05 November 2018

Young batsmen go big against Northern District

After a disappointing Round 3 against Sydney University, the Tigers bounced back in their Round 4 clash with Northern District. Victories for First, Second and Fifth Grade highlighted dominate performances across the board. At Mark Taylor Oval, First Grade completed a dominant victory after chasing down ND's 256. Day one saw the Tigers put together a classy display of bowling to restrict NDs. The Manenti brothers were the chief destroyers, with young 18 year old quick Harry claiming 3/46, and off-spinner Ben claiming 3/68 (featuring 11 maidens in 32 overs of bowling). This was just a glimpse into what the dominance the two brothers will have install for Sydney Premier Cricket over the coming years. In reply, opening batsmen Matt Rodgers (59) and Liam Scott (99) put on 132 to get the Tigers off to a cracking start. Unfortunately, Liam's innings was cut just 1 run short of a century on his First Grade debut. An excellent debut for Liam was capped off with a win, with Steve Eskinazi (25no) and skipper Ben Manenti (16no) getting the boys home 4 wickets down.

In Second Grade, the Tigers restricted NDs to 129 at Drummoyne Oval on day one thanks to quicks Cameron Holmes (4/33) and Hugh Sherriff (3/32). Cameron and Hugh were well supported by ever-reliable leg-spinner Ash Squire (2/20) throughout the bowling innings. In reply, the Tigers finished day one 5/110 and finished the run chase off on the second day to be all out for 160. Contributions from Tom Mullen (30), Liam Gibson (29) and youngster Hugh Sherriff (28) allowed the Tigers to claim first innings points. NDs proceeded to get 5/200 before the game was called, with Ash Squire and left-arm ortho Ryan Corns claiming 2 wickets each.

At Asquith Oval, the Tigers unfortunately couldn't claim the 6 points, with NDs holding on for a draw late on day two. The first day saw the Tigers reach a strong score of 7/304, with skipper Craig Di Blasio (115) scoring his first century for the club in a dominant performance. Craig was well supported by Marlon Rodrigo (73) and opening batsman Ollie Meroni (34). Day two saw the Tigers pick up wickets at regular intervals to have NDs 6/84, before some lower order partnerships held strong to deny the Tigers a win. Left-arm paceman Alex Rashleigh led from the front picking up 3/56, with young firebrand Jack Nisbet also enjoying some good fortunes with the ball claiming 3/32 from a tidy 16 overs.

Fourth Grade unfortunately went down at Birchgrove Oval after limiting NDs to 8/239 on day one. Young left-arm quick Ellis Sherriff was the most impressive of the bowlers for the Tigers claiming 2/40. Day two saw the Tigers get off to a strong start with opening batsman Kshitij Cyril and first drop batsman Liam Robson each making 40 to have the Tigers 2/120. The Tigers couldn't capitalise on this good start to be all out for 146.

One of the great run chases was witnessed at Storey Park, with the Tigers hunting down 322 only 2 wickets down! Day one saw NDs reach 5/322, with Jack Mynett leading the Tigers attack claiming 2/51. Day two saw an outstanding display of batting unfold. Opening batsman Sandeep Joshi (117) and young wicketkeeper Lachie Ball (148no) amassed a 238 run partnership, which saw the tigers finish 2/324! Skipper Samad Shaikh (40no) aided Lachie in getting the Tigers over the line in an outstanding run chase and much deserved win for the young Tigers side.

After a well improved round of cricket, the Tigers now sit 10th on the Club Championship ladder. A tough one-day fixture now awaits the Tigers this weekend against Mosman Cricket Club.

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