Claremont-Nedlands 3-173 (Edmonstone 76, Hope 68no, Critchell 2-16) v Midland-Guildford 92 (Beaton 59, Verco 13, Paris 3-10)

Claremont-Nedlands has completely dismantled Midland-Guildford on day one, securing a first inning win on Saturday before setting itself up for an outright victory at Cresswell Park.

The Tigers were absolutely brutal from start to finish, bowling the Black Swans out fo 92 runs in just 45 overs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Midland-Guildford lost 6-21, as Joel Paris led the Tigers on an early rampage.

Not much went right for the Black Swans throughout the day, but batsman Tom Beaton made a stand for his side, producing an extremely hard-fought 59 in trying conditions.

Chris Simpson and Daniel Turkich helped to wrap up the tail, as Midland-Guildford fell to one of their lowest tallies in recent memory.

Beaton and Corry Verco were the only two batsmen to reach double figures, while four batsmen were removed without troubling the scorers.

Paris was instrumental in the ruthless start and finished with 3-10 from seven overs, while Simpson (3-20) and Turkich (2-5) were also impressive with the ball.

With a tiny target to chase down and an abundance of time left in the day, the Tigers hit the crease in impressive fashion.

Jackson Edmonstone (76) and Bradley Hope (68 not out) produced an outstanding third-wicket partnership worth 137 runs to clinch the first innings victory after 43 overs.

The Tigers ended the day on 3-173 with an eye on a valuable outright victory.

Fremantle 0-24 (Carder 13, Abell 11) v Melville 220(cc) (Smith 73, Duffield 67, Abell 3-51)

Fremantle may just hold the edge over Melville on day one, holding the Storm to 220 before finishing with 0-24 on Saturday at Stevens Reserve.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Melville got off to a shaky start, falling to 5-60 as Fremantle’s bowlers terrorised the top order.

However, experienced duo Tom Smith and Ryan Duffield came to the crease and immediately rescued the innings for the visitors.

The prolific pair put on a terrific sixth-wicket partnership worth 131 runs, boosting the score to 191, before Smith was dismissed for 73.

Duffield (67) fell moments later, spelling the end of the recognised batsmen for the Storm, as Fremantle’s bowlers took full advantage to bowl the visitors out for 220.

Fremantle’s bowling attack was in tremendous form throughout the day, with Josh Chojnowski, Zach Ferris and Jarryd McPhee taking two wickets each, while Thomas Abell was the pick of the bowlers with 3-51.

With a small amount of time left in the day, Fremantle managed 24 runs from five overs without loss.

Joondalup 9-95 (Inglis 40, Birchall 20, Hanna 3-33) v Willetton 245 (Godfrey 89, Bond 58no, Inglis 5-59)

Willetton are just one wicket away from wrapping up a first innings victory, following a dominant day one performance on Saturday at Iluka Sports Complex.

Willetton struggled to get going after being sent in to bat, losing Will Rhodes after just four balls and Iszak Milentis not long after to be 2-37.

The Dragons continued to lose wickets at a steady pace, as Joe Inglis took three quick wickets, putting Willetton on the back foot at 5-82.

However, with James Godfrey coming to the crease, the fight returned to, as he teamed up with Blair Walsh to add 47 runs to the score in a gutsy sixth-wicket partnership.

The loss of Walsh did nothing to slow Godfrey down, as he continued to dispatch the ball to all parts of the ground.

Godfrey’s day eventually came to an end after a superb 58-run partnership with Bond and a terrific run a ball knock of 89.

Although the last of the recognised batsmen had departed, Bond continued in the same vein as Godfrey, providing some late heavy hitting to boost the score to 245 at the end of the innings.

Inglis was influential throughout the middle overs, finishing the day with 5-59 and one run out.

Joondalup’s response to the Dragons’ total was almost non-existent, falling to a shocking total of 9-95 before being saved by the bell.

The Centurions had no answer to Willetton’s first choice bowling attack, as Matthew Hanna (3-33), Simon Mackin (3-34), Will Rhodes (2-26) and Bond (1-10) destroyed Joondalup’s batting line-up.

Inglis (40) and Zak Birchall (20) were the only two batsmen to reach double figures, as the rest crumbled under Willetton’s pressure.

Perth 3-34 (Curtis 12no, Garland 9, Smith 1-4) v Wanneroo 222 (Birt 56, Cattrall 47no, Van Galen 4-48)

Perth and Wanneroo are locked into a fierce battle, with the Roos just edging in front after a terrific bowling performance late on Saturday at Fletcher Park.

The Roos got off to an awkward start after being sent in to bat, falling to 4-41 as Josh Nicholas and Jacob Van Galen got off to a flier with the ball.

However, Haydn Slodecki and Travis Birt managed to right the ship for the visitors, producing a fighting 44-run fifth-wicket partnership, before Van Galen struck again to claim his fourth wicket of the day.

Birt continued to blaze a trail for his young Roo teammates, boosting the score along to 146 before he was removed by Nicholas for 56.

Jack Cattrall immediately picked up where Birt left off, advancing the score to 222 with some help from Caiden Eaton as Josh Nicholas assisted in wrapping up the tail for Perth.

Nicholas (4-63) and Van Galen (4-48) were at their brilliant best with the ball for Perth, combining for eight wickets, while Birt top scored for the Roos with 56 runs.

In response, Perth were under heavy attack from the Roos’ bowlers from the outset, falling to 3-34 at the end of the day’s play.

Rockingham-Mandurah v Mount Lawley 187 (Marciano 38, Newnham 36, Simmons 7-79)

Rockingham-Mandurah have worn down Mount Lawley with a terrific bowling performance on day one, bowling the Hawks out for 187 off the back of a seven-wicket performance from Craig Simmons on Saturday at Lark Hill.

The Hawks took – quite literally – all day to eke out 187 runs from the Mariners’ relentless bowling attack.

At no stage did the Hawks look like they were going to be able to break away and apply some scoreboard pressure, with the only noteworthy partnership coming from Nicholas Marciano and Andrew Bottega (49 runs in the fifth-wicket).

However, Craig Simmons was the star of the first day of action, taking an unbelievable 7-79.

Simmons seven wickets came from 43 overs, which included a whopping 18 maidens, highlighting just how hard the Hawks had to work to scrape 187 runs from the daunting Mariners bowling attack.

The Hawks will need to replicate the miserly bowling performance from the Mariners if they are to avoid a heavy defeat.

Scarborough 254 (Boyle 61, Knight 36, Green 3-38) v Gosnells 1-12 (McNamee 6, Smedley 4no, Barnard 1-6)

Scarborough has enjoyed a fruitful day with the bat on day one against Gosnells, posting 254 runs looking to be in the box seat on Saturday at Abbett Park.

Although the start of the innings wasn’t ideal for the Gulls, falling to 4-75, a brave 54-run fifth-wicket partnership from Liam Knight and Jacob Johnston put the home side back in the match.

With the pressure mounting on the Gulls at 6-146, Jeremy Boyle and Cody Rose took it upon themselves to redirect the innings.

The dynamic duo belted 60 runs in a hard-hitting seventh-wicket partnership, advancing the score to 7-206 at the loss of Rose for 30.

The loss of Rose didn’t slow Boyle down in the slightest, as he continued to pinpoint gaps around the ground.

However, Gosnells finally managed to breakthrough, thanks to Matthew Leipold taking the prized wicket of Boyle, ending his day on 61 from 114 balls.

The Gulls tail-enders managed to eke out a fee more runs through Liam Stevens, finishing the innings on a lofty 254.

Ben Green (3-38) and Matthew Leipold (3-53) did their best to stop the onslaught from the home team, combining for six wickets in difficult conditions.

With a small amount of time left in the day, Gosnells managed 1-12 from eight overs.

Subiaco-Floreat 2-74 (Green 35no, McKenzie 24no, Rocchiccioli 1-19) v University 188 (Paver 71, Sabburg 43, McKenzie 5-24)

Subiaco-Floreat are just 115 runs away from stealing a valuable first innings victory after a superb performance on day one against University on Saturday at Floreat Park.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, University lost openers Jay O’Brien and Sean Stuart in the blink of an eye, falling to 2-17.

However, a defining 63-run third-wicket partnership to Chris Sabburg and Viv Paver halted the Lions’ momentum and swung it violently back to the visitors.

Paver continued to blast the ball around the ground despite the loss of Sabburg, partnering up with Matthew Birrell to add a further 64 runs to the score.

With University seemingly on top, Hamish McKenzie asserted himself on the match, tearing through University’s batsmen.

McKenzie’s rampage ended with an astonishing five wickets for just 24 runs from 11 overs, which helped the Lions to bowl the visitors out for just 188.

University lost its final seven wickets shockingly in the space of just 44 runs, failing to capitalise on Paver, Sabburg and Birrell’s hard work through the middle of the innings.

With the small target set and plenty of time left in the day, the Lions cruised to an imposing 2-74 after 30 overs.

Cameron Green (35 not out) and Hamish McKenzie (24 not out) will resume at the crease on day two, with the Lions looking to secure a valuable first innings win in the context of their season.

South Perth 5-72 (Meuleman 46, Cleary 19, Loiacono 2-8) v Bayswater-Morley 166 (M.Todd 39, Fontana 31, Bevilaqua 6-30)

South Perth and Bayswater-Morley are sitting on a knife’s edge, following an action-packed first day on Saturday at Richardson Park.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Bears lost Ryleigh Cameron and Aaron Todd almost immediately, falling to 2-12.

However, Lane Berry and Mitchell Todd produced a much-needed 59-run partnership, putting the match back on an even keel.

With the Bears looking to apply some scoreboard pressure, South Perth’s Alex Bevilaqua answered the challenge, ripping through the Bears’ middle order and knocking over three of the next four wickets, as the visitors crumbled to 6-85.

Needing a circuit breaker with the game on the line, James Wainman and Jeffrey Willey provided the fightback for the Bears, crafting a hard-fought 43-run partnership.

However, the pressure from South Perth’s bowlers slowly wore away at the tail end, as the Bears were eventually bowled out for 166 after 65 overs.

Bevilaqua was simply amazing with the ball for South Perth, claiming 6-30 from his 19 overs and driving a dagger through the heart of the Bears’ batsmen.

With an abundance of time left in the day, South Perth hit the crease to start the run chase.

Although Braydon Meuleman (46) started with a bang for South Perth, the rest could not be said for his teammates, as they fell awkwardly to 5-72 at the end of the day, setting up an intriguing second day of action.