Greg Thompson finds the ropes on his way to 65 against Northern Suburbs. [Photo: Doug O'Neill]
Redlands continued their fine start to 2018 with several hard-fought victories across the grades.
First Grade went down to Toombul in a tight affair away from home. The Tigers bowlers put the opposition under pressure early, and when the fourth wicket fell with the score on 71, Redlands found themselves in the box seat. But some crucial late order partnerships saw Toombul over the line. Charles Mailli led the charge with the ball for the Tigers to claim four wickets, while Ben Long took 3.
Second Grade picked up a crucial outright victory over Toombul to put themselves back into finals contention. The Tigers piled on a first innings lead of 122 before dismissing the opposition once again for 183. Redlands used just 8 of the 18 overs remaining in the day to chase down the 62 required for outright points. Leonard Watt took four second innings wickets to stun the visitors, while Josh Guy was the front man with the bat, scoring 41 off just 23 deliveries.
Third Grade were defeated on first innings against Toombul, but batted supremely well in the second to deny the opposition the chance to take outright points. Redlands declared with the score on 7/229 thanks to the efforts of Michael McEwan (42), Josh Fraser (41*) and Luke Haegel, whose five-wicket haul early on gave Redlands the opportunity to bat for the majority of the day.
Fourth Grade played out a thrilling draw against Toombul on Fred Kratzman Oval. The Tigers declared with the score on 303 and went within one wicket of claiming first innings points late in the day. Mitch Davis bowled a fine spell which yielded four wickets and ten maidens. Jacob Apted and skipper Anthony Lewis also bowled tightly to claim two wickets apiece.
Fifth Grade one chased down South Brisbane’s 250 in a fine display of batting to secure their spot at the top of the table. The Tigers piled on 315 runs inside 90 overs, with Greg Morton (86), Fraser Haynes (43*), Jordan Crick (42), Ben Lockwood (32), and Pat Cummins (30) the main contributors.
Fifth Grade two missed out on first innings points by a mere 25 runs in their clash with Sandgate-Redcliffe. Redlands were dismissed for 202 in reply to the opposition’s 227 despite some valuable contributions from Jay Kildey (59) and Raghav Goel (51).
Sixth Grade one became the second Redlands team to win outright at the weekend when they defeated Northern Suburbs on Peter Burge Oval. The Tigers declared with a lead of 145 before dismissing the opposition for just 55 prior to the tea interval. Scott Butters picked up the tidy figures of 5/29 from 12 overs and was well supported by fellow opener Tom Gray who took three wickets. With the bat it was Greg Thompson (65), Chris O’Shea (58), Trent Conwell (48), Dom Cassell (37) and Paul Bonney (34) that did the damage.
Sixth Grade two lost first innings away from home to Valley two after being dismissed for 61 in reply to 6/242. The Tigers defended stoutly in the second innings after being asked to follow on, scoring 107 before the close of play. Will Read top scored with 56 while Aiden Bryant (31) chipped in with some vital middle order runs to ensure the opposition couldn't earn outright points.
The Jodie Fields Shield side continued a fine weekend for Tigers teams when they defeated Wynnum-Manly in the first game of the post-Christmas season. Redlands racked up a remarkable 217 inside 40 overs thanks to the heroics of Kate McDonald (64) and Delyse Laycock (61*). The Tigers bowlers then finished the job, dismissing Wynnum-Manly for just 94. Jesica Pang and Tanya Searle both took two wickets.