Ladder leaders too good for Mariners
ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah found the step up in class too much as Claremont-Nedlands showed why it is the only undefeated side in Western Australian Premier Cricket.
The Mariners registered wins in seconds and juniors as they look to Saturday’s fixtures against South Perth.
At Cresswell Park, the Tigers made 368 in response to Rockingham-Mandurah’s 254 on day one.
Adam France (1-62) claimed a wicket without the home side adding to their stumps score of 0-42 and when Joel Marion bowled former Mariner Jacob Whiteaker at 3-95, the game was up for grabs.
But Claremont-Nedlands found partnerships of 68 for the fourth wicket and 93 for the sixth wicket to overtake the target for a fifth straight win to start the season.
Jordan Clark highlighted his potential with 4-93 from 21 overs.
Second grade put on a dynamic batting display in a chasing down ClaremontNedlands’ 8-304. Entering the fray at 5-169, Eric Botha dispatched Tigers bowlers to all parts of Lark Hill with 113, studded with 13 boundaries and four sixes.
Captain Nick Willis and Botha put on 167 for the sixth wicket, as Willis struck a crisp 83 in a total of 9-385.
Third and fourth grade were defeated by the Tigers and are yet to record a win.
Young spinner Matthew Langley (5-52) was the shining light in fourth grade’s outright loss, claiming all five wickets in ClaremontNedlands’ 5-257, who rolled the Mariners for 116 and 139.
Under 17s boys were just two wickets short of an outright victory after dominating both days of their match with Claremont-Nedlands.
Kai Harrison top-scored with 38 in the Mariners’ 9-157 and snared 2-8 as Claremont hung on at 8-80 in its second innings.
Under 15s went down by 48 runs, bowled out for 103 chasing the Tigers 151.
Corey Wasley took bowling confidence from this game, claiming 3-18, before making a century in Under 13s’ big win over Melville the next day. The number three blazed 103 from 115 balls.
The fine Sunday afternoon was completed at Tompkins Park for Rockingham-Mandurah, who won in the Under 14s as well.
Louisa Hogarth crashed 50 from 43 balls but the Mariners went down in an Under 18s thriller against Midland-Guildford. Rockingham-Mandurah got to 7-110 in the T20 match but the visitors eclipsed them for 5-112.
The female seniors found Melville too good in their clash last Sunday at Lark Hill. The visitors made 5-128 from 20 overs and Rockingham-Mandurah never threatened with 8-57.