Dylan Kritzinger and Jack Sinfield celebrate their centuries.[Photo: Dan Cummins]
The Redlands Tigers Lord’s Taverners side put a frustrating few weeks of wet weather behind them with a resounding victory over Northern Suburbs on Sunday.
The Tigers posted a mammoth 362 batting first after Jack Sinfield (100 off 90) and Dylan Kritzinger (162* off 95) tore the Norths bowlers apart.
Sinfield’s innings featured fourteen fours and one six, while Kritzinger also found the boundary with consummate ease, chalking up a massive twenty-five fours and three sixes.
Sam Geyer (33) played an important hand at the top of the order to stabilise the innings following the loss of an early wicket.
Reuben Burger (32*) was also a key figure in the Tigers’ blitzkrieg and provided the perfect foil for Kritzinger throughout his innings.
The Tigers bowlers then ensured the side walked away from the match with a bonus point as they dismissed Norths for 132 in the 32nd over.
Jack Sinfield and Zac Maguire were at their usual best, claiming three wickets apiece to secure a famous Tigers victory.
Sixth grade two also enjoyed a resounding win over Northern Suburbs on Sunday.
After entering the day having already taken 4/66, the Tigers took no time in cleaning up the rest of the opposition batmen, dismissing them for a miserly 127.
The Tigers batsmen then put the bowlers to the sword on their way to posting 235 and securing first innings points.
Jake Davies (42), Damyn Waddups (27), Shane Beu (38) and Jay Kildey (52) all had a field day in the Tigers’ run chase.
Elsewhere, the weekend ended in disappointment for Redlands.
Valley posted 257 in reply to first grade’s total of 158 to walk away with first innings points.
Josh Arnold, Bailey Stewart, Charles Mailli and Jamie Ryan took two wickets each.
Redlands had the opportunity to bat for short period before the close of play and finished with 0/71 thanks to the efforts of openers Liam Smith (35*) and Steven Moss (34*).
Second grade failed to chase down 165 against the same opposition after losing three wickets inside the first fifteen minutes of play on day two.
Jimmy Carr (35) produced an innings of great quality under pressure thereafter, as did Mitch Drennan (23*), but it wasn’t enough to save the Tigers from first innings defeat as they were dismissed for 115.
The Tigers had another bowl before stumps but could only muster one wicket.
Third grade were dismissed for 159 in pursuit of Valley’s 248 with Bailey Lavender (35), Stuey Edgar (31) and Sam Ward (34) the only batsmen to post scores of note in the run chase.
Not content with first innings points, Valley travelled into the second innings all guns blazing and chalked up 63 runs inside nine overs before declaring.
With 152 runs required for victory, the Tigers also put pedal to the metal but fell 16 runs short of outright victory.
Bailey Lavender (24), Marty Miers (22), Stuey Edgar (35) and Jesse Burns (41) were the top run scorers.
Fourth grade also failed to chase down Valley’s first innings total despite some impressive innings from a few of the top six batsmen.
Paul Bonney got the innings off to a flyer with 36 while Jack Fraser made a patient 22 to hold the innings together.
Trent Conwell (34) picked up where the openers left off and ensured a mid-innings collapse wouldn’t ruin the Tigers chances.
Taylor Cue battled hard throughout the afternoon after Conwell departed but couldn’t prevent a Valley victory as they claimed the final Tigers wicket with just overs to spare.
Fifth grade fell an agonising 12 runs short of victory on Ron Field Oval despite impressive efforts from Tom Gittings (47) and James Catlow-Elliott (61).
Sixth grade one fought hard all day but failed to defend their first innings total of 143 away from home.
Tigers stalwart Shaun Lloyd (4/36) and Matt Fay (3/46) took their side to the brink of victory but weren’t able to find the final two Valley wickets as they surpassed the Tigers’ total 8 wickets down.
Redlands had the opportunity to bat again in the afternoon and were 4/85 at stumps, with Matt Fay (31*) and Henry Long (22) the top run scorers.
Sixth grade three will be chasing 203 for victory next weekend against Mater Hill away from home.
Tom Gray (4/28) and Tom Waters (2/28) were the chief destroyers with the ball for Redlands.
The women’s Jodie Fields Shield side also went down to Valley in a one-day match played away from home.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Tigers were dismissed in the 32nd over with 111 on the board.
Skipper Delyse Laycock led the way with the bat to score 25, while Clodagh Ryall chimed in with 19.
Ryall also started well with the ball, dismissing one of the Valley opening batters for naught to put the Tigers immediately on the front foot.
Unfortunately, this is as good as it got for the Tigers, as Valley surpassed their score two down and with fifteen overs still up their sleeve.