Nar­row loss for Blues

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SER­PEN­TINE Jar­rah­dale Blues’ first grade side went down to Bic­ton-At­tadale in a nail-bit­ing South Metropoli­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion clash at Fre­man­tle Park.

Look­ing to pro­tect 162 for vic­tory, the Blues fell nar­rowly short of vic­tory as their op­pone­nents were even­tu­ally dis­missed for 169.

The hosts looked to be in a spot of bother after a bat­ting col­lapse sent them spi­ralling from a com­fort­able 2-78 to 8-126.

With Damien Leipold (562) and Kane Hoskin (3-37) in fine form, vic­tory looked all but as­sured for the Blues but their op­po­nents had other plans.

Some risky but ag­gres­sive bat­ting worked in their favour as they passed SJ’s to­tal with one wicket to spare.

In bet­ter news for the club, SJ’s third grade out­fit claimed a com­pre­hen­sive win over their Bic­ton-At­tadale coun­ter­parts.

Matt Hill­yard (3-24) and Kim Ma­son (2-19) were the pick of the bowlers as they re­duced Bic­ton-At­tadale to 9-169 at stumps.

After a big loss last week, the 1C side made amends with a big vic­tory over Maddington at Mundi­jong Oval.

The vis­i­tors were dis­missed for just 68 thanks to the bowl­ing of Bren­don Kelly (3-4) and Peter Boyd (2-10) and SJ passed the to­tal with ease, los­ing just two wick­ets.

They bat­ted out the re­main­der of the in­nings and fin­ished 8-185, with Yash Bas­saran (52) and skip­per Dave Babich ( 51) im­press­ing.

Like the third graders, the sixth grade side held a big lead over Piara Wa­ters, hav­ing set them 9-327 to win last week.

The hosts re­sponded strongly and reached 1-104 com­fort­ably, be­fore Glen Tun­stall struck thrice to dam­age their top or­der.

Teenager Ryan Kirby (339) helped skit­tle the mid­dle or­der be­fore some late or­der hit­ting took Piara Wa­ters to a re­spectably 9215, but well short of the re­quired to­tal. SJ Blues open­ing bowler Shawn Evans in ac­tion on Satur­day.

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