Youths lead a Tigers’ revival

December 15, 2016

Tiger captain Jake Wright understood that his team was still a work in progress.

While the Rochester Tigers comfortably accounted for Tongala on the weekend in Goulburn Murray A grade cricket, Tiger captain Jake Wright understood that his team was still a work in progress.

‘‘It was a good win for us,’’ he said of the result at the Blues’ home ground.

‘‘We needed it.’’

The Blues were bowled out for 84 on day one and had the Tigers 3/49 and 5/69 but the visitors had their measure to take the first-innings points by five wickets.

Wright finished with 41 not out to steer the side home while Tongala’s Adam Nunn took 3/14 from 10 overs.

The Blues went in for a second hit and made 7/116 in 42 overs at stumps.

On his skipper’s knock, Wright simply said ‘‘it was the right thing to do’’ for the team at the time.

And, negotiating a few tricky fixtures before and after Christmas mean that semi-finals are also still realistically in sight.

‘‘We basically have to nearly win all our games,’’ Wright said.

‘‘Then it depends on how Cooma and a few other sides go (for us as well).’’

Certainly the Tigers have been on something of a rollercoaster in recent summers.

Across nine seasons since 2008, the club has finished below cross-town arch-rivals United more often than not.

But the Tigers have also completed two ladder-length swings in that period — from bottom to top of the ladder between 2010 and 2012 and from top to last between 2013 and 2015.

Wright may not be able to forecast another rapid resurgence this summer, but reckoned there might be one coming soon.

‘‘We’re just rebuilding at the moment,’’ he said.

Wicket-keeper Spencer Cleary and batsman Fraser Cleary are leading the change — and charge — according to their captain.

‘‘They’re age 12 and 13, playing their first and second (respectively in A grade) games,’’ Wright said.

‘‘They’re taking the club forward and will be there for us in the future.’’

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