Claremont Nedlands 5-324(cc) (David 121, Hope 58, Lilly 2-32) defeated Subiaco Floreat 220(cc) (Monteleone 69, How 31, Morton 3-33), Cresswell Park
Claremont Nedlands have snapped a three-match losing streak, defeating Subiaco Floreat in the first innings after a powerful batting display on day two. The Tigers started their run chase perfectly, with Cameron Steel and Jacob Whiteaker producing a hard-fought 93-run opening partnership. However, three quick wickets to Lucas Martin and Nicholas Hobson put the match back in the balance at 3-132. Tim David then entered the crease with Bradley Hope where the pair turned the match upside down. David was brutal, while Hope complemented David with finesse and an eagerness to turn over the strike, as the pair put on a monstrous 158-run fourth-wicket partnership to snatch victory from the jaws of the Lions. Hope was eventually dismissed for 58, while David continued to destroy the Lions’ bowling attack, ending the day unbeaten on 121 from 162 balls and hitting 12 fours and one six during his gigantic innings. The Tigers ran out comfortable winners, posting 5-324 in response to Subiaco Floreat’s 220 on day one.

Fremantle 308 (Carder 169, Dallimore 31, Hinchliffe 3-57) defeated Joondalup 155, 5-61(cc) (J.Zsilinszky 26, Birchall 11, Ferris 2-10), Stevens Reserve West
Fremantle have cruised to a first innings victory over Joondalup off the back of Jake Carder’s sensational 169. Beginning the day at 3-109 and needing only a further 47 runs for victory, Fremantle’s Sam Whiteman and Jake Carder pushed the total to 138 before Whiteman was run out for 10. Matthew Micale then entered the crease with Carder, where the pair added 54 runs to secure the first innings win for the home side. Carder continued to churn out the runs, boosting the total to 241 before he was dismissed for a breathtaking 169. His terrific innings included a whopping 21 fours from just over four hours at the crease. Fremantle were eventually bowled out for 308 after some late innings fireworks from tail-enders Liam Dallimore and captain Brayden Sutton. Joondalup were then sent back in to back as Fremantle attempted an outright win. However, the Centurions held on bravely, scoring 5-61 after 15 overs to avoid the outright loss.

Gosnells 99, 7-137(cc) (Keverne-Onyon 79, James-Buckley 17, Chellew 3-20) defeated by South Perth 268 (Ovens 124, D’Silva 67, Leipold 6-60), Sutherlands Park 1
Gosnells have staved off an outright loss but still suffered a first innings defeat after a rampant South Perth bowling attack shone on day two. Gosnells returned to the crease at 2-13 with Jeremy McFarlane and captain Matthew Leipold ready to dig in. However, South Perth had other ideas, as the visitors picked up where they left off on day one, taking two quick wickets to start the innings. At 4-23, Gosnells were in dire straits and needed some form of resistance from South Perth’s brutal pace attack. Brodee Foster came in at number six and added some much-needed firepower to Gosnells’ faltering middle order, boosting the total considerably as he anchored the innings. With Chris Chellew on fire with the ball, Gosnells stumbled its way to 8-85, before Robert Jones took the final two wickets to have Gosnells all out for 99 in the 51st over and falling 169 runs behind South Perth. Chellew was superb with the ball, taking 5-24 from his 19 overs. With plenty of time left in the day, South Perth enforced the follow on in search of an outright victory. The decision looked as though it would pay off early, as Gosnells quickly tumbled to 5-33. However, a 76-run partnership between Ryan James-Buckley and Aaron Keverne-Onyon helped keep South Perth at bay. Keverne-Onyon helped boost the total to 130 before he was dismissed after scoring a quick-fire 79 from 64, including seven fours and five sixes. Gosnells eventually ended the day on 7-137, bravely holding off an outright loss, while Chellew was dominant for South Perth, taking eight wickets across the match.

Melville 6-304 (Towers 111, Wiley 103no, Millar 2-44) defeated Wanneroo 153 (Richards 34, Millar 33, Reed 3-12), Tompkins Park 1
Melville have easily accounted for Wanneroo, taking a first innings win after bowling the Roos out for 153. The Roos started day two at the crease with an imposing target of 304 looming over their heads. The enormity of the task in front of the Roos may have affected their start, as they lost Max Holden and Matthew Spoors early to be struggling at 2-19. However, Robert Richards and Kyle Millar set about trying to save the innings, scoring a tough 54-run third-wicket partnership before Richards was dismissed for 34. Millar continued to battle manfully as Melville ripped through the Roos’ middle order, taking five wickets in the space of 32 runs to effectively take the match away from Wanneroo. At 8-114, following Millar’s dismissal for 33, Christopher Quelch and Matthew Dzodzos attempted to add some respectability to the scoreboard for Wanneroo before Blake Reed pounced, taking the final two wickets to bowl the Roos out for 153 and helped capture the first innings win.

Perth 4-353 (Wells 201no, Jury 82, Loiacono 2-98) defeated Bayswater Morley 9-249(dec) (Todd 77, Smithies 63, Gardiner 3-51), Fletcher Park East
A Jonathon Wells-led Perth dismantled Bayswater Morley’s bowling attack, posting 4-353 as Wells’ double century lead the Demons to a first innings win. With 249 to chase down, Perth started its run chase somewhat shakily, losing openers Jacob Snadden and Tom Casey to be 2-31. However, unbeknown to the Bears, complete carnage was about to ensue from the bats of Jonathon Wells and Luke Jury. The dynamic duo put on an unbelievable third-wicket partnership for the ages, smashing 228 runs as they helped their side to a first innings win. Jury was a perfect foil for Wells, adding 82 runs to the partnership and turning over the strike as often as possible, while Wells wielded his bat like a skilful swordsman, parrying his opponent’s attacks with boundaries. Following Jury’s removal at 3-259 and the win under the belt, Wells and Dain Moreton pushed the total to 292 before Moreton was bowled by Ross Loiacono for eight. However, Wells continued to dispatch the ball around the ground, scoring a magnificent 201 not out from 256 balls. His stellar knock included 31 fours and one six as Perth ended the day victorious on 4-353.

Scarborough 193, 3-219 (Maiolo 104no, McQuade 34, Crudeli 1-46) defeated Midland Guildford 192 (Critchell 63, Cobley 41, Rule 4-20), Abbett Park East
Midland Guildford have suffered an agonising one-run first innings defeat at the hands of Scarborough, following a tantalising final day of cricket. Starting the day at 4-128 with a further 66 runs to chase down for victory, Midland Guildford resumed its innings disastrously, losing four wickets in the space of 14 runs, as Lachlan Tyler and Andrew Rule ripped through the middle order. However, at 8-142, a slight glimmer of hope appeared for Midland Guildford, in the form of Keaton Critchell and captain Ashley Mucciarone. The pair added 50 runs before Mucciarone was removed at 9-192. With Midland Guildford trailing by one run, the unthinkable happened; Critchell was dismissed the very next ball, handing the visitors a crushing first innings loss. Rule was undoubtedly the pick of the bowlers, taking an impressive 4-20. With a small amount of time left in the day, Scarborough re-entered the crease in an attempt to steal an outright win. Unfortunately for Scarborough, the Gulls managed to score 3-219 off 42 overs before the end of the day, settling for a first innings victory. However, that did not stop Nicholas Maiolo from blasting an unbeaten 104 from 105 deliveries, which included 12 fours and two sixes.

University 337 (Stuart 114, Bartlett 110, Taylor 3-54) defeated Mount Lawley 151 (Ijaz 29, Purdy 29no, Stuart 4-44), James Oval
University have crushed Mount Lawley by an enormous 186 runs in the first innings, off the back of a superb all-round bowling performance on day two. With a daunting 337 to chase down, the Hawks found themselves immediately in hot water, losing 4-39. The inclusion of Michael Klinger did not have the desired effect Hawks head coach David Virgo was hoping for, as wickets continued to tumble through the middle order with Josh Dallimore and Sean Stuart wreaking havoc with the ball. After a further five wickets were lost for a paltry 58 runs, Liam Purdy and Mohammed Ijaz attempted to add some fight into the run chase. However, the fight was short lived, as the pair’s 54-run partnership came to an end as Sean Stuart took his fourth wicket, bowling the Hawks out for a disappointing 151. Stuart and Dallimore were the pick of the bowlers, working brilliantly in tandem with one another to take four and three wickets respectively.

Willetton 1st innings 9-248 (Brennan 74, Rhodes 38, Simmons 5-58), 2nd innings 2-51 (Rhodes 31no, Brennan 10no, Simmons 2-12) defeated Rockingham Mandurah 1st innings 168 (Simmons 53, Robertson 27, Mackin 3-36), 2nd innings 130 (Willis 38no, Simmons 15, Rhodes 3-34), Burrendah Reserve 1
Willetton have drawn equal first on points with Claremont Nedlands after a stunning outright victory over Rockingham Mandurah. After beginning the day at the crease on 4-133, Sean Brennan and Shayne Wornes quickly chased down the remaining 36 runs to secure the first innings victory. Brennan anchored the innings for the Dragons, scoring 74 from 144 deliveries, as he helped Willetton to sizeable lead going into the second innings. The Mariners’ second innings mirrored that of their first innings, losing their first five wickets for a measly 30 runs. With the pressure mounting, Nick Willis played a lone hand with the bat, scoring 38 runs, as Willetton’s twin terrors Matthew Hanna and Will Rhodes turned the screws on the Mariners’ batsmen. Rhodes and Hanna continued to trade wickets as the Dragons bowled the Mariners out for 130, leaving them with only 50 runs to chase down to secure the outright win. The Dragons barely broke a sweat during the small run chase, hitting the target in the 10th over with only two wickets lost. Rhodes top scored in the second innings with 31, while Mariners captain Craig Simmons provided a constant threat with the ball, taking seven wickets for the match.