Claremont-Nedlands 3-173 (Edmonstone 76, Hope 68no, Critchell 2-16) v Midland-Guildford 92 (Beaton 59, Verco 13, Paris 3-10), Cresswell Park
Claremont-Nedlands completely dismantled Midland-Guildford on day one, securing the first innings win before setting itself up for an outright victory.
The Black Swans need to hold firm when next at the crease and bat for as long as possible to ensure they suffer as little damage as possible.
It’s a difficult ask against a team of the Tigers who are gunning for top spot, but it’s a perfect opportunity for the youngsters of Midland-Guildford to show their wares.
Claremont-Nedlands head coach Jim Allenby said: “Whilst an outright win would be huge for us in the overall ladder, we need to keep half an eye on the One Day final we have on Sunday. Having already won the game last week, we will wait and see how the pitch looks on Saturday to assess how we go about the day.”
Fremantle 0-24 (Carder 13, Abell 11) v Melville 220(cc) (Smith 73, Duffield 67, Abell 3-51), Stevens Reserve
Fremantle head into day two with a slight edge over the Storm, needing 196 runs to claim a first innings victory after making a bright start to the run chase at the end of day one.
Jake Carder and Thomas Abell are perfectly capable of knocking off the bulk of the runs, however, a few early wickets to Mark Turner and Blake Reed could bring this match down to the wire.
Fremantle head coach Joe Piromalli said the side are in a good position ahead of Day Two.
"We’re going to have to work hard against a good bowling attack, it’s not going to be easy for us, but we’re up for the challenge," he said.
Joondalup 9-95 (Inglis 40, Birchall 20, Hanna 3-33) v Willetton 245 (Godfrey 89, Bond 58no, Inglis 5-59), Iluka Sports Complex
Willetton are just one wicket away from wrapping up a first innings victory, following a dominant day one performance with the ball.
With the first innings win essentially wrapped up for the Dragons, Joondalup will need a much better start with the bat in its second innings if they are to avoid an outright defeat.
Even though a full-strength Dragons bowling attack is a daunting prospect for any batting line-up, the Centurions desperately need to find support for Joe Inglis and Zak Birchall.
Perth 3-34 (Curtis 12no, Garland 9, Smith 1-4) v Wanneroo 222 (Birt 56, Cattrall 47no, Van Galen 4-48), Fletcher Park
Perth and Wanneroo enter day two locked fierce battle, with the Roos just edging in front after a terrific bowling performance late on day one.
Joel Curtis and Sean Roberts will resume at the crease for Perth, with the pair most likely required to knock off the share of the runs for the Demons to escape this match with a win.
Perth head coach Jason Thompson said the aim for the side is to try and build partnerships.
“We will try and build our partnership, hopefully the runs will come, and the result will take care of itself," he said.
Rockingham-Mandurah v Mount Lawley 187 (Marciano 38, Newnham 36, Simmons 7-79), Lark Hill
Rockingham-Mandurah wore down Mount Lawley with a terrific bowling performance on day one, bowling the Hawks out for 187.
Although the total should be easy enough to chase down for the ladder-leading Mariners, they were enjoying a bowler friendly pitch, so Rockingham-Mandurah’s openers will need to be a little wary throughout the first session.
However, if the Hawks can replicate what the Mariners did on day one, with a pitch offering plenty for the bowlers, it should be an interesting second day of action.
Rockingham-Mandurah head coach Kris Kennedy said the focus is being aggressive against the new ball.
“We saw last week how hard it was to score on the wicket, so it’s going to be important for us to build partnerships throughout the middle overs and go from there. We’ve got 90 overs to bat through, so hopefully if we get that right, we should be able to chase down," he said.
Scarborough 254 (Boyle 61, Knight 36, Green 3-38) v Gosnells 1-12 (McNamee 6, Smedley 4no, Barnard 1-6), Abbett Park
Scarborough enjoyed a fruitful day with the bat on day one against Gosnells, posting 254 runs to edge ahead in a tight contest.
Lance Morris and Edward Barnard will need to have a plan of attack for Gosnells’ skipper Matthew Leipold, who has been in great form all season with the bat.
If the Gulls can get him out cheaply, it will go a long way to claiming another victory for the exciting Scarborough youngsters.
Subiaco-Floreat 2-74 (Green 35no, McKenzie 24no, Rocchiccioli 1-19) v University 188 (Paver 71, Sabburg 43, McKenzie 5-24), Floreat Park
Subiaco-Floreat are just 115 runs away from stealing a valuable first innings victory after a superb performance on day one.
University were clearly stunned at the tenacity of the Lions bowling attack, losing wickets rapidly late in the innings and struggled to get back in the match.
If University are to somehow avoid a first innings loss, they will need early wickets and huge performances from bowlers Josh Dallimore and Cory Rocchiccioli.
University head coach Will Stibbs said it's going to be a very close match.
“It’s a very close game with a lot on the line. We have a great blend of pace and spin bowlers, who together, as a unit, will put a lot of different tests to the Lions’ batsmen. There is definitely a few twists to come in this game before it is decided," he said.
South Perth 5-72 (Meuleman 46, Cleary 19, Loiacono 2-8) v Bayswater-Morley 166 (M.Todd 39, Fontana 31, Bevilaqua 6-30), Richardson Park
South Perth and Bayswater-Morley are sitting on a knife’s edge heading into day two, following an action-packed first day of play. Given these sides’ positions on the ladder, this match was always going to come down to the wire.
If either Eric Botha or Jacob Mulder are dismissed early on day two, South Perth will be facing an uphill battle to chase down the Bears’ total.
South Perth head coach Chris Greenwood said the group will need to bat smartly to get the job done.
"We have two night watchmen in at the moment who can bat a bit, plus guys like Brent Jarvis-Spinks and Darius D’Silva who can hit a long ball. We’re on a good wicket, so we just need to apply ourselves, bat smartly and hopefully we can get there," he said.