Tigers tail saves the day

The Tigers resumed their innings at a precarious 8-98, requiring a further 17 runs to secure a much-needed first innings victory and make the first step toward avoiding relegation.

The Tigers did not get the start they were after when veteran Troy Bilich edged behind without any addition to the score.

With Lachlan Hunn unbeaten on three and top score of nine behind him for the season, Bassendean was feeling particularly confident of securing the last wicket and remarkable first-innings victory.

Simon Daly confidently struck a crisp on-drive for two and followed up with a glorious uppercut over the slips for four.

A further four runs from shots through the infield by both batsmen reduced the margin to just seven.

In an attempt to continue his positive approach to the chase, Daly played a lofted drive and mid-off looked to get under the catch.

Fortunately for the Tigers, the fieldsman was unable to make the ground and a further two was added.

Hunn and Daly beat the in field twice more to cut the margin to a single run.

A leg bye off Daly’s pads would tie the scores as the field closed in and nerves reached their peak for the watching Tigers players.

Daly weaved past a searing bouncer and the bowlers follow up batting advice then defended the next ball ” an above the waist full toss.

All turned to the square leg umpire who raised his arm to signal the no ball and secure the Tigers the first -innings win.

The team briefly celebrated before Daly and Hunn refocused to continue the innings.

With the pressure relieved, the pair flourished, combining to build an unexpected 49 run 10th wicket partnership, a Western Suburbs club record that was finally broken when Daly edged to be out for 25.

Hunn remained unbeaten on 24 and the total at 147.

With 55 overs left in the day and English pacemen Tom Allin and Tom Friend both battling injury, the pressure was on the remaining bowlers to carry the attack.

The Tigers now look forward to their first home match at the refurbished College Park in Claremont over the next fortnight against ladder-leaders Murdoch University Melville and will host a life member’s day on 15 February.