Not a good weekend for Blues
SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues endured a tough weekend in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association, losing all three of their games.
The realities of this season’s promotion came to fruition as both the first and third-grade sides were comprehensively beaten by top club Cockburn.
The first-grade side got off to a tremendous start as they reduced Cockburn to 4-35 and further good bowling from Josh Harper (2-18), Kane Hoskin (2-22) and Damien Leipold (2-28) restricted their opponents to 7-70.
However, an unbeaten 75-run partnership allowed Cockburn to set a total of 145 for victory and some good early bowling saw the Blues slump to 2-9 in response.
The talented Cockburn bowling attack never relented, and despite the best efforts of Kevin Francis (27) and Ian Wood (29), they were dismissed for a disappointing 89.
Meanwhile, the third-grade side batted first at Davilak Reserve, but lost both openers without a run on the board.
Only Brad Chalmers (15) and Sam Merema (18) reached double figures as the Blues were dismissed for just 72, before Cockburn easily surpassed their total, reaching 2-240.
The sixth-grade team hosted Maddington in a do or die match where the winner would contest the one-day final.
The visitors were sent in and despite finding themselves in early trouble at 2-23, they eventually made 146, as Yash Bassran (2-12) and Dave Babich (2-20) were the pick of the Blues’ bowlers.
Unfortunately, the Blues were unable to muster a strong response, and despite Glen Tunstall’s 35, they were dismissed 34 runs short.
The 1C side was forced to forfeit.
SJ Blues sixth-grade batsman Bryce Shersby hits a boundary.