Premier newbies shine
YOUNG TRIO STEERS SIDE TO DECENT TOTAL
ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah built a solid foundation with the bat on the first day of their round 5 Western Australian Premier Cricket clash against Claremont-Nedlands.
The total of 254 at Cresswell Park came via Cameron Reyne, Damien Burrage and Jordan Clark, the trio having played a combined tally of just 19 first-grade matches.
The visitors were treading water at 5-67 before the assured sixth-wicket stand of 82 between Reyne and Australia Under-17 representative Burrage (59).
The young tyro’s second first-grade half-ton came from 83 deliveries with seven fours.
Reyne (84 off 119) kept motoring in an entertaining dig, including seven fours and four sixes, to push the score beyond 200 with Clark (38 n.o.), who added the touches to a punchy Mariners effort.
At stumps, Claremont-Nedlands made their way to 0-42, with the first session this Saturday of the most importance to determining the winner of the match.
The following day at Lark Hill, the Twenty20 match between Rockingham-Mandurah and Perth went to the final 10 balls.
The home side batted first and the Mariners took control through usual aggressors Ed Pollock (48 from 31) and Dane Ugle (35 off 30).
At 1-84, a larger score than 7-140 was on the cards but the Demons reined it in with the ball. Leon Coombs (2-22) struck twice to leave Perth at 2-47.
However, the visitors learnt the lessons from earlier in the day to drive home the advantage to an important seven-wicket victory.
It sets up a mouthwatering final round of Group A, as all four teams have one win apiece.
The winners of the Fremantle-Perth match and the Lark Hill clash between Rockingham-Mandurah and Scarborough will progress to the next stage on December 3.
The Mariners will hope for a lift for the November 19 eliminator, as they host the Past Players function.
The colts took the points earlier in the day with a four-wicket win against Perth.
The Demons scored 5-133 with their 20 overs, as Adam France and Eric Botha claimed two wickets apiece.
Nathan Hutchison’s innings of 56 proved the difference between the teams. Coming from just 34 deliveries, he smashed eight fours and two sixes at the top of the order, while number three Aaron Burrage (38 n.o.) accumulated around him to get the Mariners home.
The lower grades will have their work cut out for them on day 2, as Claremont-Nedlands put RockinghamMandurah under pressure.
Second Grade will chase 7-280 at Lark Hill after Ryan Done (2-75) was the only multiple wicket-taker in a taxing day.
Third Grade are only 23 runs ahead after being rolled for 99, with the Tigers taking complete control at 2-76. Fourth Grade were dismissed for 116 and the visitors will resume at 1-116 at Lark Hill to attempt a push for maximum points.
The juniors had a far better time of it, registering a win in Under-18s girls and being on the way in Under-17s and Under-15s boys.
The girls made 2-107 in the Twenty20 match against Wembley Districts, courtesy of 33 n.o. from 32 balls by Mel Saunders.
She took 1-18 from three overs as Rockingham-Mandurah stayed cool to keep Wembley at 4-103 and record a five-run victory.
The Under-17s boys knocked over Claremont-Nedlands for 72 and cruised to 1-51 at stumps, while Under15s’ Jack Richards claimed 5-47 in Claremont-Nedlands’ total of 151, with the Mariners resuming at 2-16 this week.