WACA District First Grade - Round 6 Preview
14 December 2012  

Wanneroo and Joondalup will resume last season's semi-final rivalry this weekend when they clash in the northern derby in their District First Grade round six clash.

The Roos knocked the minor premiers out of the finals in 2011-12, winning by six wickets in their semi-final at Iluka before going on to win the Grand Final over Subiaco-Floreat.

Joondalup coach Ric Olsen said his side were looking for redemption against derby rivals Wanneroo.

"It was the first game I looked for when the fixtures were released," he said." They have inflicted a bit of pain on us before so we're out to redeem ourselves. We're looking to knock them over."

Iluka is known as a bowler friendly pitch and with Joondalup's attacking trio of James Boyland, Josh Anderson and Denver D'Cruz in form, Olsen admitted they'd be vital to his side's chances.

"The bowlers hold the key. Across the metropolitan area the wickets are not 100 per cent so the toss will be important," he said.

Joondalup have had issues with the bat in recent times, so Olsen revealed he was delighted to welcome exciting Indian import Nishant Singh Shekhawat from Bangalore Brigadiers after finally succeeding in his visa application.

"He adds a bit of strength in the middle," Olsen said. "He needs to get used to the conditions and adjust. He has the ambition to play for India and he wants to work on his game."

Spinner Daniel Pascoe also returns to the side at the expense of James Sprague, while Wanneroo will go into the game with four seamers with Marty Paskal returning to the line-up.

Wanneroo coach Andy Oram said: "We've gone with a battery of four seamers and we plan to hit them head on. They're blessed with three quality seamers and Denver D'Cruz is one of the best in the competition.

"Joondalup is a hard one. They cop criticism for their wicket, but it's a good wicket. You need to get yourself in and apply yourself. The bowlers have got to hit that area too."

Oram said batsman Jake Fawcett was "due" for a big score, while he was optimistic ex-Joondalup pair Robert Richards and Brian Shields wouldn't lose focus against their former club.

Game of the Round;

Joondalup (4th, LWDWD) v Wanneroo (5th, WWDWL), Iluka

Joondalup: Randall Starr (c), James Newnham, Garrick Morgan, Clint Tomlinson, Josh Anderson, Josh Inglis (wk), James Boyland, Daniel Pascoe, Denver D'Cruz, Dale Meyer, Jaron Morgan, Nishant Singh Shekhawat

Roos: Joel Charles, Jake Fawcett, Anthony Del Borrello (c), John Rogers, Brian Shields (wk), Christopher Quelch, Robert Richards, Jack Cattrall, Kyle Millar, Stephen Jennings, Marty Paskal

Perth (12th, WLDLD) v Bayswater-Morley (11th, LLWLD), Fletcher Park

The Demons will be looking for back-to-back wins when they host the Bears, however they will have to do so without last week's run scoring hero Angus Webster as he's away on a planned holiday. James McAuliffe comes into the side, while the Bears will be desperate to improve on last week's score of 131 with Brenton Edwards and Sam Baird given a chance.

Perth: Aaron O'Connor, Jacob Snadden, Christiaan Moir (c) (wk), Andrew McLean, Paul Nicholas, Dean Nelson, Ashutosh Dahiya, Royce Blight, Jack McIver, Akash Fotedar, James McAuliffe

BM: Simon Allison (c), Michael Thistle, Aaron Todd (wk), Robert Guy, Ross Loiacono, Liam O'Connor, Joshua Dunning, Marcus North, Mitchell Todd, Kyle Francis, Brenton Edwards, Sam Baird

University (14th, LLDLD) v Claremont-Nedlands (1st, WWWWD), James Oval

These two neighbouring clubs are experiencing very different 2012-13 seasons, with the Students still winless, while the Tigers have won four on the trot. Claremont-Nedlands bowling attack has been a key ingredient of their success this season, with Tim MacDonald two wickets away from 300 Pennant scalps. All rounder James Allenby returns for the Tigers, while Uni will be without in-form batsman Viv Paver and bowler David Vernon.

Uni: Joshua Mangan (c), Craig King, Justin Gaisford (wk), Will Bosisto, Andrew Holder, Ashton Agar, Cameron Huckett, Peter Mizza, Matthew Birrell, Sean Fox, John McKay

CN: John Bryant, Hayden Parsons, Nicholas Hobson, Daniel Turkich, Jacob Whiteaker, Jeremy Swan, Joel Paris, Steve Eskinazi, Tim Macdonald (c), Chris Brabazon, James Allenby

Willetton (8th, LWDLW) v Melville (2nd, WWDWD), Burrendah Reserve

The Dragons will be eager to bounce back after a disappointing performance in last round's loss to Subiaco-Floreat and they've added impressive bowler Stephen Ball to the line-up. Melville continue to produce the goods, with a comfortable win over University last round. However, the Storm won't have Luke Towers, Adam Voges and Ben Edmondson. Captain Drew Porter is 13 runs away from Pennant 5000 runs, while Roos skipper Kris Elliot is coincidentally nine runs shy of the milestone too.

Dragons: Kallen Bond, Dane Crognale, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Reece O'Connell, Kris Elliot (c), Stuart Biss, Aaron McCall, Matt Maguire, Simon Mackin, James Godfrey, Stephen Ball

Melville: Sean Terry, Tom Scollay, Drew Porter (c), Ben Clarke, Ryan Duffield, Steve Russell, Andy Greig (wk), Ryan James, Ben Brown, Matthew Wiley, Thomas Kerr-Sheppard

South Perth (10th, WLLWD) v Mount Lawley (3rd, WWDWD), Richardson Park

Julien Goodall was in devastating form as the Hawks continued their good start to the season last round and they'll be chasing another win away to last season's wooden spooners. Marshall Hood is unavailable for the Sky Blues while Hilton Cartwright is likely to have Scorchers duty this weekend too. The Hawks will welcome Paul Davis and Cody Butler into the side.

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

ML: Thomas Meredith, Shane Rakich (c) (wk), James Ord, Julien Goodall, Tom Beaton, Josh Marrs, Luke Douglas, Andrew Winton, Matt Dixon, Paul Davis, Cody Butler

Fremantle (16th, LLLLL) v Midland-Guildford (15th, LLDLD), Stevens Reserve

The bottom two sides will be chasing their first win of the season in this encounter in Fremantle. Tom Triffitt will be on Scorchers duty this weekend, so Chris Davenport will likely wear the gloves for the Port boys. Simon Katich is unlikely to be available for the Swans but has been named after last week's century. Impressive WA Under-17's bowler Bevan Bennell, who is currently in Hobart, has been selected too with Bradley Giles out.

Freo: Ryan Shuttleworth, Shaun Marsh, Tim Armstrong, Brody Lewis, Tim Miles, Tom Triffitt (wk), Ross Macauley, Chris Davenport (wk), Adam Feeney, Jordan Buller, Jamie Heath, Matthew Milton, Ashlee Johnson, Ashton Turner (c), Anthony Collova, Jake Carder

MG: Chris Pivac, David Moody, Stewart Walters (c), Cameron Robb, Burt Cockley, Chris Fenner (wk), Stephen Parry, Simon Katich, Phillip Adams, Shaun Cohen, Tom Casey, Scott Baker, Daniel Susana, Bevan Bennell

Gosnells (13th, LWLLD) v Scarborough (7th, WWDLD), Sutherlands Park

The Gulls will look to break into the top six when they travel to Sutherlands Park to take on a Gosnells side who gave Wanneroo a challenge last round. Perth Scorchers' batsman Marcus Stoinis is named again by Scarborough, while Sean Costello is absent. Gosnells have brought in Brett Bayley and Michael Bailey.

Gosnells: Matthew Leipold, Alistair Turner, D'Arcy Short, Anthony Caddy (c), Blair Dalton, Luke Proctor, Craig Jensen (wk), Matthew Goes, Shane Terace, Michael Bailey, Brett Bayley

Gulls: Simon Branston, Justin Coetzee, Marcus Stoinis, Marcus Harris, Clint Heron (c), Andrew Rule, Nick Jones, Andrew Tye, Matthew Stiller, Michael Johnson (wk), Andrew Cameron

Rockingham-Mandurah (9th, LLDWW) v Subiaco Floreat (6th, WLWWD), Lark Hill

Warriors opener Sam Whiteman returns after playing for the Chairman's XI as the Mariners look to end their three-game winless run at home to the Lions. Subiaco-Floreat will be without Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile for this weekend due to Scorchers commitments, while David Bandy is unavailable too.

RM: Sam Whiteman (c) (wk), Brayden Sutton, Craig Simmons, Josh Smith, Aidan Andrews, Ryan Done, Craig George, Tony Coulson, Joel Marion, Al Kristensen, Chris Loveridge

Subi: Alexander Malcolm (c), Stefan Collins, Steven Glew, Jason Behrendorff, Glenn Stockden, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Hansberry, Matthew Thomson, Ashley Blake, Calum How (wk), Kim Manolas, Ben Hansberry, Aaron Lilly