Clean Sweep Puts Dragons Atop Club Championship
1st grade moved to the top of the ladder with a seven wicket win over Claremont-Nedlands at Cresswell Park.
The Dragons resumed at 3 for 104 in pursuit of the Tigers’ score of 115 and found scoring difficult early in the day, but eventually got over the line without losing another wicket.
The game meandered along after the result was sealed with neither team especially interested in an outright result, with hands shaken at the first possible opportunity of the tea interval with the score sitting at 9 for 292.
Blair Walsh (95 from 192 balls) fell agonisingly short of a maiden first grade hundred, with Matt Hanna (39 from 40 balls) and John Sanders (39 from 79 balls) also in the runs.
2nd grade wrapped up an 89 run win over Claremont-Nedlands at Burrendah Park.
After the Tigers resumed at 3 for 18, Oli Arkinstall picked up an early wicket to put them further into the mire at 4 for 25, before they got back into the contest with an 83 run fifth wicket stand, again broken by Arkinstall.
The visitors built some lower order partnerships but never truly threatened their target, eventually being bowled out for 200 in 80.2 overs, with Arkinstall (3/33 from 17 overs) and Becker (3/26 from 19 overs) leading the way and support coming from David Cameron (1/10 from 3.2 overs), Nic Geisler (1/18 from 10 overs) and Brock Larance (1/33 from 10 overs).
3rd grade defeated Claremont-Nedlands by 27 runs at Melvista Oval.
Defending last week’s score of 222, the Dragons were in the driver’s seat for the majority of the day, reducing the Tigers to 3 for 23 and 6 for 114 with wickets falling in clumps.
A 57 run seventh wicket partnership brought the game back into the balance, but late wickets saw the hosts were bowled out for 195 in 71.4 overs.
James Andrews (3/32 from 16 overs) and Stewart Hepburn (3/44 from 16.4 overs) were the best of the bowlers for the Dragons, with Jordan Hodgetts (2/43 from 15 overs) and captain Chris Lagana (1/17 from 10 overs) rounding out a solid effort.
4th grade ensured a clean sweep of senior results with a 52 run win over Claremont-Nedlands.
The Tigers were in with a shout at 4 for 114 in pursuit of the Dragons’ score of 199, but Lagan Sandhu steamrolled the tail after being introduced into the attack, grabbing 5 for 17 from his 7 overs to see them bowled out for 147 in 67 overs.
Ian D’Souza (2/18 from 11 overs), Brad Kent (1/24 from 14 overs), and Arnav Pimple (1/43 from 22 overs) also bowled well for the Dragons.
Under 17’s routed Claremont-Nedlands for 84 in 38.3 overs to pick up an 86 run win at Cresswell Park.
Defending a score of 170, the Dragons started like a house on fire, reducing the Tigers to 5 for 13 with Dulina Gamage (3/4 from 5 overs) the main destroyer, before Jagan Singh (3/20 from 9.3 overs) broke a 60 run sixth wicket stand to pave the way for the win.
Lagan Sandhu (2/21 from 6 overs), Blake Stephen (1/12 from 5 overs), and Kai D’Souza (1/13 from 7 overs) all played their part with the ball.
Under 15’s restricted Claremont-Nedlands to 9 for 146 from 49.3 overs to secure a 19 run win at Burrendah Park.
Needing 165 to win, the Tigers started solidly but slowly, with the Dragons putting the squeeze on as the required run rate climbed, grabbing picking up the last 8 wickets for 35 runs to seal the win.
Mitch Hole (3/35 from 10 overs) continued a good bowling season with Jude Strachan (2/16 from 6 overs) and Tom Dobson (2/24 from 10 overs) also in the wickets.