Round three of the 2012-13 WACA District competition
commences this Saturday, and Ben Somerford takes a look at the weekend
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
"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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
Macdonald (c), John Bryant, Jeremy Swan, Jacob Whiteaker, Travis Birt, Steve
Eskinazi (wk), Daniel Turkich, Hayden Parsons, Robert Morgan, Nicholas Hobson,
Rockingham-Mandurah, Lilac Hill
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.
Casey, Chris Pivac, David Moody, Stewart Walters (c), Cameron Robb (wk), Burt
Cockley, Zac Howard, Bradley Giles, Chris Fenner, Matthew Daniel, S. Parry
Whiteman (c) (wk), Brayden Sutton, Aaron Heal, Craig Simmons, Brendon Diamanti,
Josh Smith, Aidan Andrews, Ben Wright, Chris Loveridge, Ryan Done, Craig George,
Perth v Scarborough,
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
O'Connor, James McAuliffe, Jacob Snadden, Royce Blight, Angus Webster,
Christiaan Moir (c) (wk), Andrew McLean, Paul Nicholas, Josh Nicholas, Dean
Nelson, Michael Grzinic
Boyle (wk), Simon Branston, Justin Coetzee, Sean Costello, Marcus Harris, Clint
Heron (c), Ty Hopes, Andrew Rule, Nick Jones, Andrew Tye, Matthew Stiller, Michael
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.
King, Mark Penter, Viv Paver, Will Bosisto, Joshua Mangan (c), Andrew Holder,
Cameron Huckett, Scott Marshall (wk), David Vernon, Peter Mizza, Ashton Agar
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.
Meredith, Shane Rakich (c) (wk), James Ord, Julien Goodall, Tom Beaton, Josh
Marrs, Luke Berendsen, Reece Adams, Luke Douglas, Andrew Winton, Taylor
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