Saturday 27 October
2 Day Game

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 last Saturday. Manuel Hunwick and Jake Lewis are still at the crease for the Bears and will be looking to at least halve the run chase in order to secure a first innings victory.

“Our approach will be to try and take every wicket. I think we can go about the task of defending and if the early wickets don’t come we’ll have to go into defensive mode. It’s going to be a tight contest, but I think we’ve got the bowling attack to do the job and hopefully we’ll make scoring really difficult for them.”
- Willetton head coach Aaron Hardwood

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 an electric 7-320 off the back of a century to Hilton Cartwright last Saturday. Tigers will be looking to put a dent in that total straight away, such is the depth of Claremont Nedlands’ batting line up.

“I think it’s obviously a pretty big score, but I think the wicket we have and the outfield we have at Cresswell Park, it’s probably a really good challenge for early season. It’s a great test for us to see if we can bat out the day against a substantial score and, if we can bat to the best of our ability, then we can definitely chase it down.” 
- Claremont Nedlands head coach Jim Allenby

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. Gosnells captain Matthew Leipold will be looking to his openers in Timothy Hale and Daniel Payne to knock off the majority of the run chase if they are to sneak a first innings victory.

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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. Joondalup’s bowlers will need to limit Will Bosisto’s influence with the bat if the Centurions are to come away with an upset victory.

“We’re just going to look to bat for time. There’s no run rate pressure on us and we’re only chasing another 170, so we’ll just instruct our batsmen to play it as it comes and hopefully bat out the day.”
- University head coach Will Stibbs

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. The Hawks appear to have the slight edge at this stage and will look to bat out the day and take the first innings victory. 

“It’s an interesting position, we’re just looking to bat as per usual. The trap in the past is that we’ve tried to bat out the day and we’ve fallen in a heap, so the plan is to bat as normal, take it as it comes as an individual and have everyone playing their role.”
- Mount Lawley head coach David Virgo

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.

“We’re preparing for a long day, we’re not thinking that it’s going to be easy just because we posted a decent score. It’s a good wicket to bat on, so we’ll put our plans in place where we want to play and bowl, execute our KPI’s and hopefully come away with the win.”
- Perth head coach Jason Thompson

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. The Storm will most likely look to chase down the next 105 runs as quickly as possible. With Brad Turner and Blake Reed set and better weather on the way, a big score could be on the cards for Melville.

“We’ll get through the first half an hour, hopefully chase down the runs and get the first innings win. Depending on what transpires throughout the second half of the day we’ll reassess where we’re at and go from there.”
- Melville head coach Brad Thompson

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. The task is simple from a Wanneroo perspective; don’t lose any more wickets. The Roos will be buoyed by the fact that Jhye Richardson will not be playing and will need to stand firm and defend their wicket as much as possible.

“Hopefully we’ll get the remaining wickets early then bat the rest of the day. We’re in a good position even without Jhye Richardson, but hopefully we can get Spoors out quickly and go from there.”
- Fremantle head coach Joe Piromalli