Fremantle have pulled off an impressive upset win over fifth-placed Bayswater Morley by 25 runs. After sending Fremantle in to bat, the Bears enjoyed their decision to bowl first, taking Jake Carder and Matthew Micale in quick succession at 2-22. However, a quick-fire 52-run partnership between Daniel Kennedy and captain Brayden Sutton put the innings back on track for Fremantle. Once Kennedy (34) and Sutton (37) were both dismissed at 4-99, Chris Davenport and Anthony Collova continued to punish the Bears’ bowlers with a powerful 97-run partnership. The duo pushed the total to 196 before Collova was dismissed for 37, however, Davenport continued to rack up the runs. The number five batsman finished the innings with a gritty 67 not out from 67 balls, which included five fours and two sixes to give Fremantle a defendable 230. Olly Stone did his best to contain the batsmen, taking 3-49. With the target set, the Bears then entered the crease and immediately lost opener Tim Smithies at 1-6. However, a brilliant partnership of 107 runs between Jake Lewis and Robert Guy swung the momentum of the match back into the Bears’ favour. However, once the partnership was ended by Bayley Holman, the Bear’s suffered a monumental collapse, losing seven wickets in the space of 43 runs to find themselves struggling at 9-189. The Bears scraped their way to 205 at the end of the innings, falling 25 runs short of Fremantle’s total.
Claremont Nedlands 2-186 (Hobson 103no, Hope 48no, Rule 2-51) defeated Scarborough 181(cc) (Knight 48, McPhee 46, Hitchen 3-36), Cresswell Park
The Tiger train kept rolling in Round 9 with a cruisy eight-wicket victory over Scarborough. The decision to bat first proved costly for the Gulls, as they lost their opening three wickets for 14 runs. However, a fantastic 65-run partnership between Liam Knight and Sean Costello got the innings back on track. At 4-79, Knight continued to push the total up towards 100 before Elliot Hitchen and Haydan Morton struck in quick succession, leaving the visitors floundering on 7-124. A moment of resistance from Brendan McPhee gave the Gulls some hope of posting a decent total, however, that hope was extinguished quickly as he was dismissed on 46 at 8-180 with the final two wickets falling for just one run. The Tigers response to Scarborough’s total was emphatic. The Tigers lost only two wickets during the run chase, as Nick Hobson and Bradley Hope put on a blistering 134-run partnership to claim an easy victory. Hobson finished the match with a sensational 103 not-out and also hit the winning runs with his first six of the innings.
Gosnells 2-81 (Green 27no, Bivens 25, Spoors 1-17) defeated Wanneroo 80 (Richards 32, McGee 21no, Keverne-Onyon 5-20), Sutherlands Park
Gosnells have crushed last-placed Wanneroo by eight wickets following a superb bowling display. The decision to send the Roos in to bat first turned out to be an excellent one, immediately yielding results for Gosnells. Chris Prescott and Aaron Keverne-Onyon ripped through Wanneroo’s top order, taking three wickets each as the Roos crumbled to 6-23 in the blink of an eye. A small fighting partnership of 49 runs between Robert Richards and Mitchell McGee improved the total to 72 but Keverne-Onyon struck again, finishing with tremendous figures of 5-20 as the Roos were bowled out for an embarrassing 80 runs in the 29th over. Gosnells had no trouble chasing down the paltry 80, losing two wickets on the way to 81 as Ben Green and Matthew Leipold hit the winning runs in the 13th over.
Joondalup 112 (Hinchliffe 19, Anderson 18, Guest 4-17) defeated by South Perth 9-214(cc) (Guest 42, D’Silva 30, Larmett 3-28), Iluka Sports Complex 1
South Perth have consolidated its spot in the top six with a decisive 102-run victory over Joondalup. Having won the toss and electing to bat, South Perth got its innings underway, quickly moving to 2-50. A quick-fire 39-run partnership between Robert Jones and Darius D’Silva had the visitors sitting at 2-89 before a mini-collapse saw South Perth lose three wickets in the space of 20 runs. However, wicket-keeper batsman Brooke Guest held his wicket among the chaos and anchored the innings for South Perth. Guest and Alex Bevilaqua put on a hard-fought 52-run partnership towards the end of the innings to push towards a defendable total. However, Bevilaqua was dismissed at 7-192, where the final two wickets fell quickly after, leaving South Perth on 9-214 after 50 overs. Joondalup’s response was almost non-existent; after battling manfully to 25, the home side lost six wickets for 54 runs. At 6-79, a small 33-run partnership between Jake Zsilinszky and Josh Anderson breathed some life back into the run chase for Joondalup. However, the fightback did not last long, at 6-112, Joondalup lost four wickets in a row for no runs, leaving the home side 102 runs behind South Perth.
Melville 7-231(cc) (Scollay 81, Reed 56, Stuart 2-33) defeated University 212 (Bartlett 80, Mason 51, Reed 4-30), Tompkins Park 1
Melville have found some much needed form with a tight 19-run victory over second-placed University. After being sent in to bat, Melville started with a bang, losing Luke Towers for a duck before Blake Reed and Tom Scollay blasted a 113-run partnership to restore Melville’s innings. Although Reed was eventually dismissed for 56, Scollay continued to frustrate University’s bowling attack scoring a further 46 runs together with Matthew Wiley. Sitting comfortably at 4-188, University’s bowlers finally began to make some inroads on Melville’s batsmen, taking four wickets and restricting the Storm to 7-231 at the end of the 50 overs. University kicked off its innings perfectly with a 53-run partnership between George Bartlett and Brendan Murray. Once Murray was dismissed for 22, Jay O’Brien and Sean Stuart came and went quickly before Joshua Mason and Bartlett formed a crucial partnership. The duo put on 53 runs during their fourth-wicket partnership, pushing the total to 151 with victory in sight. However, after losing Bartlett for 80 at 4-151, University struggled to maintain its momentum, losing its final six wickets for 55 runs and falling agonisingly short of Melville’s total with Blake Reed taking three of the final six wickets.
Mount Lawley 213 (Petta 80no, Hobley 41, Sibley 3-39) defeated Midland Guildford 197 (Sibley 81, Critchell 26, Beaton 4-48), Breckler Park 1
Mount Lawley got its season back on track, snapping a five-game losing streak with a solid 16-run win over Midland Guildford. Entering the crease first, the Hawks fought their way to 3-78 before Tristan Hobley and Ethan Petta put a stamp on the innings, smashing out a 63-run partnership. As Hobley departed at 4-141, The Hawks struggled for momentum throughout the rest of their innings. Petta played an anchoring role for the home side, helping the Hawks to 213 and finishing on an unbeaten 80 while Dominic Sibley took 3-39 for the visitors. Midland Guildford then came to the crease with the right attitude, with Sibley belting out two partnerships worth 42 and 74 runs with Jordan Mast and Keaton Critchell respectively. However, at 3-154 following Critchell’s dismissal, Midland Guildford capitulated, losing eight wickets (including Critchell’s) in the space of 43 runs to hand the win to the Hawks. Sibley was the only shining light for Midland Guildford, taking three wickets and scoring 81 runs, while Tom Beaton finished with 4-48.
Perth 245 (Wheater, 107, Moreton 45, Rhodes 5-49) defeated by Willetton 8-264(cc) (Hardie 110, Godfrey 63, Nicholas 3-41), Fletcher Park East
Willetton have returned to form with a high scoring 19-run victory over Perth following last week’s shock loss. After getting off to a shaky start at 2-17, Willetton powered to 3-101 through a terrific 87-run partnership from Will Rhodes and Aaron Hardie. Once Rhodes was dismissed for 37, Hardie powered on with another prolific partnership with James Godfrey. The pair put on a tremendous fifth-wicket stand worth 78 runs before Hardie was eventually dismissed after scoring a brutal 110 from 128 balls, including seven fours and four sixes. At 5-225, Godfrey continued to find the gaps, as he finished with 63 from 52 and helped his side to 8-264 at the end of the innings. Josh Nicholas and Liam Guthrie made a nuisance of themselves for the Willetton batsmen, taking three wickets each to close out the innings. With the target set, Perth started its innings eerily similar to Willetton, losing 2-17 before a massive 95-run partnership between Dain Moreton and Adam Wheater helped put the innings back on track. Following Moreton’s dismissal for 45, Wheater found partnerships in Sean Roberts and Tom Casey worth 58 and 53 runs respectively, before being removed by Rhodes after a brilliant century. Wheater’s brilliant 107 came off just 90 balls with eight fours and three sixes included in his fantastic knock. With victory in sight, a harsh reality check came in the form of a massive batting collapse, as Perth lost its final six wickets in the space of a measly 22 runs and fell 19 runs short of Willetton’s total.
Subiaco Floreat 6-249(cc) (McKenzie 82, Holder 75no, Burrage 2-61) defeated Rockingham Mandurah 81 (Pollock 22, Willis 18, Coulter-Nile 3-14), Floreat Park Oval
Subiaco Floreat have destroyed Rockingham Mandurah by 168 runs following a brilliant display with bat and ball. The Lions started their innings nervously at 2-35, before a quick-fire 47-run partnership between Nathan Coulter-Nile and Hamish McKenzie settled the innings. Following Coulter-Nile’s removal, McKenzie and Andrew Holder belted a superb 93-run partnership to break the Mariner’s bowlers. McKenzie finished with 82 from 97 after being caught and bowled by Cameron Reyne at 4-175. Holder continued to terrorise the Mariner’s bowlers as he and captain Chris Hansberry pushed the total to 6-249, as Holder finished with a hard-fought 75 not out. With the target in front of them, the Mariners capitulated through the pressure of the Lion’s bowlers. Opener Vincent Poller was dismissed for a first ball duck as things went from bad to worse for the Mariners, losing their opening seven wickets for a paltry 47 runs. A 30-run partnership between Jordan Clarke and Kane Standing provided little solace for the visitors, losing their final three wickets for 34 runs. Paceman Coulter-Nile was a standout with the ball for the Lions taking 3-14 off just four overs as Subiaco Floreat cruised to victory.