Claremont Nedlands has suffered its first loss of the season with a shock two-wicket loss Bayswater Morley, albeit with a different looking line up. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Tigers found themselves in trouble early at 2-3 before a 49-run partnership between Cameron Steel and Steve Eskinazi steadied the innings. However, three quick wickets to Ashley Jeffrey and Luke Waterhouse turned the match back to the Bears’ favour at 5-69. Following Eskinazi’s dismissal for 48, the Tigers found themselves in the rare position of 7-97 and needing to find some runs to post a defendable total. A further 48-run partnership between Chad Hitchcock and Paul Donaldson promised to push the total higher before the Bears’ bowlers struck again, taking three quick wickets to contain the Tigers to 153. A quick start was needed from the Bears, which Jake Lewis and Robert Guy provided through a 72-run partnership following Tim Smithies dismissal for naught. However, an inspired spell of bowling from Donaldson and Chris Simpson saw the Bears lose six wickets in the space of 24 runs to slingshot the Tigers back into the match. At 7-96, the Bears found a 56-run partnership through Waterhouse and Olly Stone which swung the momentum back to the Bears’ favour. Although Waterhouse was dismissed at 8-152, Stone hit the winning runs moments later to secure the two-wicket win for the Bears.
Fremantle 9-192 (Kennedy 72no, Davenport 39, D’Silva 3-33) defeated South Perth 6-191 (Jones 89, D’Silva 50, McPhee 3-37), Stevens Reserve West
The twelfth-placed Fremantle have upset the second-placed South Perth with a tight one-wicket win, hitting the winning runs in the 47th over. After being sent in to bat, South Perth found itself in trouble early at 2-22. However, a tremendous 96-run partnership between Robert Jones and Darius D’Silva put the game firmly back in South Perth’s favour. Following D’Silva’s dismissal for 50 at 3-118, Jones continued to anchor the innings, finding a further 49 runs through a partnership with Brooke Guest. Jones continued to frustrate Fremantle’s bowlers, pushing the total to 6-191 at the end of the innings, finishing with a superb 89 from 129 balls. Fremantle started the run chase brilliantly with a scorching 54-run partnership between Sam Whiteman and Jake Carder. However, the South Perth bowlers fought back hard, taking three quick wickets to leave Fremantle floundering at 3-78. Daniel Kennedy hit the crease with a purpose, as he and Chris Davenport put on a blistering 80-run partnership to sit comfortably at 4-158 following Davenport’s dismissal. However, Fremantle suffered a horrendous collapse, losing five wickets in the space of 30 runs to be sitting nervously on 9-189 late in the match. Luckily for Fremantle, Kennedy was still at the crease and managed to hit the winnings runs with 14 balls to spare.
Rockingham Mandurah 205 (Ugle 71, Willis 50, Prescott 3-32) defeated Gosnells 120 (Hale 30, James-Buckley 24, Burrage 3-23), Lark Hill 1
Rockingham Mandurah’s topsy-turvy season has continued with a powerful 85-run victory over Gosnells. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Mariners got off to a rocky start, struggling their way to 5-41 with another poor batting performance looming. However, an amazing 97-run partnership between Dane Ugle and captain Nick Willis pushed the total to 138 before Ugle was dismissed for 71 from 82. At 6-138, the Mariners tailenders scraped their way to 205 at the end of the innings with a hard-fought half century from Willis. Aaron Keverne-Onyon and Chris Prescott did the damage with the ball for Gosnells, taking six wickets between them. With the target set, Gosnells found itself struggling early at 3-28. A small 38-run partnership between David Roberts and Ryan James-Buckley pushed the total to 65, before the Mariners found their range with the ball. A disastrous batting collapse from Gosnells saw seven wickets fall in the space 55 runs as they fell 85-runs short.
Scarborough 7-232(cc) (Maiolo 70, Philippe 42, Nicholas 2-39) defeated by Perth 2-233 (Wheater 118no, Moreton 77no, Rule 2-55), Abbett Park East
Perth have cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Scarborough off the back of a sensational 205-run partnership between Adam Wheater and Dain Moreton. Sending Scarborough in to bat first brought Perth immediate success, with paceman Josh Nicholas trapping opener Jeremy Boyle LBW at 1-1. However, Josh Philippe and Nicholas Maiolo steadied the ship with a 71-run partnership before Philippe was dismissed for 42. Maiolo continued to blast the bowlers to all parts of the ground with another 56-run partnership with Samuel Moylan. Maiolo eventually departed for 70 runs, leaving Scarborough in a promising position at 4-145. The tail wagged nicely as a handy 41-run seventh-wicket partnership pushed the total to 222 before Scarborough ended their innings with a defendable 7-232. Perth responded by barely breaking a sweat during the run chase. After a few minor hiccups early sitting on 2-28, Wheater and Moreton put on an unbelievable batting display. The dynamic duo crunched a 205-run partnership, effectively taking the game out of Scarborough’s hands. Wheater’s sensational unbeaten knock of 118 came from just 102 balls while Moreton finished with 77 not out as Perth coasted to an eight-wicket win.
University 180 (Paver 47, Bartlett 45, Hansberry 4-34) defeated by Subiaco Floreat 5-182 (How 77, Lily 50, Dallimore 2-19), James Oval
Subiaco Floreat have defeated University by five wickets following an impressive display with bat and ball. After being sent in to bat, University scraped its way to 3-65 early in their innings. George Bartlett anchored the first half of the innings with a hard-fought 45 before being dismissed at 4-91. A 65-run partnership between Viv Paver and captain Matthew Birrell pushed University’s total out to 156 before suffering a monumental batting collapse. University lost its remaining six wickets for 34 runs as the Lions captain tore through University’s tail end, taking 4-34 as University were bowled out for 180. It was a shaky start to the Lions run chase, losing Hamish McKenzie and Anthony Murphy for naught, sitting shockingly on 2-0. However, Calum How and Aaron Lily quickly steadied as they crunched a terrifically hard-fought 121 runs during their third-wicket partnership. With only 59 more runs to gather, the Lions cruised to a five-wicket victory in the 43rd over, thanks largely to Calum How’s bruising 77 runs.
Wanneroo 103 (Millar 48, Richards 14, Purdy 4-30) defeated by Mount Lawley 9-253(cc) (Newnham 91, Petta 72, Nylander 3-56), Kingsway Sports Ground 1
Mount Lawley have beaten Wanneroo by an enormous 150 runs in the battle between the bottom two. After being sent in to bat, the Hawks found their rhythm quickly following the loss of Oliver Mouchemore, with a sensational 135-run partnership between James Newnham and Ethan Petta. At 2-141, Newnham continued to anchor the innings for Mount Lawley as he belted his way to 91 from 134. Following Newnham’s dismissal at 6-189, the Hawks’ tail pushed on with cameos from Matthew Taylor (33) and Jay Chislett (22) and a strong input from Petta with a smashing 72 to help the Hawks to 9-253 at the end of the 50 overs. Wanneroo’s response would have been non-existent had it not been for Kyle Millar scraping his way to 48. Only two of the Hawks’ batsmen managed to hit their way to double figures as Liam Purdy and Matthew Taylor ripped through the Roos’ line up, taking seven wickets between them as the Roos were bowled out for a measly 103.
Willetton 3-143(cc) (Biss 56, Bond 31no, Zsilinszky 1-17) defeated Joondalup 142 (Morgan 48, Branston 33, Rhodes 3-14), Burrendah Reserve 1
Willetton have continued its push their way up the ladder with a stunning seven-wicket win over Joondalup. The decision to send Joondalup in to bat from captain Matthew Johnston turned out to be a brilliant one, as Joondalup struggled to find consistency throughout its entire innings. Garrick Morgan was the only Joondalup batsmen to provide any real resistance, scoring a tough 48 runs from 91 balls as Willetton’s bowlers tore through Joondalup’s line up. Simon Mackin, Will Rhodes and Matt Hanna claimed eight wickets between them as Joondalup scraped its way to 142. Willetton began its run chase strongly through Stuart Biss and Iszak Milentis, knocking off almost half of Joondalup’s total with a quick-fire 62-run opening partnership. Biss managed to push the total towards 100 before being dismissed for 56 at 3-100. Willetton only lost one more wicket during their run chase, as Kallen Bond hit the winning runs to claim an easy seven-wicket victory for the home side.
Midland Guildford 206 (Sibley 75, Baker 53, Duffield 3-20) defeated by Melville 9-239(cc) (Towers 61, Porter 58no, Sibley 5-69), Lilac Hill 1
Melville has consolidated its spot in the top six with a tough 33-run victory over Midland Guildford. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Melville started its innings perfectly with a superb 102-run partnership between Luke Towers and Blake Reed. Following Towers dismissal for 61 and sitting at 1-102, a flurry of wickets fell as Melville dropped to 4-132 thanks to Midland Guildford’s captain Dominic Sibley. However, Drew Porter and Ryan Duffield entered the crease and immediately set about regaining the momentum, crunching 74 runs in a fantastic fifth-wicket partnership. At 5-206, Sibley continued his good form with the ball, helping to clean up the tail to finish with figures of 5-69 as Melville finished its innings on 9-239. Midland Guildford began its run chase well enough through Sibley and Hayden Cobley, putting on a 69-run opening partnership to put the pressure back on the Melville bowlers. The Melville Storm managed to regroup quickly, taking four wickets in the space of 30 runs as Brad Turner turned the game with two wickets in two balls, leaving Midland Guildford on 4-99. Amid the chaos, Sibley continued to fight, as he found a partner in Jack Baker. The pair put on 47 runs before Sibley was eventually dismissed for a brilliant 75. At 6-178, Baker continued to smack the ball to all parts of the ground, trying to get his side over the line. Unfortunately for Midland Guildford, Baker fell for 53 at 8-198 as the visitors took the final two wickets in the blink of an eye, completing the 33-run victory for Melville.