Michael Herdman scored a match-winning 65 in the first game of the weekend against Ipswich/Logan. [Photo: Doug O'Neill]
Redlands Tigers’ top two grades ushered in the New Year in fine style with three twenty-twenty fixtures each across the weekend.
First Grade fired in the opening match of the post-Christmas season, dismissing Ipswich/Logan for a sub-par 156 before Michael Herdman (65) and Stuart Edgar (37) combined to lay the foundations for a last over victory.
Redlands lost Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls star Marnus Labuschagne early in the run chase, which saw the Tigers lose some momentum through the middle of the innings.
But skipper Steven Moss and the returning Leigh Drennan both held their nerve to see the Tigers pick up a much needed victory in the final over.
Ben Long, fresh to the First Grade scene, was an influential figure in the Tigers bowling effort, claiming two key wickets to stunt the momentum Ipswich/Logan had gained in the powerplay.
The second game of the weekend, which also took place on the picturesque Peter Burge Oval, followed a similar pattern to the earlier game. Only this time, the Tigers were on the receiving end of a wonderful display of twenty-twenty batting from Western Suburbs skipper Chris Sabburg and Steve Paulsen.
The Tigers got off to a flyer in the powerplay after winning the toss and electing to bat. Marnus Labuschagne (70) and Stuart Edgar (31) propelled the home side to a score beyond a hundred in quick time and it soon looked as if the Tigers batsman would succeed in racking up a big total.
But when Labuschagne lost his wicket, the Tigers’ innings quickly fell away and a score that promised to exceed 180 was reduced to 164.
The Tigers bowlers restricted the Western Suburbs openers to just 8 runs after 2 overs of the powerplay, but both Truloff and Sabburg soon decided to open their shoulders and in doing so began to find the ropes with relative ease.
Try as they might, the Tigers could manage only three breakthroughs - one of which was the prized wicket of Sam Truloff who had scored a big hundred earlier in the day.
Marnus Labuschagne, Charles Mailli and Michael Herdman took a wicket each in what panned out to be a successful Western Suburbs run chase.
The Tigers fortunes changed when they came up against a rampant Wynnum/Manly outfit hungry for victory on Sunday.
Bailey Stewart nabbed the vital early wicket of Jason Floros to stun the home side before Charles Mailli once again produced an economical spell, which also yielded two wickets, to restrict Wynnum/Manly to a modest total of 146.
Marnus Labuschagne put together another classy innings of 85*, and alongside Sam Howse (54*), helped the Tigers chase down Wynnum/Manly’s total with an over to spare.
Second Grade were on the receiving end of dual defeats on Saturday, but made up for it with a victory over archrivals Wynnum/Manly on Sunday.
Redlands were dismissed for just 129 in reply to Ipswich/Logan’s 173 in the first game of the weekend. Craig Weier continued his sterling form with a 3 wicket haul, while Jason Hill claimed a further 2 crucial wickets.
Liam Smith (36) and Cameron French (34) battled hard to keep the Tigers in with a sniff, but when they both fell with the score on 108, the innings quickly fell apart.
Unfortunately for Redlands, the afternoon game against Western Suburbs followed a similar storyline. The Tigers were dismissed for 111 after being sent into bat with Liam Smith (21) and James Carr (21) providing the only resistance.
An early wicket to skipper Craig Weier and a slight mid-innings collapse kept the Tigers in the hunt, but Western Suburbs still succeeded in chasing down the total with 3 overs to spare.
The Tigers earned redemption in the final game of the weekend, writing the wrongs of the previous day with bat in hand to post a mammoth 172.
There was no sign of a middle collapse on Sunday as Josh Guy (36), Liam Smith (54*) and Cameron French (43) set the foundations for a big total with blistering knocks.
The bowlers ensured the good work with the bat didn’t go to waste, restricting Wynnum/Manly to 144. Jason Hill and Leonard Watt claimed two wickets each, but it was Jamie Ryan who took top honors with the ball, bagging three.