Claremont-Nedlands 182 (Kelly 55, Crawley 41, Prescott 4-51) defeated Gosnells 148, 7-90 (Hale 23, James-Buckley 19no), Cresswell Park
Claremont-Nedlands has secured a first innings victory over Gosnells which came down to the wire in the tense final overs at Cresswell Park.

With the Tigers resuming at 5-83, Jamie Crawley only managed to add another four runs to the total before he was dismissed at 6-88.

Joel Paris was then joined at the crease by Daniel Turkich, as the Tigers were in dire need of some runs.

The pair slowly pushed the total to 101, before Paris was removed by Simon Acomb.

With the match on the line at 7-101, Matthew Kelly came to the rescue for the Tigers, belting out a 66-run eighth-wicket partnership with Turkich to snatch an important victory for Claremont-Nedlands.

The Tigers were eventually bowled out for 182 after securing the win, with Kelly top scoring for the home side with 55 runs. Prescott was as damaging as always with the ball for Gosnells, snaring 4-51.

With plenty of time left in the day, Gosnells was sent back in to bat with the Tigers attempting an outright victory. Fortunately for Gosnells, a strong showing from the top order and tail enders thwarted the outright loss, ending the innings on 7-90.

Fremantle 2-108(dec), 1-105(cc) (Carder 63no, Whiteman 28no, Berendsen 1-25) defeated Mount Lawley 104, 108(cc) (Taylor 19, Sharman 17, Miles 3-15), Stevens Reserve

Fremantle has secured an all-important outright victory over Mount Lawley, bringing its good form from day one into day two’s brilliant bowling performance at Stevens Reserve.

Although it was a new day, the same problems from day one seemed to plague the Hawks from the get go. James Newnham was the first to go, dismissed by Zach Ferris on the first ball of the innings.

The Hawks then scrambled their way to 5-48, as Fremantle’s bowlers continued to dominate the match.

Dylan Sharman and Jack Kavanagh managed to produce a hard-fought 23-run partnership, before disaster struck once again.

After boosting the score to 5-71, the Hawks lost Kavanagh, Sharman and Luke Berendsen in the space of 14 runs.

It was an all too similar ending to the innings for the Hawks, with the tail putting up little fight and eventually being bowled out for 108.

With a small total to chase down to secure a valuable outright victory, Fremantle’s batsmen got to work quickly.

Jake Carder and Matthew Micale opened the innings with a more than handy 43-run partnership, almost knocking off half the total in the blink of an eye.

The loss of Micale at 1-43 did nothing to slow Fremantle down, as Sam Whiteman came to the crease and helped hit the winning runs with Carder, as they produced a further 62-run partnership to snatch the valuable outright win.

Melville 209 (Reed 96, Terry 38, Guthrie 3-34) defeated by Perth 229 (Jury 87, Snadden 50, Reed 4-37), 0-36 (Casey 26no, Wells 5no), Tompkins Park
Perth have pulled off an incredible win on an action-packed day two following a brilliant bowling performance at Tompkins Park.

Melville resumed at the crease on 1-79 and in prime position to take the match from Perth’s grasp.

The loss of Sean Terry after just one run did nothing to stop the Storm’s momentum, still brimming with confidence from day one, as Fraser Hay and Drew Porter bludgeoned a beautiful 81-run third-wicket partnership.

However, the storm that was about to hit Melville was a complete shock, as the loss of Hay brought about an epic collapse.

The Storm lost four wickets in the space of two runs, completely turning the match upside down as Melville crumbled to 6-162.

Although the situation looked horrendous for the Storm, they still had four wickets in hand and needed a further 68 runs to steal the victory.

Andrew Needham and Mitchell Jackson came to the crease and managed to keep calm under pressure, boosting the total to 197 with a 35-run partnership.

However, the loss of Needham at 7-197 proved too costly, as Melville was bowled out for 209 and Perth secured the first innings win.

Blake Reed was tremendous with the bat for Melville, finishing with 96 runs from 194 deliveries, while Liam Guthrie was the pick of the bowlers for Perth, taking 3-34 from his 12 overs.

With a small amount of time left in the day, Perth went back in to bat, scoring 36 runs without loss from nine overs.

Midland-Guildford 143 (McBrine 47, Critchell 22, O’Connor 5-31) defeated by Bayswater-Morley 6-320 (M.Todd 127, A.Todd 85, McBrine 3-50), Lilac Hill

Bayswater-Morley has crushed the hapless Black Swans, securing a monster first innings victory after bowling Midland-Guildford out for 143 at Lilac Hill.

With a monster total to chase down, Midland-Guildford faltered early, losing Hayden Cobley early at 1-5.

However, a strong fightback from Keaton Critchell and Andrew McBrine who produced a 53-run partnership saw the home side settle into the innings.

At 2-58, following the loss of Critchell, McBrine added a further 30 runs to the total with James Kirwan before the Black Swans found themselves in the midst of a shocking batting collapse.

Midland-Guildford lost eight wickets in the space of 55 runs as Liam O’Connor turned the match on its head.

The Bears’ bowler took five of the final eight wickets, ending the day with 5-31 from his 21 overs in an impressive display, as Midland-Guildford were bowled out for 143.

With a bit of time left in the day, the Bears made their way to the crease again to produce 2-138 from 31 overs.

Robert Guy crunched 79 runs from 92 deliveries, belting nine fours and two sixes along the way.

Rockingham-Mandurah 248, 4-77 (Poller 31, Ugle 22, Tyler 2-14) defeated Scarborough 192 (Hardy 83, Knight 44, Simmons 6-55), Lark Hill

Rockingham-Mandurah has taken top spot on the ladder after an enthralling first innings victory over Scarborough at Lark Hill.

Scarborough resumed at the crease on eight runs without loss, but it didn’t take long for the Mariners to strike.

Cody Rose was removed without adding to the scoreboard at 1-8, leaving the Gulls in need of a quick response.

They got that response in the form of Josh Philippe and Lochie Hardy, with the pair producing a much-needed 59-run partnership to put the match back on an even keel.

Although the Gulls looked to have the match back on track, the loss of Philippe and Nicholas Maiolo back to back set the visitors back on their heels.

However, the seesawing encounter changed dynamic once again, this time with Jacob Johnston joining Hardy at the crease.

The duo added 45 runs to the total during their fourth-wicket stand, boosting the total to 114 before Johnston became Craig Simmons’ second victim of the day.

Simmons then knocked off Edward Barnard shortly after, with the Mariners bowlers asserting themselves on the match.

Hardy was the next to go, following a terrific knock of 83 from 163, but the loss of the opener left Scarborough’s tail exposed.

At 6-154, the Gulls’ fight fell with the loss of Hardy and Simmons took full advantage, taking three of the final four wickets and ending the day with a tremendous haul of 6-55 as Scarborough was bowled out for 192.

With a small amount of time left in the day, the Mariners went back in to bat for 20 overs, producing 4-77.

Subiaco Floreat 4-153(dec), 2-128(cc) (McKenzie 61, Green 45, Chellew 1-20) defeated South Perth 117(cc), 7-241(dec) (Guest 95, Banton 49, Martin 2-19), Floreat Park
South Perth have managed to avoid an outright defeat after a fighting performance on day two at Floreat Park.

With valuable points up for grabs for the Lions, the home side started the day in ravenous form, taking three quick wickets to open the innings as South Perth crumbled to 3-26.

However, Tom Banton and Brooke Guest came to the rescue for South Perth, producing a 61-run fourth-wicket partnership to put the innings back on track.

Banton fell one run short of a half-century at 4-87, before Darius D’Silva was knocked over shortly after at 5-101 and a sense of déjà vu setting in for South Perth.

However, Brooke Guest was joined at the crease by his brother Brandon, where the pair immediately set about righting the ship.

The Guests put on a late innings clinic with the bat, scoring 108 runs during their sixth-wicket partnership, boosting the score to 209 before Brooke was dismissed after a terrific knock of 95.

Chris Chellew then came to the crease and guided South Perth to 7-241 before declaring and sending in Subiaco-Floreat in an attempt to get a result.

Although South Perth were much more difficult to deal with on day two compared to day one, the Lions’ batting attack managed to bat out the rest of the day, finishing on 2-128 from 24 overs and settling for a first innings win.

Hamish McKenzie (61) and Cameron Green (45) did the damage with the bat, producing a 98-run second-wicket partnership for the Lions, while Chellew chipped in with 1-20 from his four overs with the ball.

University 230 (Jacks 47, Paver 45, Hepburn 3-34) defeated by Willetton 9-291(cc) (Bancroft 154, Hepburn 34, Rocchiccioli 3-75), James Oval
Willetton has arrested its form slump in the best possible manner, defeating top-placed University following a brilliant all-round performance at James Oval.

With a hefty target to chase down, University struggled to get the run chase started, faltering whenever a partnership seemed ready to explode.

Alex Hepburn and Will Rhodes took the first three wickets between them to have the Blues sitting awkwardly at 3-71.

However, a superb 71-run partnership from Viv Paver and Will Bosisto put the Dragons back on track.

The loss of Paver by Hepburn at 4-142 appeared to rock the confidence of the Blues, who lost the next three wickets in the blink of an eye, crumbling to 7-174 with a mountain to climb to claim an unlikely victory.

Although the situation looked dire, Matthew Birrell and David Moody looked to give the home side one last shot at victory, notching up a hard-fought 35-run partnership.

Unfortunately for University, the loss of Moody at 8-209 was the killer blow, as Willetton bowled the Blues out for 230 to claim a well-deserved first innings win.

Jacks continued his good form with the bat, top scoring for his side with 47, while Hepburn and Rhodes did the damage with the ball, taking three wickets each.

Wanneroo 6-303(dec) (Birt 113, Thompson 87, Chadwick 3-93) defeated Joondalup 201, 4-73 (Inglis 40, Dixon 12no, Millar 2-5), Kingsway Sports Ground

Wanneroo has jumped to 11th spot on the ladder, following its second win in as many matches following a brilliant batting performance against Joondalup at Kingsway Sports Ground.

Resuming battle at 1-33, the Roos lost heart and soul batsman Matthew Spoors early on in the innings to be floundering on 2-47.

However, Travis Birt and Stuart Thompson entered the fray and immediately turned the match on its head.

The dynamic duo blasted a spectacular 169-run third-wicket partnership to zoom past Joondalup’s total and secured the first innings victory.

Birt was eventually dismissed at 3-216 after producing a masterful century, which comprised of 12 fours and four sixes in his total of 113.

Haydn Slodecki and Thompson fell soon after, as the Roos pushed the total to 5-236, with Thompson scoring 87 from 130 and providing an excellent foil to Birt’s innings.

Christian Smith and Caiden Eaton added some late innings fireworks helping boost the score to 303 before the Roos decided to declare and attempt an unlikely outright victory.

Connor Chadwick tried his best for the Centurions with the ball, taking a respectable 3-93 amongst the carnage.

Joondalup managed to stave off an outright defeat, navigating through 34 overs and finishing with 4-73.