Gosnells 84, 7-246 (Roberts 73, Jacobs 63no, Bond 2-47) defeated by Willetton 235 (Rhodes 59, Hanna 42, Prescott 3-32), Sutherlands Park 1

Willetton has cruised to a first innings win over Gosnells, bowling the home side out for 84 before sending them back out to bat in search of an outright victory. Gosnells added just eight more runs to its total on day two, with Brett Bayley and Matt Hanna taking the final two wickets. Willetton then decided to send Gosnells back out to bat, in hopes of an outright win. The start looked promising from Willetton, taking the first three wickets for 40, before Gosnells found a much-needed partnership. David Roberts and Matthew Leipold put on a tough 80-run partnership, pushing the total to 120 before Leipold was dismissed for 33. Roberts continued to push hard, attempting to avoid the outright as he posted a hard-fought 73 off 123, eventually bowled by Kallen Bond. Brandon Jacobs then entered the crease and fought hard to keep the Willetton bowlers at bay. Unfortunately for Jacobs, wickets fell heavily around him as he grinded out an unbeaten 63 and ensured a first innings loss.

 

Melville 229 (Reed 84, Bowdler 33, Morton 3-61) defeated by Claremont Nedlands 290 (Brabazon 77, David 58, Turner 3-51), Tompkins Park 1

Claremont Nedlands has flexed its muscles once again, defeating Melville in the first innings by 61 runs. The Tigers added two more runs to their total before Melville began the unenvious task of chasing down 290. Melville’s innings started off patchily, losing four wickets for 78 runs, with Blake Reed the only batsman looking steady. Reed eventually found a partner in Fraser Hay, steadying the innings with a gritty 67-run partnership. However, Haydan Morton halted the momentum for Melville, dismissing Hay and Reed in quick succession, leaving the Storm struggling on 6-148. After Morton took his third wicket at 7-156, Daniel Turkich snared the final three wickets, leaving Melville stranded on 229 and 61 runs shy of the Tigers huge total.

 

Mount Lawley 137, 4-102 (Sharman 28no, Newnham 27, Stone 2-35) defeated by Bayswater Morley 190 (Stone 33, Lewis 33, Chislett 3-17), Breckler Park 1

Bayswater Morley consolidated its brilliant day one performance with a solid first innings win over Mount Lawley. The Bears started day two on 4-81, with Jake Lewis and Rhys Hampson at the crease needing a further 57 runs to chase down the Hawks total. The pair added a further 33 runs before Hampson was dismissed for 25, leaving the Bears on 5-114. The Bears then lost Lewis and Travis Keys for a paltry 5 runs, as the Bears found themselves surprisingly floundering at 7-119. Needing a further 18 runs for victory and with three wickets in hand, Oliver Stone and Jonty Wilde pushed the pressure of the moment aside to hit the winning runs after a game-defining 43-run partnership late in the innings.

 

Perth 262 (Roberts 88, Jury 50, Bevilaqua 3-33) defeated South Perth 258 (Meuleman 70, Guest 65, Guthrie 4-53), Fletcher Park East

South Perth have fallen four agonising runs short of Perth’s day one total of 262 in an epic encounter on day two. South Perth’s run chase struggled to gain traction early, losing Trent Ovens with the first ball of the innings, before scrambling its way to 5-73. However, Brandon Guest and Braydon Meuleman turned the tide of the match with a sensational 131-run partnership. The duo gave their side some hope of an upset win before Jacob Van Galen struck, dismissing both batsmen in quick succession. At 7-208, the wickets were running out for South Perth. Perhaps sensing the occasion, Alex Bevilaqua came to the crease with a with a purpose, crunching a quick-fire 39. However, partners came and went as Josh Nicholas ended South Perth’s hopes, taking the final wicket of the match and ensuring the four-run win.

 

Rockingham Mandurah 299 (Pollock 91, Willis 79, Millar 4-69) defeated Wanneroo 197 (Smith 39, Millar 30, Marion 3-13), Lark Hill 1

Rockingham Mandurah’s bowlers have got the job done against Wanneroo, bowling the Roos out for 197 to claim a first innings victory. The Roos were in hot water early at 1-1, losing opener Jordan King for nought through Jordan Clark. Joel Marion and Eric Botha took the next two wickets swiftly, leaving the Roos struggling on 3-49. However, Jacob Johnston and Christian Smith provided some much-needed stability to the Roos’ innings, putting on a solid 57-run partnership. Marion continued his fine form with ball, running out Johnston and taking out Smith rapidly, halting the Roos at 5-114. Kyle Millar and Haydn Slodecki offered up some resistance, with a hard-fought 38-run partnership. Unfortunately for the Roos, that’s where the resistance ended, taking the final four wickets in the space of 33 runs.

 

Scarborough 256 (Philippe 89, Maiolo 68, Larmett 4-37) defeated by Joondalup 4-416 (dec) (Morgan 195, Zsilinsky 122, Tye 2-34), Abbett Park East

Joondalup has cruised to a first innings victory following brilliant centuries to Garrick Morgan and Tim Zsilinsky. Joondalup began the day on 2-80 with Morgan and Zsilinsky at the crease, needing a decent batting performance to chase down Scarborough’s total. What they produced, however, was nothing short of a batting masterclass. The pair destroyed Scarborough’s bowling attack, along with its confidence on their way to a massive total. The dynamic duo smashed their way past Scarborough’s 256 as Zsilinsky was dismissed after a tremendous 122, which included 19 fours. Jaron Morgan then entered the crease at 3-340 where he and his brother Garrick pushed the total out to 416 before declaring. Garrick finished the innings with an astonishing 195, crunching 31 fours and two sixes during his breath-taking innings, claiming a brilliant first innings win.

 

Subiaco Floreat 4-317 (cc) (Murphy 77, Monteleone 60no, Collova 1-5) defeated Fremantle 184 (cc) (Sutton 38, Micale 37, Hansberry 4-27), Floreat Park Oval

Subiaco Floreat have dominated day two with the bat, scoring a whopping 4-317 while blowing past Fremantle’s day one total to claim a first innings victory. The Lions kick-started their innings with a brilliant 82-run opening partnership between Anthony Murphy and Kiran Prashanth. After Prashanth was dismissed for 35, the runs continued to flow freely for Murphy, as he put on a further 81 runs with wicket-keeper batsman Calum How. Sitting at 2-163 after Murphy was dismissed for a terrific 77, the Lions lost just two more wickets for the day with each of their batsmen scoring 35 runs or more, as the home side breezed past Fremantle’s total. Tim Monteleone (60no) and Geremy Fatouros (42no) continued to punish Fremantle’s bowlers as the Lions cruised past the finish line, ending the day on 4-317 with a first innings victory.

 

University 261 (Birrell 73, Paver 57, Mucciarone 2-34) defeated Midland Guildford 231 (Sibley 96, Cobley 47, Dallimore 5-45), James Oval

University have put the clamps on Midland Guildford’s batsmen to score a hard-fought 40-run first innings victory. Starting the day on 0-47, Midland Guildford struggled to recapture its early batting form from day one, battling to 62 before losing three wickets in the space of 11 runs. Floundering on 3-73, captain Dominic Sibley and Keaton Critchell found their range with a superb 59-run partnership to put the innings back on track. However, once Critchell was dismissed, the wickets tumbled, along with Midland Guildford’s hopes of victory. Josh Dallimore provided the destruction with the ball, taking three quick wickets in the middle of the innings to put the visitors on the ropes at 7-191. Sibley continued to fight for the Black Swans, posting a sensationally hard-fought 96 from 189, but it was not enough to claim an unlikely victory, as Josh Dallimore finished the day with five wickets in University’s 30-run win.