Verdonk dominant in Second Grade
KWINANA’S second and fifth-grade teams both took on Maddington in round 9 with mixed results, while the Cs and F sides battled it out against Willetton in their first games for 2018.
Second Grade returned to Orelia and fielded first after losing the toss. Maddington’s openers started well before Kwinana’s bowlers got on a roll to have them 4-111 at the halfway mark. The middle order was able to recover and post a score of 8-184. Rhyley Rametta took 3-47.
The run chase started shakily but a big partnership between Second Grade’s leading run scorer Kurt Verdonk (325 runs @ 54.17), who made 83, and Tom Moore (50) saw Kwinana cruise to victory and end the innings at 5-221.
Kwinana’s Fifth Grade was sent in to bat in their match against Maddington and started well thanks to a boundary-laden 59 from Steve Nichols. However, a middle-order collapse severely restricted the final total, with Kwinana bowled out for 152.
Kwinana’s bowlers kept them in the game for a while but the target was never going to be enough, with Maddington ending the innings on 7-176. Mark James claimed 2-16.
One-Day Cs played Willetton at home to open 2018. It didn’t quite go to plan for the Kwinana bowlers, with Willetton hitting plenty of boundaries on their way to posting 8-223.
Kwinana came out with positive intent but regular wickets meant that they never really got going and were eventually bowled out for 132. David Mews top scored with 30.
The One-Day Fs XI had a similarly tough day in the field at Centenary Park against Willetton.
Willetton made 4-208, with Pragaas Elango claiming 2-35 to continue his break-out season.
Elango (34) also featured in a gutsy run chase alongside Vishal Patel (65) which gave Kwinana a shot at victory but some good bowling saw Kwinana fall short on 7-184.