Claremont Nedlands v Subiaco Floreat 220(cc) (Monteleone 69, How 31, Morton 3-33), Cresswell Park
Claremont Nedlands and Subiaco Floreat appear to be evenly matched after the Lions ended their innings with a modest total of 220. After being sent in to bat, the Lions lost openers Anthony Murphy and Kiran Prashanth early to be struggling at 2-45. However, a fighting 48-run partnership between Calum How and Aaron Lilly appeared to put the Lions back on track. At 2-93, Thomas May injected himself into the match, taking out How and Lilly in the space of 15 runs to have the Lions looking shaky at 4-108. Chris Green and Tim Monteleone then entered the crease and immediately started working over the Tigers’ bowlers. The pair added 59 well-fought runs during their fifth-wicket partnership, before Green was dismissed for 30 by Haydan Morton. Monteleone continued to push hard for the remainder of the innings, scoring 69 from 115 deliveries as wickets fell dramatically around him. The Lions were eventually bowled out for 220 as Morton ended the day with figures of 3-33.
Fremantle 3-109 (Carder 77no, Richardson 12, Morgan 1-0) v Joondalup 155 (J.Zsilinszky 47, Branston 38, Richardson 4-31), Stevens Reserve West
Fremantle look set for a first innings win after bowling out Joondalup for 155, before posting 3-109 at the end of the day’s play. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Joondalup began its innings in horrendous fashion, losing its first five wickets for 23 runs. Pacemen Jhye Rachardson and Zach Ferris tore through Joondalup’s top order, taking five wickets between them. However, a promising 81-run partnership between Jake and Tim Zsilinszky looked to have Joondalup back on track, boosting the score to 104. Unfortunately for Joondalup, it lost its final five wickets in the space of 51 runs, ending the innings disappointingly on 155. Richardson and Jake Carder did the damage with the ball for Fremantle, finishing with four and three wickets respectively. Fremantle responded in stark contrast to Joondalup, powering to 3-109 off the back of Carder’s unbeaten 77 and needing a further 47 runs to claim a first innings victory.
Gosnells 2-13 (Hale 10, Green 2, Chellew 1-0) v South Perth 268 (Ovens 124, D’Silva 67, Leipold 6-60), Sutherlands Park 1
South Perth look to have the advantage over Gosnells, posting a formidable 268 off the back of Trent Ovens masterful century, before taking 2-13 at the start of Gosnells innings. After being sent in to bat, South Perth started well enough through Ovens, sitting at 3-76 early on in its innings. However, Gosnells were completely blindsided by the impending fireworks, as Darius D’Silva entered the crease with Ovens. The pair put on a tremendous 136-run fourth-wicket partnership which boosted the total to 4-212 following D’Silva’s dismissal for 67. Although South Perth were seemingly cruising, Matthew Leipold was just getting started as he led the fightback for Gosnells. Leipold was superb in the back half of the innings, taking five of the final six wickets as he helped the home side bowl out South Perth for 268. Leipold ended the innings with astounding figures of 6-60 off his 19 overs, including seven maidens. Gosnells could only manage 2-13 in its five overs before the end of the day.
Melville 6-304 (Towers 111, Wiley 103no, Millar 2-44) v Wanneroo, Tompkins Park 1
Melville look to have a strong lead going into day two after posting an imposing 6-304 on day one against Wanneroo, with centuries to Luke Towers and Matthew Wiley. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Melville got out of the blocks slowly, losing 3-80 early in the innings. However, a brilliant 120-run partnership between Towers and Wiley catapulted the score to 200. Although Towers was dismissed at 4-200 after a brilliant 111 from 204 (including 13 fours and two sixes), Wiley stepped up to take control of the back half of the innings, as Towers had done for the first half. Wiley found another partner in Fraser Hay, adding a further 58 runs during their fifth wicket stand, before Matthew Spoors knocked over Hay and Ryan Duffield in the space of two balls. However, Wiley remained unfazed, scoring his hundred as he and Matthew Bowdler extended the total to 6-304 at the end of the day’s play.
Perth 0-2 v Bayswater Morley 9-249(dec) (Todd 77, Smithies 63, Gardiner 3-51), Fletcher Park East
Perth looks to have a fight on its hands heading into day two, as Bayswater Morley scored a handy 249 on day one. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Bears started their innings on fire, with a sensational 126-run opening partnership from Tim Smithies and Aaron Todd. The pair belted the ball to all parts of the ground before Aaron Todd was removed after scoring 77 from 95, with eight fours and one six coming from his brilliant knock. Smithies continued to fight through the first half of the innings, eventually being dismissed at 3-160 after a hard-fought 63. A small 31-run partnership between captain Mitchell Todd and Robert Guy pushed the total to 191, before Perth’s bowlers started to assert themselves upon the match. At 4-191, Perth took the Bears’ next five wickets for a lowly 57 runs, before captain Mitchell Todd decided to declare at 9-249. Kyle Gardiner (3 wickets), Jacob Van Galen (2) and Alex Calmy (2) all chipped in for Perth, taking seven wickets between them. Perth could only manage 0-2 in its four overs before the end of the day’s play.
Scarborough 193 (Maiolo 74, Philippe 52, Cassell 5-51) v Midland Guildford 4-128 (Cobley 41 Crudeli 28no, Tyler 1-10), Abbett Park East
Midland Guildford are just 66 runs shy of claiming a first innings victory, following a productive first day against Scarborough. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Scarborough found itself in trouble early, losing 2-13. However, Nicholas Maiolo and Josh Philippe quickly steadied the ship, amassing 87 runs during their third-wicket partnership. Following Philippe’s dismissal after a well-earnt half-century, Maiolo continued to find the boundary, boosting the total to 165 after a 65-run stand with Liam Knight. Although Scarborough were seemingly cruising at 3-165, Midland Guildford fought its way back into the match, with Charlie Cassell ripping through Scarborough’s batsmen. The Gulls lost their final seven wickets for a paltry 28 runs and ended their innings all out for 193 after just 43 overs. Cassell ended the day with a fantastic five-wicket haul, while Maiolo was his side’s most prolific batsmen, scoring 74 from 92 and crunching 15 boundaries. Midland Guildford then began its innings in similar style to Scarborough, struggling early at 2-18. However, Hayden Cobley and Julian Crudeli helped boost the total to 4-128 before the end of the day’s play.
University 337 (Stuart 114, Bartlett 110, Taylor 3-54) v Mount Lawley, James Oval
University are well-placed going into day two against Mount Lawley, posting a tremendous 337 off the back of centuries to Sean Stuart and George Bartlett. After winning the toss and electing to bat, University looked to be in good touch with the bat early, soaring to 2-98 with a 73-run second-wicket partnership from Sean Stuart and Will Bosisto. Following Bosisto’s dismissal for 29, Stuart maintained the rage, blasting a 97-run partnership with Gearoge Bartlett. Stuart was eventually dismissed for 114 from 172, with 16 fours coming from his phenomenal knock. At 3-195, Bartlett found another partner in Viv Paver, with the pair adding 66 runs during their fourth wicket stand to boost the total to 261. As Bartlett reached his sensational century (110 from 159, including nine fours and one six) and helped push the score to the 300 mark, wickets began to fall quickly for University, losing its final six wickets in the space of 36 runs to finish the day all out for 337.
Willetton 4-133 (Rhodes 38, Biss 29, Robertson 2-44) v Rockingham Mandurah 168(cc) (Simmons 53, Robertson 27, Mackin 3-36), Burrendah Reserve 1
Willetton look set to claim another first innings win, after a polished performance on day one saw the Dragons end the day 35 runs behind Rockingham Mandurah. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Mariners lost opening batsmen Kane Standing for nought after facing just three balls. The Mariners then found themselves fighting to post a decent total, losing wickets with alarming regularity as Willetton bowlers Simon Mackin, Matthew Johnston and Will Rhodes had the Mariners on the ropes at 6-96. A 71-run partnership between the powerful Craig Simmons and Dane Ugle put the Mariners back in the match, pushing the total to 167. However, following Simmons dismissal for a quickfire 53 from 31 (including six fours and three sixes), the Mariners crumbled under Willetton’s pressure, losing its final three wickets without a run, ending the innings on 168 after just 40 overs. Willetton then entered the crease and immediately began eating away at the Mariners total. Stuart Biss and Cameron Bancroft got the Dragons’ innings off to a good start, punching out a 49-run opening partnership. Once the pair were dismissed, Will Rhodes and Sean Brennan helped to slingshot Willetton to 4-133 at the end of the day’s play, firmly in charge of the match.