ROUND 1:

Claremont-Nedlands 6-172 (cc) (David 76, Hope 38, Turner 3-29) defeated Melville 171 (Porter 71no, Duffield 20, Turkich 4-16), Cresswell Park

Claremont-Nedlands have picked up where they left off last season, opening its 2018-19 campaign with a comfortable four-wicket win over Melville. After winning the toss and sending the Storm in to bat, the Tigers brewed up a storm of their own, with Daniel Turkich, Christopher Simpson and Bradley Hope combining to take the first four wickets of the match within 42 runs. However, Drew Porter came to the crease to offer immediate resistance for Melville, notching back-to-back 30-plus run partnerships with Brad Turner and Ryan Duffield to add some much-needed runs on the board. At 6-112, Porter continued to weather attacks from the Tigers’ bowlers, but unfortunately, a consistent partner could not be found, as Turkich and Hope cleaned up the tail to claim four and three wickets each respectively.

With the target set at 172 to win, the Tigers found themselves in a spot of bother early, losing the important wickets of Jacob Whiteaker and Nicholas Hobson at 2-24. However, a spirited 85-run partnership from Bradly Hope and Tim David helped reel in the target, pushing the Tigers to 109 before Hope was dismissed. At 3-109, Mark Turner was doing all he could to turn the tide back in favour of the Storm, taking the next three wickets of the match, however, the damage had been done early, with the Tigers cruising to a four wicket win with four overs to spare. David was a standout with the bat for Claremont-Nedlands, scoring a terrific 76 from 101 deliveries.

Gosnells 79 (Leipold 16, Reece 12, O’Connor 4-10) defeated by Bayswater Morley 129 (Todd 37, Thistle 35no, Leipold 3-28), Sutherlands Park

Bayswater Morley has opened its 2018-19 account with a 50-run win over Gosnells in low scoring match dominated by the bowlers. After being sent in to bat, the Bears found the going tough in bowler-friendly conditions, navigating their way to 4-41 as the wickets fell with regularity. Aaron Todd managed to hold sway for the first half of the innings, partnered with Ross Loiacono, before falling victim to David Thomason at 5-65. Thomason struck again in the next three deliveries, claiming James Wainman, leaving the Bears in dire straits at 6-65. However, Grant Thistle and Loiacono combined for an invaluable 47-run seventh-wicket partnership to push the total beyond 100. Matthew Leipold and Luis Reece managed to nobble the tail, holding the Bears to a lowly 129.

With a small target to chase down, Gosnells found itself in immediate trouble, losing Daniel Payne at 1-2. The match went from bad to worse, with Gosnells seemingly incapable of putting together a meaningful partnership. Leipold and Reece were the only two batsmen to reach double figures, as the batting line up collapsed around them. Gosnells lost its final nine wickets within 54 runs, as Bayswater Morley captain Liam O’Connor (4-10) and Ashley Jeffrey (3-23) enjoyed standout performances with the ball, helping the Bears to a comfortable first round win.

Mount Lawley 197 (Klinger 103, Bottega 35, D’Silva 3-36) defeated by South Perth 8-198(cc) (Bevilaqua 52, Chellew 50no, Ijaz 2-35), Breckler Park

South Perth have kicked off its season in style, with an epic one run win over Mount Lawley that came down to the final ball of the day. After being sent in to bat, South Perth did not get off to the start it had envisaged, losing 3-20 as Mohamed Ijaz wreaked some early havoc with the ball. However, a 39-run partnership from Brooke Guest and Hugh Brown steadied the ship for the visitors. At 4-59, Jayden Shadendorf and Brown fell in quick succession, leaving South Perth’s tail exposed. Although the match appeared to swing in the Hawks’ favour, Chris Chellew entered the crease in sparkling touch, finding the boundary with ease as he powered the total past 100. Chellew then found a partner in Alex Bevilaqua, with the pair belting out a 75-run partnership and giving their bowlers a total to defend. South Perth ended its innings at 8-198 after batting out the 50 overs.

Mount Lawley then hit the crease with new skipper and Perth Scorchers batter, Michael Klinger. It looked as though the run chase was going to be shut down early by South Perth, with wickets falling around Klinger. However, at 4-69, Andrew Bottega dug his heels in to build a much-needed partnership with Klinger. The dynamic duo put on a superb 88-run fifth-wicket stand to bring the Hawks within arms-length of victory. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the loss of Bottega at 4-157 sparked a middle order collapse, with Mount Lawley losing four wickets in the space of 16 runs. Although the Hawks were struggling at 8-173, Klinger was still at the crease, making a nuisance of himself for the South Perth bowlers. After notching a brilliant century, Klinger was finally dismissed at 9-194 by Darius D’Silva after scoring a marvellous 103 runs from 130 deliveries. With only five runs left for victory and one wicket left in the shed, the Hawks scrambled their way to 197 with one ball remaining and two runs left to win, but D’Silva was once again the man, taking the final wicket and winning the game for South Perth, claiming his third wicket of the day in an impressive victory.

Perth 7-230(cc) (Jury 57, Snadden 40, Hinchliffe 2-40) defeated Joondalup 227 (J.Morgan 69, G.Morgan 36, Nicholas 4-34), Fletcher Park

Perth have won a high scoring affair against Joondalup, kicking off its 2018-19 season with an impressive three-wicket victory. After being sent in to bat, Joondalup looked to settle quickly, shooting to 37 runs through Garrick Morgan and Jake Zsilinszky. Following the loss of Zsilinszky, Morgan continued to crunch boundaries before he and Clint Hinchliffe fell victim to a couple of impressive Jack Baker deliveries. At 3-63, captain Jaron Morgan and Tim Zsilinszky continued adding runs to the scoreboard, putting on a 44-run partnership to push the total to 107, before Zsilinszky was dismissed. However, Morgan was just getting started, as he and Thomas Russell blasted a further 55 runs together with the Centurions looking to have the match under control. However, at 5-203 and on the verge of an enormous total, Morgan was bowled by paceman Josh Nicholas, effectively ending Joondalup’s run fest, as it lost its final four wickets for 24 runs. Nicholas was instrumental in the final overs, taking 4-34 as Joondalup were bowled out for 227.

Perth then hit the crease and responded in style. A scorching 83-run opening stand from Luke Jury and Jordan Mast set the tone for the rest of the batting line up.  After Jury was eventually dismissed at 3-114 after a terrific knock of 57 from 55 balls (10 fours), Tom Scollay and Jacob Snadden continued where their captain left off, notching up a 63-run partnership to take the total to 177. Snadden continued to dispatch the ball to all parts of the ground following Scollay’s dismissal, boosting the total to 207 before he was removed for 40 by Harry Larmett. With five wickets to spare and 21 runs to chase down, Perth sauntered to victory, with Jacob Van Galen hitting the winning runs in the 45th over.

Scarborough 157 (Johnston 71, McQuade 45, Macauley 3-28) defeated by Fremantle 2-158 (Carder 58, Whiteman 35, Rose 2-48), Abbett Park

Fremantle have burst out of the blocks in the new season with a rousing eight-wicket win over Scarborough. With the Gulls sent in to bat, Fremantle quickly drew first blood, with Zach Ferris taking the important wickets of Jeremy Boyle and Nicholas Maiolo to have Scarborough sitting shakily on 2-12. However, Luke McQuade and Jacob Johnston hit back with a vengeance, scoring 54 runs in a third-wicket partnership to steady the innings. After 45 well-earnt runs, McQuade was dismissed by Ross Macauley at 3-66, with Liam Knight following suit shortly after. At 4-74, Johnston continued to provide the resistance for Scarborough, as Lochie Hardy joined him to add a further 29 runs to the total. However, once Hardy was dismissed at 5-103, the tail was exposed and fell with just 53 runs coming from the final five wickets. Johnston was sublime at number four, scoring 71 runs from 109 deliveries, while Macauley did the damage with the ball, taking 3-28 as the Gulls were bowled out for 157.

With a tricky target set, Fremantle exploded out of the blocks, with Jake Carder and Sam Whiteman smashing a 98-run opening partnership to effectively take the match away from Scarborough. A blip on the radar saw Whiteman and Carder fall within three runs of each other at 2-101, before Chris Davenport and Daniel Kennedy reeled in the final runs with ease in the 35th over.

Rockingham Mandurah 181 (Ugle 73, Simmons 22, Blake 3-26) defeated Subiaco Floreat 176 (McKenzie 50, Parker 45 Botha 2-7), Lark Hill

Rockingham Mandurah has won its first match of the season by five runs over Subiaco Floreat, with the round one encounter going down to the wire. The Mariners started their innings strong, after being sent in to bat, with the big-hitting Craig Simmons opening the batting with Tyler Robertson. The pair put on a 35-run opening stand before the Lions began to settle with the ball in hand. Three quick wickets seemingly swung the match back in favour of the Lions, before the 2018-18 Olly Cooley medallist, Dane Ugle, stepped to the crease. Ugle immediately imposed himself on the match, notching up a 47-run partnership with Damien Burrage to push the total towards 100. With Burrage falling at 4-99 and Nick Willis dismissed shortly after, Ugle found another gear and continued to churn out runs for the Mariners. A 49-run stand with Aaron Burrage seemed to put the seesawing match back in the Mariners corner, before the pair came unstuck by a couple of tremendous deliveries from Ashley Blake. Ugle finished the innings with 73 runs from 100 deliveries, as Lucas Martin cleaned up the tail for the Lions.

With the match evenly poised and the Lions needing to chase 182 for victory, the Mariners put the clamps on the run chase early, taking the prized wicket of Tim Monteleone at 1-16. Calum How and Hamish McKenzie helped boost the total to 53, before the Lions scrapped their way to 5-97. Although the outlook appeared bleak, McKenzie and Joshua Parker clicked with one another and provided some sorely needed resistance. The prolific pair put on 48 runs during their sixth-wicket partnership to give the Lions a sniff of victory. However, at 5-145, McKenzie found himself on the receiving end of a terrific Ugle delivery and was dismissed after a hard-fought half century. Parker continued to chase down the total with Lucas Martic, before tail-end collapse at 6-174. Needing just eight runs for victory, the Lions on the wrong end of an incredible bowling spell from Eric Botha, who took two wickets plus initiated a run out as Subiaco Floreat lost its final four wickets in the space of two runs, falling just five runs shy of the Mariners’ total.

University 2-176 (Sabburg 88no, Bosisto 53, Richards 1-19) defeated Wanneroo 9-173(cc) (Richards 42, Mcgee 27, Bosisto 3-23), James Oval

University has defeated Wanneroo by eight wickets after a dominant batting display in the opening round of the season. After sending the Roos in to bat, University found itself in a grinding battle, as the Roos openers found their groove early. A 57-run second-wicket stand between Robert Richards and Richard Mcgee looked to set a solid foundation from which the Roos could launch. However, at 1-92, that was not the case, as Will Bosisto, Bailey Richards and Sean Stuart ran riot with the ball, taking five wickets between them in the space of 26 runs. The Roos were floundering at 6-118, before Haydn Slodecki and Bailey Nylander managed to grind out 30 runs to give their bowlers a target to defend. Christopher Sabburg and Tyrone Kane helped to knock over the tail, containing the Roos to 9-173 at the end of the innings. Bosisto was instrumental with the ball early, taking 3-23, while Richards did his best with the bat for the Roos, scoring 42.

While the response from University initially looked shaky after losing Sean Stuart early, Bosisto and Sabburg cleared any doubt in their mind about which way the result would fall. The pair bludgeoned their way to an enormous 112-run partnership, taking away any chance the Roos had of stealing victory. After Bosisto departed for 53 at 2-124, Sabburg continued along his merry way, blasting a further 52 runs with Viv Paver, finishing the day on 88 not-out as University chased down the runs in the 41st over.

Willetton 1-87 (Hardie 54no, Milentis 19no, Verco 1-17) defeated Midland Guildford 86 (Evans 33, Cobley 15, MCall 3-11), Burrendah Park

Willetton has comprehensively defeated Midland Guildford by nine wickets after a dominant bowling display to open the season. Sending Midland Guildford in to bat immediately paid dividends for Willetton, with Matthew Hanna taking out opener James Kirwan early at 1-7. A brief fight back from Hayden Cobley and Sam Evans was halted by Kallen Bond at 2-30, before a devastating middle order collapse saw Midland Guildford dramatically bowled out for 86. Aaron McCall was tremendous for the Dragons, taking 3-11, while Bond, Hanna and Simon Mackin chipped in with two wickets each, in what was a dynamic bowling display from the Dragons’ attack.

The small total of 86 proved to be a mere formality, with the only blip being returning batsman Cameron Bancroft dismissed at 1-14. Aaron Hardie and Iszak Milentis had no issues chasing down the remaining runs, with Hardie notching a bruising half century.

ROUND 2:

Bayswater Morley 84 (Loiacono 32, Todd 21, Chislett 4-26) defeated by Mount Lawley 7-213 (Newnham 51, Chislett 35, Todd 2-32), Hillcrest Lower

Mount Lawley has won its first match of the season over Bayswater Morley by 129 runs following a dominant bowling display. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Hawks lost superstar batsman Michael Klinger for nought at 1-28, before James Newnham and Ethan Petta found their rhythm. The pair added 65 important runs and firmly put the pressure back on the Bears’ bowling attack. However, the Bears struck back sharply through Mitchell Todd, who took two wickets in two balls and brought the Hawks crashing back to Earth at 3-93. Tristan Hobley departed shortly after at 4-118, as Newnham continued to grind out a successful innings. Newnham and Andrew Bottega pushed the total to 141 before Newnham’s day was ended after a hard-fought half century. The Hawks enjoyed good service from their middle and lower order batsmen, with Jay Chislett (35) and Bottega (32) the standouts, as the Hawks batted the full 50 overs for a lofty total of 7-213.

With the target set, Bayswater Morley’s response could not have been any worse. After losing Aaron Todd on the second ball of the innings, the run chase went from bad to worse in the blink of an eye. Jay Chislett and Ian Fishman bamboozled the batsmen with the ball, taking seven wickets between them, as the Bears found themselves in deep strife. Ross Loiacono was the only resistance for the Bears, scoring an unbeaten 32, as the Bears were bowled out for a miserly 84.

Fremantle 178 (Micale 31, Carder 28, Hanna 4-31) defeated by Willetton 9-191(cc) (Bancroft 44, Godfrey 29, Moore 4-25), Stevens Reserve

Willetton capped off a terrific weekend of cricket on Sunday, with a well-earnt 13-run victory over Fremantle.  The Dragons backed their batsmen in to do the damage and build a defendable total, which looked to be an interesting choice as Fremantle’s bowlers began to get on top early. However, with Cameron Bancroft at the crease and the Dragons sitting shakily at 4-63, the Scorchers’ batsman found some needed form for himself and Willetton, pushing the total to 95 before he departed for 44. James Godfrey took over from Bancroft, anchoring the middle of the innings with Alex Hepburn, before Fremantle took three wickets in the space of three runs through Benjamin Moore and Jake Carder, turning the match on its head. At 8-125, the Dragons found important late innings partnerships, with Simon Mackin joining forces with Brennan Wilson (34 runs) and Aaron McCall (32 runs), batting out the innings to score a respectable 9-191. Moore was inspirational with the ball for Fremantle, taking 4-25 in an impressive display.

Chasing 192 for victory, Fremantle’s run chase got off to a slow start, losing Sam Whiteman for two from just four deliveries. However, Jake Carder and Daniel Kennedy fought through the awkward early session to produce a much-needed 45-run partnership. With the match appearing to be on Fremantle’s terms, the Dragons struck back taking three quick wickets through Matthew Hanna and Aaron Hardie, leaving the home side floundering on 4-62. Brayden Sutton and Matthew Micale took the challenge of righting the ship for Fremantle, which they did with aplomb. Navigating through Hanna and Hardie’s pace attack, Sutton and Micale added 54 runs during an important fifth-wicket partnership. In a seesawing match, just as Fremantle looked to have the match in its control, the Dragons struck back again, this time taking four wickets in the space of 18 runs to cause a middle order collapse as the home side dropped to 8-134. A late 43-run partnership to Ross Macauley and Benjamin Moore wasn’t enough to save Fremantle, as it was bowled out for 178 to fall 13 runs shy of Willetton’s total. Matthew Hanna was outstanding with the ball for the Dragons, taking 4-31, signalling his intentions as one of the bowlers of the competition again in season 2018-19. 

Joondalup 165 (J.Morgan 44, G.Morgan 38, Hitchen 4-36) defeated by Claremont-Nedlands 1-166 (Hobson 81no, Hope 73no, Thompson 1-28), Iluka Sports Complex

Claremont-Nedlands rounded out a perfect weekend of cricket on Sunday, sending a warning to the rest of the competition with a thunderous nine-wicket win over Joondalup. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Centurions looked to have the Tigers’ classy bowling attack under wraps early, with Garrick Morgan and Jake Zsilinszky opening with a 44-run partnership. However, Elliot Hitchen was the first to break through with the ball, claiming both Zsilinkszky and Morgan in quick succession. At 2-65, Jaron Morgan and Clint Hinchliffe appeared to steady the innings for the Centurions, adding a further 41 runs to the total before Joondalup suffered an almighty collapse. Joondalup lost eight wickets in the space of 59 runs, as Bradley Hope, Daniel Turkich, Haydan Morton and Hitchen ran riot with the ball. Hitchen was superb with the ball in hand, taking 4-36 as Joondalup were bowled out for 165.

After losing Jacob Whiteaker early at 1-1, the Tigers blitzed the run chase in record time. Nicholas Hobson and Bradley Hope put on a clinic with the bat, smashing out a tremendous 165-run second-wicket partnership as the Tigers chased down the total in the 36th over. Hobson and Hope ended the day unbeaten on 81 and 73 runs respectively. 

Melville 8-157(cc) (Smith 48no, R.Duffield 33, L.Duffield 3-31) defeated Gosnells 155 (Reece 76, Roberts 21, R.Duffield 4-29), Tompkins Park 

Melville has recorded its first win in season 2018-19, defeating Gosnells by two wickets in a difficult match. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Gosnells blasted its way to 66 following a 55-run second-wicket partnership from Daniel Payne and Luis Reece. The loss of Payne at 2-66 did nothing to slow Reece down, who took it upon himself to play an anchoring role throughout the innings. Partners came and went for Reece, who navigated through the chaos that was Ryan Duffield and Blake Reed taking wickets at will. At 4-118, the Storm bowlers found their groove, causing an almighty collapse to close out the innings. Six wickets fell in the space of 37 runs, with Gosnells bowled out for 155. Reece played an integral role with the bat, scoring 76 from 95 deliveries, while Duffield and Reed took seven wickets between them.

Melville’s run chase struggled to gather momentum early, with Gosnells bowlers up for the challenge. No batsman could make a score, with Gosnells forcibly on top at 6-63 through a combination of exceptional bowling and incredible fielding. With the match firmly in Gosnells’ grasp, Tom Smith and Ryan Duffield dug their heels in to produce what turned out to be a match-winning 59-run seventh-wicket partnership. While Duffield fell at 7-122, Smith continued on with Mark Turner to hit the winning runs in the 43rd over to pull off an incredible two-wicket win.

Midland Guildford 158 defeated by University 5-230(cc) (Paver 60, Bosisto 58, Reynolds-Harris 3-44), Lilac Hill 

University stamped its authority on the competition once again, this time defeating Midland Guildford to the tune of 72 runs. The Blues were thrown in to bat first, which initially looked like a wise decision from Midland Guildford, taking 2-34 in the early part of the innings. However, the match soon turned south for the home side, with Will Bosisto and Viv Paver continuing their good form from Round One. The pair put on an impressive third-wicket stand worth 77 runs, before Bosisto was dismissed for 58. At 3-111, the runs continued to pile up for University, with Paver and Joshua Mason adding a further 49 runs to the total. Paver was eventually removed at 4-160 after a hard-fought score of 60, while Mason followed soon after at 5-172 as Midland Guildford attempted to wrestle control of the match back following Zade Reynolds-Harris’ third wicket. However, that was not the case, as Matthew Birrell and Rex Strickland blasted 58 runs to finish the innings at 5-230.

The imposing total proved to be too tough for Midland Guildford to chase down, as its run chase never really gained momentum. A 51-run fourth-wicket partnership to Mark Rice and Keaton Critchell looked to give the home side a small chance at victory, however, University’s Sean Stuart stood in Midland Guildford’s way at every turn. Stuart was superb throughout the innings, taking a monster haul of 5-58, helping his side to bowl Midland Guildford out for 158 to sew up a 72-run victory.

Subiaco Floreat 8-252(cc) (Lilly 78no, Fatouros 72, R.Knight 4-49) defeated Scarborough 9-174(cc) (L.Knight 36, Maiolo 35, Blake 3-19), Floreat Park

Subiaco Floreat produced a masterful batting performance on its way to a whopping 78-run victory over Scarborough. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Lions found themselves in immediate trouble at 3-36. However, Aaron Lilly came to the crease and produced a masterclass alongside teammate Geremy Fatouros. The dynamic duo produced an amazing 102-run fourth-wicket partnership to firmly put the match on the Lions’ terms. Even the loss of Fatouros (72 runs from 68 deliveries) at 4-138 did not slow Lilly down for a second, as he belted out a further 97 runs, this time with captain Chris Hansberry. Following Hansberry’s dismissal for 59 at 5-235, Lilly eventually ran out of partners and overs, as he helped the Lions to a towering 8-252 at the end of the 50 overs. His unbeaten 78 from 108 was instrumental to the total, while Ryan Knight did his best to stem the flow for the Gulls, taking 4-49.

With such a large total to chase down, and the early loss of Luke McQuade at 1-13, you would be forgiven for thinking the young Scarborough side would simply roll over. That was not the case though, as Jeremy Boyle and Nicholas Maiolo set about turning the innings around. A 49-run partnership from the pair put the match back on an even keel, before Tim Monteleone struck with the ball. The Lions bowler took both Boyle and Maiolo within 11 runs of each other, bringing Scarborough crashing back to reality. Not to be outdone, Liam Knight and Jacob Johnston managed to find their rhythm with the bat, giving the Gulls a small chance at victory after producing a brilliant 70-run partnership. Unfortunately for the Gulls, the resistance ended with the loss of Knight at 4-143, as the following five wickets fell for just 31 runs. The Gulls ran out of batting power and time, as they fell 78 runs short of the Lions, finishing the 50 overs on 9-174. Ashley Blake was terrific with the ball in hand, taking 3-19 as well as constructing a brilliant run out.

South Perth 172 (D’Silva 62, Meuleman 22, Nicholas 3-25) defeated by Perth 6-174 (Roberts 59, Snadden 42no, Bevilaqua 3-33), Richardson Park

Perth has defeated its cross-town rivals South Perth by four wickets in a low-scoring topsy-turvy encounter. The decision from Perth to send the home team in to bat looked to pay off immediately, with Jacob Van Galen taking out openers Braydon Mueleman and Brandon Guest. However, at 2-36, Darius D’Silva hit the crease and instantly made an impact. While there were no partnerships of any value produced, D’Silva played an invaluable anchoring role as wickets fell with ease around him. Josh Nicholas was dynamic in attack for Perth, taking two wickets as D’Silva held strong. Unfortunately for South Perth, D’Silva’s innings came to an end at 7-146 after a hard-fought 62 runs and so too did the resistance, as Nicholas and Van Galen helped to clean up the tail, bowling the home side out for 172.

With a tricky target set, Perth’s run chase struggled to gain any momentum early, largely due to Alex Bevilaqua. The impressive bowler took three of the first four wickets to have Perth struggling at 4-43. With the match in danger of escaping, Sean Roberts and Jacob Snadden turned the match on its head with a superb 75-run fifth-wicket partnership. Although Roberts was dismissed for 59 at 5-118, the damage had already been done. Snadden continued to score runs as Josh Nicholas and Jacob Van Galen played their roles in turning over the strike, helping Perth to claim an impressive four-wicket win in the 40th over.

Wanneroo 8-222(cc) (Birt 79, Millar 37, Simmons 4-41) defeated by Rockingham Mandurah 9-234(cc) (Burrage 82, Ugle 80, Spoors 3-36), Jones Paskin Reserve

Rockingham Mandurah has defeated Wanneroo by 12 runs in a high scoring affair at Jones Paskin Reserve. After being sent in to bat, the Mariners went to work on what appeared to be a batsman friendly pitch. Opening batsman Aaron Burrage found himself in a rich vein of form early, combining with Tyler Robertson to score 73 runs in an impressive opening partnership. At 2-88 following the loss of Robertson and James Bracey, Dane Ugle instantly impacted the match, bludgeoning the ball to all parts of the ground. Ugle and Burrage added a further 80 runs to the score before Matthew Spoors produced an incredible caught and bowled effort to remove Burrage for 82. Damien Burrage, Craig Simmons and Nick Willis fell within three runs of each other, with Wanneroo’s bowlers finally getting on top to expose the tail. However, at 6-171, Ugle managed to get himself back on strike to swing the match back in the Mariners’ favour. A 62-run partnership from Ugle and Nathan Hutchison saw the Mariners zoom to 233, before Ugle was removed after a blistering 80 runs from 74 deliveries, which included six fours and three sixes. Two more wickets fell for one run as the Mariners ended the innings on 9-234. Spoors and Jack Cattrall were super for the Roos, taking three wickets each.

Wanneroo, in turn, responded well to the tremendous total set by the Mariners, as Travis Birt and Mitchell Mcgee opened the run chase with a 57-run partnership. The loss of Mcgee did nothing to slow Birt down, as he and Bailey Nylander doubled down on an impressive start, adding a further 68 runs to the total. However, at 1-125, disaster struck for the Roos, losing four wickets in the space of 26 runs. Amongst the carnage, Birt was removed by Simmons for an impressive knock of 79. At 5-151, Kyle Millar and Haydn Slodecki set about turning the match around with a hard-fought 49-run sixth-wicket stand. Unfortunately, the loss of Millar at 6-200 signalled the end for the Roos, leaving too much to too few and running out of time. The Roos finished 12 runs behind on 8-222, but while they didn’t get the win, they can be happy with the effort. Craig Simmons didn’t have his usual influence with the bat for the Mariners, but he did produce a brilliant performance with the ball, taking 4-41 from his 10 overs.