Willetton 174 (Bancroft 95, Wilson 25, Loiacono 5-47) v Bayswater Morley 1-24 (Hunwick 14no, Lewis 8no), Hillcrest Lower

Bayswater Morley are one day away from potentially causing a boil over against the highly fancied Willetton, following an excellent first day’s play. Although Willetton were off to a cracking start after winning the toss and electing to bat, the blossoming opening partnership between Cameron Bancroft and Izsak Milentis was halted by Bears’ bowler, Ross Loiacono. Loiacono stopped Bancroft and Milentis after 50 runs, before the Bears’ paceman ripped through Willetton’s top order. Aaron Hardie, Shayne Wornes and Kallen Bond all fell victim to Loiacono’s sizzling spell. Jonty Wilde and James Wainman joined in on the action soon after, taking out Alex Hepburn and Blair Walsh, as Willetton fell to a disastrous 6-91. Amid the chaos, Bancroft stood resolute as captain, defending his way through the middle overs to produce a potentially match saving 58-run partnership with Brennan Wilson. Following Loiacono’s fifth wicket of the day, Bancroft boosted the total to 173 before falling victim to a brilliant delivery from Bears’ captain Liam O’Connor. Bancroft ended with a tremendously hard-fought 95 after facing 230 balls, highlighting his determination to get back to the highest level and get his team over the line in tricky conditions. The Bears’ took the final two wickets in the next six deliveries, as they bowled Willetton out for 174. In response, the Bears posted 1-24 before the end of the day’s play.

Claremont Nedlands v South Perth 7-320(cc) (Cartwright 136, D’Silva 65, May 2-43), Cresswell Park

South Perth have blitzed Claremont Nedlands on the opening day of play, posting 7-320 off the back of a century to Hilton Cartwright. After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Perth didn’t get the start it was after, losing Tom Banton cheaply at 1-18. However, Hilton Cartwright then entered the crease and immediately turned the match on its head. A 43-run partnership with Braydon Meuleman was just a teaser to what was coming, as Cartwright and Brandon Guest exploded. Following Mueleman’s dismissal at 2-61, Cartwright and Guest dominated Claremont Nedlands’ bowlers, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground with ease. Tigers bowler Thomas May finally ended the onslaught by taking out Guest as the brutal 118-run third-wicket partnership with Cartwright came to an end. Although Guest was gone, Cartwright continued to bludgeon the bowlers with ease, this time with new batsman at the crease, Darius D’Silva. The pair fell just one run short of notching back-to-back century partnerships, as Cartwright’s reign of terror finally came to a close. The all-rounder finished with an extraordinary score of 136, including 16 fours. D’Silva continued on South Perth’s dominance with the bat, scoring a quick-fire 65, before his day was ended by Matthew Kelly at 5-310. Hugh Brown and Brooke Guest fell in quick succession as South Perth ended a dominant day on 7-320 after the 90 overs.

Gosnells 0-6 v Rockingham Mandurah 267 (Bracey 87, Simmons 59, Leipold 5-77), Sutherlands Park

Rockingham Mandurah have posted a lofty total on day one, finishing with 267 thanks to some late innings class and heavy hitting. After being sent in to bat by Gosnells, Rockingham Mandurah struggled to find momentum throughout the first half of its innings. Gosnells captain Matthew Leipold had his bowlers on top early, with the Mariners labouring their way to 6-96. However, James Bracey managed to dodge the carnage to eventually find a partner in the big-hitting Craig Simmons. The dynamic duo produced an incredible – and potentially match-saving – partnership worth 107 runs, catapulting the score to 203 before Simmons’ day was ended by David Thomason after 59 runs from 63 balls. Bracey continued to belt the ball to all parts of the ground, boosting the score to 224 before falling victim to Leipold on 87. Bracey’s hard-fought knock of 87 came from 160 deliveries, including six fours and one six. Leipold helped to knock over the tail, ending the day with five wickets to his name as the Mariners were bowled out for 267. Gosnells managed to bat out four overs and finished 0-6 at the end of the day’s play.

Joondalup 212 (Inglis 107, J.Morgan 45, Richards 5-33) v University 1-38 (Sabburg 18no, Bosisto 13no, Inglis 1-15), Iluka Sports Complex

Joondalup and University are evenly poised after a tight battle on the first day of action at Iluka Sports Complex. Although the Centurions found themselves in trouble early at 2-22, Clinton Hinchliffe and Josh Inglis breathed life into the innings, producing 68 runs in a terrific third-wicket partnership. The loss of Hinchliffe at 3-90 did nothing to slow Inglis down, as he found a new partner in captain Jaron Morgan. Inglis and Morgan bashed their way to a 75-run fourth-wicket stand to boost the total to 165 before Morgan departed for 45. At 4-165, Inglis found himself anchoring the middle overs as University’s bowlers started to get on top. A 35-run partnership between Inglis and Tim Zsilinkszy saw the score zoom to 200 before Bailey Richards took matters into his own hands. Richards tore his way through the tail, taking four of the final six wickets as Joondalup lost those final six wickets in the space of 12 runs. Richards ended the innings with 5-33, while Inglis finished the day with an amazing knock of 107, scoring more than half of Joondalup’s total as the Centurions were bowled out for 212. Although University lost Sean Stuart early at 1-1, Will Bosisto and Christopher Sabburg regrouped, pushing the total to 1-38 before the end of the day’s play.

Midland Guildford 218 (Rice 51, Thomas 38, Kandiah 3-39) v Mount Lawley 2-69 (Newnham 45, Chislett 5no, McBrine 1-2), Lilac Hill

Midland Guildford and Mount Lawley are locked in a tight battle at the end of day one at Lilac Hill. It looked like another early crumble for Midland Guildford’s top order, losing Sam Evans and Andrew McBrine in the first few overs. However, opener Mark Rice found his rhythm with Keaton Critchell, as the pair looked to post a decent total. The duo produced a handy 65-run third-wicket partnership to add some much-needed scoreboard pressure. Following Critchell’s dismissal at 3-81, Rice was run out moments later for 51, throwing the match wide open. Hawks’ bowler Justin Kandiah was doing his best to limit Midland Guildford’s scoring power, before Hayden Cobley and Austin Thomas responded with a 50-run fifth-wicket stand. The see-sawing contest fell into Mount Lawley’s hands in the blink of an eye, taking five wickets in the space of 52 runs, as Midland Guildford crumbled to 9-198. Justin Kandiah finished the innings by taking out Ashley Mucciarone for his third wicket of the day, as Midland Guilford were bowled out for 218. The Hawks responded well early, navigating the final tricky overs to end the day on 2-69.

Perth 5-336(cc) (Wells 156, Scollay 69, Stevens 5-69) v Scarborough, Fletcher Park East

Perth have dominated the opening day of its two-day match against Scarborough, posting an imposing 5-336 off the back of a magnificent Jonathan Wells century. The Gulls got off to the perfect start, with Liam Stevens taking out opener Jacob Snadden for a duck, however, the match changed dramatically once Jonathan Wells got on strike. Wells and Perth skipper Luke Jury defended well through the awkward early overs, before accelerating the run rate with some impressive hitting. The pair put on a brilliant second-wicket partnership worth 117 runs, putting the match firmly in Perth’s hands. The loss of Jury for 43 at 2-119 did nothing to stop Wells, who’s onslaught continued to greater heights with new partner Tom Scollay. A further 148-run stand saw the score soar to 267, before Scollay’s day was ended on 69 runs by Stevens, who took his third wicket for the match. Stevens struck again soon after, finally ending Wells’ magical knock at a whopping 156 runs. Wells smashed 17 fours and one six during his innings, as he produced the biggest individual score of the season so far. At 4-278, Sean Roberts and Jordan Mast enjoyed the freedom of the big total, opening their shoulders to smash out a quick-fire 43-run partnership. However, Stevens once again stood in Perth’s way, knocking over Mast to take his fifth wicket of the day as Perth finished the 90 overs with a tremendous score of 5-336.

Subiaco Floreat 180(cc) (McKenzie 36, Lilly 32, Qadir 5-59) v Melville 0-75 (B.Turner 40no, Reed 31no), Floreat Park Oval

Melville has almost sewn up a first innings victory after a dogged performance on day one against Subiaco Floreat. After being sent in to bat, the Lions managed to navigate past the early loss of Calum How at 1-14 to boost the total to 65 through a second-wicket partnership from Marcus Stoinis and Hamish McKenzie. However, Stoinis and McKenzie fell in quick succession, leaving the Lions floundering at 3-76. Cameron Green and Aaron Lilly appeared to have steadied the innings, producing a hard-fought 49-run fourth-wicket stand, before Usman Qadir produced a magical spell of bowling. At 3-125, the Lions lost their final seven wickets in the space of 55 runs. Qadir was ruthless throughout this period of the match, taking four of his five wickets in the middle overs. The Lions were bowled out for a lowly 180, giving Melville every chance to chase an outright victory. The Storm started their run chase perfectly, with Blake Reed and Brad Turner scoring 75 runs before the end of the day’s play.

Fremantle 162 (Davenport 49, Turner 32, Quelch 3-38) v Wanneroo 5-30 (Spoors 17no, Mcgee 8, Richardson 4-16), Stevens Reserve

The match between Fremantle and Wanneroo is still completely up for grabs following a topsy-turvy first day of action. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Fremantle struggled its way through the early overs of the innings, sitting awkwardly at 3-24 following some brilliant bowling from Jack Cattrall and Cristopher Quelch. Ashton Turner and Daniel Kennedy then came to the crease and immediately looked to improve the dire situation for Fremantle. The pair added 32 runs in a promising sign, before Matthew Dzodzos took his first wicket of the match, leaving the home side struggling at 4-56. Chris Davenport then entered the crease for Fremantle, giving his teammates hope of posting a defendable total, as he and Turner produced a much-needed 34-run partnership. Although the signs were looking positive, Quelch struck again for the Roos, knocking over Turner and Jhye Richardson in quick succession. At 6-97, Davenport continued to fight for Fremantle, boosting the total to 132 with Brayden Sutton, before Wanneroo’s Stuart Thompson got in on the action, taking out Davenport after a hard-fought 49 runs. Thompson took two more wickets as Fremantle’s tail crumbled and were bowled out for a lowly 162. Any confidence the Roos had of an easy run chase was immediately dashed at the hands of Fremantle paceman Jhye Richardson. Richardson was electric in the final overs of the day, ripping through Wanneroo’s top order with ease. Robert Richards was the first to go, closely followed by Mitchell Mcgee. Stuart Thompson and Kyle Millar followed in the next two balls as Richardson claimed a sensational hat-trick, which saw him end with four wickets in a brutal spell of bowling. Christian Smith fell soon after to Josh Chojnowski, as Wanneroo tumbled to 5-30 at the end of the day’s play.