Mariners’ chances slipping
ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah let slip an opportunity to get closer to the top six Western Australian Premier Cricket teams after falling by 36 runs to Midland-Guildford.
Despite some fine individual performances in round 11, the Mariners were only able to take home one victory last Saturday.
Midland-Guildford batted first and posted a challenging total of 7-253 with an even spread of batting through the 50 overs of the first grade clash.
Craig Simmons returned for his first match from a finger injury since round 4 and had immediate impact at Lilac Hill with bat and ball.
The Mariners skipper took 4-53 and Dane Ugle wheeled away economically for his 10over return of 1-33.
The Mariners built from 226, with Vinnie Poller (41) and Ugle (36) combining for a third-wicket stand of 68.
Rockingham-Mandurah slumped to 6-109 but Simmons and Aaron Burrage fought back.
The veteran left-hander smoked 52 from a mere 32 deliveries with four boundaries and three sixes in a 71-run seventh-wicket partnership.
Burrage made 25 but the tail could not make up enough of the shortfall to be dismissed for 217 in 44.2 overs.
Second Grade were far too good for Midland-Guildford at Lark Hill, putting in a complete performance to claim a seven-wicket victory.
The Swans were kept under wraps throughout their batting innings of 165, as Ryan Done and Ronan Hogarth took three-wicket bounties.
Hogarth’s 3-53 was a large part of reducing the visitors to 6-60, as spinner Done claimed 3-33.
Matthew Edwards started the Rockingham-Mandurah reply on the right foot with a run-a-ball 31.
Adam France and Nathan Hutchison made sure there would be no stutters from 3-47, with a stylish unbroken partnership of 122 to complete the win in the 34th over.
France slammed 65 n.o. with three fours and two sixes and Hutchison knocked up 50 n.o. with four boundaries and two sixes, with both men facing 75 balls.
Joel Marion starred with the bat in a high-scoring Third Grade loss at Lilac Hill.
The injured first-grade speedster smashed 109 n.o. in Rockingham-Mandurah’s response of 8-274 to MidlandGuildford’s 5-317.
The left-hander’s innings came off just 89 deliveries and included 13 fours and three sixes.
Chris Sherwin played a lone hand in the Fourth Grade loss at Lark Hill. He made a swashbuckling 65 off 41 deliveries, striking four boundaries and five sixes.
His contribution made up nearly half of the team’s total of 133 chased down by Midland-Guildford in the 29th over for just two wickets.