Manenti 88 a plus for Tigers

SYDNEY Cricket Club’s quest for a NSW Premier Cricket Club Championship title has hit a snag after the Tigers suffered losses to Eastern Suburbs in the top four grades last weekend.

The Dolphins chalked up impressive victories over the finals bound Tigers with leg spinner Jack Preddey and all rounder Ian Moran instrumental in the club’s first grade triumph at Waverley Oval. Preddey snared 4-59 off 19 overs and Moran (3-30 off nine) to help dismiss Sydney for 291 – seventy nine runs shy of their victory target after Eastern Suburbs declared at 7-369.

Young spinning all rounder Ben Manenti (83 runs off 100 balls), opener Matthew Rodgers (64) and skipper Dan Smith (63) chalked up half centuries for the Tigers but to no avail.

Top scorer Manenti smashed four sixes and six boundaries and was on the verge of a maiden top grade century when he was caught by Moran off the bowling of paceman Tom Skelly.

Sydney remain in fifth spot on 46 points behind co-leaders Campbelltown-Camden and Parramatta (52); Sydney University (50) and Sutherland (49).

In lower grade action Eastern Suburbs (220) downed Sydney seconds (140); the Dolphins’ third grade X1 (300) skittled the Tigers for 165 while fourths (8 dec 329) routed Sydney for 132 & 3-47.

Sydney’s lone victory came in fifth grade when the Tigers (7 dec 131) eclipsed the Dolphins (128 & 3-43) to avoid a clean sweep.