Mariners’ chances slip­ping

Kwinana Courier - - Sport -

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.

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