Wooden spoon looms for Roos

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

WAN­NEROO has two games to avoid fin­ish­ing the sea­son on the bot­tom of the WA Pre­mier Cricket ta­ble af­ter los­ing to fi­nals con­tender Melville on Satur­day.

The Roos had en­joyed two rounds of suc­cess against top-six teams but suf­fered a 151-run first-in­nings loss to the fourth­placed Storm on day 2 on Satur­day at Tomp­kins Park.

It needs a win and for Mid­land Guild­ford above it to lose if it is to es­cape the wooden spoon.

It looks a tough ask, with the Roos fac­ing third-placed South Perth this week­end.

Melville bowled the Roos out for 153 on Satur­day in de­fence of 304.

The enor­mity of the task in front of the Roos may have af­fected their start, as they lost Max Holden and Matthew Spoors early to be strug­gling at 2-19.

How­ever, Robert Richards and Kyle Mil­lar set about try­ing to save the in­nings, scor­ing a tough 54run third-wicket part­ner­ship be­fore Richards was dis­missed for 34.

Mil­lar con­tin­ued to bat­tle man­fully as Melville ripped through the Roos’ mid­dle or­der, tak­ing five wick­ets for 32 runs to ef­fec­tively take the match away from Wan­neroo.

At 8-114, fol­low­ing Mil­lar’s dis­missal for 33, Christo­pher Quelch and Matthew Dzod­zos at­tempted to add some re­spectabil­ity to the score­board for Wan­neroo be­fore Blake Reed took the fi­nal two wick­ets.

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