WACA District First Grade - Round 3 Preview
2 November 2012  

Round three of the 2012-13 WACA District competition commences this Saturday, and Ben Somerford takes a look at the weekend match-ups.

Melville and Joondalup coaches Brad Thompson and Ric Olsen agree their upcoming round three clash at Tompkins Park looms as a "cracker" between two excellent bowling attacks on a usually good batting wicket.

Both sides, who reached the First Grade finals last season, claimed their first wins of the season last week, with the Storm defeating Perth and the Centurions getting past Bayswater-Morley.

"Everyone knows we've got one of the best First Grade attacks going around, with (James) Boyland, (Josh) Anderson, (Denver) D'Cruz, and now (Daniel) Pascoe, who has balanced out our attack," Olsen said.

Melville have added former WA bowler Ben Edmondson to their line-up along with Warriors paceman Ryan Duffield, who took four wickets in the second innings of the Toyota Futures League match against the QAS this week.

Thompson added: "It's going to be a cracker. It should be a tight contest. They have a good bowling attack and so have we."

Tompkins Park is traditionally a good batting wicket, but with rain forecast for Saturday, the conditions could be tricky.

Olsen said: "We back ourselves to bowl out any side anywhere. Our problem the past few years has been getting a score which we can bowl to."

The Centurions lost 18 wickets in last round's win over Bayswater-Morley and Olsen said improving the batting would be a big focus.

"We've got to be a bit more patient and disciplined with our batting. We need to bat through the 92 overs," he said.

Olsen admitted the clash with Melville was one he has been looking forward to for some time.

"At the start of the year we look out for a few games on the fixture list and Melville is one of them. They were unlucky not to be minor premiers last year," he said.

"It's always a tight tussle against them. Last year we did go to Tompkins Park and chase down a big score. It is a good batting deck there, so if we do bat first, we'll look to post a very competitive score."

Thompson, who will be without Adam Voges this weekend due to Warriors duty, was wary of Joondalup's bowling line-up but said "the key was to blunt their attack".

Game of the Round:

Melville v Joondalup, Tompkins Park

Storm: Tom Scollay, Luke Towers, Sean Terry, Drew Porter (c), Ben Clarke, Ryan Duffield, Steven Russell, Andy Greig (wk), Ryan James, Thomas Kerr-Sheppard, Ben Edmondson, Adam Voges

Joondalup: Michael Swart (c), James Newnham, Garrick Morgan, Clint Tomlinson, Randall Starr, Jaron Morgan, Josh Anderson, Josh Inglis (wk), James Boyland, Daniel Pascoe, Denver D'Cruz

South Perth v Subiaco-Floreat, Richardson Park

Both sides are coming off wins, with the in-form Hilton Cartwright hitting a ton for the Sky Blues last week before scores of 74 and 84* along with seven wickets in the WA's Toyota Futures League win over the QAS. Shane Cleary, who made a match-winning half century last week, is out due to work commitments. Subi have numerous changes with Perry Colyer to make his debut, while Chris Hansberry is out after suffering a hamstring injury in their wACA One-Day League game a fortnight ago. Liam Davis is named for his club debut, but is away this weekend with Australia A.

SP: Hugh Brown (c), Jacob Van Galen, Aaron Brunner, Blake Reed, Sam Hagdorn, Hilton Cartwright, Connor Ryan (wk), Alex Penter, Simon Ringrose, Antony Radunovich, Michael Beer, Marshall Hood

Subi: Alex Malcolm (c), David Bandy, Stefan Collins, Steven Glew, Anthony Murphy, Jason Behrendorff, Calum How (wk), Glenn Stockden, Daniel Reid, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Liam Davis, Ben Hansberry, Perry Colyer, Matthew Thomson

Fremantle v Bayswater-Morley, Stevens Reserve

After two defeats, the Port boys will be looking for victory against another winless side, Bayswater-Morley. Shaun Marsh has been dropped from the Warriors to bolster the Freo side, while Adam Feeney and Chris Davenport have been rewarded for good seconds form. The Bears have made changes too, with skipper Simon Allison back and Ryan Phillimore gets a chance after a century in Second Grade.

Freo: Christopher Wood (c), Ryan Shuttleworth, Shaun Marsh, Jake Carder, Tim Armstrong, Brody Lewis, Anthony Collova, Ashton Turner, Tim Miles, Michael Hogan, Tom Triffitt (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ross Macauley, Chris Davenport, Adam Feeney

BM: Simon Allison (c), Michael Thistle, Aaron Todd (wk), Luke Waterhouse, Robert Guy, Sam Baird, Ross Loiacono, Liam O'Connor, Nicholas Van der Westhuizen, Joshua Dunning, Ryan Phillimore, Marcus North, Nathan Rimmington

Gosnells v Claremont-Nedlands, Sutherlands Park

Winless Gosnells entertain the Tigers, who enjoyed a big victory over Midland-Guildford last round, with Jeremy Swan making a hundred. Warriors batsman Travis Birt returns to boost their line-up, while the Hawks have Jonathon Crowe back with Michael Bailey out after touring India with the National Indigenous Cricket Development Squad.

Gosnells: Matthew Leipold, Alistair Turner, Derek Bland, D'Arcy Short, Baden Norwood (wk), Anthony Caddy (c), Matthew Hanna, Brett Bayley, Blair Dalton, Luke Proctor, Jonathon Crowe

CN: Tim Macdonald (c), John Bryant, Jeremy Swan, Jacob Whiteaker, Travis Birt, Steve Eskinazi (wk), Daniel Turkich, Hayden Parsons, Robert Morgan, Nicholas Hobson, Joel Paris

Midland-Guildford v Rockingham-Mandurah, Lilac Hill

There's been all sorts of changes for the winless Swans, with fast bowler Burt Cockley back, along with veteran Chris Pivac and Chris Fenner, while Matthew Daniel has been selected after making 91 in Second Grade. The Mariners have started the season with two wins and have a settled line-up with Craig Simmons in form with the bat and ball against Uni last round.

MG: Tom Casey, Chris Pivac, David Moody, Stewart Walters (c), Cameron Robb (wk), Burt Cockley, Zac Howard, Bradley Giles, Chris Fenner, Matthew Daniel, S. Parry

RM: Sam Whiteman (c) (wk), Brayden Sutton, Aaron Heal, Craig Simmons, Brendon Diamanti, Josh Smith, Aidan Andrews, Ben Wright, Chris Loveridge, Ryan Done, Craig George, Tony Coulson

Perth v Scarborough, Fletcher Park

The Demons and Gulls, who finished seventh and fifth respectively last season, are both winless at this stage so they'll both be hungry for the points here. Perth are unchanged after their nail-biting loss to Melville, while Scarborough have named Matthew Stiller after a ton in Second Grade. with Shreyans Jain dropping out.

Perth: Aaron O'Connor, James McAuliffe, Jacob Snadden, Royce Blight, Angus Webster, Christiaan Moir (c) (wk), Andrew McLean, Paul Nicholas, Josh Nicholas, Dean Nelson, Michael Grzinic

Gulls: Jeremy Boyle (wk), Simon Branston, Justin Coetzee, Sean Costello, Marcus Harris, Clint Heron (c), Ty Hopes, Andrew Rule, Nick Jones, Andrew Tye, Matthew Stiller, Michael Johnson

University v Wanneroo, James Oval

The Roos returned to form with the bat last round and after an emphatic win over Scarborough they'll be looking to build on that away to Uni, who are winless so far. University are unchanged for the game, while Wanneroo have swapped Jack Cattrall for Stephen Jennings. Mitchell Johnson is named again despite his Warriors commitments and took six wickets against the Gulls.

Uni: Craig King, Mark Penter, Viv Paver, Will Bosisto, Joshua Mangan (c), Andrew Holder, Cameron Huckett, Scott Marshall (wk), David Vernon, Peter Mizza, Ashton Agar

Roos: Joel Charles, Jake Fawcett, Anthony Del Borrello (c), John Rogers, Alex Burton, Brian Shields (wk), Gary Atkinson, Marty Paskal, Chris Quelch, Robert Richards, Mitchell Johnson, Jack Cattrall

Mount Lawley v Willetton, Breckler Park

Fresh from their win over Gosnells the Hawks take on Willetton, who thrashed reigning premiers Wanneroo in round one but went down to Subi last week. Julien Goodall has been good with the bat this season, while the Dragons will be without key bowler Simon Mackin due to a quad injury. Nic Geisler and Matt Maguire come into the side.

ML: Thomas Meredith, Shane Rakich (c) (wk), James Ord, Julien Goodall, Tom Beaton, Josh Marrs, Luke Berendsen, Reece Adams, Luke Douglas, Andrew Winton, Taylor Landquist

Dragons: Kallen Bond, Dane Crognale, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Reece O'Connell, Kris Elliot (c), Gareth Whetnall, Stuart Biss, Stephen Ball, Aaron McCall, Matt Maguire, Nic Geisler