Tigers show their mettle

SECOND CENTURY: Leigh Drennan bats for the Redland Tigers in the one day match. Drennan brought up his second ton for the season. Photo: Doug O'Neil
SECOND CENTURY: Leigh Drennan bats for the Redland Tigers in the one day match. Drennan brought up his second ton for the season. Photo: Doug O'Neil

The Tigers put a trying round against Valley behind them with several important one and two day victories across the weekend.

First grade played out a draw against Sandgate-Redcliffe on Peter Burge Oval despite a number of impressive personal performances from the Redlands batsmen.

After losing the toss and being sent into bat first, the Tigers piled on 383 in 96 overs with skipper Leigh Drennan bringing up his second ton of the season.

Sam Howse also celebrated a hundred as he combined with Drennan for a third wicket stand worth 198.

When Howse departed for 110, James Bazley (49) came to the crease to push the Tigers total past 300.

Drennan continued to dominate throughout the evening session, passing 150 with ease before declaring overnight with the score on 5/383.

The Tigers started their bowling innings on the morning of day two with plenty of intent, claiming the first six Sandgate wickets for just 89 runs.

But the bowlers were unable to find the final three wickets required for victory thereafter as the visitors hung on for a draw.

Second grade also drew with Sandgate-Redcliffe in a game that saw over 850 runs scored across two days.

Redlands posted 7/446 declared batting first before Sandgate made the most of the good conditions to post 7/409 in response.

Michael McEwan and Josh Guy top scored with 138 and 136 respectively, while Jimmy Carr also chipped in with 58.  

Third grade lost a fairly tight affair away from home against Sandgate-Redcliffe.

The Tigers batted first and posted 7/182, with Josh Fraser (29), Jack Sinfield (29), Klint Goodridge (30) and Ben Long (25) the top scorers for Redlands.

An opening partnership worth well in excess of 100 got the Gators off to a flyer in response, but to the Tigers’ credit, they managed to push the game into the 38th over.

Spinners Jack Sinfield (2/43) and Rob Ballarino (1/41) were the only bowlers to get their names in the wicket takers column.

Fourth grade chalked up their first win of the season in an epic one-day encounter with Sandgate on Fred Kratzman Oval.

The Tigers were sent into bowl first by the visitors and soon had them regretting their decision as they lost their first wicket inside the opening few overs.

Some big partnerships got the Gators back into the game before the ever dependable Lincoln Rosiak and Wayne Todman sent the set batsmen packing.

The visitors crept to 200 after 40 overs but that proved to be well short of par thanks to some impressive batting from Stephan Muller (52), David Brook (74) and Jacob Apted (55*), who helped seal victory in the 36th over with three massive sixes.

Fifth grade posted 193 batting first against Western Suburbs away from home thanks to some superb batting from Henry Long (57) up the top of the order.

A few middle order contributions got the Tigers through to a competitive total thereafter.

The bowlers then took to the crease and saw the Tigers through to a fairly comprehensive victory.

James Vidal was the pick of the Tigers bowlers and finished with the impressive figures of 3/18 from 8 overs.

Sixth grade one continued a good round for Redlands with victory over Sandgate on Ron field Oval.

An impressive bowling display from the Redlands’ quicks put the visitors on the back foot from the outset as they slumped to 3/33 inside the opening overs.

A small middle order partnership and some wayward bowling saw the Gators regain some momentum, but that was soon curtailed as Jack Robinson (3/22) returned for a second spell and helped restrict the visitors to 7/138.

The Tigers batting line up, led by Greg Morton (37), Ryan Short (45) and Jesse McDuff (25), saw the Tigers home inside 35 overs.

Sixth grade two put another win on the board to continue their impressive early season form.

The Tigers posted 205 batting first thanks to the efforts of Harry Short (47), Damyn Waddups (50) and Khaleel Waqar (40).

The Redlands bowlers hit their straps early to dismiss the opposition for 175 in the 38th over.

Sixth grade three held on for a draw in their two-day clash with Mater Hill away from home.

Skipper Jason Lau was the main man for Redlands, scoring a hard fought 78 to see his side through to stumps on the second day.

Scotty Jackson also played an important knock of 31 in difficult circumstances.  

The Tigers Jodie Fields Shield side went down to Western Suburbs on home soil.

After being sent into bat first by the visitors, Redlands posted 76 with Delyse Laycock (23) the only batter to really get going.

Redlands put up a strong fight with the ball, claiming the traveller’s first two wickets through the bowling of Clodagh Ryall (3/19).  

But some resilient batting from the Wests middle order saw them over the line with 19 overs to spare.