Strathfield had a stellar weekend with 6 wins across its various grades over the weekend.
The Club’s Shires ‘teams were drawn to play Balmain/Sth Sydney .First Grade led the way with a solid win at Airey Park. Souths took first use of the bat friendly conditions and were able to set a target of 159 off their 50 overs. Al Watkins with 4/24 while Harry Thomas and Dean Twining took 2 wickets apiece.
In reply Strathfield lost a couple of early wickets but healthy partnerships between Pat Bolster (23) and Sam Wotton (37) and later by Harry Thomas (25) and Brent Chappelow (36) steadied the innings and saw Strathfield reach their target for the loss of 6 wickets with 9 overs to spare.
Second Grade chased down a formidable 197 to secure their 6 points. Strathfield’s bowlers were led by the evergreen David Spears with 4/46 of his 10 overs. Steve Reynolds and Reece Murray were next best with 2 wickets each.
Strathfield’s reply got off to a shaky start but at 4/38 Steve Reynolds (32) and Luke Iacono (64no) came together for a 70 run partnership. Luke batted on after Steve was dismissed and found another ally in Mark Murray (25no) to guide with an unbeaten partnership of 58 that took them to victory with more than 8 overs left.
Third Grade fell over the line in what was eventually a most exciting win. Led by Dipen Patel (4/16) Strathfield had all 10 Souths wickets in hand for only 76 and it seemed a straight forward win was on the cards. In a disappointing reply Strathfield’s top order fell apart and only George Sacco (23no) survived. With a steady loss of wickets, it was left to George and last man, Pratik Banker to see Strathfield stumble to a win 9 down.
Fourth Grade scored an important win against a strong Souths line up. Raja Saluja (56) was to the fore in Strathfield’s batting and his half century was the mainstay of Strathfield’s total of 151. Strathfield’s bowlers took their turn and in a superb display Abishek Nahar (6/26) and Hussain Mohammed (4/18) tore their opponents apart as they fell to a misery reply of only 49.
Our Tim Creer Cup team scored a convincing win against Burwood with Mohmmed Khan’s lower order batting being the highlight, rescuing Strathfield’s innings and allowing them to total 132. When given their turn Burwood never really threatened and were finally all out for only 49. Mohammed Khan added to his batting heroics by leading our bowling with 2 wickets.
On Sunday Strathfield’s Frank Gray team continued their successful campaign with a smashing win against Mt Pritchard/Sth Districts. Luke Iacono carried over his good form from Saturday to bat the entire 50 overs and remain 94no. Skipper, Lachlan Klying, displaying his best form of the year scored a quickfire 90 off only 67 balls. Mounties never looked likely in reply and their innings of 110 left Strathfield with a bonus point win.