Top three sides on song af­ter break


Kwinana Courier - - Sport -

ROCK­ING­HAM-MAN­DURAH came back from the Christ­mas break rein­vig­o­rated and Gos­nells were the vic­tims in round 10 of WA Premier Cricket last Satur­day.

Vic­to­ries were recorded in the top three grades and the first-grade side is knock­ing on the door of the top 6 af­ter beat­ing the Hawks by 85 runs.

It did not go to script early at Lark Hill af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting, as the Mariners slumped to 5-41 in the one-day match.

Dane Ugle and cap­tain Nick Wil­lis res­cued the in­nings with a match-turn­ing six­th­wicket stand of 97 runs.

Ugle played brightly to make his first half-cen­tury of the sea­son. The right-han­der top scored with 71 from 82 balls, strik­ing seven bound­aries and two sixes.

Wil­lis nudged the score along to make an even 50 from 86 de­liv­er­ies and Rock­ing­ham Man­durah got back in the match with 205 on the board.

The mo­men­tum stayed with the Mariners from there, as they struck early to have Gos­nells at 3-28. All five bowlers used made in­roads to dis­miss the Hawks for 120.

Aaron Bur­rage took the honours with 3-23 from his al­lot­ted 10 overs with two maid­ens, while Eric Botha (2-10 from 6) and Leon Coombs (2-22) con­trib­uted to Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah’s third win from four starts.

Ro­nan Hog­a­rth and Tyler Robert­son were the stars of Sec­ond Grade’s gritty 15-run win at Suther­lands Park.

Robert­son set up the vic­tory, scor­ing a pa­tient 70 af­ter Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah ran aground at 3-6. Nathan Hutchi­son helped the re­cov­ery with 40 and Matthew France gave the vi­tal boost re­quired with an en­er­getic 45 off 38 balls.

A score of 6-184 gave the Mariners a look at the win and Ai­dan An­drews bowled tight at the top with three maid­ens in his 10 overs, tak­ing 3-19.

At 1-84, Gos­nells still had the game in their con­trol but Hog­a­rth ripped it out of their hands with 5-23 from eight overs.

He started the rot with two quick wick­ets and got the sec­ond-last one, to claim his first five-wicket haul of the sea­son at the most op­por­tune time.

Third Grade were up against it at Lark Hill when Gos­nells made 5-191 af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting. Kade Guppy (2-25) and Jo­han Van der Westhuizen (2-20) took a pair of wick­ets each.

The Mariners’ re­ply got away to a per­fect start of 114 for the open­ing wicket as Jye Clark and Craig Ge­orge (38) com­bined.

Clark hit 10 bound­aries and bat­ted for 67 de­liv­er­ies to score a well-made 59.

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah ran down the tar­get in 43 overs, fin­ish­ing with 6-194.

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