Bayswater-Morley 79, 7-193 (Berry 57, A.Todd 48, Hope 3-37) defeated by Claremont-Nedlands 5-189 (Edmondstone 63, Rees 62, M.Todd 3-47), Hillcrest Park

Bayswater-Morley have avoided any further damage, defending their way through day two as the Tigers held onto their first innings win from day one.

After declaring at 5-189, the Tigers sent the Hawks back to the crease in an attempt to secure an outright victory.

However, the Hawks produced a much better performance with the bat compared to day one, with a fighting 98-run third-wicket partnership to Aaron Todd (48 runs) and Lane Berry (57) helping the side to a hard-fought 7-193 at the end of the day.

James Wainman dug in for an unbeaten 32 late in the innings when the Tigers looked threatening, while Brad Hope (3-37) and Haydan Morton (2-48) combined for five wickets in a challenging second day.

Fremantle 188 (Carder 60, Sutton 48, Drennan 3-33) defeated University 143(cc) (Strickland 31, Birrell 23, Chojnowski 3-29), Stevens Reserve

Fremantle have all but ended University’s finals hopes, securing a first innings win after chasing down 143 on day two.

Resuming at the crease at 2-50, Jake Carder and night-watchman Jarryd McPhee pushed the score to 83, before Bailey Richards removed McPhee at 3-83.

Carder then teamed up with Daniel Kennedy, adding a further 38 runs to the total, edging Fremantle closer to victory.

However, the removal of Carder for 60 by Richards triggered a mini batting collapse. Mitchell Drennan ripped through Fremantle’s middle order, with four wickets falling in the space of 16 runs.

At 7-137, and with a sniff of an upset victory on the cards for University, Fremantle’s batsmen navigated through some terrific bowling from the visitors, forging their way to a first innings victory.

Fremantle were eventually bowled out for 188 at the end of the days play, with Carder top scoring with 60 runs.

Meanwhile, Drennan (3-33) and Josh Dallimore (3-46) combined for six wickets, in a hard-fought contest.

Joondalup 157 (Hinchliffe 38, Gericke 30, France 4-36) defeated by Rockingham-Mandurah 184, 7-133 (Robertson 31, Ugle 31, J.Zsilinszky 2-25), Iluka Sports Complex

Rockingham-Mandurah have moved a step closer to securing top spot on the ladder, defeating Joondalup in the first innings on Saturday at Iluka Sports Complex.

Resuming on day two at 6-114, Blair Oakley and Jake Zsilinkszky added a further 27 runs to the total, pushing the score to 141 and giving the Centurions a shot at an unlikely victory.

Unfortunately for the home team, the loss of Oakley at 7-141 saw three more wickets fall in the space of 12 runs, with Joondalup bowled out for 157 and falling 27 runs short of the Mariners total.

Aaron France was superb with the ball for the Mariners, taking 4-36 in an instrumental performance.

With plenty of time left in the day, the Mariners returned to the crease with an eye on an outright victory.

However, Rockingham-Mandurah used the time for some batting practice heading into finals, finishing with 7-133 from 47.2 overs and settling for the first innings win.

Mount Lawley 117, 99 (Kandiah 36, Ward-Armstrong 19, M.Turner 4-22) defeated by Melville 9-224(dec) (Smith 60, Terry 33, Kandaih 4-51), Breckler Park

Melville has rekindled its finals hopes with a stunning outright victory over Mount Lawley on Saturday at Breckler Park.

With the Storm resuming at the crease at 4-94, Fraser Hay was removed almost instantly, before Drew Porter and Tom Smith blasted past the Hawks total, securing a first innings win with a 58-run sixth-wicket partnership.

The Storm and Smith weren’t done with yet, pushing the total to 9-224 before declaring in an attempt to steal an outright victory.

Smith top scored for the Storm, producing a brilliant knock of 60 from 78 balls, while Justin Kandiah did his best with the ball for the Hawks, taking 4-51 from 18 overs.

With a finals spot still up for grabs for the Storm, Melville’s bowlers came out breathing fire in the second innings, with Mark Turner and Thomas Kerr-Sheppard causing a colossal batting collapse for the Hawks.

Turner and Kerr-Sheppard combined to take the opening six wickets as the Hawks shockingly crumbled to 6-13.

Once again, Kandiah came to the rescue for the Hawks, producing 36 runs from 43 deliveries, however, the damage had already been done for the home side, as they were never able to recover from their shocking start.

Melville wrapped up the tail in the blink of an eye, bowling the Hawks out for 99 and sealing a tremendous outright victory without needing to bat in the second innings.

Turner was fantastic early for the Storm, taking 4-22 from his 13 overs, as four Hawks batsmen failed to trouble the scorers, while four others could not reach double figures.

Perth 249 (Roberts 47, Snadden 45, Ferreira 3-25) defeated Midland-Guildford 180, 5-156(cc) (Critchell 62no, Thomas 35no, Baker 3-37), Fletcher Park

Perth has easily accounted for Midland-Guildford, successfully chasing down the 180-run total on Saturday at Fletcher Park to claim a first innings win.

After resuming at 1-48, Jacob Snadden and Luke Jury added a further 50 runs to the total, finishing with an 80-run second-wicket partnership as the Demons chased down half of the Black Swans’ total in the blink of an eye.

At 2-98, Midland-Guildford’s bowlers managed to find the fight that had been missing from their 2018-19 campaign, taking it right up to the Demons’ batsmen.

After slowly wearing the Demons down, the Black Swans managed to capitalise on their disciplined bowling, taking four wickets and containing Perth to 6-162 halfway through the innings.

However, Sean Roberts and Joel Curtis broke the shackles of the tyrannous Black Swans’ bowlers, bursting past the 180-run total to secure the first innings win.

Jack Baker provided some late innings class following the loss of Roberts and Curtis, boosting the score to 249 as Midland-Guildford knocked over the tail.

Ferreira was terrific for the Black Swans, taking 3-25 in a solid performance with the ball.

With plenty of time left in the day for an outright result, Midland-Guildford returned to the crease, defending their way to 5-156, with Keaton Critchell and Austin Thomas finishing unbeaten on 62 and 35 respectively.

South Perth 266 (Cleary 125no, Brown 68, Maiolo 3-34) defeated by Scarborough 5-366(cc) (Maiolo 102, Hardy 75, D’Silva), Richardson Park

Scarborough have crashed South Perth’s party, defeating the home side in the first innings, preventing a perfect send-off for Hugh Brown.

With a monolithic target to chase down for victory, South Perth suffered a horrendous start to the day, falling to 3-26 in the blink of an eye.

However, David Cleary and retiring club stalwart Hugh Brown joined forces to redirect the innings and put South Perth back in the match.

The dynamic duo put on an inspiring 131-run fourth-wicket partnership, boosting the score to 157 before Brown was dismissed by Liam Stevens.

Brown ended his career with a typically hard-fought 68 runs from 159 deliveries, with eight fours coming from his blade in his final innings.

The loss of Brown did nothing to slow Cleary down, as he continued to anchor the innings for South Perth.

Wickets fell with alarming regularity around Cleary, as Nicholas Maiolo, Ryan Knight and Stevens started to dominate the back end of the innings for the Gulls.

Although Clearly continued to dominate for South Perth, the same could not be said for his fellow batsmen. The final six wickets fell in the space of 104 runs and South Perth were bowled out for 266, falling 100 runs short of Scarborough’s total.

Cleary did his best to give Brown a winning send-off, scoring 125 not out from 244 balls, but it was the combination of Maiolo (3-34), Knight (2-34), Stevens (2-43) and Lance Morris (2-58) who did the damage with the ball, snuffing out any chance South Perth had of a finals appearance.

Wanneroo 8-49(dec) (Smith 26, Millar 9, Leipold 5-26) defeated by Gosnells 117, 8-185(dec) (Duffield 51, Boyne 42, Spoors 2-21), Kingsway Sports Ground

Gosnells has moved out of bottom position on the ladder by defeating Wanneroo in the first innings to claim its second win of the season on Saturday at Kingsway Sports Ground.

Although the first innings result was already determined on day one following a bizarre declaration by the Roos, there was still a chance of an outright victory for either side.

With Gosnells resuming at the crease at 1-3, the visitors decided to play it safe and bat out the day.

Liam Duffield and debutant Josh Boyne had to dig deep for Gosnells, each facing over 100 deliveries for their respective scores of 51 and 42.

Kyle Millar (2-44) and Matthew Spoors (2-31) did their best to break through the impenetrable defence of the Gosnells batsmen, but could not get the result, as the visitors settled for a first innings victory.

Willetton 134, 5-76 (Bond 25no, Walsh 18, Hart 4-36) defeated Subiaco-Floreat 131, 75 (How 33, Hansberry 21, Hanna 6-22), Burrendah Park

Willetton have shot to third on the ladder after a season-defining outright victory over Subiaco-Floreat on Saturday at Burrendah Park.

After resuming at the crease at 9-124 and needing just eight more runs for a first innings win, Willetton secured the victory with a minimum of fuss, before being bowled out for 134.

With an outright victory up for grabs for either side after a tight first innings, the Lions hit the crease in search of a formidable total.

However, all they found was a white-hot Matt Hanna. 
 
The Lions crumbled under the pressure applied by Hanna, falling in a heap to be bowled out for 75 after just 18 overs.

Hanna was unbelievable with ball in hand, taking astonishing figures of 6-22 from just 9.3 overs.

Calum How was the only batsman to make any inroads for the Lions, scoring 33 at a run a ball, before becoming Hanna’s fourth victim of the day where, shockingly, five wickets fell in the space of just two runs.

With a small target to chase down for outright victory, the Dragons struggled to get the run chase started, falling to 5-47 off the back of some Michael Hart brilliance with the ball.

However, Kallen Bond and Waheguru Dhillon steadied for Willetton, knocking off the rest of the runs without breaking a sweat to secure the outstanding victory.