Claremont Nedlands v Mount Lawley 247 (Rakich 95, Beaton 81, Morton 2-41), Creswell Park
Mount Lawley finished day one in a promising position, posting a solid 247 after batting out the day. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Hawks found themselves in immediate trouble at 2-3, after losing openers Oliver Mouchemore and James Newnham in quick succession. Tom Beaton entered the crease at number three and immediately found his rhythm. After two short-lived partnerships with Tristan Hobley and Dylan Sharman, Beaton found a mainstay in captain Shane Rakich. The pair put on a classy 68-run stand before Beaton was eventually dismissed for 81. The Hawks struggled to keep their momentum going throughout the last half of the innings with their last five batsmen scoring just 10 runs between them. However, Rakich continued to dominate the Claremont Nedlands bowlers, eventually finishing with a hard fought 95 from 167, including 12 fours.
Fremantle 1-5 (Micale 3, Kennedy 2, Prescott 1-0) v Gosnells 307 (Crowe 117, Keverne-Onyon 38, Macauley 4-87), Stevens Reserve West
Gosnells has put itself in a strong position at the end of day one, scoring a massive 307 on the back of a Jonathon Crowe century. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Gosnells lost opener Ben Green to be 1-16 early in the innings. Not feeling the pressure whatsoever, Crowe entered the crease and immediately took apart Fremantle’s bowling attack. Crowe and Timothy Hale put on a 96-run stand before Hale was eventually dismissed for 32. Crowe, however, continued his brutal attack on the Fremantle bowlers, crushing his way to a brilliant 117 from 116 balls which included 16 fours and three sixes. Sitting at 4-176, Gosnells were in a positive position to attack the back half of the innings, which it did with aplomb. With several more batsmen getting starts, plus a handy 38 from Aaron Keverne-Onyon, Gosnells finished the innings on 307. Although Ross Macauley (4-87) was a constant presence with the ball for Fremantle, he had minimal support in containing the Gosnells batsmen. Fremantle faced just two overs before the end of the day, losing Macauley for a duck and finishing the day at 1-5.
Joondalup 1-58 (Hinchliffe 26no, South 23no, Wilde 1-18) v Bayswater Morley 172 (Lewis 91, Guy 33, Larnett 3-27), Iluka Sports Complex 1
Joondalup appear to be in a commanding position after a solid first day with bat and ball. Bayswater Morley were in trouble early after winning the toss and electing to bat, losing three wickets for just 17 runs. However, Jake Lewis entered the crease at number three and set about trying to steady the innings. Although wickets fell with alarming regularity, Lewis fought his way to a well-earnt 91 from 197 as the Bears scrambled to 172, losing their final four wickets for 20 runs. Joondalup began its innings full of confidence through Garrick Morgan and Andrew South, after bowling the Bears out in just 60 overs. After Morgan was dismissed for six, South and Clint Hinchliffe pushed hard for the remainder of the day, with the home side finishing in the enviable position of 1-58.
Midland Guildford 215 (Crudeli 49, Mast 35, Quelch 3-34) v Wanneroo 2-58 (Spoors 28no, Holden 19, Critchell 2-7), Lilac Hill 1
Wanneroo made a good start to day one of its two-day clash with Midland Guildford, bowling the home side out for 215 before finishing the day on 2-58. Midland Guildford started its innings inauspiciously, losing its first four wickets for 43 runs. The home side struggled for any momentum throughout its innings, until Julian Crudeli entered the crease at 6-113. Crudeli fell one run short of a half-century but breathed some life back into his side’s innings, finishing with a defendable 215. Matthew Dzodzo and Christopher Quelch ripped through the top order and tail-enders respectively, finishing with three wickets each. Wanneroo pushed its advantage at the start of its innings to end the day on 2-58 with Matthew Spoors and Jacob Johnston unbeaten at the crease.
Scarborough 180 (cc) v University 3-65 (Bartlett 17no, Mason 17no, Knight 2-29), Abbett Park East
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Subiaco Floreat 1-6 (Murphy 5no, Retallack 0no, Nicholas 1-6) v Perth 298 (Moreton 84, Wells 57, Hansberry 5-93), Floreat Park Oval
Perth are in an imposing position following its superb batting performance on day one of its two-day clash with Subiaco Floreat, posting a formidable 298. Perth flew out of the gates through Jonathon Wells and Jacob Snadden, shooting to 57 before its first wicket fell. Sitting precariously at 5-139, after losing three wickets in the space of 33 runs, Dain Moreton formed a defiant partnership with Josh Nicholas. The pair put on an 87-run stand before Moreton was dismissed for 84, leaving his side in a brilliant position to launch into the back end of the innings. The tail wagged nicely for Perth, with Nicholas (45), Nelson (33) and Enright (16) all getting amongst the runs to push the total just two runs shy of 300. Lions captain continued his good form with the ball, taking 5-93 and providing a constant threat throughout the innings. The Lions managed to get through one over before the end of play, which unfortunately, came at a cost for the home side, losing Hamish McKenzie for a duck before finishing the day on 1-6.
South Perth 272 (Guest 58, D’Silva 49, Coombs 3-44) v Rockingham Mandurah 3-17 (Burrage 7no, France 5no, Bevilaqua 2-12), Richardson Park 1
South Perth appears to be on its way to victory, following a strong day-one performance with bat and ball against Rockingham Mandurah. Although South Perth struggled early at 2-27, its middle order came to the fore and steadied the innings. Brooke Guest became anchor of the innings with two solid partnerships, one with Darius D’Silva scoring 56 runs, the other with Chris Chellew accumulating another 56 runs. After Guest was dismissed at 8-216, South Perth continued to run the gauntlet, finishing with a terrific 272 following an Alex Bevilaqua flourish, who scored an unbeaten 37 from 22 balls. Rockingham Mandurah’s response was not ideal, losing three wickets for 17 runs off six overs, leaving the Mariners precariously placed for day two.
Willetton 322 (cc) (Short 125, Bond 38, Turner 3-53) v Melville 0-0, Burrendah Reserve 1
Willetton has carried its brilliant form from Round 5 into Round 6, with a superb day-one batting performance against Melville, scoring a whopping 322. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Willetton rarely missed a beat to start the innings. Sitting comfortably at 2-83, D’arcy Short and Aaron Hardie pressed the advantage for the home side, putting on an effervescent 68-run partnership. After Hardie was dismissed at 3-151, Short continued his rampage with the bat, eventually finishing with 125 from 174 including 18 fours from a whopping 196 minutes at the crease. Kallen Bond and Will Rhodes continued to frustrate the Melville bowlers once Short was dismissed, scoring 38 and 37 respectively late in the innings. Melville’s Mark Turner took out the last three wickets, including a terrific run-out, as Willetton finished with 322.