 4 over spell from young 15 year old quick Jack Nisbet (1/12).

Now sitting 12th in the Club Championship, the Tigers will be looking to bounce back next round against Northern Districts.

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