Sam Howse produced a fine innings of 85 to see the Tigers through to a total of 269. [Photo: Doug O'Neill]
Redlands Tigers have begun strongly across the grades in the latest round of two-day fixtures, as the race for finals spots heats up.
First Grade made Toombul toil with ball in hand away from home, piling on 269 runs in 90 overs to set up an intriguing second day’s play next Saturday. Skipper Steven Moss played a vital hand of 47 at the top of the order to help set the platform for Sam Howse (84) and Bailey Stewart (63) to take full toll of Toombul’s tiring attack late in the day. Ben Long also chipped in with a quick-fire 20 before stumps were called.
Second Grade have set up the opportunity to take outright points next Saturday against Toombul on Peter Burge oval after the hosts dismissed the opposition for just 142 on the opening morning. Jamie Ryan was in fine form yet again with ball in hand, claiming the impressive figures of 6/31 from 17 overs. Leonard Watt proved the perfect foil for Ryan and also chimed in with 4 himself. The Redlands batsmen, led by Bailey Lavender (68), Sam Ward (52), Josh Guy (46), and Marty Miers (43), posted a 122 run lead inside 45 overs to end the day with the upper hand.
Third Grade fought back from early trouble to post 124 against Toombul away from home. Jacob Apted top scored with 38, while Pearce Anderson (31) and Josh Thompson (28) also made vital contributions to stabilize the innings. In reply Toombul are 5/115, 9 runs short of a first innings lead. Luke Haegel and Josh Thompson have led the way for Redlands with the ball so far and have two wickets to their names heading into day two.
Fourth Grade continued Redlands’ fine start to the post-Christmas season with a run-scoring feast on Fred Kratzman Oval. The Tigers batsman dined on everything the Toombul bowlers dished up to finish the day 6 down for 303. Scott McAuliffe starred with 95 on his return, while David Brook also fell agonizingly short of a century with 92.
Fifth Grade one will need to chase down 250 next Saturday to claim first innings points against South Brisbane on Ron Field Oval. The Tigers bowlers started well, and had the opposition in a spot of bother at 5/82. But a mid-innings fight back, coupled with a few missed opportunities from the Tigers fieldsmen, saw South Brisbane post a competitive total. Fraser Haynes, Mitch Jensen, Jordan Crick and Ben Lockwood led the wicket takers column with two each. The Tigers will resume next Saturday with the score on 1/22.
Fifth Grade two will also need to bat well next weekend to chase down Sandgate-Redcliffe’s first-innings total of 226. A strong start from the opposition batsmen saw the Gators through to a total of 3/121 in quick time, but the Tigers bowlers, through Zac Maguire (2/24) and Tom Knight (3/59), clawed their way back to take the remaining 7 wickets for just over 100.
Sixth Grade one have already claimed first innings points in their clash with Northern Suburbs on Peter Burge Oval. The Tigers dismissed the opposition for a lowly 140 after being sent into field first thanks to a superb spell of leg spin bowling from Tom Waters, who claimed three wickets. Tom Gray and Trent Conwell also bowled well to take two wickets apiece. Redlands amassed a remarkable 180 runs in the final session after Chris O’Shea tore apart the Northern Suburbs attack with a 23-ball 58. Trent Conwell and Greg Thompson remain unbeaten at stumps having already posted scores of 44 and 28 respectively.
Oppressive heat and difficult conditions greeted the travelling Sixth Grade two side on Saturday. The Tigers toiled hard on a flat wicket, but couldn’t produce the wickets required to dismiss Valley two, who eventually declared 6 down for 242. Spin twins Jake Davies (2/49) and Jordan Telford (3/69) led the way on a wicket not conducive to spin bowling. The Tigers will resume at 0/3 next weekend.