Redlands Tigers’ lower grade sides started the season in fine style this weekend.
First Grade were also in the winners circle for the first time this season, defeating a Toombul side that included Australian test player Matt Renshaw in a one-day game at home.
Redlands chased down Toombul’s total of 218 thanks to a quick-fire half-century from Marnus Labuschagne and a neatly constructed 30 not out from Nick Hurford, who steered the Tigers to victory.
James Bazley and off-spinner Cameron Brimblecombe starred for Redlands with the ball, taking two wickets each.
First Grade also took on the Gold Coast in a one-day game on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the Tigers didn’t perform to expectations, as they went down to Gold Coast who piled on 361 runs batting first.
Josh Henderson took four wickets to keep the Tigers in the contest, but they could only manage 227 in reply.
Sam Heazlett continued his fine form with 83 from 63 deliveries, while Stuey Edgar offered some late order support with 29.
Second Grade battled hard on Peter Burge Oval last Saturday, going down to Gold Coast by 35 runs.
The Tigers restricted the opposition to 240, but were unable to chase down the required runs.
Liam Smith top scored with 38 for the Tigers, while Bailey Lavender, Sam Howse and Bailey Stewart all steadied the ship with 27 each.
Third Grade chased down North’s total of 188 in their game on Fred Kratzman Oval last Saturday.
Jason Hill took 2 wickets for Redlands, before Craig Holdsworth (37) and Adam Pearson (30) got the Tigers’ batting innings off to a flyer.
A 69 run opening stand laid the foundations for a Tigers victory punctuated by an unbeaten half-century from Sam Ward, who saw the Tigers through to a last-over victory.
Fourth Grade also defeated Northern Suburbs in a one-day clash away from home.
The Tigers posted 165 runs batting first thanks to James Carr’s innings of 41 and a captain’s knock of 35 from Anthony Lewis.
James Carr was also the chief wicket taker for Redlands and played a crucial role in dismissing the opposition for just 131.
Fifth Grade One played their first game of the season against Toombul at home on Ron Field Oval last Sunday.
The Tigers won the toss and sent Toombul into bat first and quickly found themselves on top when they had the visitors 7 down for 84.
Toombul fought back though and posted a competitive 163 despite a fine spell from Pearce Anderson, who took three wickets.
An opening stand between Taylor Cue and Jack Fraser, who both scored half centuries, set a platform for the Tigers to launch at the back-end of the innings and allowed Redlands to surpass the opposition’s’ total in the last over.
Fifth Grade Two kicked off their season against The University of Queensland, going down in a competitive game away from home.
The Tigers scored 132 batting first thanks to a rear-guard action from Zac Dale, who scored an unbeaten 29, and Wes Aspeling, who raced to 27 from 26 balls.
Redlands were unable to defend their total despite a fine effort from bowlers Klinton Goodridge, who claimed two wickets, and Wes Aspeling, who backed up his work with the bat by taking a wicket and going for just 18 runs in 8 overs.
The University of Queensland chased down the Tigers’ runs in the 35th over.
Six Grade One continued the lower grades’ fine start to the season, routing Toombul away from home.
Jay Kildey claimed four wickets for the Tigers and ensured the opposition could only reach a sub-par 115, before a master class in boundary hitting from Paul Bonney and Chris O’Shea enabled the Tigers to chase down the runs inside 9 overs.
Paul Bonny scored an incredible 76 from 26 deliveries in an innings that included 12 fours and 3 sixes. Chris O’Shea, not to be outdone, scored 41 from 25, including 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Six Grade Two scored 162 batting first against Wynnum-Manly on Ron Field Oval.
Will Read top scored with 37 for the Tigers, while Greg Morton chipped in with 30 and Henry Long 26.
The Tigers then dismissed Wynnum for 140 thanks to a spell of 4 for 27 from Prashanthon Nagaraja and 3/32 from Ed Little.
The Lord’s Taverners side where unable to chase down Toombul’s total of 244 in their one-day clash on Sunday. The Tigers could only manage 180 in reply.
The Shane Watson Cup side went down to Western Suburbs in the second game of the round-robin series at Ipswich.
The Tigers failed to back up their efforts in the field from the week before, as Wests surpassed 300 in 50 overs.
Redlands fought valiantly in defeat, but fell short by a considerable margin.
Openers Ben Thompson and Luke Davies starred with the bat for the Tigers, scoring 64 and 36 respectively.
The Ray Weier side continued their winning ways on Sunday in their first home game of the season against Sunshine Coast.
The Tigers hit their straps with the ball once again to bowl the opposition out for 134.
Tom Martin took three wickets with the new ball for Redlands, while Nick Parrott claimed two.
Matt Jagga and Keegan McClean played an influential role once again in the Tigers run-chase, scoring 60 and 56 runs respectively.
Saturday: Redlands 227 (S. Heazlett 83, S. Edgar 29) def. by Gold Coast 7/361 (J. Henderson 4/ 66).
Sunday: Redlands 6/221 (M. Labuschagne 60, S. Edgar 33) def. Toombul 9/218 (J. Bazley 2/34, C. Brimblecombe 2/22).
Second Grade: Redlands 205 (L. Smith 38) def. by Gold Coast 5/240
Third Grade: Redlands 6/191 (S. Ward 54, C. Holdsworth 37) def. Northern Suburbs 6/188 (J. Hill 2/39)
Fourth Grade: Redlands 165 (J. Carr 41, A. Lewis 41) def. Northern Suburbs 131 (J. Carr 3/29)
Fifth Grade One: Redlands 4/164 (T. Cue 51, J. Fraser 50) def. Toombul 163 (P. Anderson 3/39)
Fifth Grade Two: Redlands 132 (Z. Dale 29*, W. Aspeling 27) def. by UoQ 4/136 (K. Goodridge 2/26)
Sixth Grade One: Redlands 1/119 (P. Bonney 76*, C. O’Shea 41) def. Toombul 115 (J. Kildey 4/25)
Sixth Grade Two: Redlands 8/162 (W. Read 37, G. Morton 30, H. Long 26) def. Wynnum Manly 140 (P. Nagaraja 4/27, E. Little 3/32)
Lord’s Taverners: Redlands 9/180 def. by Toombul 6/244
Shane Watson Cup Round Robin: Redlands 4/181 (B. Thompson 64, L. Davies 36) def. by Western Suburbs 6/311 (T. Biggs 3/43)
Ray Weier Cup: Redlands 139 (M. Jagga 60*, K. McClean 56) def. Sunshine Coast 134 (T. Martin 3/15, N. Parrott 2/17)