07 March 2019

Tigers dominate Parramatta, winning top 4 grades

In the second last round of the Men's competition, the Tigers went within one victory of a clean sweep of Parramatta, with First and Second Grade cementing their spot in finals, as well as claiming valuable Club Championship points.

At Drummoyne Oval, First Grade ensured victory in a low scoring match. Only 4 overs were bowled on day one due to wet weather. The Tigers won the toss and opted to bowl first, and in what proved to be a good decision, dismissed Parramatta for just 124. The ever-reliable Nic Bills continued his outstanding form to claim 5/48, with Ryan Felsch (3/23) and Hugh Sherriff (2/19) picking up the other 5 wickets in an innings dominated by the fast bowlers. In reply, the Tigers lost wickets at regular intervals in the tricky chase, however it was wicketkeeper Beau McClintock who again proved his 'iceman' name tag in getting the boys over the line with a valuable 41no. The win cements First Grade's spot in the finals, with this weeks final round against Campbelltown-Camden to determine whether the Tigers will play a home Qualifying Final.

At Old Kings Oval, Second Grade toppled a Parramatta team that sits above them on the competition ladder. After being asked to bowl first, the Tigers never lost any momentum in the game after Cameron Holmes claimed a wicket with the very first ball. After the quicks held it tight, it was spin twins Ben Mitchell (5/53) and Ash Squire (4/63) who ensured wickets were taken at regular intervals, which saw Parramatta dismissed for 213. Mitchell's 5/53 was his maiden 5-wicket haul for the Tigers. In reply, opening batsman Justin Mosca (113) took charge and led the Tigers home comfortably with a chanceless century, which also sees Second Grade's final spot cemented. Similar to First Grade, the final fixture against Campbelltown-Camden this weekend will determine if Second Grade host a Qualifying Final.

At Birchgrove Oval, Third Grade were unable to get any play in on day one due to the wet weather. An extended day two saw the Tigers win the the toss and bowl, with Parramatta's sporting declaration at 9/146, leaving the Tigers with plenty of time to chase the total. Skipper Craig Di Blasio claimed 5/32 with his left arm finger spinner after opening bowler Lachlan Beattie (2/11) claimed 2 early scalps. Justin Felsch (24) and Di Blasio (21) set a good platform before the Tigers lost a few quick wickets. Alex Glendenning (40no) showed his experience in steering the side home with Beattie (26no) at the other end in a well earned victory for the Tigers.

Fourth Grade continued their post-Christmas form in defeating Parramatta at Merrylands Park. Batting first, the Tigers set the opposition 186 to win, with young wicketkeeper Lachie Ball top scoring with 60. Allrounder Michael Ho (47) and Liam Robson (28) provided Ball with valuable support from the other end throughout the innings as the Tigers set the strong total. The young left opening pair of Jack O'Brien (4/41) and Ellis Sherriff (2/43) ensured the Tigers got on top early, leaving Parramatta in all sorts at 3/9. A few Parramatta partnerships brought the game back in the balance before O'Brien cleaned up the tail the ensure victory for his side.

At Ryde Oval, Fifth Grade won the toss, and it what looked to be a fruitful decision, bowled first, leaving Parramatta 5/39 and in a spot of bother. Unfortunately some missed opportunities saw Parramatta scrape through to be all out for 168, with the wickets all shared amongst the bowlers. In reply, the Tigers lost wickets early and never recovered as the opposition claimed momentum early dismissing Fifth Grade for 59.

After a strong round which almost saw the Tigers claim their first clean sweep of the season, the Rampants now sit 5th in the Club Championship. The final round of the season this weekend sees the Tigers face off against Campbelltown-Camden, with valuable Club Championship points up for grabs as the regular season comes to a close.

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