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YOUNG TRIO STEERS SIDE TO DE­CENT TO­TAL

Mandurah Coastal Times - - SPORT -

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.

Joe Sarsero

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