Topsy-turvy game goes Perth’s way

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

PERTH de­feated its crosstown ri­vals by four wick­ets at Richard­son Park in a low-scor­ing, topsy-turvy en­counter on Sun­day.

The de­ci­sion from Perth to send the home team in to bat looked to pay off im­me­di­ately, with Ja­cob Van Galen dis­miss­ing open­ers Bray­don Meule­man and Bran­don Guest.

How­ever, at 2-36, Dar­ius D’Silva hit the crease and in­stantly made an im­pact.

Un­for­tu­nately for South Perth, D’Silva’s hard­fought in­nings of 62 runs came to an end at 7-146 and so too did the re­sis­tance, as Ni­cholas and Van Galen helped to clean up the tail and bowl the home side out for 172.

With a tricky tar­get set, Perth’s run chase strug­gled to gain any mo­men­tum early, largely due to Alex Bevilaqua, who took three of the first four wick­ets to have Perth strug­gling at 443.

With the match in danger of es­cap­ing, Sean Roberts and Ja­cob Snad­den turned the match on its head with a su­perb 75-run fifth-wicket part­ner­ship to even­tu­ally claim an im­pres­sive four-wicket win in the 40th over.

Last-gasp win

ALTHOUGH they lost the fol­low­ing day, South Perth com­menced its sea­son in style with an epic fi­nal-ball, one-run win over Mt Law­ley at Breck­ler Park on Satur­day.

South Perth ended its in­nings at 8-198 af­ter bat­ting out the 50 overs.

With only five runs needed for vic­tory and one wicket left, the Hawks re­duced the deficit to one – or two to win – with just a sin­gle ball re­main­ing. But D’Silva was once again the man, tak­ing the fi­nal wicket for South Perth.

High-scor­ing

PERTH won a high-scor­ing af­fair against Joon­dalup at Fletcher Park on Satur­day, launch­ing its sea­son with an im­pres­sive three-wicket vic­tory at Fletcher Park.

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