Top three sides on song after break
UGLE, WILLIS IN PRODUCTIVE STAND
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.