Bayswater Morley dominated day one with the ball, bowling out the Lions for 198 with Jonty Wilde taking four wickets. Subiaco Floreat will need to find early wickets if they are to avoid a first innings loss.
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Fremantle 8-155 (McPhee 57, Collova 23, Allenby 3-18) v Claremont Nedlands, Stevens Reserve West
Fremantle struggled on day one against Claremont Nedlands, falling to 8-155 after a solid bowling performance from the Tigers. Liam Dallimore and Zach Ferris will need to dig in and give Fremantle a decent score to defend and hope to trouble the Tigers with the ball.
“We’ve still got to bowl them out so we will try to limit them and get the last few wickets quickly. Then we just need to try and bat out the day regardless of the score. We plan to bat the whole 90 overs and keep plan is to keep wickets in hand and get used to batting out the 90 overs, because that’s what you need to do come finals time.”
Claremont Nedlands head coach James Allenby
Joondalup v Perth
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Midland Guildford 280 (Mast 151, Critchell 53, Rose 4-74) v Gosnells 0-44 (Green 27no, Hale 14no), Lilac Hill 1
Midland Guildford batsman Jordan Mast has dominated day one against Gosnells, scoring a sensational 151 to help his side to the lofty total of 280. Gosnells managed 44 in response after just 20 overs as this match looks like it will come down to the wire.
“We are just looking to capitalise on our start from last week. Hopefully we can have a solid start in the first session, really hold our wickets and try to get the runs on a flat wicket.”
Gosnells head coach Danny Nereltis
Rockingham Mandurah 210 (Pollock 60, Hutchison 30, Turner 4-54) v Melville 4-116 (Towers 33, Scollay 23, Burrage 2-7), Lark Hill 1
Melville look to be in control of this match, needing just 94 runs to chase down the Mariners total with six wickets in hand. Aaron Burrage, Matthew France and Joel Marion will need to find early wickets on day two for the Mariners, if they are to contain Melville’s star-studded batting line up and escape with a first innings win.
“We will be looking to take early wickets, form some good bowling partnerships and really try to pressure the batsmen into playing unwanted shots.”
Rockingham Mandurah head coach Kris Kennedy
South Perth 144 (Cartwright 46, Guest 42, Ijaz 3-31) v Mount Lawley 8-98 (Beaton 33, Rakich 29, Cartwright 2-14), Richardson Park 2
In a match that has been dominated by the ball and tough weather conditions, South Perth’s lowly total of 144 appears to be enough to scrape a first innings win. Mount Lawley’s 8-98 in response was troubling, with Chris Chellew, Simon Ringrose and Hilton Cartwright taking two wickets each. Although needing just 46 runs for victory, tail-enders Matthew Taylor and Justin Kandiah will need to dig in if they are to steal a win.
“We are fighting for our life really. We have a couple of wickets left and we need around 40 runs to get a win, so we’re going to fight like hell to get as many runs out of our last three batsmen as we can.”
Mount Lawley head coach David Virgo
Wanneroo 215 (King 58, Millar 39no, Agar 3-62) v University 1-28 (Stuart 20no, Mason 5, Banks 1-15), Kingsway Sports Ground 1
University look to be slightly ahead in its clash against Wanneroo, needing a further 187 runs with nine wickets in hand and a strong batting line up still to come. The last-placed Roos will need to find early wickets if they want to grab a shock win and lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder. University have one change coming in to day two, with Alex Rose coming in for the injured James Muirhead.
“We don’t expect to bat all day to chase down 190, we’re hoping chase it down after tea and we’re confident we have the batting depth to do so. Hopefully once we chase down the total, we’ll reassess from there. I’m excited to see how Sean Stuart will go in his new role as an opener.”
University head coach Will Stibbs
Willetton v Scarborough 9-370 (Moylan 117, Maiolo 92, Bond 4-94), Burrendah Reserve 1
Scarborough enjoyed a brilliant day one with the bat, scoring 370 to put themselves in the box seat to win the match. Willetton will need to find a number of big batting partnerships if they are to chase down Scarborough’s massive total.
“We’ve probably got our neck in front at the moment, in terms of runs on the board. We will be looking to stick to the basics and bowling to our plan at all times. We’ve got score board pressure on them so hopefully we can bowl in the right areas, take early wickets and put them behind the run rate required.”
Scarborough head coach Wes Robinson