Third grade have taken out the inaugural T20 Cup Grand Final to cap a highly successful weekend for Redlands. The Tigers set up the victory through some tight bowling which restricted their combatants to 7/114. Charles Evans took the new ball for Redlands and returned match best figures of 3/16 after Valley 1 won the toss and elected to bat first on Ian Healy Oval.
The batsmen chased the runs required for victory with five overs to spare thanks in large part to Tigers’ openers Jesse Burns (44) and Paul Bonney (25), whose 70 run stand got the innings off to a flyer. Mitch Drennan finished the job with a quick-fire 31 from 24 deliveries, including four boundaries and a six. The two-day fixtures on Saturday were similarly impressive, with all sides winning their respective matches to see the club go unbeaten in the premier grade competition across the weekend. In first grade, Sam Heazlett’s 142* got the Tigers through to a comfortable victory against Ipswich/ Logan on the road.
In a day of high run scoring, Steven Moss and skipper Leigh Drennan also chipped in with scores of 38 and 44* respectively. Second grade defeated the same opposition thanks to a Jason Grosvenor century. Third grade dismissed Ipswich/ Logan for 23 in just the 13th over of the innings to claim first innings points. Klinton Goodridge and Matt Dwyer were the chief destroyers, claiming 5/7 and 5/15 respectively. Goodridge took another three wickets in the second innings as the opposition made their way to 7/208 at stumps. Fourth grade had another day out against Ipswich/ Logan on Fred Kratzmann Oval, earning an outright victory before the tea break on day two. Jordan Crick and Matt Short did the damage in the second innings, claiming 4/19 and 3/45 respectively.
The victory will get the Tigers moved back into finals contention as they head into a clash with Northern Suburbs next Saturday. Fifth grade chased down Northern Suburbs’ 246 to further improve their already impressive ladder position. Dylan Grey continued his good form with 89, while Chris Barker (54) and Rob Ballarino (37) also chipped in with important innings to see the Tigers over the line. Sixth grade one earned an emphatic victory on Ron Field Oval, chasing down Northern Suburb’s 208 with ease.
Chandeep Kamra led the way with 155 after Greg Morton saw off the quicks with a classy innings of 86. Ethan Raymond also cashed in on some weary bowling late in the day to score 57 as the Tigers piled on 408.
Ethan Raymond also cashed in on some weary bowling late in the day to score 57 as the Tigers piled on 408. Sixth grade two scored 236 in reply to Western Suburbs’ 160 before claiming another 3 wickets before stumps.
The runs were shared around the Tigers order in this clash, but it was opener Jake Davies that led from the front with a patient innings of 39.
Other notable performances came from the bats of Wes Aspeling (32) and Mark Burt (31). Pat Cummins claimed 2/15 in the second innings as Wests finished the match at 3/80.
The Redlands Tigers’ ladies side went down to Sandgate-Redcliffe in a tight affair on Peter Burge Oval. Jess Sanders (2/21) and Delyse Laycock (2/13) ensured the opposition could score just 167 from their 40 overs. In reply the Tigers managed 134, with Hannah McLaughlin (25) and Jess Sanders (21) the top run scorers.